Fresh out of jail, former Escape the Fate frontman Ronnie Radke is back with his new band Falling in Reverse. The Drug in me is You is overflowing with Radke’s ample amounts of energy and character. Not to mention rage and aggression. He is clearly still a little miffed about past events perhaps pertaining to the conditions that led him to jail and being kicked from Escape the Fate. With lyrics in “Raised by Wolves” like “this war is mine” it’s hard not to think that’s a direct jab at ETF.
The Drug in me is You delivers post-hardcore aggression with get up and dance type melody and beats. There’s also electronic elements here and there. Some like those in “Tragic Magic” seem a little odd and out of place. For the most part, the album isn’t as heavy as I’d prefer. It favors hooky choruses and catchy rock melody over harsh vocals and more metal tones. This isn’t necessarily bad though. There’s tons of energy throughout the album. The songs carry a fun vibe that’s hard to resist. The bouncy rhythm of songs like “Pick up the Phone” pull you right in. It also features a brief but awesome solo.
“Don’t Mess With Ouija Boards” is one of the heaviest tracks on The Drug in me is You. Heavy riffing, harsh vocals, and a great solo make it a standout track along with “Goodbye Graceful.” All of the songs lyrics seem to be of very personal nature to Radke which makes the album even more interesting. Delivered with his trademark vocals that fans have been missing. It’s well noted at Metal Delirium that he was my favorite Escape the Fate vocalist, so I’m glad to see him back in action as well.
Falling in Reverse is a great band that show plenty of talent and energy on The Drug in me is You. This is a strong return for Ronnie Radke that longtime fans will definitely enjoy. The charismatic frontman has found a good lineup to compliment his style.