Carly Smithson and The Fallen – Register for a Free Download – Listen to a Stream of “Bury Me Alive”

The website for Carly Smithson’s new band, The Fallen, is now live.

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If you’d like to hear The Fallen’s new single, “Bury Me Alive”, sooner rather than later,   be one of the first 10, 000 to sign up for their newsletter.   You can do that right HERE.

The news broke Friday that Carly would be joining forces with ex-members of the band Evanescence to form the brand new group.

A news conference and live performance from Carly and the band is reportedly scheduled for today.   Stay tuned for news about that.

UPDATED: I added video from today’s press conference (via Idoltracker) where the band performed their single “Bury Me Alive”. Good luck to Carly emerging from the shadow of Amy Lee. The song sounds very Evanescence-ish.

  • Listen to the studio version at the band’s My Space HERE.

Apparently, the response to the free download was overwhelming. The download for those who registered early won’t be available til later tonight. See video of Carly explaining after the jump…

Press Conference performance

Message from the band

Overwhelming Response to 'Bury Me Alive'

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64 Comments

  1. I’m so excited I can’t wait any longer. I registered and am still waiting for the e-mail gahh…

  2. I’m going to register and then resell mine on ebay. I wonder how much it’ll fetch.

  3. Why is Carly dressed and made up like a clone of Amy Lee?

    I noticed that, too. That is weird.

  4. wtf? I don’t want to register just so that they can keep emailing me with their stuff. I would think that they would at least put the song up so people can listen to it first!

  5. I registered for the free song. Can’t wait to hear it. I always enjoyed listening to Carly more when I didn’t watch her perform (she always seemed so angry!) and I think she has a great rock voice, so I’m looking forward to listening to this.

    PLEASE DO NOT respond to off topic posts

  6. Why is Carly dressed and made up like a clone of Amy Lee?

    To be fair, Carly doesn’t have to try very hard to look like an Amy Lee clone, cuz she pretty much looks like normal Carly in that band pic IMO. Anyway, Evanescence comparisons notwithstanding, that site and that photo look fantastic. Kinda excited for her.

    So is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Bury Me Aliveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  the inverse of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Bring Me To Lifeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ?

    Hee. Seriously. That, and the band name (The Fallen) worry me about Evanescence comparisons way more than the fact that Carly is styled a bit like Amy Lee. Cuz if the actual music, thematically and otherwise are too much like Evanescence material, that would be weird. Anyone heard the song yet? How is it?

  7. Noctem seizure, that is too funny. I liked Evanescence, but the the points you make are dead on. Whatever happened to Amy Lee, anyway?

    I don’t want to sign up for a newsletter, so I’ll wait until there is some other way to listen to it. I liked Carly on the show, and if its good (as I hope it is), I’ll buy it.

  8. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“See weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re not like Evanescence at all! Ok, well three of us were *in* Evanescence, and our new frontwoman looks and sounds very similar to the old lead singer of Evanescence, and we named our band after the first Evanescence albumà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Bwah! That’s hilarious, noctem.

    I like Carly and never followed Evanescence, so I don’t really care if she’s dressed like Amy Lee, but it does seem like they’re going for the whole Evanescence vibe. I guess it’s a fine line they need to walk here, but ulimately it will all come down to how good the music is (I hope).

    (I signed up for the free single. You can always unsubscribe after you get the tune if you don’t want to keep receiving stuff. I do that all the time with all kinds of crap.)

  9. I signed up for it. Though a fan, I was unimpressed with the Michael Johns material that is coming out tomorrow, so hopefully Carly’s single will be something to get excited about.

  10. Because weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re the opposite of Evanescence!

    LOL, that reminds me of that relatively recent SNL sketch about that reverse Bon Jovi tribute band that sings all Bon Jovi lyrics backwards? Sorry if that’s an obscure reference, but yeah, this Evanescence similarity is almost comical…

    Whatever happened to Amy Lee, anyway?

    Amy Lee is still fronting Evanescence– she basically replaced all these original guys with new guys.

  11. Did anyone get their free download yet. It has been well over two hours and I got nothing. How soon are they sending the downloads?

  12. Cool. I registered. I too was disappointed with Michael Johns’ first effort, but I expect Carly’s to be much better. (Hoping and wishing and…)

    And LOL noctem. Funny stuff!

  13. Evanescence hasn’t released anything in a while, has it? (Which is why I didn’t know what Amy Lee was doing.) Maybe The Fallen will fill the Evanescence gap.

    Amy Lee’s features aren’t as sharp as Carly’s, but I think the website photographs make Carly look really pretty. I always thought the lighting and camera work on AI were unflattering — I saw her in person after one of the AI7 tour shows, and she is much more petite, and much much prettier, than she looked on camera.

