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"Zombified"
Single by Falling in Reverse
from the EP Neon Zombie
ReleasedJanuary 5, 2022
Length3:40
LabelEpitaph
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Tyler Smyth
  • Ronnie Radke
Falling in Reverse singles chronology
"I'm Not a Vampire (Revamped)"
(2021)
"Zombified"
(2022)
"Voices in My Head"
(2022)
Music video
"Zombified" on YouTube

"Zombified" is a song by American rock band Falling in Reverse. It was released on January 5, 2022, through Epitaph Records.[1] The song was released as the first single from the band's upcoming EP titled Neon Zombie.[2] The song was again produced by DangerKids vocalist Tyler Smyth and Ronnie Radke.

Promotion and release[edit]

At the end of 2021, vocalist Ronnie Radke published images through Instagram that showed indication of an upcoming song. On January 4, 2022, the band announced on their social networks that there would be a live broadcast on Radke's Twitch channel the following day.[3] The song was released on January 5, via live stream. It is the first single from their upcoming Neon Zombie EP.[1][2]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Zombified" is a song written by Ronnie Radke, John Lundin, and Cody Quistad. The song's lyrics are a stand against cancel culture, wherein celebrities or popular online personalities get "cancelled" for certain actions, regardless of how long ago said actions were, and whether or not the offender had changed as a person.[4] The song was composed by Ronnie Radke, unlike his previous singles, in this song Radke leaves the rap stage aside and begins to opt for a style closer to heavy metal without neglecting the breakdown and riffs that are not separate from post hardcore.[5] About this single Ronnie explains why he wrote the song:

"I wrote 'Zombified' about how sensitive society has gotten, in my opinion. I think we all need to learn to laugh a little more. I pulled out all the stops for the 'Zombified' video, for the fans, YouTube reactors, and all people alike."[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Jensen Noen who had already directed the band's music videos for other songs such as "Popular Monster", "The Drug in Me Is Reimagined", and "I'm Not a Vampire (Revamped)". The music video shows Falling in Reverse fending off against zombies in a post apocalyptic world.[6] The music video won Best of Festival - Music Video at the 2022 Richmond International Film Festival.[7]

TikTok controversy[edit]

Shortly after its release, several people expressed their discontent with the song on the short video platform known as TikTok. People complained about the line:

"Oh no, they'll never let go
Of something you said 10 years ago
They're cancelling, cancelling you
And they won't stop till everybody's zombified"

Arguing certain legal issues that Ronnie Radke had in the past, such as his involvement in a 2006 killing. Others also questioned Radke for some of his verses from other Falling in Reverse songs, like "Alone".[8]

In popular culture[edit]

Radke's partner and professional wrestler Saraya currently uses "Zombified" as her entrance music in All Elite Wrestling.[9][10]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Falling in Reverse Releases New Single 'Zombified'". Blabbermouth. January 5, 2022. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Aarons, Ricky (January 6, 2022). "Falling In Reverse Announce Neon Zombie EP + Share New Single 'Zombified'". Wall of Sound. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  3. ^ "Falling in Reverse on Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  4. ^ "Falling In Reverse are the latest band to rail against "cancel culture" on new single, "Zombified"". The New Fury. January 9, 2022. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "REVIEW: Falling In Reverse Call Out Cancel Culture in 'Zombified'". Banded. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  6. ^ Childers, Chad. "Falling in Reverse Sound Wake Up Call With Anthemic New Song 'Zombified'". Loudwire. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  7. ^ "Richmond International Film Festival Top Grand Jury and Audience Winners" (PDF). RIFF. Richmond International Film Festival. June 13, 2022. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Schaffner, Lauryn (January 7, 2022). "Falling in Reverse's Ronnie Radke – I'll Never Apologize For Things I Said in the Past". Loudwire. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  9. ^ "Saraya: WWE's Paige shocks fans in debut for rival firm AEW". BBC News. 22 September 2022.
  10. ^ "Thank you to my babe Ronnie Radke for letting me use his song Zombified!". Twitter. September 22, 2022.
  11. ^ "Falling in Reverse Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2022.
  12. ^ "Falling in Reverse Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  13. ^ "Falling In Reverse: Zombified" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  14. ^ "Radio No9 Charts — Week 40/2022". Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  15. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. January 17, 2022. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  17. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. January 14, 2022. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  19. ^ "Falling in Reverse Chart History (Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  20. ^ "Falling in Reverse Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  21. ^ "Falling in Reverse Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  22. ^ "Hot Rock & Alternative Songs – Year-End 2022". Billboard. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  23. ^ "Rock & Alternative Airplay – Year-End 2022". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2022.

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