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Although the band's name may suggest a sudden vanishing, the music of Evanescence is ready for the long run. Fallen, debut of this talented group from Little Rock, Arkansas, is an emotional, ethereal work of undeniable potency guided by the heavenly vocals of Amy Lee. "We're definitely a rock band," says the 20-year-old Lee. "But the twist is that the band's music is epic, dramatic, dark rock."
Co-founders Lee and guitarist/songwriter Ben Moody met while in their early teens. "We were at a youth camp," Moody recalls. "During some sort of recreational period held in a gymnasium, I heard Amy playing Meat Loaf's 'I'd Do Anything for Love' at the piano. So I went over to talk to her, and she started singing for me. I was very impressed, so I talked her into joining a band with me." Since that day, the musical relationship has remained completely loyal. "We have basically the same vision in what we love about music," Moody says. "When it comes to songwriting, we finish each other's thoughts."
Evanescence first took form in Little Rock at the end of the '90s. Predictably, the band didn't quite fit the mold of most others lingering around the Midwestern state. "It's typically death metal or really soft, older-people music there," says Lee. "I don't even know of any local bands that have female singers."
Influenced by a wide-ranging collection of artists such as Bjork, Danny Elfman and Tori Amos, the band started releasing EPs of its material. Even without the benefit of touring, Evanescence began to establish a reputation. "A lot of it developed by being elusive," Moody remembers. "The second song we ever wrote was this seven-minute, ridiculous Goth anthem called 'Understanding.' And for some reason, the local rock station decided to play it a lot. We gained this popularity around town, even though no one knew who we were or where to find us. It was because we couldn't afford to play a show -- it was just Amy and I -- and we couldn't pay any musicians."
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Fallen was tracked in Los Angeles with producer Dave Fortman (Boysetsfire, Superjoint Ritual). The album successfully finds that intangible balance between the ups and downs that people face. Typical of the record is the first single, "Bring Me To Life," a piano ballad-turned-riff-driven barnburner. Highlighted by a guest vocal from Paul McCoy of 12 Stones, the song is featured prominently in the Daredevil film and soundtrack. "'Bring Me To Life' is about finding something or someone that awakens a feeling inside them that they've never had before," says Moody. He continued, "You discover there is a world that is bigger than just your safe bubble." Also significant is the vibrant anthem "Tourniquet" and the eerie "Haunted," with its pummeling beats and jarring melodies. Of the latter, Moody asserts, It's the song that represents us the most.
Lyrically, Evanescence explores dark, introspective themes of love, despair, and depression. But the group insists its fundamental message is a positive one. "The point of this whole record and band is to let people know that they're not alone in dealing with bad feelings or pain or anything that they go through," says Lee, who writes most of the words. "That's life and that's human. They're not alone, and we're going through it, too."
Live, Evanescence functions as a quartet with John LeCompt (guitar) and Rocky Gray (drums) rounding out the line-up. "As a four-piece, we are able to carry out the intricate harmonies and orchestrations of the memorable material on Fallen," Moody emphasizes. "We're very sincere about what we do. There's so much pre-packaged teen stuff these days in music. That's not us. We're not trying to sell an angle, we're just here writing from our heart."
Evanescence is here to stay and going to rock for many years to come. They are coming up on the tail end of their 18 month tour and are expected to release another album at the end of 2004. If you like evanescence you probably will like bands like Metallica, Marylin Manson, Three Doors Down, and Korn
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