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May 24th, 2013

Top 6… Reasons why Ronnie Radke is the greatest rockstar in the world today

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Ever since Falling In Reverse released their new video for ‘Alone’ a couple of weeks ago the band’s frontman, Ronnie Radke has been the talk of the internet. Recent events involving Radke firing his entire band only set the forums on fire further. Gavin Lloyd points out six reasons why the metal world is better off with Ronnie Radke in it and why his haters should go back to washing dishes for a living.

Top 6… reasons why Ronnie Radke is the greatest rockstar in the world today…

1) His image
That’s right another Thrash Hits piece about hair, but have you seen his hair? Re-emerging with half his head shaved and having had someone squiggle all over his bald patch with an electric biro it’s safe to say you won’t be confusing Ronnie Radke with anyone else any time soon. I, for one, am sick of watching bands being fronted by Johnny McFucking Boring Face and his “boys”, wearing whatever freebies clothing brands have thrown their way. Ronnie is taking us back to a time when rockstars looked like rockstars. Despite inspiring hundreds of pieces of fan art (google it), it’s yet to be seen if his look will catch on, though. I had a haircut at the weekend and upon showing my hairdresser a picture of Ronnie he slapped me around the face. Probably for the best I doubt I could pull it off. I’m ginger.

2) He’s released one of the most talked about songs of the year
Love it or hate it, you can’t argue that ‘Alone’ has garnered a lot of attention. A surprising and drastic departure from the pop-tinged metalcore of debut Raised by Wolves, ‘Alone’ sees Euro-dance synths and rapping added to the Falling in Reverse arsenal. The rapping really shouldn’t have come as such a horrific surprise to the band’s more fickle fans, seeing as Ronnie has been in rap since shitting in pampers. However, the bold move in musical direction and the subsequent polarisation of his entire fan base shows a brave man that will do what he wants, unlike the many bands who will churn out turgid crap that pleases their modest following but also keeps them in mid-sized venues at best.

3) He truly believes in everything he says and does
His self confidence is unfaltering and a welcome change from the constant stream of tepid ninnies singing about their feelings. While plenty of other frontmen are whinging about why their girlfriend left them, Ronnie is singing about cheating on his girlfriend with all her friends. HA HA IN YOUR FACE, RONNIE RADKE IS HAVING ALL THE SEX!!! His cocksure attitude should be a necessity for rockstars however it is often sadly absent these days. Sure, some might argue that most bands are just following the vulnerable rockstar attitude ushered in by Nirvana. To them I say what’s Kurt Cobain up to these days? Not living it up cheating on Courtney Love with her friends that’s for sure. I rest my case.

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4) He is genuinely livid
There are a lot of angry men in metal aren’t there? So many in fact, that it’s not an outlandish claim to state that a lot of people are screaming for the sake of it. While many are trying to channel the pain of that time daddy wouldn’t pay for a Download ticket, Ronnie Radke was in jail. He has clearly been through a lot, however, it makes his bitterness so much more believable. He doesn’t have to constantly scream to get his point across either. His cutting remarks are delivered with the maliciousness of a scorned ex talking about the size of your penis behind your back. The colossal chip on Ronnie’s shoulder makes his hate so much more tangible than the majority of metal you listen to.

5) There’s no disputing his pop sensibility
Have you heard the chorus in ‘Alone’? I mean have you really heard it? Pretend for a minute you’re not currently wearing a t-shirt sporting the illegible logo of an ‘under-appreciated’ black metal band, safe in the knowledge that nobody will judge you and really listen to listen to it. There you go: it’s fucking phenomenal isn’t it? It can give the vast majority of the Radio 1 playlist a run for its money in the earworm stakes. The coiffed idiots that apply for X Factor year in year out would happily have a gobble on Simon Cowell’s genitals in a heartbeat to lay claim to a chorus this irresistible. The fact remains that until you write a chorus this infectious, Falling In Reverse will be better than the shitty band you play guitar in.