    I hope the group is successful. I liked Carly on the show and was sorry when she got the boot.

  14. I never listened to Evanescence. I’ve probably heard them but I wouldn’t even know. I signed up for this because I’m anxious to see how Carly does. I could care less about Amy Lee. I’ve no freaking clue who she is.

  15. Registered. I hope this band is a success. I like Carly and would love to hear her on my radio.

  16. I registered. Looking forward to it. I think this is a pretty incredible opportunity for Carly. I wish her well.

  17. In fact, Amy posted the following statement in Evanescence.com:

    Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
    6/19/2009
    There’s some pretty weird stuff flying around right now and I’d like to clear up some confusion in the press. As our fans already know, Ben Moody left Evanescence in 2003. Evanescence came out with a follow-up to Fallen in 2006. It was called The Open Door and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and reached platinum status in just over a month. The Open Door has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. We’re currently working on new material that I’m extremely excited about. I believe that to make great music you have to give yourself the freedom to evolve. I don’t see the point in making the same record twice, so I always want to challenge myself to make something better, stronger, and more interesting than before. That takes time, but it’s worth the wait for me. Hopefully, it will be for the fans too. Look out for new music next year…

    -Amy

    “Will the real slim shady please stand up?” LOL, I think she got pissed when people started speculating about Evanescence being done, or the similarities between Evanescence and The Fallen, so she decided to make clear her band is still working and that the last album was successful.

  18. ^^ Hmm, now I’m actually more interested in what Amy Lee is doing than The Fallen.
    Anyway, not signing up because I’m too lazy and in this day and age once the song goes out to anyone, it’ll be all over the place anyway.

    Noctem, that was one funny post, btw.

  19. Well, I am always up for free stuff, but I had to lie about my birthday since it wouldn’t take my actual date (and I am not a minor, so that wasn’t it).

  20. LOL, that reminds me of that relatively recent SNL sketch about that reverse Bon Jovi tribute band that sings all Bon Jovi lyrics backwards? Sorry if thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s an obscure reference, but yeah, this Evanescence similarity is almost comicalà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    You mean JonBovi — the world’s first BonJovi opposite band! With their hits:

    “Coz I’m Unwanted, Alive and Dead” or “Oh-whoa, we’re all the way there. Dying on a prayer”

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/61232/saturday-night-live-update-jon-bovi

  21. Carly sounded fantastic in the video! She was able to show off her range as she loves to do as well as her pretty lower register…I signed up right when the site went live and can’t wait to see more from them!

  22. the studio version is streaming on their MySpace now, along with an apology VLOG about the downloaded version. Carly’s cute in it!

  23. Reminder:

    I’m going to start banning people who respond to off-topic posts. Please don’t do that.

  24. They to put it up on their My Space page LISTEN TO IT HERE.

    Sounds so much like Evanescence in the Fallen days, only with Carly’s voice in it. Nice song, I think I love it because I flove Evanescence, but surely it would sound even better with Amy’s voice.

    But I really really like it.

  25. Thanks for letting us know where to find it. I really like it too!!

  26. So it’s basically Evanescence, minus Amy Lee and plus Carly. Alrighty.

    Not a big fan of this style of music, but I love Carly and I hope she does well :)

  27. I am just so happy for Carly!! They have a video on the myspace talking about the overwhelming response they’ve gotten!

    I like it!!

  28. I’m so happy for Carly! The band sounds great and I can’t wait to hear them on the radio.

  29. So ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s basically Evanescence, minus Amy Lee and plus Carly. Alrighty.

    Yup.

    It sounds so much like Evanescence, that it’s verging on too much. I do think this is absolutely the right career move for Carly and I wish her all the best, but I got sick of “The Fallen” album after about 5 listens, and I see the same happening with this song. Not my favorite kind of rock.

    All the best to Carly, I hope this does well. She now actually stands a chance for a great career and I hope she gets it.

  30. Wow, I listened and it’s effing awesome. I really am excited about this.

  31. I’m listening to the single now from the MS link (thanks golcook :)) and I really like it. :)

  32. SybilTrelawney
    Noctem seizure
    , that is too funny. I liked Evanescence, but the the points you make are dead on. Whatever happened to Amy Lee, anyway?

    I agree, lol. Pretty spot-on, Noctem. It sounds *very* reminiscent of Evanescence, with maybe a bit more rock & a little less atmosphere in Carly’s voice (compared to Amy Lee’s). That’s the only difference I hear.

  33. If you think about it logically, the three guys are from the original Evanescence so its not really suprising they sound like them! Its obviously those guys style and it must be very hard to change if you have certain ways of doing things and writing songs. So i’m not at all surprised they sound like the original, but as you say with Carly Smithson.

