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Evanescence: Awakening Listeners

Anybody who has seen “Daredevil,” starring the ever-unsurprising, vinyl-clad Ben Affleck and the lovely, sai-wielding Jennifer Garner, knows the song “Bring Me to Life” which, though massively overplayed on the radio, has a certain appeal. This Evanescence (“a dissipation or disappearance-like vapor”) tune is a duet between lead singer Amy Lee and Paul McCoy of 12 Stones.

“‘Bring Me to Life’ is about discovering something or someone that awakens a feeling inside them that they’ve never had before. You discover there is a world bigger than just your safe bubble,” says Ben Moody, guitarist.

Brought to you by the Wind-Up Records label, “Fallen” is this Little Rock, Arkansas’ band first album. Evanescence brings to the table a mix of Linkin’ Park meets Tori Amos. With the same angst-filled vocals and pounding guitars that fill “Hybrid Theory,” this new metal work differs from bands such as System of a Down and Sevendust because their sound is that of a woman.

With Rocky Gray on drums, John LeCompt and Ben Moody on guitar and, of course, Amy Lee doing the vocals, this album is an interesting mix of not only the angry girl rock breed like Alanis Morrissette, but the light mix of electronic laden rock similar to that of Garbage. And like Poe, Lee is not afraid to wail with the rest of them.

With the first track, “Going Under,” she snarls, “Now I will tell you what I’ve done for you/Fifty thousand tears I’ve cried/Screaming, deceiving, and bleeding for you/And you still won’t hear me.” Lee swears she’s sick of feeling broken and she’s not going to take it anymore. Empowering girl grooves.

However, she shows her softer side in “My Immortal” where she feels the “lingering presence” of “wounds that won’t seem to heal” and she mournfully talks of the faith and memories of her former lover. No guitars needed here, just the plain piano accompaniment and doubling of Lee’s voice as she harmonizes with herself.

Yet, “Tourniquet” plays like a aural crucifixion where she begs for salvation for her wounded soul and culminates with her screaming, “I want to die.” There is a slight gospel-like feel to the album as this is one of three songs with a chamber choir, personally arranged by Lee.

“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. That’s life and that’s human. They’re not alone, and we’re going through it too,” says Lee. A little sappy but it’s a sentiment one can appreciate in these none-too-pleasant times.

This is a well-textured and layered album that, dark overtones aside, is rich with Lee’s vocal styling and the sound of a band that is proving to have popular appeal. It’s one of the better albums that I’ve heard in a while although it does get somewhat repetitive. I give it a rating of 3 out of 5 stars. For more information on the band, visit their website www.evanescence.com.

About the Contributor
MiMi Yeh served as arts editor for The Mass Media the following years: 2001-2002; *2002-2003; 2003-2004 *Evan Sicuranza served as arts editor for Fall 2002 Disclaimer: Years served is based on online database and may not detail entire service.