Thursday, July 1, 2010
We Are The Fallen- "Tear The World Down"
After a make-up of three ex-Evanescence members, a new vocalist, and a new direction for music, We Are The Fallen is born. With the first listen to the band, one may think they are just another Evanescence knock-off band. Well, with three members who made up the band before and a female vocalist who has similar vocals to Amy Lee, it's hard to not make that comparison. However, after a couple listens to the album all the way through, it's easy to dismiss that idea and realize they have something more to offer than to be just another Evanescence all over again.
We Are The Fallen is made up of former Evanescence members Ben Moody with lead guitar, John Lecrompt with rythym guitar, and drummer Rocky Gray. Also in the mixture is former American Idol contestant Carly Smithson and bassist Marty O' Brien. One can tell this is an experienced and talented bunch ready to give new, great music and that's what they have done with their May 2010 release of "Tear The World Down." While the album sends striking similarities to early Evanescence music, it's clear the album is more energetic and heavy than anything heard by Evanescence.
The album starts with their first single from the album "Bury Me Alive." The song builds up quick to catchy guitar riffs and fast drums to show off what they wanted to express in this album and project. Hearing Smithson's vocals for the first time is definitely satisfying with a range and strength in her voice unlike some female vocalists today. There is also a bit of a rawness to her voice that fits with the intensity of the music. This track could definitely catch the attention of listeners right off the bat, anticipating what the rest of the album will bring.
"Tear The World Down" features 11 tracks of pure talent. There's isn't a track that should be skipped as they are all very noteworthy and make the album blend together very well. "Burn" is the moment the album starts to build up even more with its rapid bass line and fast drums. "Don't Leave Me Behind" is one of the most noteworthy tracks on the album. It's slower in pace, but just as heavy and somber which is featured in Smithson's voice and the lyrics. This band definitely has the talent to range from heavy and intense songs to soothing, emotional songs like "Sleep Well My Angel." There's a lot of heart put into this song which is definitely evident just listening to it. The middle of the songs picks a bit but just to make the song even darker. Though it's one of the softest, this song is one of the remarkable songs on the album.
Other noteworthy songs on this album are "Through Hell" and "I Will Stay." One of my personal favorites on the whole album since my first listen is "St. John." The lyrics are very interesting and almost a little bit creepy. This is also a song where Smithson's vocal range is very well featured. The chorus is very catchy and with a very interesting guitar riff to accompany.
Like I said, it's hard to praise every song because all 11 songs contribute to make this debut album a very successful release. This band would please rock and nu-metal lovers and Evanescence fans who get over them being an "Evanescence knock-off" and realize they are now their own band with their own direction.