  34. I just listened to it on their Myspace and it’s really good. Carly sounds great. It’s a good fit for her. I just hope for her sake that she isn’t continually compared to Amy Lee because that would just suck.

    I just read on Ben Moody’s wiki that he left Evanescence because of creative differences. He’s done some songwriting since then for some well-known artists, some of them from AI. I guess we’ll have to wait until Amy’s new album is released to see how it all shakes out – will we have two bands with different sounds or Evanescence 1.0 and 2.0?

  35. Well, Carly records very well so that’s the part that counts as far as her being the new Amy Lee of the revamped-basically-Evanescence-under-a-new-name band. I like Amy Lee, but don’t think she’s the be all and end all of female rock vocalists, so I don’t think Carly will come off looking bad by comparison. Anyway, I think the song is very Evanescence sounding, which makes sense because if they (the band) want the band’s old fans to come along for the ride, the fans have got to be reassured that the vibe of the old band is intact. Also, it makes it easier for radio to add the song because as far as the PDs are concerned, it sounds like a continuation of the old band that had tons of hits, right?

    I’m really happy for Carly and hope The Fallen do great with this new incarnation. She has a killer voicee and has always excelled in the recording studio. Having the band helps complete her where she was lacking — having a distinct artistic identity. (And she’ll inherit a fanbase that won’t be scared of her and her husband’s tats! Hee.)

  36. Carly has said many times her favorite all time band is Heart. While it might look like evenessence, she really just looks like a modern day Ann Wilson or Stevie Nicks. Same look. Hippy, Rock Chick look.

    Dressed that way in High school. Love that look to this day.

  37. I was not a Carly fan cause she always looked angry but I love her voice and I think this will be a good fit for her. Love the song on Myspace! Signed up for the free download – hopefully in time! I am excited about this – never thought I would be buying Carly, but I guess I should never say never. I like this music alot.

  38. Carly always reminded me of Amy Lee right from the moment she appeared on Idol. The whole pop thing and comparisons to Mariah Carey / Celine etc were so off base that I think she had an identity crisis for a good while. It was people trying to put her in boxes and it didn’t help that she didn’t seem to know what her sound was. I’m a huge Evanescence (the Amy Lee – Ben Moody) goth-rock period, and the rift in the band turned off a lot of fans especially when Amy decided to take it left field (I mean, kudos for wanting to be creative and all that, but musically it didn’t stick like her earlier Ben Moody collaboration songs).

    I think this new band might just click and retake that goth-rock ground. Like her or otherwise, Carly has the vocal chops to rip the roof off this kind of music. At the same time she can carry stripped down songs like Blackbird (boo Simon!) beautifully. And her love of trash band ‘fashion’ (LOL) is right up their creek.

    Good luck to her.

  39. This was the best thing that could happen to Carly, she was really lost for quite some time on idol and now it seems clear that it was because she tried to conform herself to the idol box.

    It’s a really interesting carreer path for an Idol alumni to take, I really want them to do well so they get invited on the show, I am sure Simon would like it.

  40. Omg, when I listen to the song, I can’t help but think that you can totally just replace the lyrics with Bring Me To Life!

    My thoughts: Eh.. I don’t really like it. It sounds like a knock-off of the old stuff, even though yes, most of them are old members. I think they’re probably going to get stuck with a lot of comparisons.

    I was just wondering if Evanescene ever played on rock radio?

  41. Hm, very Evanescence-ish indeed. That said, I kinda like it and it’s a great fit for Carly. Hopefully, they’ll get past the inevitable Evanescence comparisons and carve their own path as a new band.

  42. I guess weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll have to wait until Amyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s new album is released to see how it all shakes out – will we have two bands with different sounds or Evanescence 1.0 and 2.0?

    Evanescence realeased a 2nd album after Ben Moody left, it’s called The Open Door and you can really tell the difference between it and Fallen.

    Ben Moody wrote almost all the music for the Fallen album, while Amy wrote almost all the lyrics, that’s why in Bury Me Alive you can hear exactly the same sound as Evanescence (In the Fallen days, not The Open Door days).

    Amy has a different vibe, which is less mainstream and more goth/dark oriented, hear Lacrimosa or Like You from The Open Door and it’s completetly different from Brig me To Life or Going Under for example.

    The song sounds very Evanescence-ish.

    Of course it sounds like Evanescence (again… in the Fallen days), because 3 of them were former Evanescence members, they left Evanescence but the sound belongs to them not to the name of a band.

    Anyway, I think both bands’ records are going to be awesome, and I rather have 2 Evanescence than just 1.

  43. Really sounds like Amy in most part. I hope Carly won’t suffer the comparison..(I bet she will, though…)

    I think ppl give Amy to much credit for Evanescence. I really like the first album, but I don’t like the second. Some songs from the later album even copy notes from the ones in the first album! Evanescence is not as good as it used to be, because it has lost the songwriter.

