Evanescence, We Are The Fallen and reclaiming the dream.

Evanescence - 

   If you listen to Evanescence’s first album; Fallen (Wind-Up Records 2003), and second album; The Open Door (Wind-Up Records 2006), you will notice a difference. The Open Door just doesn’t pull you in and get you hooked the way Fallen did. That’s because there is one very important ingredient in the Evanescence recipe that isn’t there on The Open Door. Ben Moody.

   When Ben first left the band in October 2003, just 7 months after the release of Fallen, there were questions as to whether or not Amy Lee would be able to hold the band on her own. People wondered how much Ben really contributed to the unique sound that is Evanescence. Amy assured us that she was a primary writer in creating the signature style, and Evanescence would still sound like Evanescence. After all, it was her voice that shocked the music world when ‘Bring Me To Life’ hit radio stations around the world. 

    Fans waited a full year before anything new was released by ‘Evanescence’. In November 2004 a live DVD entitled Anywhere But Home hit stores everywhere. Upon watching you’ll notice Ben is not seen or mentioned whatsoever in any of the footage. In the ‘behind the scenes’ footage the band appears to get along very well, having a lot of fun together onstage and off.

   In October 2006 The Open Door was released (Yes, two years later). The first single ‘Call Me When You’re Sober’ lacks the metaphorical quality of songs from Fallen, and at first listen sounds a little over-produced. With many layers of voice and instrument tracks, and Amy pushing her vocal range beyond what is comfortable. The rest of the album pretty much follows suit. Would Amy be able to pull this off live? Unfortunately the answer is NO. Amy has always had trouble sounding as good live as she does on recordings. She falls flat consistently, and the new material seems to cause her even more difficulty.

   In May 2007 guitarist John LeCompt was fired by Amy, and Rocky Gray quit the band seemingly because of this. Apparently they didn’t all get along as well as it had seemed. Amy claims John and Rocky just weren’t as passionate about the music as she was, and she would not let them bring her down. John and Rocky claim that it just wasn’t a ‘band’ atmosphere anymore because Amy would not let them have any part in the creative process. Amy wanted ‘Evanescence’ to be all her own.

   Unfortunately that is the latest news about ‘Evanescence’. 


We Are The Fallen - 

   On June 22nd 2009 Ben Moody, John LeCompt, Rocky Gray, Marty O’Brien, and Carly Smithson (American Idol Finalist) held a press conference announcing their new band, We Are The Fallen. During the conference they performed live a new song they had written together entitled ‘Bury Me Alive’, along with an Evanescence classic, ‘Going Under’. Upon hearing ‘Bury Me Alive’ it becomes clear who had the most influence on Evanescence’s sound, and it wasn’t Amy Lee. The band seems to agree that they all have equal say in what goes on in the group, and it doesn’t feel like any one person is trying to run the show.

   It appears that Ben Moody never gave up on the dream he had for Evanescence. We Are The Fallen are something new and different, but at the same time this is what Evanescence could have been. As of now ‘Bury Me Alive’ is the only song that has been released by the band, but they say another one should be available sometime in September 2009. They don’t plan to release a full album until after they’ve released songs one or two at a time over the next year or so, amidst excessive touring.

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Anonymous 7 years ago

Ehh, The Open Door is a much better album than Fallen. Fallen is a great album too but it's leagues behind The Open Door. It's not a perfect album, but it's close to it. And Ben is overrated, he can write good catchy music but that's it.

True, Amy does have a hard time singing, but at least she doesn't lip them. I would rather watch a singer who runs out of breath when singing but puts all their energy and heart out to their performance rather than a "robot."

And no...the latest news from Evanescence is that they are currently writing and at the process of recording new music.


Anonymous 1 7 years ago

I agree with the comments above. I didn't want Fallen 2. The Open Door wasn't as easy to digest, which I really liked because it proved that the band are able to push their sound.

I think it's harsh to say Amy cannot pull off the second album live because simply she can. Sure their have been off performances. But she is a human being remember. There are many amazing performances on youtube of Evanescence with perfect vocals.

As for "We are the Fallen"? Seriously??? They couldn't get a better name? Are just kidding themselves. I think Ben is an amazing writer and John and Rocky put a lot of hard work in Ev. But they aren't going to get massive buy putting out music exactly like what's been done before.

I know people will disagree ( Which is fine because we all have different views) But it's clear the Carly is trying to be Amy Lee. The black hair, the all off a sudden change of cloths. Even her voice sounds different from when she was on American idol.

Evanescence is returning next year. With Terry writing with Amy again. And Tim collaborating aswell. It's going to be a very chaotic year.

I wish Ben, John, Rocky a healthy year, but honestly they are making fools out of themselves. Also they covered "Going Under" a very well known Evanescence song!?!?!? What the Fuck


Dinorah 7 years ago

Really? I don't think so

The open door

is much better that fallen

Fallen is very improvist

and The opne Door

Is poetic

is music

is art


Darren09 7 years ago

either way, i like the music and that's all there is


Mark 7 years ago

Umm... your article is very one-sided. and amy lee was the main lyricist, evanescence's strongest point.


