Terry Balsamo

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Terry Balsamo (born October 8, 1973, in Jacksonville, Florida) can most prominently be seen and heard in the band's Anywhere But Home (2004) Live CD/DVD and now on the band's new album The Open Door (2006). His style and sound have most definitely made an impact on the band, and with astounding results. He has become Amy Lee's main collaborator for Evanescence and co-wrote most of Evanescence's new album including the album's first single, Call Me When You're Sober. Amy said about the writing process of The Open Door:[1]

Vin1.jpg [After Moody's departure], I didn't have somebody — I don't want to be mean — holding me back. Instead, I had [Balsamo] lifting me up. Terry is just an amazing instigator. He'll push me to do something I wouldn't have done maybe, because I'd be afraid to or something. He's a great writer, and it was just like we were just having fun with it for a change. It was like, 'Let's stop taking everything so seriously and have fun,' and we wrote a lot of songs that I'm just totally in love with. [...] I was finally creating in the same room with someone. When Ben was in the band, we never wrote together. I would write my music, and I'd go as far as I could with it, and we'd come together and he'd write guitars and stuff. More commonly, he'd write stuff and bring it to me and I'd do lyrics and melodies and pianos and vocals. We could never really sit in the same room and create. I always felt my writing was too personal and too hard to share. But it was also that we didn't jell perfectly as writing partners. With Terry, I knew I liked his writing style, but I didn't know what the process would be like. But what we've come up with as a team is definitely better than what we could have done on our own. Vin2.jpg

Terry made his start in the music world as an early member of the now infamous Limp Bizkit. He left a few years before the recording of Bizkit's now classic album 3 Dollar Bill Y'All (1997), being replaced by Wes Borland. In late 1999, Terry joined up with fellow Jacksonville rockers; Scooter Ward, Sam McCandless, Jeremy Marshall and Kelly Hayes. Otherwise known as the monsters of Alternative Metal, Cold.

Terry remained with Cold writing and recording with them for their epic yet underrated albums 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage (2000) and Year of the Spider (2003). Near the end of his stint with Cold, the band had joined Evanescence as an opening act on the 2003 Nintendo Fusion Tour. This was of course before the abrupt departure of Evanescence's guitarist, Ben Moody. Terry had filled in for Moody on stage with Evanescence after Moody left during Evanescence's European tour, and when Cold's future suddenly became questionable, Terry jumped ship signing on permanently with Evanescence.

In November 2005, Terry suffered a stroke from a torn neck artery which landed him in the hospital for an unspecified amount of time. Indeed, headbanging was the cause of the stroke.

Vin1.jpg They had to do an MRI. When they did the MRI, the doctor came back in the room and he was like, 'Have you ever had any neck injuries like from a car accident or anything?' And I was like, 'No.' Then we were like, 'Other than banging his head all day and every night for an hour and a half.' I’ve always had weird thing in my neck doing that, but I never would have thought it would have given me a stroke.[2] Vin2.jpg

In November 2007, he had claimed to have recovered "a good 50%" from the stroke, getting better every day. He then toured with the band full time.

According to Limp Bizkit fansite, Terry Balsamo was suposedly going to replace the former guitarrist Wes Borland. The band is rehearsing something untill now unkown. From MTV.com, it was confirmed that Terry is just doing a project with Sam Rivers.

Terry is set to return recording for Evanescence as they create their 3rd album, recording both Lead Guitar and Rhythm. Changes

Tools of the Trade

Vin1.jpg I use Ibanez guitars. In the studio, I kind of use a similar setup to what I used on the last Cold record I did, which is mix up the amps and combine the sound together. It’s a Diezel and a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier and mixed that for one side. Then I took a Bogner and a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier on the other side. I combined it and made one big wall of metal.[2] Right now on tour I’m using T.C. Electronics, the G-System. Vin2.jpg

Band Projects

  • Limp Bizkit - Guitar (1994)
  • Shaft - Guitar (1996-1999)
  • Cold - Guitar (1999-2003)
  • Evanescence - Guitar (2003-present)