Amber Neville - Staff Writer
Evanescence. It means "disappearance" or "fading away" (from the word evanesce, which means "to disappear"). It is also the name of the band that wrote “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal”.
Evanescence was formed in 1995 and is still releasing music to this day. The band was created by Amy Lee and Ben Moody in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since then, the band has become an amazing hit worldwide. They’ve been nominated for 32 awards and won 11. The awards they won include Best Rock Artist, Best Hard Rock Performance for “Bring Me To Life”, Album Of The Year for The Open Door, Best Vocalist, and Comeback Of The Year.
As of right now, the current band members are Amy Lee (creator, lead vocalist, keyboards, and harp), Troy McLawhorn (lead guitarist), Jen Majura (rhythm guitarist and backing vocals), Tim McCord (bass guitarist), and Will Hunt (drummer and percussion).
Since Evanescence started, Ben Moody (co-creator, lead guitarist, bass guitarist, and drummer), David Hodges (keyboards and drummer), Will Boyd (bass guitarist), Rocky Gray (drummer and percussion), John LeCompt (rhythm guitarist and backing vocals), and Terry Balsamo (lead guitarist) have left the band.
Ben Moody left because he and Amy were having creative differences. David Hodges left because he thought he was leading the band towards the Christian rock scene and Ben and Amy didn’t want Evanescence to be labeled as Christian Rock. Will Boyd did not want to do another big tour and wanted to be close to his family. Rocky Gray decided to quit the band for unknown reasons, John LeCompt was fired from Evanescence for unknown reasons, and Terry Balsamo departed from the band for unknown reasons.
The band has released three Extended Play (EP) albums from 1995-2003. In 2000, they released Origin, which was their first full-length demo CD. In 2003, Fallen was released. In 2004, the band released a DVD/CD compilation titled Anywhere But Home. The DVD portion had a Paris concert performance and behind-the-scenes footage of members signing autographs and warming up for performing. The CD was full of live versions of their songs. On October 3, 2006, The Open Door was released. In 2010, Evanescence released a single of the song “Together Again”. The song was supposed to be on The Open Door, but was cut from the album. “Together Again” was released to help aid the United Nations Foundation in Haiti earthquake recovery efforts. On 11 October 2011, the self-titled album, Evanescence, was released. On 9 December 2016, a vinyl box set called The Ultimate Collection was released. The box set included all of the band’s albums, including Origin, and a new version of the song “Even In Death” which was from the Origin album. Then, on February 18, 2017, a compilation album titled Lost Whispers was released on Spotify, iTunes, and Anghami (a legal streaming site for Arabic people).
On August 18, 2017, a remade version of “Bring Me To Life” was released as a single, and on September 14, 2017, “Imperfection” was released as a single. According to Amy Lee, “Imperfection” is “for all the people we’ve lost, all the people who we could lose, to depression and suicide.” and that “We are all imperfect, and it’s precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there’s so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.” These singles are both on Evanescence’s new album Synthesis, which was fully released on November 10, 2017. In this album, the band took certain songs from their past albums and removed the rock parts of the songs. They did this so that they could rebuild these songs into classical arrangements with electronic instruments. The band rebuilt the songs because they wanted to blur the lines between electronic and orchestral music.
Synthesis has sixteen songs. The album includes “Lacrymosa” from The Open Door, “Bring Me To Life” from Fallen, “The End Of The Dream” from Evanescence, “Imaginary” from Fallen, and two new songs, “Imperfection” and “Hi-Lo” featuring Lindsey Stirling.
When I heard the full album, I loved this CD. I thought that the way the band mixes electronic and orchestral music the way they do in this album is interesting. It’s a nice balance of the two types of music, and I thought that the album was an amazing masterpiece in every way.