Evanescence, We Are The Fallen and reclaiming the dream.
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.