The first studio album ‘Fallen‘ of the US band Evanescence hit the charts like a bomb displaying their unique sound that the band under Ben Moody‘s and Amy Lee’s leadership created (the relationship still kinda worked at that time, when creation occurred, that is..). This combined with the ethereal voice of Amy Lee created the true potential this band possessed at that time. And the success speaks by itself, once the album released in Europe in 2004 (US was 2003), it took off like a rocket and would not leave the charts for – like – forever.
Nowadays of course they have massive competition mainly coming from Europe, but some of that you can really not compare, as it goes much further than the somewheat purer Gothic Metal sound this band is displaying. But back then, this was a killer sound, not to be topped by anything better. A Goth’s dream.
‘Fallen’ is in truth probably the commercially most successful album this band ever made, a massive success, featuring tracks like ‘My Immortal‘ that was hovering around the top positions in the charts for a very long time across the globe.
Back to the album, the band is displaying an affinity for different styles, best described as (a light style of) Gothic Metal, with some symphonic and Hard Rock influences in there. The negative is that it appears to be much of the same at times, nothing very innovative and not quite surprising.
Many of the songs speak about emotional difficulties Amy seemed to have had back then. All very well crafted in the lyrics department – a roller coaster if you like to hear and understand the words. This is kind of followed through in their later records – going much deeper still.
The first two tracks ‘Going Under‘ and ‘Bring me to Life‘ are very good. The main ticket in there and definitely to be recommended is ‘My Immortal‘ (of course), but I would definitely favor the radio/video version, which is better crafted and executed.
‘Haunted‘, ‘Tourniquet‘ and ‘Imaginary‘ I like as well with a preference to the latter, which has a very fresh, but haunted quality to it. All of those with lyrics especially deep and dark that can be interpreted any which way.
Sadly, the relationship between Amy and Ben did not survive the year and they broke up bitterly by October 2003 with Ben leaving the band. Wanna learn more? There is a good, but somewhat wordy testimonial straight from Ben Moody posted on Blabbermouth.net. Ben went – by the way – on to become a sought after song writer, probably most famous for creating the band ‘We are the Fallen’, featuring typical Ben Moody sound with a few veteran Evanescence players in there.
This is a good album with great, great sound, but the lyrics can get to you in a bad moment. For sure not a depression improver.
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