6) He doesn’t give a fuck
…and not giving a fuck is cool. So many bands will compromise what they want to do in order to pander to what is expected of them. Perhaps not everyone will agree but I personally have a lot of time for a guy who has pissed off a large proportion of his fanbase and couldn’t care less. If the sound of ‘Alone’ didn’t irk fans enough the recent developments of his sporadic decision to fire his band only aggravated fans further. Watch any Falling In Reverse video on YouTube at the moment and you’re met by hundreds of comments about how Ronnie has been unfair to his bandmates. Well guess what kids, life isn’t fair. I once had a pack of Fruit Pastilles that were all yellows, every single one and I didn’t moan about it (much). Do you really think he cares about what you think and your shitty YouTube comments? No. Needless to say Ronnie Radke is having the last laugh, and I for one salute him.



  • Blackmass

    Jesus. The guy who wrote this must be an actual fucking moron.


      fucking amazing article

    • frdoe

      i hope you go to hell and burn. u satanic twisted low life hater.

    • lol

      hehe haters should just shut it up and watch what they like instead

  • areweskeleton

    Yellow Fruit Pastilles are the best ones.

    • Raz

      The subtlest but most incisive dismantling of this article’s reasoning so far.

  • Kissin on your Mrs

    Hahahaha this is solid.

  • Koko

    The Radke-fanboyism is strong with this one.

    • Bi33le

      This guys odviolsly been left in a room covered in Ronnies face. After his little wanking session all his built up love has spilled all over his keyboard and wrote this article. Music died when you started listening to it.

      • nalani


  • Deadgirl

    “most bands are just following the vulnerable rockstar attitude ushered in by Nirvana”
    That is pure bullshit right there. What Kurt Cobain done was make it ok to BE YOURSELF, instead of having to pretend to be some cocky arse-gardener who is totally full of themselves! All Ronnie Radke is doing is following the rockstar personality criteria pre-1985 AKA pretending to be something that he is not (including attractive).

    Ronnie Radke can sing his heart out about all the women he fucks, but it fools no one-There aren’t that many blind & deaf girls in America, and no woman with self respect & eye’s that work would touch that slimy, ugly, talent less, convicted felon.

    Now, I know I’ll hear the usual “He didn’t do it!!”, and to that I say-Jails are FULL of innocent people. He served jail time due to a MURDER he was involved with!!! If he was really “innocent” he would never have gone to jail.
    What turns my stomach even more is the fact that he is using his incarceration to almost promote himself & how “real” & “hardcore” he is-That should be illegal ffs!!! A KID DIED, and that prick is using someone’s death to further his own career??!!! I don’t even think I need to say any more on that, because it’s sick on EVERY level, but Karma is a bitch 😉

    You talk about how “great” Radke’s new music is… I watched an interview he done for Scuzz TV about 8 months ago, and in it he said how amazing his new stuff was & that “no one had ever done” what he is currently doing (which was a reference to “Alone” etc). His new music is a complete rip-off of Enter Shikari, who have been doing it for 10/11 years now, and doing it WAY better!!! The difference between Ronnie Radke/Falling In Reverse & Enter Shikari is HUGE!
    Shikari are a band of extremely talented guys with something important to say, and say it in a fresh & unique way.
    Radke/F.I.R simply rant about how fucking amazing they think they are, and that is OLD NEWS (and lies, if we’re being honest).

    Maybe Radke doesn’t care, and that’s his right, but when you care so little about the fans that you do have, don’t be surprised when you can’t shift tickets or music, because ultimately the only reason you have a fucking stage is because of your fans, so don’t get cocky, or you’ll return to your trailer-trash roots.

