Returning from their hiatus Arkansas rock band Evanescence are not just making a comeback, they are also introducing a whole new sound. Their forthcoming record “Synthesis” will see the band de-constructing some of their favourite tracks from their career and adding a new re-arrangement to the production. These songs will see the drums and guitars being replaced by an orchestra which will have their already theatrical sound taken to new heights. Their songs have always had emotional and dramatic production with strings regularly used but to strip away the heavier elements and put more emphasis on the vocals and emotion is an exciting approach. The first song to get this overhaul was “Bring Me To Life” which showcased a new found maturity and meaning. But the band have just released a new original single which I expected to continue this new experimental sound but instead they hit you with some nostalgic production. “Imperfection” takes you back to the sound of their debut album. From beautiful piano melodies to gritty beats, big drums and sweeping strings you could easily convince me that this was a B-Side from “Fallen”. There is slightly a bit more emphasis on the strings compared to their other material but only slightly. The drums over-saturate the production during the chorus and could have been striped back slightly to compliment the sound they are trying to achieve. Their lyrics are as dark, emotional and empowering as always and has lead vocalist Amy Lee plea-ing to someone to not give into depression and to fight for your life. “Don’t you dare surrender, don’t leave me here without you. Cause I could never replace your perfect imperfection”. It’s a beautiful and empowering song that really is for their long term fans who are going to be excited to hear them returning to their roots.
Evanescence achieve electronic-symphonic symmetry on their lush new single, “Imperfection.” Singer Amy Lee commands the track with a swaggering cadence along with her signature belting. “You know you can’t deny it,” she sings. “The world’s a little more fucked up every day.”
“Imperfection” is one of two newly written songs on Evanescence’s upcoming LP, Synthesis, out November 10th. Lee recruited producer Will Hunt and composer David Campbell to revamp older songs (including breakout hit “Bring Me to Life”) with an orchestra.
In a statement, Lee felt “Imperfection” was the most important song on the new album. The lyrics, she said, were written from the perspective of someone “left behind” after a suicide or loss.
“I struggled with the lyrics for a long time because there was a lifetime of work to live up to and I wasn’t sure what to say or how to be good enough,” Lee said. “When it finally started pouring out of me, it was undeniable. I had no choice. It’s for all the people we’ve lost, all the people who we could lose, to suicide and depression. I’m singing from the perspective of the person left behind, the person in the waiting room. It’s a plea to fight for your life, to stay. Don’t give into the fear – I have to tell myself that every day. Nobody is perfect. We are all imperfect, and it’s precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there’s so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.”
Lee will perform the retooled Evanescence tracks with a full orchestra on the Synthesis tour, which launches October 14th in Las Vegas.
“This will be our first time touring with an 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,” Lee said.