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Mention the term femme metal and it conjures up images of bands fronting beautiful singers such as Amy Lee of Evanescence, Carly Smithson of We Are The Fallen, Cristina Sacabbia of Lacuna Coil and maybe even Anette Olzon of Nightwish. But femme metal hardly does the genre justice and is probably just used for a lack of a better term. After all, femme metal didn’t start with Evanescence and it certainly isn’t going to end with them either. What makes these bands isn’t just that they are fronted by capable lead singers with sex appeal. What makes these bands is that, for the most part, they churn out great music in an industry that is dominated by men. Maybe this is why the surprise find, for me, was the band In This Moment.


There are very few bands that take the music world by storm the way that Evanescence did back in 2003 when Fallen debuted, culminating with 5 Grammy nominations and 2 wins. But when Ben Moody suddenly left Evanescence mid tour, it was quickly apparent that all was not well in Oz. Not long after John LeCompt was fired and Rocky Gray left the band as well. After a few years of working with high profile artists such as Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, Ben Moody resurfaced with We Are the Fallen, reuniting with John and Rocky and adding Marty O’Brien and American Idol finalist Carly Smithson. We recently had the opportunity to chat with Guitarist John LeCompt to talk about the split with Evanescence, American Idol and what all that has to do with We are the Fallen and what the future holds for them.


We all remember the first time we met that one person that flipped our world on its side and caused us to question everything we thought we knew about love. It’s weird, but it’s one of those things that happen so infrequently that we can’t help but remember not just the time and place, but also what they were wearing and…you get the picture. It’s vivid and it’s an “everything” moment really. Most of the time, it doesn’t last and what we’re left with is a bitter sweet memory of a person that changed us for better or for worse into the person that we are today. Some people take that experience and learn from it. And some just find someone else that looks just like the old girlfriend or boyfriend in hopes that they can resurrect that magic that died all too suddenly. That was my first impression upon hearing that Ben Moody was getting together with some of the other former Evanescence band mates to create a new album under the We Are the Fallen moniker. And that was the problem wasn’t it? I had heard all of the rumors first before hearing Tear the World Down. So maybe I was assuming too much. Maybe I was.