Preface: Evanescence started their musical journey in 1995. I am going to focus on their major musical releases from their first album release date. If you are interested in listening to anything prior please listen to their pre-Fallen material at the following link. https://evanescencereference.info/music/
Fallen took a total of eight years to write, produce, and release into the musical world. The album was recorded in several different studios located in California. The first single, Bring Me To Life, release on April 22, ten days later on March 4, 2003 the album was released.
Bring Me To Life, was written by Amy Lee, Ben Moody, and David Hodges.
The song was conceived when a friend asked her about the song in a restaurant if she was happy in her current relationship. When Lee realized that she was not, the lyrics “wake me up inside” were inspired. Lee later divulged the song was inspired by her long-time friend and husband Josh Hartzler. Going Under, the bands second single, released September 9, 2003. According to Amy, the song was inspired by a bad relationship. The music video for the song was filmed in Berlin, Germany, in May 2003. Everybody’s Fool released on June 7, 2004, as the fourth and final single from their debut studio album, Fallen. According to Lee the song talks about other notable celebrities who strip and sell their bodies instead of music to their listeners. The music video was filmed in Los Angeles, California in mid-April 2004.
After a lengthy tour, and Ben Moody leaving the band while in Europe for reportedly because of creative differences, the album Anywhere But Home was released on November 23, 2004. It was a DVD/CD compilation, with the full concert in Paris, as well as behind-the-scenes features.
Before the recording of the next album, Will Boyd had left the band for not wanting to do another big tour and wanting to be close to his family. Tim McCord took his place. The Open Door took 18 months to write. The album progressed slowly for several reasons, including Amy Lee’s desire to maximize the creative process and not rush production, other band members’ side projects, various health issues, and turbulence within their management. The album was finally released on September 25, 2006. The video for “Call Me When You’re Sober”, was filmed in Hollywood, California, and was officially released on August 7th, 2006 on MTV. It features a theme that is loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood.
The single was released early due to it being “leaked” and was played on the radio on a limited basis until its official release a week later. The North American for the album began on October 5, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and finished on December 15, 2006 in New York City. The band did a quick Europe tour, they did headling show’s for “The Family Values” tour that ended in early September. The final set of shows ended in early December.
Evanescence, the third self titled studio album, released October 7, 2011. The album’s release was delayed several times due to producers not fitting with what the band had wanted, or wanting a to take more time for the creative process. What You Want, the album’s first single, was released digitally on August 9, 2011. The music video for the single was filmed in a Brooklyn, New York warehouse on July 30, 2011 with the band performing the song live.
My Heart Is Broken was distributed radio stations on October 31, 201. Its video was released in January 2012. The next single, Lost in Paradise, was released internationally on May 25. Its video, released on February 14, 2013, focuses on Evanescence’s tour with footage of the band performing the song filmed by fans around the world. The Other Side was a promotional single which was distributed to modern-rock stations on June 11 and alternative stations the following day. Although a lyric’s only video was uploaded to the band’s YouTube channel on August 30, 2012.
The tour for the album started August 17, 2011, with a show in Nashville and ran through November. At the end of the tour Amy Lee stated the band plans to take an extended break after the tour, to “Figure things out” and the band was released from their record label and were independent artists. April 27, 2015, it was announced that the band would perform at Japan’s Ozzfest on November 21, 2015, as the second headline act, making it the band’s first live performance since their hiatus. Prior to Ozzfest, Evanescence would play three shows in the United States. While setting up to tour after almost four years, it On 7 August 2015, Evanescence front-woman Amy Lee announced that Jen Majura would replace lead guitarist Terry Balsamo in the band.
On September 13, 2016, the band announced a vinyl box set titled The Ultimate Collection that includes all of their albums. The set released on December 9, 2016.
Synthesis is the fourth studio album that was released on November 10, 2017, and it includes reworked versions of the band’s previous material with an orchestral arrangement. The album was revealed by Lee in a video posted on the group’s Facebook page on May 10, 2017, and she had described it as “the synthesis, the combination, the contrast, the synergy between the organic and the synthetic, also the past and present”.
During this summer, Evanescence will be touring with a full orchestra and Lindsey Stirling as the opening act!
I am super excited for the tour, and the future adventures for the band!