We Are The Fallen
Tear The World Down


2.0
poor

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
May 10th, 2010 | 63 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Absolutely no effort was made to do more than cash in on Evanescence fans' nostalgia for a seven year old album.

The anticipation for We Are the Fallen’s debut album started swelling well before any music was ever even released. The hype around this band centered on the fact that it contained ex-members of Evanescence (including Ben Moody) as well as Carly Smithson of American Idol fame. Once the first single was posted online it became obvious that the band was planning on remaining very close to Evanescence’s debut album – a fact that thrilled some and bored others. The problem is that We Are The Fallen have stuck so close to Evanescence’s debut album that Tear The World Down sounds old and tired well before it ever ends for the first time.

The most efficient way to describe this album is to simply state that this is Fallen without the strong songwriting, Linkin Park influence, and novelty. Quite simply, since the release of that album, a ton of other bands have copied its sound and most of them have executed it better than this and with a bit more originality. The riffs on this album are the same generic nu-metal chugs broken up by occasional clean guitar melodies that anyone would expect, and the symphonic elements feel as if their inclusion was an afterthought. It seems safe to say that the band didn’t put a lot of work into this album and were content with simply trying to cash in on name recognition and past successes. In case the band name isn’t a blatant enough admission of this focus, tracks such as “Sleep Well, My Angel” with its obvious emulation of “My Immortal” should make it completely clear that the band is banking entirely on nostalgia. Of course, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the music was any good, but it’s really not.

Instead, this album feels like the same bad Fallen outtake played on a loop with minor subtle changes made between each track. The problem begins with the band’s insistence on playing nearly every song at the same moderate pace and with the same generic beat, but it doesn’t end there. The riffs also lack any real identity or true variation, and the melodic sections that are meant to provide a break from the monotonous riffs are either too weak or too brief to make a real impact. The symphonic elements, on the other hand, are tastefully done but are undermined by the fact that they sound very cheap and outdated. Bands such as Within Temptation and even Red have both utilized symphonic elements on recent releases and they sound infinitely better than what is presented here. This leaves the vocals of Carly Smithson with the task of pulling the music out of the ***. While she does have a great voice, she just isn’t given enough to work with and ends up utilizing the same vocal melodies over and over again (with a few exceptions).

For some reason, there was a bit of backlash against Evanescence’s second album, The Open Door, and We Are the Fallen could have capitalized on it – but they’ve failed. They’ve failed because they didn’t make any attempt to do more than copy Fallen’s sound, and they couldn’t even pull that off. It’s a shame because if they had been able to accomplish even one of those two things this could have won over every last fan that is tired of waiting for a third Evanescence release. Instead we’ve been left with a blatant emulation of a tired sound by a band that seems so uninspired that they couldn’t even be bothered to make enough effort to differentiate their own songs from one another. When this is combined with a production that neuters any power that the songs can occasionally muster, what we have left is a total waste of time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
May 10th 2010


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Looks like I'm in the minority here... don't care, this is bad.

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2010


31356 Comments


Coding in the 2nd paragraph man

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

maidenpmcc
May 10th 2010


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Willie, it's your opinion mate.

Dryden
May 10th 2010


12928 Comments


okayy

Willie
Moderator
May 10th 2010


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Coding in the 2nd paragraph man
I was working on it ;)

It's your opinion mate.
Yeah, and it's not like I hate this kind of music. I'm actually probably one of the biggest suckers for female-fronted metal on the site.

HugCrewLoveRoll
May 10th 2010


612 Comments


summary made me lol.

cvlts
May 10th 2010


8967 Comments


this just looks bad... album.

Ponton
Emeritus
May 10th 2010


5803 Comments


Well argued. Never really had much interest in this I guess. So whose voice do you prefer, Amy or Carly?

Willie
Moderator
May 10th 2010


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I actually prefer Carly's voice, but she wasn't given anything to work with.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2010


16434 Comments


I'm actually probably one of the biggest suckers for female-fronted metal on the site.

It's a tie between you and BallsToTheWall. This doesn't sound very good, and considering I generally hate female-fronted metal I'd probably think it's bad.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

cvlts
May 10th 2010


8967 Comments


now that's just sexist!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2010


16434 Comments


pls dont report me

maidenpmcc
May 10th 2010


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I personally don't think this album is a cheap carbon copy of Fallen, I thought it was pretty good.

Well since this album is out, much anticipation for Evanescence's third album?

cvlts
May 10th 2010


8967 Comments


ill giv ya a pass, k?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2010


16434 Comments


whew close one

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2010


31356 Comments


I have a feeling this will more than likely be terrible

I was working on it ;)

Sure you were haha

bloc
May 10th 2010


34919 Comments


Is this anything like Theatre of Tragedy? That's probably my favourite female fronted metal act.

Willie
Moderator
May 10th 2010


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I personally don't think this album is a cheap carbon copy of Fallen, I thought it was pretty good.

Well since this album is out, much anticipation for Evanescence's third album?
I've listened to it numerous times and I keep hearing too many things that remind me of Fallen, and there's nothing else left to it after you combine that with all the monotony in the song writing for this album.

I have a lot of anticipation for it, actually. She's name-dropping some pretty cool bands that she claims to be using for inspiration (like Portishead and Massive Attack).

Is this anything like Theatre of Tragedy? That's probably my favourite female fronted metal act.
Nothing like them. Try Draconian's latest one.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2010


31356 Comments


She's name-dropping some pretty cool bands that she claims to be using for inspiration (like Portishead and Massive Attack).

Really? That sounds like it might be a disaster in the making

maidenpmcc
May 10th 2010


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds pretty damn interesting.



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