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Evanescence (album)

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Release Date October 11, 2011
Recorded Nashville, Tennessee, 2010-2011
Label Wind-up Records
Previous Release The Open Door (2006)
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Evanescence is the band's upcoming self-titled album. It was originally scheduled for a Fall 2010 release but was delayed due to a number of circumstances which lead to the band spending another year writing and improving new material as well as a change in producers. Amy recently announced through her Twitter account that the album would finally be released on October 4th, 2011, but MTV News confirmed on July 11th, 2011 that the album had been pushed a week back by Wind-Up Records. The album's final release date is October 11th, 2011. The cover of the album was first shown on on August 29th, 2011. In Australia, on October 7th, 2011, the album was official released, four days earlier than the US release date.



Although Amy had indicated in earlier interviews with and Gauntlet in 2008 she had begun writing new material, it wasn't until 2009 that she confirmed the band were working on the followup to 2006's The Open Door.

  "We're currently working on new material that I'm extremely excited about. I believe that to make great music you have to give yourself the freedom to evolve. I don't see the point in making the same record twice, so I always want to challenge myself to make something better, stronger, and more interesting than before. That takes time, but it's worth the wait for me. Hopefully, it will be for the fans too. Look out for new music next year..."[1]  

In later posts on EvThreads she gave a vague indication of what new material for Evanescence could sound like and the album process.

  "I don't want to give away too much about what it will sound like, because so much will change before the end, but its... not what you would expect. Its definitely not happy married music, but its not like I'm dying the whole time either. Its dark, sarcastic, fun, strange, familiar and very different at the same time." [2]  

  There's been a lot of writing going on this summer and I'm starting to get really excited. My good friend Will happens to also be a great producer, writer and programmer (lucky for me!) and we've been slaving away at some pretty interesting stuff lately... I'm not giving anything away just yet. Terry and I have been working together this week at my place just like old times and life is pretty good"[3]  

During 2009 Amy co-wrote most of the album with Will "Science" Hunt in New York and Texas. The pair had crafted and recorded much of the electronic programming that was to be used in the forthcoming record together.[4] Amy had also written some of the music with Terry Balsamo and Tim McCord [5]

In 2010, Evanescence officially entered the studio on February 22nd to begin recording the album with producer Steve Lillywhite who is known for working with bands such as U2 and Rolling Stones. Will Hunt returned as the band's drummer with Will "Science" Hunt also joining the band in the studio as programmer and secondary drummer. David Campbell would also return for string arrangements.

The Lillywhite Sessions (2010)

In interviews with and Rolling Stone, Amy discussed the bands work with Steve Lillywhite and the creative process for the album. She noted that music would be a mix of "sarcastic aggression" and would have a distinct electro influence that was inspired by artists such as Bjork, Massive Attack and Portishead. The album would contain a "rainbow of sounds" with some songs amazingly heavy and others completely stripped down. The band were also aiming "to take synthetic and atmospheric sounds and find a way to blur the line between organic and synthetic." [5]

Amy also disclosed further information about the themes and lyrical content through Twitter.

  Lot of 'electro' talk regarding our new album. That doesn't sum it up. Influences include: Rock, electronica, pop, classical, hip hop...Industrial, eastern, dark soul...  

  RT @: Any album title ideas? /I'm working on that right now. Its difficult because the music and themes are so diverse. Wanna help?

· Some inspirations: unknown worlds, the ocean's abyss, life within dreams, strength, detachment, love and liars...


Although progress on the album appeared to be going well, on May 21st Amy made a post on EvThreads stating the band were taking time out of the studio to write more music. She also suggested that the label was going through uncertain times which would hinder the band's progress on the album. [6] For the rest of the year the band kept relatively quiet on the status of the new record but an interview with drummer Will Hunt suggested progress on the music was going well, specifically mentioning "Lately, in the last few months, there's been a real band dynamics. It's kind of a band situation right now." [7] Amy posted later in the year on her birthday in December mentioning that it had been a tough year but she was at the time in Northern California writing music with Terry and Tim. [8]

In February 2011, Amy made a post on EvThreads stating the band was getting together the following week to begin Pre-Production on the next album again. Finally in April, the band announced they would be entering the studio on the 11th and that the album would coming out in Fall 2011. [9] It emerged however that the band was no longer working with Steve Lillywhite and had changed producers to Nick Raskulinecz [10]

Amy revealed in an interview with the reasons behind the band taking time out of the studio and the change in producer for the album.

  "It wasn't coming together right," Lee says. "Steve wasn't the right fit. We were on this experimental trip, trying a bunch of new things, seeing what would fit. I did a lot of the writing without the band. And then when we tried to pull the two worlds together, it wasn't working."  

