Former EVANESCENCE guitarist and songwriter Ben Moody's first solo single, "Everything Burns", has just started to chart in Europe. The single, which features lead vocals from dance-pop singer Anastacia and appears on the new "Fantastic Four" soundtrack, has landed at position No. 14 in Switzerland and No. 22 in Austria.
Moody is currently puting the finishing touches on his first solo album, "Can't Regret What You Can't Remember", tentatively due in the fall, according to MTV.com. The CD, almost two years in the making, includes guest appearances by METHODS OF MAYHEM/TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien, LIVING SACRIFICE drummer Lance Garvin, studio guitarist Michael "Fish" Herring and GODHEAD vocalist/guitarist Jason Miller, who also sings lead on a couple tracks.
"It's brutally honest," Moody said of the album, which he describes as heavy, organic and at times stripped-down. "'Can't Regret' has been very much of a saving grace for me. It [helped me get] through rehab, even. But also, when I had moments of clarity about [drug and personal problems] and could actually, in a constructive and eloquent way, articulate what I was feeling at the time, as opposed to just ranting with rage and hatred."
One of the key songs on the album is "10/22", which commemorates the day he walked away from EVANESCENCE. Originally penned as a diss at Amy Lee, Moody recently had an epiphany about the track.
"About three weeks ago, I realized it wasn't about Amy at all," he said. "It was about me — and I was projecting feelings I had about myself on the day I left the band onto her. It's going to sound like I'm bitching about other people, but I'm not — it's 100 percent focused on myself."
Read more at MTV.com.
A Ben Moody biography, plus the single cover featuring Moody and Anastacia, can be found at Rockdetector.com.