Ex-members of Evanescence along with American Idol alum Carly Smithson made their debut today as We Are The Fallen. In front of sixty or so record industry executives, cameramen, and members of the press, the band took the stage at SIR in Hollywood and performed two songs—their first single “Bury Me Alive” and Evanescence’s “Going Under.”
Smithson gave Amy Lee of Evanescence a run for her money. While “Bury Me Alive” had a similar sound to Evanescence material, it was performed flawlessly. Smithson, clad in all black and combat boots, reached every note effortlessly. Both catchy and intense, “Bury Me Alive” is a hit in the making.
Unfortunately, We Are The Fallen didn’t offer another original single and instead resurrected Evanescence’s “Going Under.” While “Going Under” is a favorite among Evanescence fans, it came as a disappointment that the band paid homage to the past in their official debut.
Such has been of concern to Evanescence fans. Although it is inevitable that We Are The Fallen’s sound will be similar to that of Evanescence, some are wary that the band may be a carbon copy, with the exclusion of Lee. Even the band name has caused controversy among Evanescence fans who believe that We Are The Fallen alludes to Evanescence’s first album “Fallen.” When asked in the Q&A after the performance if the name made a “statement,” Moody replied:
“We had actually been talking about the band name a lot for a long time and it just really seemed like We Are the Fallen…it just seemed like a really good idea to encompass all of our fans that we already had with our previous band and I guess make it more of an inviting thing for all the fans to come in and be a part of something rather than just be a fan of a group.”
The name has even encountered drama outside the realm of Evanescence. Originally called The Fallen, the band had to rename to We Are The Fallen due to potential trademark infringement.
To hear "Bury Me Alive" in its entirety, head over to wearethefallen.com and be one of the first 100,000 fans to receive a free download.
What do you make of all this? Is We Are The Fallen a better or worse Evanescence?
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