    Honestly, if I have to choose between Evanescence and The Fallen now, I’ll choose to listen to The Fallen.

  44. I think Carly Smithson just found a home and I’m happy for her. She has always, always wanted to be in a rock band and now she has a place to exercise that amazing voice to its fullest extent. Which is exactly the way that she likes it.

    Honestly, I don’t think she “suffers in comparison” to Amy Lee vocally…at all. Carly’s songwriting ability is still an unknown, but maybe she won’t need that in this arrangement.

  45. This whole thing kind of intrigues me. I never knew much about Evanescence-in fact until Carly sang, “Bring Me to Life” on tour. LOL.

    So was the first big album with these three guys? Did Ben Moody then leave after that first album because Amy Lee wanted to progress? Therefore, are there old Evanescence fans who are waiting for this sound again?

    I know I like it a lot!

    It will be very interesting to see how it goes from here. I know when I listened earlier, there were 1 thousand some plays and now there are 5 thousand plus plays. I’ll be interested to see how this has increased again tomorrow.

    Also interesting to me…This is all happening the day before MJ’s album drops. So how will it bode for each of them…to be continued…lol.

  46. I loved Amy Lee and Evanesence. I’ve loved several of their past songs, I didn’t even pay attention to which album they were on. When I first heard Carly sing on the Idol tour, the very first thing I said to my sister was, “OMG, she sounds just like Amy Lee!” (not a bad thing in my book)

    Point being: I loved Evanesence. I loved Carly. I now love the Fallen. Who is playing instruments in the background make no difference to me. I love that sound, and Carly has one bad-ass rock voice. I wish her all the best, because I think she got shafted last year.

  47. She sounds like Carly Smithson singing like Amy Lee so if they were trying to recreate that sound they succeeded.

  48. I love it, and I’m really excited for Carly. Yes, I sound like a biased fangirl and probably, I am.

    About the comparissons…where, most of them were Evanescence after all and it’s still Moody’s sound. And Carly’s vocals? They have always been compared to Amy Lee anyway.

    I’ll admit it, the one thing that I don’t like about this band, is its name. However, I have a good feeling about their future, I really want Carly to succeed and I wish them the best luck in the world.

  49. Well, I actually tried registering but I kept getting the message that my birth date was entered incorrectly or my email was entered incorrectly or the security code was entered incorrectly or all three. Anyone else have this problem?

    I really like the song though.

  50. I’m so happy for Carly! This band is a great match for her voice, and I look forward to more.

  51. Hm … After hearing the single, I pretty much have the same mixed feelings I did when I heard about the project …

    As a Carly fan, I think this music suits her, and I’m glad she took this path. As an Evanescence fan, I don’t care for her voice much at all. I like the song. The problem is that I can hear the distinct influence of Ben Moody, which I adore, but I want Amy Lee’s voice to it. The combination of it is what made Evanescence so amazing. Obviously I’m being biased. If I hadn’t been such a huge fan of Evanescence, I would probably be able to enjoy it just fine, but as it is, it’s lacking for me. I much prefer Amy’s voice to Carly’s. *shrug* I’ll buy the album (an actual hard copy) if they ever come out with one, but it’s not something I’d run out to buy right away to be honest. Best of luck to them though!

  52. Congratulations Carly. I’m so happy the band is giving her the opportunity to make the music she wants to make. I don’t think a solo female rocker with the American Idol label would be allowed to make this record. Carly may have looked at Kelly Clarkson’s career and gulped.

    I’m not that familiar with Evanescence, I don’t usually buy this type of rock, usually prefer it bluesy and grooving, or straight ahead classic. But I love Carly’s voice, so this works for me.

  53. Anyone get an email yet? Thought they’d have ironed out the technical kinks by now…

  54. So glad Carly is moving forward in her career. I think a rock band is great fit for her. I

  55. I tried to register as well. I kept getting an error message about my mobile phone number. Since I don’t give that out to anyone except close family and friends I guess I won’t be getting the free download.

    From what I’ve been able to listen to on the link, it is very much an Evanescence kinda thing to it. I’m good with that – I liked them. Though I think Carly has a more bluesy undertone to her voice than Amy. Though I haven’t listened to Evanescence in a while, so I could be off base there.

  56. Ok, so Amy thought Ben was going to leave and that’s it?

    Nope, Ben was probably wrong hiding so much time and letting Amy took the sound of Evanescence into its 2nd album, now he’s back and took that same sound (his sound BTW), maybe it hasn’t evolved so much, but it’s a winners formula.

    Back in those days when Ben Moody left, the battle was just about 2 people, but now we are going to see a battle between 2 musicians that still have some resentment, so let the music speak.

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