Nick Raskulinecz Sessions (2011)

After leaving the studio and parting ways with Steve Lillywhite, Amy mentioned that the future of the band was unclear. During those uncertain times the band came and reworked the material together. It is currently unclear what material has been changed or scrapped from the band's work with Steve Lillywhite

  Then Evanescence, the group of hired guns led by the vision of Lee, became a real working band. Lee, guitarist Terry Balsamo, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, and programmer Will "Science" Hunt (yes, both guys share the same name) moved in with Lee and began re-working her songs and writing new material together.

"I've never felt so supported by my band members," says Lee. "We've really relied on each other. And everyone being a part of this album, from the ground up, is an entirely new approach for us. There's nobody that's just coming in to play guitar. Everybody's invested. We're more truly a band now than ever before."

She adds, "We took the best songs we had, added more, and reworked them as a group. They're stronger than before… when it was more one-dimensional."


Taking the 19 songs they had created as a band, Evanescence entered the studio with Nick Raskulinecz who has produced albums for bands such as Alice in Chains, Deftones, Foo Fighters and more. Amy mentioned that working with a heavy rock producer meant the album was more of a rock record now than it was before. She also noted that the band would be incorporating a variety of new sounds including synths, the harp and vintage keyboards with the Moog Tarus pedal specifically mentioned.

Amy also revealed a number of supposed tracks for the album such as My Heart is Broken, Secret Door and Oceans. For lyrical content she also mentioned there would be a variety of themes.

  I get inspired by nature," says Lee. "The ocean's been a theme. Brokenness has become a little bit of theme, without necessarily offering a solution." She adds: "Life can be tough sometimes. But I think it just starts with admitting, 'Okay, the world's not perfect, how do we live our lives within that and not be miserable?'

"There was some real struggle trying to figure out what I want this band to be. I want Evanescence to feel passionate. It's about looking for the answers and not always knowing them."


In June, Amy officially revealed on her Twitter account the album would be released October 4th, 2011 and that Troy McLawhorn would be joining the band once again.

On June 22nd, Kerrang featured an interview with Amy Lee in which she announced that the new album will be "self-titled" (It will be called "Evanescence").


Since Evanescence's emergence on Twitter, various "Tweets" since have indicated the band have been writing and recording demos for the next album:

On November 22, 2009 the band released a short jamming session on the internet that contained a sample of one such demo.

On March 19, 2010 they released a short video of a recording session featuring a clip of a song they were currently recording.

On March 24, 2010 Amy released a piano piece of her recording a section of piano for a new song.

On April 13, 2011 Lee released a Vid of Will Hunt recording the last drum part of Erase This.

On May 29, 2011 Terry released a #1 of New Way To Bleed being recorded for the new album.

On June 6, 2011 Amy released a Section Of a Song that she was finishing for the new record. It eventually is the pre-chorus of Disappear.

On June 19, 2011 Amy released a video of herself recording the harp for a new song called Secret Door.


Standard Edition

  1. What You Want
  2. Made Of Stone
  3. The Change
  4. My Heart is Broken
  5. The Other Side
  6. Erase This
  7. Lost In Paradise
  8. Sick
  9. End Of The Dream
  10. Oceans
  11. Never Go Back
  12. Swimming Home

Deluxe Edition


  1. What You Want
  2. Made Of Stone
  3. The Change
  4. My Heart is Broken
  5. The Other Side
  6. Erase This
  7. Lost In Paradise
  8. Sick
  9. End Of The Dream
  10. Oceans
  11. Never Go Back
  12. Swimming Home
  13. New Way To Bleed
  14. Say You Will
  15. Disappear
  16. Secret Door


  1. What You Want (Video)
  2. Making the What You Want Music Video – Day 1
  3. Making the What You Want Music Video – Day 2
  4. Behind the Scenes In the Studios
  5. Behind the Scenes At the Photo shoot
  6. On the Songs: Secret Door
  7. On the Songs: The Change
  8. On the Songs: Never Go Back
  9. On the Songs: Made Of Stone
  10. On the Songs: Disappear
  11. On the Songs: What You Want
  12. On the Songs: My Heart is Broken
  13. On the Songs: Oceans
  14. On the Songs: Lost In Paradise




Evanescence will play their first show since 2009 In Nashville on Wednesday 17th August 2011.

It was confirmed Evanescence would participate in the Rock On The Range Tour In Winnipeg, Starting on Saturday 20th August 2011.

Headliners also include: Alice in Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Hinder, Art of Dying and The Reason.

Also Amy and Wind-Up Records confirmed that Evanescence would be headlining with Guns & Roses and System Of A Down at Rock In Rio on Sunday 2nd October 2011.

They will then start their official tour for the promotion of the album at José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, Puerto Rico on Thursday 6th October 2011.

It was announced they would kick off a 15-city run of North America starting on the 10th October 2011 and ending on the 1st November 2011.

Evanescence will embark on a tour of the UK from the 4th-13th November 2011.

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