    • mitch

      Um Enter Shikari is dead asshole and have you read the article bro Ronnie don’t give 2 shits so go to hell with this essay

    • Melissa

      Dude Ronnie didn’t go to jail because if that kid… And that fight? Ronnie only showed up to STOP the fight…

    • Trolololololololololol

      Lol that’s a fail you don’t get arrested for two years for murdering a person he was framed by escape the fate and back stabbed by Craig mabbit the reason Craig took his place in escape the fate also if you haven’t checked all of escape the fate are dead or dying

    • Brett

      You have no idea bro you say all this stuff like ur perfect that people don’t fuck up well some people in this world don’t give a fuck and like people to hate on them and you know, that’s why our haters are washing dishes for a living. Fuck you. Bitches ima business. Me and Ronnie would fuvk ur bitchs but u don’t have any soaters

    • LOL

      If you got enough time to hate then just go and read something or listen to some music then you like instead of bitchin about something… and if you wanna talk about rockstars then just listen to their music not discuss their personal life… xD such fked up people are what make listening music hard for the people that wanna listen to it

  • Pineal Gland Chopsticks

    I’m not sure why people need to be butthurt about this article.. Is ‘Rockstar’ much of a compliment these days? Look at all the people who actually use the word or are referred to as such, today. I wouldn’t even bother disagreeing with this article

  • Raz

    The thing about Ronnie Radke is that he’s just saying what we’re all thinking, except about him and not me.

  • Oxygen Thief

    That “Alone” song would 100% slay Eurovision, can we poach him for 2014?

  • SarcasmGuy

    The sarcasm, it spoke to me.

  • Donny

    This article is a work of comedy genius. Mad props.

  • James

    Really embarrassing to read.

  • bob

    To the fool above that said Enter Shikari ‘is dead’ – does headlining the second stage of the Download Festival, and garnering the biggest EVER second stage headliner crowd seen at Download (quoted from the festival organiser personally), and continuous yearly headline tours, seem dead to you? A Top 5 album in the MAINSTREAM charts, dead to you? Booked to headline UK Warped Tour? Global tours booked yearly?
    Dead? Do you think so?

    Son, did you got to school to be a fool?

  • Stefan van Geel

    But it’s not metal… Why would the metal world be happy having something not metal in it?

  • Joe Estrada

    This is all a big fat, steaming pile of bullshit.

  • BulletSoulKid

    First I laughed , but then I threw up a little when I realzied the person who wrote this was serious .

  • Banana

    7) He’s hot

    • Molly

      Haha yes 😀

  • Asdfghjkl_band obsessed

    Why can’t people just fucking learn to except Ronnie and his Change in style ?? ( -_-)/

    • Molly

      I don’t and will never know, his new style is great 😀

  • Bacon

    Ronnie is a hero ain’t you guys got something better to do than bad mouth him you clearly jealous of him

  • Dibby Kumara

    i mean sure but u make him sound like a bad person when he’s not he truly cares about his fans and such sooo yeah

  • I love ronnie

    All you haters out there just need to shut your ugly fat pig faces because Ronnie is a great guy your just jelous because Ronnie is so much more talented and better looking than you btws I love u ronnie love Macie prince if u see this Ronnie plzzz comment

  • ronnie lover

    to anyone who seems to think it’s right to trash talk someone you know nothing about except what they have done completely ignoring what they have had to go through to overcome it you are seriously screwed so please read the last paragraph subtitle in this article over maybe you didn’t understand

  • nalani

    yasssssss he is my baeeeeee i want to see him nakey yumtastic. orgaslicious.

  • Jim Sterrett

    this article is lol. so much lol. escape the fate and falling in reverse play mid-sided venues *at best*. I dont mind his music, some of it is listenable, but hearing him yammer about himself every other song gets old, really fast. And be realistic, if he;s really “the best that there is” as he claims in at least 8 songs (taking a wild stab. not the actual number) then why has he played nothing larger than than clubs with the capacity of ~2000 people? doesnt really sound like he’s on top of the game. and as for the song “alone”, have you ever listened to any other songs? the melodic structure of the chorus isn’t all that different than any other song he’s written. its not all that catchy, and barely memorable, compared to even some of his own work. the changes hes made to the style of his music isnt likely doing what he wants; its likely a pathetic attempt to attract the attention of a different/larger market in the vain hopes to make more money. the dancy-synth work is immensely popular in europe and the rap, well, someone needs to give him a heads up that rap and roll hit its heyday and promptly deteriorated after about 2002-2003.

  • Jim Sterrett

    his look? ooooo…tattoos. thats edgy. more metalheads should think about getting them 8|

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