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edierydn 7 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

I would comment here but it's too long. Here is my response: http://hubpages.com/entertainment/responsetoevanes


boo 7 years ago

amy lee is a bitch. everyone knows it, her fans just don't want to admit it.


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e.eastwood 7 years ago from west sussex

at the end of the day its about the music and not the band. evanescence's music is great. Over the time many bands that have been together for a long time, say ten years, would change their music. One album may sound hip hop and the next more Gothic. Its natural, they are trying new things, e.g Black Eyed Peas. Their new album is nothing like their previous, its all about electric sounds. And at the end of the day, a perfect band is when their music is applauded. Great music is when its never the same again and i guess evanescence are great at creating different types of music, what ever the case of the break up.


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kephrira 7 years ago from Birmingham

interesting, I remember hearing Evanescence a few years ago and liking the sound. Thanks!


J Shaine 6 years ago

edierydn buy you some ears. Ben and Amy were evanescence during fallen but Ben is way more commercial and AMy is all for the music. When you listen to WATF the soul is missing. There are structure but the sound doesn't fit. Now Evanescence it's Amy and Terry and I must say that in the music of today they are the most creative band. By the way can't wait the next album who's gonna be released in 2010 with piano, harp, chord...

For WATF I must said that at first I was exepcting the ben moody's album. I'm disgusted by the band. Taking a girl to do a rip-off evanescence it's kind of lame. Taking the name fallen is lamer. And for the music I must said that the amy touch is missing. It's all flat without substance. The violin are harsh, the voice wants to look a like amy but does not and doesn't fit to the melody.

WATF just seems to be a huge joke to mock evanescence.

I will be glad to see Ben, John and rocky collaborate in a new direction to create great music. 'cause beside taking a name, doing covers of evanescence to do free advertissement to their new band the music is flawless, empty.

They should took the lead singer of Machina instead of a contestant of american idol.


reality check 6 years ago

do you really think that smithson is ever gonna be as good as a lead singer as amy lee? Get real! amy is one of a kind vocalist, her voice is unique and that's what made you fall in love with evanescence. i think the whole band look to we are the fallen is rediculous, they are copying everything down to a tee, even the clothing style. Pathetic!! the open door ablum was great and different and grown which most artist do,,,grow.


ladiebugue 6 years ago

It looks and sounds like they are just forming Carly into a new Amy. I loved Evanescence from the moment I heard them. But I don't want to listen to Evanescence's clone. New band? Fine, whatever. New singer? Okay, but at least give her her own look, her own sound and stop trying to blame everything bad on the original. I look forward to Evenescence's new album. Who cares if it takes time to make. I'd rather wait for something worth listening too than have cookie cutter music released every month or so on the internet.


DyingMemory 6 years ago

I'm not really a fan of either band. But the Open Door, in my opinion was better than fallen, the songs didn't sound all the same. And I'll tip my hat to We Are the Fallen for creating music they like, but they got to quit whining. If you don't want to be like Evanescence then don't perform their songs live and don't reference them in every other line of your bio on your band's website.


Sharon 5 years ago

The Open Door, Amy Lee, the new evanescence and the song what you want sucks!!!


A fan 5 years ago

Now Evanescence return for their 3rd album...the song just getting better, listened to made of stone, that a huge song with multiple evanescence signature...for me WTF is the good band that's all but the music they play i just cant get along...i would say Ev's TOD is better and new album 2x better


jane 4 years ago

for me good music comes first,no matter it's ev or watf,I just wanna enjoy.amy and ben are both talented.I've listened to watf and I loved,just the way I love evanescence.


Tom 4 years ago

I like both bands its cool to have two. More music yeahh!


pynr 2 years ago

I wanna say something to ben; yes you did fallen album but you don't have to do the same music like that. Be creative, difrent :D watf has got past members of evanescence but now you arent evanescence. ıf you do music same all the albums their fans get bored which is very popular music in the past. Last, i love in the song in evanescence album. Bury me alive is great but not difrent so its not long live song i think.

Edit: sorry for my english cause i am turk


james 2 years ago

really I like both bands a lot,I really can tell how shallow minded most of you are on here.It's all about who's better or who is copying the other.I think people should just try to realize they are both very good in creating music.Yes they both sound similar,that's because you tend to stay with the same style you create.Because WATF is basically EV minus the singer they will sound the same.both bands have the same blueprint on creating music now.


TryForPeace 2 years ago

I don't understand. Why all this hate on either one of them? They're celebrities and as such they will do stupid crap. All we can do is acknowledge that each band makes fine music in its own way. Screw all the drama! I'm always a fan of Evanescence and We Are The Fallen is pretty neat, too.

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