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Evanescence took a risk with their 2017 album Synthesis by reconstructing its material into elegant orchestrations that enhanced aspects of its music that are often ignored. Then it upped the stakes by bringing the production on the road with a rotating cast of symphony members at each stop. The band delivered a riveting performance during Friday Night’s (Aug. 10) date at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., where the backing ensemble impressively brought to life the classical elements that infuse Evanescence’s music. Following the captivating set was a smart pairing with electric violinist Lindsey Stirling, a co-headliner who energetically balanced the evening.
The two acts utilized the symphony in contrasting ways. Evanescence could have been tempted to pump up the bombast at every turn since its catalog possesses a fair share of melodrama. But the full force of the orchestra was only unleashed when building up to the zenith of highlights including “Bring Me to Life” and “My Heart Is Broken,” increasing its impact.
The same could be said for singer Amy Lee, who alternated between sitting behind a piano and swaying before a mic stand as she delved into every nuance of her vocals. It would have been appropriate to go total diva, but her emotional connection to the material propelled her voice rather than all the wind in her lungs. It especially paid off when she serenaded the crowd with the practically a cappella “My Immortal.” Singing to a galaxy of cell phone lights, Lee won a much deserved standing ovation for her stirring rendition of the ballad.
Evanescence has posted on their twitter about the new Synthesis Live with Orchestra DVD/blu-ray/digital.
And the news is….! We are very excited to announce that Synthesis Live with Orchestra, filmed on our tour by the one and only Paul Brown and mixed by @DamianYeahYeah, will be available on DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital on 10/12. Pre-order your copy now! http://smarturl.it/evanescencelive
A single spotlight shines, filled with fog as it illuminates Amy Lee, talented lead singer of the alternative rock band Evanescence. It’s a cold spring night in London and the Royal Festival Hall crowd is screaming along to every lyric of the five-piece’s new album, Synthesis. The accompanying orchestra, conducted by Susie Seiter, adds a beautiful depth to each piece. Everyone in the audience, from superfans to newcomers, is swept away by the performers’ immense stage presence.
Lee is a powerful vocalist and equally formidable on the piano, and when joined by her contingents, she truly comes alive. Passion is written across her face; the intense emotion that supplements each string of words says as much as the lyrics themselves do. Even with incredible drummer Will Hunt tossing his sticks and crafting outrageous fills, all eyes are on Lee. And whenever the singing isn’t completely understandable, the frontwoman makes up for it with her range: her highest notes are perhaps even more sustained than her natural lower register.
Under deep red and violet lighting, the crowd excitedly joins Evanescence in a lively performance of Bring Me to Life, which starts off soft but ends in a rousing chorus. In Lithium, Lee proves she sings just as well without the synthesised effects that have become one of the band’s hallmarks; Lost in Paradise, showcases the majesty of the orchestra.
Before performing My Immortal, Lee explains that their fans have given a new meaning to the piece. Each member works in harmonious unity throughout the piece, shining as more than a sum of their parts.
The concert is best represented by what the singer says towards the finale of the show, when she proclaims that people who enjoy songs “this emotional … feel a lot but don’t say as much [we] feel. The only way through is what we have together.” As much as the night is about music, it is also about coming together and feeling emotions – whether those be pain, pensive contemplation, or rage – as one. [Source]
Amy Lee took part in a question-and-answer session and one-song live performance Tuesday night (October 3) at the Steinway Hall in New York City. EVANESCENCE’s new album, “Synthesis”, is due on November 10. The effort features full orchestration in a completely synthetic world of beats and sounds, with help from arranger and composer David Campbell.
“Synthesis” will contain two new EVANESCENCE songs in addition to fan favorites re-recorded with a live orchestra and electronica. The album includes guest performance by famed violinist Lindsey Stirling on “Hi-Lo”, one of the two new tracks on the album.
