Tear the World Down by We Are the Fallen on Apple Music

11 Songs

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.”

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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About We Are the Fallen

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, so when the opportunity for a new project arose, they looked to former American Idol contestant Carly Smithson to provide the pipes. We Are the Fallen released their first single, "Bury Me Alive," on June 22, 2009, and the debut album Tear the World Down followed in May 2010. ~ James Christopher Monger

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