Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. Since their first big hit Bring Me To Life in 2003, the band have won two Grammy awards so far and suffered various changes in line-up.Evanescence's melancholic and morbid sound places them firmly in the Goth category. Coupled with accessible and fairly emotional songwriting, this has gained the band Wolverine Publicity among the "goffik" populace of fanfic writers. This emo appeal is perhaps one of the arbitrary reasons why they are associated with Linkin Park by many. For those more familiar with Gothic Metal, Evanescence is also heard being compared with Lacuna Coil and Within Temptation.
Amy Lee – lead vocals, keyboards, harp (1995–present)
Terry Balsamo – lead guitar (2003–present)
Troy Mc Lawhorn – rhythm guitar (2007, 2011–present)
Tim Mc Cord – bass (2006–present)
Will Hunt – drums (2007, 2010–present)
Ben Moody – lead guitar (1995–2003)
David Hodges – keyboard, piano, drums, backing vocals (1999–2002)
Rocky Gray – drums, percussion (2003–2007; live member 2002-2003)
John Le Compt – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2003–2007; live member 2002-2003)
Will Boyd – bass (2003–2006)
Francesco Di Cosmo - bass (2003; appears on "Fallen")
Josh Freese - drums, percussion (2003; appears on "Fallen")
The band provides examples of:
Adorkable/Mean Character, Nice Actor: Amy has stated despite how angry, mad and pissed off her (and her bands) music is, stage persona, and photo shoots are she is actually quite nice and calm, sweet and according to all the behind the scenes of the music video features she's done, she is really secretly a dork who loves to laugh and make silly jokes...
There are obviously debates about her habit of firing band members, and vibe of music.
Broken Bird: Amy Lee gives off this vibe through most of her musical work.
Changed For The Video: "My Immortal" is much more guitar-centered in the music video version, while the regular album version is more orchestral and doesn't feature multiple Amy Lees in the chorus.
Elegant Gothic Lolita: Amy Lee's signature fashion style is this (she even had a Lolita dress made by h.NAOTO, a renowned Visual Kei designer), though her current style seems to be a mix of this, Ero loli and Aristocrat in the same vein as most female Goth Rock singers.
Harp of Femininity: Amy learnt this instrument between The Open Door and Evanescence and is used on "Swimming Home", "Secret Door" and "New Way To Bleed".
I Am the Band: Amy is the only original member left. You can replace just about anyone in a band except for the singer without anyone noticing on a CD. Her aggressive firing of other members (sometimes even on the phone) doesn't help either, resulting in "I Am Not Shazam" in the YMMV tab.
Lesser Star: Ben Moody has stayed obscure since quitting the project, despite being a co-founder.
Actually, he helped found "We Are The Fallen", and wrote "Don't Tell Me" for Avril Lavigne, which included the Take That section "You wiped my tears, got rid of all my fears, why did you have to go? Guess it wasn't enough to take up some of my love/Guys are so hard to trust/Did I not tell you that I'm not like that girl?/The one who gives it all away, yeah."
Revolving Door Band: Combines with No Such Thing as Bad Publicity. This started even before the band got big with Fallen. None of Evanescence's three major albums to date have had the same lineup across consecutive albums at the time of respective releases.
The Band Minus the Face: Three former Evanescence members (including co-founder Ben Moody) and a new female lead singer (former American Idol contestant Carly Smithson) founded We Are The Fallen, a band that sounds not unlike Evanescence.
The music of Evanescence provides examples of:
Album Title Drop: The line "lock the last open door" from "All That I'm Living For".
The line "forsaken all I've Fallen for I rise to meet the end" in "Whisper".
Altum Videtur: In "Field Of Innocence", "Lacrymosa" and "Whisper".
Christian Rock: Subverted. The co-founders are both Christian, but they opposed the "Christian" label after their breakthrough album Fallen was stocked under this category. Resulting in Not Christian Rock below.
This interpretation is debated. A prefame quote has the band stating the mission of the band was to show "God is Love", they played specifically Christian Festivals, and included boilerplate Christian notes in the liners of their first album (which is now Canon Discontinuity). The quick removal of Ben Moody lead some to interpret the controversy as an issue of Amy Lee riding the Christian subculture (as well as the band) till she didn't need it anymore, and then making a powerplay.
This is completely unfounded, given that Moody himself reacted to being in the Christian Rock Charts with "WTF are we doing there" and stated that the music never had anything to do with that. The above are merely indications of the band members practicing the religion, not of their music being about it. Amy has stated that she doesn't feel a young person like her (at the time) should get preachy on others, and that while many of the songs from the earlier days have a 'pleadng' quality to them, she's come to realize that the only person who could answer those pleas is herself. There might be something to be learned from that.
