The Bitter Truth

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The Bitter Truth
Studio album by Evanescence
Released TBC
Recorded January - February 2020; Rock Falcon Studio, Nashville, TN
Length TBC
Label Evanescence under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Producer Nick Raskulinecz
Evanescence chronology
Synthesis Live
The Bitter Truth
Singles from The Bitter Truth
  1. "Wasted on You"
    Released: April 24, 2020
  2. "The Game is Over"
    Released: July 1, 2020
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The Bitter Truth is Evanescence's fifth studio album that is currently in the recording process, with the band scheduling to hit the studio multiple times in 2020.[1]

Amy confirmed that the new music will go back to its rock roots and that they've got some ideas in the bank, including previous songs that didn't make it to the self-titled record and Synthesis.[2][3] There is currently no confirmed release date, but there is intention to release the new music in 2020.[4]

She also explained that the new music is "dark and heavy" and has "The Open Door vibes" in terms of it having "weird and sparse" moments.[5]


After releasing 2017's Synthesis, Amy said the next album would go raw and focus on the band.[6] Later, she confirmed that the new songs are in a "place that’s even more raw", adding they are "all different" from each other.[7]

In a interview with Rock Sound in May 2020, Amy discussed the album's sound:[8]

Vin1.jpg One of the things that we've been kind of aiming towards is taking the elements of what maybe are things that make up our sound and try to separate them and give each of them their own space. So some of the songs don't have strings and are fully rocking and heavy. And then some of the songs might be really in the electronic zone, and something might be more on the orchestral side. But overall, it's gonna be a rock record. Vin2.jpg

Amy said the songs from the album will be released one at a time as the album is still being written and recorded.[9][10] "I want to live more in the moment with our music. To let each song have its own moment to be felt simultaneously by us and our fans. To connect us more", she told Rolling Stone India.[11]

In June 2020, she indicated the new songs have a "90s, grungy alternative" sound:

Vin1.jpg The songs are all different. I want this album to show all of our sides, really, but most importantly I want to create without thinking too much about what I want it to be, and just let it be what it is. There’s definitely a little bit of a 90s, grungy alternative thing emerging which is lovely, that’s a return to roots for me in the most honest sense since that’s the music that inspired me so much in my formative years.[12] Vin2.jpg

Recording Process & In the Studio

The band working at Nick's studio

Amy has said that the band will record the album in sections during 2020 to work around their tour plans.[13] She said they might also bring in a different producer each time they hit the studio.[4]

The band recorded the first four songs with Nick Raskulinecz at his studio, Rock Falcon Studio, on January 20th and concluded on February 5th.[14] One of those will be released as a single. They aim at working with another producer on songs in the vein of The Open Door and "electronic, weird, mid-tempo world."[15] Amy said she wants to release songs over the course of 2020 and in the end the full album will be released.[15]

No orchestra was recorded for some of the songs from the album,[8] with Amy saying "that's not because we couldn't get together with one because of the [COVID-19] pandemic!"[7] Instead of strings, electronics (such as synthesizers, arpeggiators and sound effects) were used.[16]

Album title and artwork

The album title and artwork, taken by Josh Hartzler,[17] were revealed on April 17, 2020 on the band's social media.[9]

In a interview in May 2020, Amy explained the album title:

Vin1.jpg There's a big theme of disillusionment for me. Just growing up and seeing that fairy tales aren't really real. And it's hard to be a grownup — it really is. Because somebody else isn't in charge, we really have to be able to make our own decisions, find out our own information, protect ourselves. People die — we're all going to. There's no magic castle. So that sounds like a lot of doom and gloom when I say it, but there's a choice to accept that truth and live in it and embrace it and choose to live and choose to live in a moment, and the choice to just give up. And there's a struggle there, but my choice is most definitely to take that pill.[8] Vin2.jpg



Wasted on You was the first single that was released digitally on April 24th. The official music video premiered on YouTube later that same day. It wasn't originally planned to be the first song, but after the COVID-19 pandemic, the band decided to release it first saying "the feeling and meaning [changed] of what we wanted to say right now."[10]

The second single, The Game is Over, was released on July 1, 2020.[18] Amy Lee said that the song is "a promise to [herself] and out loud that [she's] going to be more of [her] real, inner self on the outside — not lock her up because she can't be contained anymore. It's also a prayer to become better, to not feel so messed up, locked up, and hurt inside."[18]

Music Videos

Wasted on You is the first music video from the album and was shot by the band themselves on their iPhones.[10] A second official video was put together with fan clips sent on TikTok,[19] which was released on June 24.[20]

The Game is Over is the second music video, which premiered on April 3. It was also shot by the band and edited by P.R. Brown.[18]


Track List

Album Credits

Album Reception

Chart Performance


  1. "¡Entrevista antes del desastre! Amy Lee de @Evanescence" (in Spanish). December 10, 2019.
  2. KaaosTV (June 13, 2017). "Evanescence Interview @ The Rockfest". YouTube.
  3. "K!1694: Code Orange – Surviving Rock's Violent New Reality". October 24, 2017. Kerrang!
  4. 4.0 4.1 Titus, Christa (December 16, 2019). "Amy Lee on 'The Chain' Cover and Next Evanescence Album: 'We're Definitely in the Mood to Rock'". Billboard.
  5. Lee, Amy (November 21, 2019). "I am Amy Lee from Evanescence, our new song “The Chain (from Gears 5)” is out tonight! AMA". Reddit.
  6. Law, Sam (October 2017). "Symphonic Possession". Kerrang! (1694): 24–27. ISSN ‎0262-6624.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Amy Lee: New Evanescence Songs Are “Going To A Place That’s Even More Raw”". Kerrang!. May 6, 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Rock Sound: Evanescence's Amy Lee Talks 'Wasted On You' & New Album 'The Bitter Truth' - Video Call". YouTube. May 8, 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "We promised you a new album in 2020 and we won’t let anything stop us. We are proud to begin sharing our new album ‘THE BITTER TRUTH’ with you". Twitter. April 17, 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Listen To EVANESCENCE's New Single 'Wasted On You'". Blabbermouth. April 24, 2020.
  11. Tagat, Anurag (April 29, 2020). "Evanescence’s Amy Lee: ‘Musical Experimentation in a Label-Free Zone is So Healthy’". Rolling Stone India.
  12. Lago, Amanda T. (June 11, 2020). "'Like water in the desert': Evanescence's Amy Lee on making music and 'The Bitter Truth'". Rappler.
  13. "Interview with Amy Lee (Evanescence)" (in Russian). December 20, 2019.
  14. "Evanescence Interview". Harddrive Hotline. February 21, 2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Meredith, Kyle (January 22, 2020). "Kyle Meredith with... Evanescence". YouTube.
  16. Ghosh, Devarsi (May 9, 2020). "Evanescence’s Amy Lee on their new album: ‘Good if some songs go off the rails a little bit’".
  17. "【ICRT Reaching Out】Amy Lee|Evanescence Interview". YouTube. May 22, 2020.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Childers, Chad (July 1, 2020). "Evanescence Rock It Up With New Song 'The Game Is Over'". Loudwire.
  19. "On a Mon we lost our minds & started a TikTok account, calling all fans to help us create the official WOY fan video!". Twitter. May 20, 2020.
  20. "Here it is, the official Wasted On You fan video! Thank you to everyone who submitted.". Twitter. June 24, 2020.