Don’t we like another Evanescence album and then a good one to boot? Well, Jeez, ’tis not one of ’em. Oops, sorry (well, I’m not… LOL). It is indeed the old band, just without Amy Lee. And a lot of that stuff they produce really sounds like it. Just listen to Tear The World Down and you’ll understand. Interestingly, the front woman and singer Carly Smithson at times really sounds like Amy, so evil tongues could say We are the Fallen have recreated their own band all over again.
But this would be way too simplistic and nothing is ever simple in life, right? Now, folks, the brand We are the Fallen project is much more straightforward and rockier than Evanescence ever was. Now, their brand is by far not as airy – not necessarily darker, but somehow – without Lithium (note: a key track on The Open Door). More addictive in this sense, perhaps? Not sure how to describe it – more real and crystal clear?
With Tear the World Down the band – under the leadership (?) of Ben Moody – have not created something really new in style, but have re-invented themselves instead. And We are the Fallen rightly reacted to some criticism later that they created the Evanescence sound and they cannot help, but being themselves. What can I say.
The album really takes off fast with Bury me Alive, very deep and dark, full of painful wisdom. Just to be followed by another hard one, Burn, kind of a turnaround on the former one. Paradigm is noteworthy as well, but this is blown out of the sky by the soft ballad Sleep Well, My Angel. I also like I will Stay, perhaps a bit too close to home to be comfortable at times – so this one really depends on the mood. But then immediately offset by Without You; the whole record seems to be a hot and cold shower kind of production.
And the following tracks kind of follow the same vein, but still are either soft or rock hard, but never boring and really very well executed.
Tear The World Down makes you wanting more from this band, but I get the (sinking?) feeling that this was really a one-off. Kind of an act of desperation of being left alone by their former band mate. Not that it got any better with Evanescence later, but more to that in one of the coming posts.
So, let’s hope that We are the Fallen will come back one day with some fresh material. Well done, boys and girl. Keep it up! I will continue to look for you, but it is really hard to keep interested in something that wants to die. And Amy for sure is getting nowhere these days.
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