The “Synthesis Live” tour will launch on October 14 on the West Coast. Like the album, “Synthesis Live” will feature a reimagining of some of EVANESCENCE’s best-loved songs with the spotlight on full orchestra, electronics combined with the band and Lee‘s virtuoso piano and voice.
“This is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars,” explained Lee. “I’ve always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming and experimentation.
“This will be our first time touring with orchestra and I’m so excited to perform this way — really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we’ve built over the years. I’m also really excited about the new material on the album. Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack.”
Their fourth release Synthesisis the opposite of an unplugged effort — rather Lee has re-recorded the band’s old material an even more dramatic and bombastic manner, with a full orchestra and heavy electronics. That includes their breakthrough 2003 hit Bring Me To Life. And there’s something missing from the version you know — that rap, by guest vocalist Paul McCoy.
“God bless the rap, it’s part of what got us on the radio I guess,” Lee says. “At least according to all the rules of radio that I don’t agree with or understand. The rap wasn’t part of our original idea or sound, it was a compromise in many ways. So to be able to go back to the original vision for the song was great.”
It’s not uncommon for an artist to go back and record their songs — Lee embraced being to able to revisit the band’s signature hit after performing it live at every concert they’ve played since it was release. “The recording of a song that ends being the one you hear the most through history is usually when the song was just freshly written. You’re still learning it yourself and getting used to what the notes are and how the parts go. That’s true for Bring Me to Life for sure. After doing it live for so long there’s different vocal choices I’ve made and different things we got to use in this version.” And no rap. “I forget the rap’s there now to be honest,” Lee says. “At the time it was a big issue, it was our first single. I wanted people to understand who we were. That’s a struggle you always fight as an artist. If we only had the one hit, if no one ever heard from us again then nobody would understand who we were. We’ve made it past that point so the rap doesn’t make me angry any more. I’m so glad to put a new version out there without the rap though.”
Similarly there’s an adult version of another Evanescence anthem, My Immortal — like Bring Me To Life it’s been the subject of countless covers and soundtracked many moody memes. Lee admits My Immortal almost got cut from Synthesis. “People have heard it so many times, I’m pretty open about the fact it’s not one of my favourite songs, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to totally re-record it again.” Despite a “band” version being recorded for their 17 million-selling debut album Fallen, most fans and radio gravitated to the early version of My Immortal, which Lee recorded as a teenager sneaking into the studio her dad worked at after hours. “I hate that version. I totally hate it. It’s an old demo from before we were even signed. Every time I hear it gets under my skin, but that’s the version most people play. I love the album version we did. But I wanted to do a new version so people know where I am vocally as a 35-year-old with all of this experience I have now behind me. As opposed to when I was 17. It’s beautiful because it’s pure and innocent but I was definitely still finding my voice. [Source]
The plan is for us to work on a new album next. We don’t have a timeline going on right now — we’ve been focused on [the Synthesis] tour and this whole crazy massive thing we’ve been doing. But, yeah, that’s totally the plan. You will hear from us. - Amy Lee via Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM
Evanescence return this fall with Synthesis, their fourth studio album, slated for a Fall 2017 release. The group today, August 14, announced the “Synthesis Live” tour will launch this fall beginning October 14 on the west coast. Like the album, “Synthesis Live” will feature a re-imagining of some of Evanescence’s best-loved songs with the spotlight on full orchestra, electronics combined with the band and Amy Lee’s virtuoso piano and voice.
The track is the lead single and one of the new songs from album ‘Synthesis’ – a reworking of some of the band’s best-loved tracks performed with a full orchestra and electronic elements. ‘Imperfection’, is an emotional moment dealing with suicide and depression.
2 weeks agoby amyleeHad the most beautiful time last night with these amazing people I’m lucky to call friends. Tears, laughter, and excellent music at @veridia ‘s show celebrating the upcoming release of my current favorite album, The Beast You Feed. Being a part of I’ll Never Be Ready means so much to me, and feeds my soul! I love you @deenajakoub and @veridia ! ...and the new album is SO DAMN GOOD.
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