Cover Version: What they did to Korn's "Thoughtless" and Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box". Also, "Tourniquet" is technically a cover of a song by Christian metal band Soul Embraced, whom former Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray was the lead guitarist for. Hence him getting co-writing credit on Evanescence's version.
Implied in "Missing". The lyrics sound a lot like a suicide note.
Ethereal Choir: "Understanding", "Solitude", "Field Of Innocence", "Lacrymosa".
Epic Instrumental Opener: The opening to "Good Enough" is like waking up with the modulation between chords. Explained as, An instrumental segment on the front of the song. The first 60 seconds have an entirely different composition, with a slower tempo, before jumping to what's more obviously the preamble to the regular song, which goes for around 15 seconds before vocals begin.
The 2002 version of "Whisper" has a 1-and-a-half minute long intro from the Romeo and Juliet movie before the song proper.
Also the version of "Bring Me To Life" played live at Cologne
Mary had a lamb, His eyes black as coals. If we play very quiet, my lamb, Mary never has to know.
Incredibly Long Note: In "End Of the Dream", "Bring Me To Life", "Cloud Nine", "Oceans", "Going Under", "Sweet Sacrifice", "Lose Control", "New Way To Bleed" "The Change", "Whisper", "The Only One", and "Never Go Back".
"Imaginary" is about a dreamworld filled with "paper flowers" and not wanting to be part of the scary real world. Not that you would know that from the minor key and 'epic' guitar riffs on both songs. In the Fallen version only, the Origin version is more soft and dreamy.
"Anywhere" from their Origin album has a distinctly hopeful (if melancholy) sound. At first blush, it's a sweet song about starting a new life with a loved one. And then... That One Line kind of ruins it.
Unlock your heart
Drop your guard
No one's left to stop you
"The Other Side", off Evanescence, a desperate grief song with a determined sexy riff.
I'm so lost without my place inside your heart
I need to know your hear me
Awaken and feel my love
"Never Go Back", similar reasoning, sad song about death of a loved one, with blasting guitars and powerful drum sections.
"The Change", a break up song focusing on the tragedy of leaving a bad situation for your soul and how sad and lost you feel, but it uses the instruments as if they were all weapons, even the Ah Ah Ah bits are for war and not peace.
Lyrical Tic: Amy and her band are fond of people "Ah Ah Ah"s in their songs.
"Lose Control" and "The Change" would be be the best examples...
Love Martyr: "Made Of Stone", "Lithium", "Imaginary", "Taking Over Me", to name a few.
Living Emotional Crutch: I have to be with you, (Taking Over Me), Lithium, in the phrase, Anything is better then to be alone, guess I thought I had to change the world to make you see me, Should It hurt to love you in All That I'm Living For of the most memorable.
"Snow White Queen" (both the stalker and the stalkee), "Taking Over Me", "Surrender", "Anything For You", "Away From Me", "Farther Away", "The Other Side", "Haunted", "Even In Death", "Lithium"...
Subverted with "Haunted", as the lyrics seem to be from the mind of a the victim of a Stalker with a Crush.
"Lithium". Both in the sense of what the songs is about being in love with her own unhappiness and addicted to her own sorrow and the relationship she had with the guy who inspired her to write it. Of the kind of "passive" obsession type:
Come to bed, don't make me sleep alone.
Anything is better than to be alone.
I want to stay in love with my sorrow.
The Ophelia: Erase This, Swimming Home and Never Go Back make a big deal out of death by drowning and insanity, and the greater theme of the album is drowning to a degree.
"Bring Me to Life" is not "Wake Me Up Inside",note Although, the first demo version (there were at least two) of "Bring Me to Life" actually "is" called "Wake Me Up Inside". "Bleed" is not "I Must Be Dreaming", "Imaginary" is not "Paper Flowers", 'Understanding is not "Wash It All Away".
"Everybody's Fool" to fake artificially perfect people and certain pop stars
"Call Me When You're Sober" to Lee's ex-boyfriend Shaun Morgan.
Some Evanescence fans are taking "What You Want", and possibly even the entire new album, to be this to bands such as Linkin Park, which have changed their style in newer albums to make themselves more marketable, and consequently alienate their original audience.
"New Way To Bleed" at critics of their music and their... ahem... issues with their recording company..
"Oceans/The Change/Erase This" could be even at their ex-former band mates.
"Sick" is about the ahem.."issues" they had with their recording company
Take That, Audience!: In an affectionate "Don't put me up on a pedestal" sense '"Weight Of the World" was Amy Lee's "Plea for perspective from the expectation of young fans". Admitting she does not have all the answers, does not want to be perfect and is not a doctor or therapist and doesn't appreciate the pressure of being a role model. Just distancing herself from that sort of pressure somewhat.
The Ophelia: How many times has Amy drowned or symbolically is lost underwater, in her videos, usually after an emotional down turn, revelation... "Everybody's Fool", "Going Under", "Lithium", "What You Want", "Good Enough"...