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Editors’ Notes

Ben Moody's re-emergence as the force behind We Are the Fallen shows that he hasn’t lost his gift for orchestrated otherworldly anguish. On the band’s debut album Tear the World Down, Moody is joined by fellow Evanescence alumni John LeCompt (guitar) and Rocky Gray (drums), as well as former American Idol contestant Carly Smithson on vocals. Smithson’s piecing wails and melodramatic sense of dynamics invite comparisons with Moody’s old partner Amy Lee. Tear the World Down’s songs likewise recall Evanescence’s fusion of romantic torment and blood-stained mysticism. If anything, We Are the Fallen takes these elements even further, plunging Smithson into a vortex of bone-crunching guitars, ominous strings and thunderous percussion. “Bury Me Alive,” “Burn,” “St. John” and the title tune reach operatic heights of emotion. “Through Hell” adds a funk undercurrent to the scary sonic landscape. Smithson is allowed a gentler moment on the yearning “Sleep Well, My Angel.”

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I am a huge Evanescence fan and whilst I simply adore their music and think Amy Lee's chillingly beautiful voice cannot be duplicated , I think this album is simply amazing and deserves the recognition Evanescence would get if it was their album. In parts you can see the trait of 'ex- evanesccence' but in its entirity I think it's simply another strand of Evanescence, with the same motive buy a different sound. Awesome album, will be one of my favourites for a long time! My favourite is St John.


I didn't expect the album to turn out as well as it has. In fact, the song 'Sleep Well, My Angel' reduced me to tears, reminding me of a past experience. Although some of the songs tend to get a little boring halfway through, it's a well-balanced album. The hard, fighting spirit of 'Burn' and 'Tear the World Down' contrast well with 'Don't Leave Me Behind' and 'Sleep Well My Angel.' The bizarre 'St. John' and striking rhythm to 'Through Hell' go well with the more mainstream, 'Bury Me Alive' and 'Without You.' The songs that made the most impact on me, apart from the said SWMA, are 'I Will Stay' and 'I am Only One', really connecting with the audience and their emotions.
A nice first album. Doesn't quite beat the impact that 'Fallen' made by Evanescence, and definitely lacks the key element that Amy Lee's voice brought, but pretty damn good, I have to say.


I am a still big Evanescence fan and really hated it when the band split. But i hoped something good would come out of it like when Dave Mustaine left Metallica and formed Megadeth. That caused two awesome bands to emerge. Unfortunately when Evanescence split and Amy formed her new band and Ben formed We Are The Fallen, this was not the case.

Ben is a decent writer and the musicians really know how to play but i just can't get on with Carly Smithson's vocals. She seems to only ever sing in monotone and her style is like old christian hymn singing. It just drones on and on and on. Amy Lee on the other hand has a mass of dynamics and range to her voice. And after comparing We Are The Fallen's debut album to Evanescence's last one 'The Open Door' where Ben was no longer writing with Amy, it is quite evident that Amy can hold her own as an artist and composer.

Amy was the top lyricist and vocalist for Evanescence. Ben and the other ex Evanescence members have done their best to mimic the original band but it just has not worked. I think they need to stop trying to be like the old Evanescence and change up their style of music to suit Carly's voice or just get rid of her and let her do pop. It's quite creepy how they've chosen to dress Carly just like Amy dressed. It's like something out of a horror movie where 2 parents lose their daughter in a tragic accident, so they adopt a new girl and try to make her into the one they lost. *shudders*


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2008 by former members of the popular goth metal/pop outfit Evanescence, We Are the Fallen (a name derived from Evanescence's 2003 album, Fallen) employed their predecessor's penchant for melodrama and brooding theatricality with a newfound emphasis on the band as a whole. Rocky Gray, John LeCompt, and Ben Moody -- the latter of whom left Evanescence in 2003 -- had experienced significant tensions within their group as it rose to international fame behind talented singer/pianist Amy Lee,...
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