Dec 172021

Evanescence has released a studio recording of its cover version of The Beatles ‘Across The Universe’. The track, which was previously covered by Amy Lee and her bandmates on their 2018 “Synthesis” tour, was also featured on disc two, “A Live Session From Rock Falcon Studio”, of the limited box-set version of Evanescence’s latest album, “The Bitter Truth”, containing 10 live studio session songs. The song has now been made available as a digital single via all digital music service providers.

Upon its release, “The Bitter Truth” charted at No. 4 in the U.K., making it the band’s fourth Top Five album in the country. Evanescence‘s first full-length release of all-new material in a decade, “The Bitter Truth” also debuted as the top-selling rock and alternative album in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music Connect.

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Evanescence – “The Bitter Truth’

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Jun 172021

Some albums are so much easier to review than others, and for me the latest release from Evanescence was a harder album to just get down and review. It is not that “The Bitter Truth” is a bad album, it’s actually got a lot of things going for it, but it did take some time for me to get into it and unpack my thoughts about it. Evanescence has done well for themselves, and respect to them for their impact and influence they have had in the modern day music culture. Sure it’s been 10 years since they released an album, so one got to go into it knowing that things could be different, whether musically or lyrically, a lot can happen in 10 years that can influence and reposition a band. To think in 2003, their album, “Fallen” catapulted them into being one of the biggest bands of their time from America, thrusting them into super stardom, and here we are 18 years later. But remember this is not the first time Evanescence has had a major gap between albums. There was a five-year gap between Evanescence 2011’s self-titled third album and 2006’s The Open Door album, and even then the two albums showed some definitive changes and repositioning, so going into this review my expectation, and thinking was already in that headspace. So I leaned into the album with slight trepidation not knowing how I will need to approach this as a reviewer.

For me in a way through the soul of this album I can see for Amie Lee the personal struggles, and things she has gone through, had to deal with, and in some way now able reflect that back in a more balanced space, like the 10 year break was good for settling a few things possibly, and repositioning into a new headspace. Sometimes we just got to swallow the bitter pill where we at in life and move forward with hope things will get better and clearer as we progress and unpack the horizon before us. There is a definitive switching of cogs that has seemed to have taken place, and the album has a much lighter and brighter feel to it. It has a deliberate and well kneaded feel to it, a lot of thought process has gone into the release to give it the sound and texture it translates. Amy Lee’s voice for me also sounds allot more relaxed, compared to the previous release, it comes across with a greater sense of heart if you will, and a lot more sincere passion. It’s not like she is finished dealing with stuff, or wholeheartedly moved on, but you do get a sense that through reflection she is repositioning herself. “Far From Heaven” is a good example of that. It is possible one of the more hauntingly emotional songs and her voice on the song almost nakedly displays a strong emotional drive as she is dealing with things like her faith.

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May 112021

Evanescence and Halestorm are returning to the concert stage in the U.S. this fall. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will kick off Friday, November 5 in Portland, Oregon, and take the bands to arenas across the country before wrapping up in the Northeast right before the holidays.

The tour will bring together two of the top women in rock — Amy Lee and Lzzy Hale — for a truly badass experience night after night. Close friends as well as close collaborators, just last year, Lzzy performed back-up vocals on Evanescence‘s “rollicking non-partisan protest song” (MTV) ‘Use My Voice’ and Amy joined Lzzy on a new version of Halestorm‘s ‘Break In’. In addition to new music and the biggest hits from both women, the shows will highlight their personal bond and the music that’s come of it.

Amy said: “Words can’t express how excited we are to go back on tour with our friends and rock out again. We’ve been building this new music in isolation for over a year and dreaming of what it will be like to finally play it live, and to experience it together with our fans for the first time. We can’t wait to see you there!”

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Apr 162021

Evanescence has launched a music video for the latest single to be taken from the band’s Top 5 album “The Bitter Truth”. The clip for ‘Better Without You’ can be seen below.

A kiss-off to the naysayers and the cheats in the rearview mirror, ‘Better Without You‘ explodes with the “metal catharsis” that runs through ‘The Bitter Truth’” (Los Angeles Times). The video was directed by filmmaker Eric D. Howell (“Ana’s Playground”“Voice From The Stone”), who also directed the video for Evanescence‘s “Use My Voice”.

Evanescence has also announced its next livestream event, “Driven to Perform Livestream Concert”, slated for May 13. Presented by Cooper Tires and hosted by Alice Cooper, the free concert stream will include several songs from “The Bitter Truth” performed live for the first time.

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Mar 052021

Evanescence has released a new single called ‘Better Without You’. It is the next single from the band’s upcoming album, “The Bitter Truth”, which will arrive on March 26 via BMG.

An “F-you” to the forces that have attempted to hold her back, ‘Better Without You‘ is bandleader Amy Lee‘s unapologetic declaration of independence. With mammoth vocals and a metal heart, the song follows previous singles ‘Wasted On You’ and ‘Use My Voice’.

‘Better Without You‘ was teased with an interactive digital puzzle that fans were challenged to solve in order to hear a snippet of the song.

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