|Single by Falling in Reverse|
|from the EP Neon Zombie|
|Released||January 5, 2022|
|Falling in Reverse singles chronology|
"Zombified" is a song by American rock band Falling in Reverse. It was released on January 5, 2022, through Epitaph Records. The song was released as the first single from the band's upcoming EP titled Neon Zombie. The song was again produced by DangerKids vocalist Tyler Smyth and Ronnie Radke.
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. The song was released on January 5, via live stream. It is the first single from their upcoming Neon Zombie EP.
"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. 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. 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."
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. The music video won Best of Festival - Music Video at the 2022 Richmond International Film Festival.
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".