Ronnie Radke Says It’s Easier to Write a Metalcore Song Than a Hot 100 Hit
The remark is an unsurprising one coming from the Falling in Reverse bandleader, who frequently airs his opinion on musical matters online.
On Wednesday (Aug. 2), however, Radke's mind was on metalcore and the art of songwriting.
"It's so much easier to write a fucking metalcore song, than sit down and write a fucking HIT single that breaks the billboard hot 100 charts," the ever-pugnacious Falling in Reverse singer tweeted.
Referring to the ubiquitous metal guitar "chug" technique of picking a low note on open strings, Radke added that he's "so tired of these clowns acting like making metal is some crazy ass impossible concept that only a few know how to do, here's your chord profession 0000-000-000-1-000-000-000-1 congratulations. you just played the open chord for 14 fucking albums."
Falling in Reverse's most successful single to date, 2019's "Popular Monster," earned Radke his first-ever RIAA platinum record — a far cry from what he has previously described as the disappointing response to Falling in Reverse's latest full-length studio album, 2017's Coming Home.
"Well, my album Coming Home didn't do well — it tanked," Radke said in a July 2023 interview. "It did bad. It didn't do well. The numbers don't lie like they say — in good ways and bad ways. So, I noticed a lot of bands that were my age that were putting out [new music], trying their hardest and they were trying to figure it out. And I just remember being, like, 'I can't put another album out.' I'm, like, 'What can I do? Because I don't wanna go down. I don't wanna disappear into the abyss of aging emo.'"
Ronnie Radke Argues It's Easier to Write Metalcore Than a Popular Hit Song
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