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Evanescence Fallen Wind-Up 2003 Reviewed by: Nailer

Track Listing
1. Going Under
2. Bring Me To Life
3. Everybody's Fool
4. My Immortal
5. Haunted
6. Tourniquet
7. Imaginary
8. Taking Over Me
9. Hello
10. My Last Breath
11. Whisper
I have to give these guys credit for doing something right. There's tons of bands out there playing this guitar-based, Gothic rock, but only a couple have managed to really make inroads into the American market. Italian-bred Lacuna Coil is getting some play, but it sure ain't near six million in sales which is a hell of a lot for any band.

The band were apparently known for openly being a Christian rock act prior to the release of the current album ‘Fallen’. But now they seem keen to distance themselves from their past. It is evident on songs like "Tourniquet", but not overt.

Singer Amy Lee has said that "I don't think metal fits us. I don't think nu-metal fits us. I don't think anything fits us...it would take, like, 10 words for me to give a name for it. I think we're something completely new." Well, I think I can describe it and it's not at all new. It's female-fronted rock with gothic overtones. Musically, there's nothing special--rock chords over standard rhythms with some string/keyboard arrangements. The gothic part comes in with the lyrics which are over-the-top, melodrama. I'd swear that every Evanescence song is a mini-opera of some near-death, depressed character and their loving savior come to pull them out of misery. I'm not knocking it; I'm just pointing out the overdramatics that it contains.

Amy Lee is the real key to this mass appeal--she can seriously wail. The choruses of "Going Under" and "Bring Me to Life" are evidence enough. She just belts the words out with the major-league lung capacity that you don't hear from all of the other homogenous rock groups out there.

I'm not such a closed-minded a metalhead that I can't enjoy something so mindlessly commercial, but for all it's sales, there isn't a lot of staying power for me. Let's see if this band can grow with their second CD or implode in the fires of mass marketing.


--Nailer 05.25.04
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Anywhere But HomeEvanescence
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