Evanescence’s third album is self-titled for a reason: 15 years after its formation, the multi-platinum band has made the most collaborative, united album of its career. And it rocks. The album, produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Alice In Chains, Def Tones), packs a blow with a unified vision that can only come from a group working together as a creative unit.
By Desiree Phalane
Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording private albums, the band released their first full-length album, Fallen, on Wind-up Records in 2003.
Led by Amy Lee’s operatic, beautiful vocals, Evanescence has sold close to 25 million albums since its 2003 debut, “Fallen”. The project’s premiere single, “Bring Me To Life”, created my love for this epic rock band. Other massive hits followed, including “My Immortal”, “Going Under” and “Call Me When You’re Sober” establishing Evanescence as worldwide tour headliners. They snagged the band a Grammy for best hard rock performance.
“Evanescence” crackles with an urgency that seeps through each of the 12 tracks. Opening slab, the hard-driving “What You Want” is about Lee’s decision to head back into the fight after the band’s break. “It’s totally about going back to being in Evanescence”, she says. “It’s motivating me not to be afraid. I’m writing about the chaos of life and that you can’t control all the crazy things that happen to you”.
The wrenching “Lost In Paradise” opens with Lee’s haunting solo piano before exploding into a sweeping, string-laden tale of torment. “It’s the most intimate song on the album”. Lee says that the song came out in a moment where she felt lost and was at war within herself. It’s raw and open.
“The Other Side”, a story of love that survives whatever tries to destroy it, including death, while ‘My Heart Is Broken’ takes the listener on a journey of escape which was inspires by victims of sex trafficking and was about trying to find your way out.
This band sings of the good, the bad, the ugly and the hardships that we as people go through in our daily lives and with the beautiful voice of lead singer Amy Lee, the band is complete.
“We’re definitely a rock band, but the twist is that the band’s music is epic, dramatic, dark rock“.