It’s been five years since Evanescence has released their last album and four years since the band has gone on tour. Since that time, lead singer/pianist Amy Lee has done music for the 2014 film, War Story and released her own EP of covers. Around November 2015, Evanescence performed in the Japan iteration of Ozzfest and some wondered if the band would return for new music – perhaps, this was another one off performance.
Recently, there has been some signs of life in the Evanescence camp. Recruiting new rhythm guitarist Jen Majura and now lead guitarist Troy McLawhorn being a permanent fixture – there’s a future ahead. The night at the Wellmont Theater was mostly filled with older fans who could recall the 17 million copies sold debut album, Fallen which set Evanescence in the middle of hard rock music intertwined with moody piano and classical aesthetics.
There was no rust as the band entered into the first song, “Everybody’s Fool”. The instrumentation was tight, which seemed to fuel Lee’s energetic movement throughout the song. Despite the hair flips, Lee never missed a beat. Back in 2012, during the Carnival of Madness tour, I had noted that Lee was one of the best vocalists I have heard live and after some time has passed, that same notion holds true. Drummer Will Hunt’s ferocious take behind the drum kit kept the upbeat pulse going for the duration of the night.
The entire set list served as a huge snapshot – well balanced between hard rock numbers such as “What You Want” and “The Other Side” and ballads such as “Lithum” and “Breathe No More”. The beginning of the show tended to have the heavier numbers and eased into the material where the band congregated around Lee’s grand piano. There is still a haunting and beautiful quality to “My Immortal” ten plus years later. Alas, there was also an appearance of a new song, “Take Cover”, a percussion heavy, thriving number that may give us a glimpse into the future of Evanescence.
Familiar songs like “Call Me When Your Sober” and “Bring Me To Life” ended the show, but the band pulled out a wild card and did their own spin of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana”. Given the short time it was announced and how quickly the show sold out, the deeply emotional songs of Evanescence still resonate even past the point of when some of their contemporaries would have foreseen. Coming off their their self-titled album which combined all the things that made the band great, one may be interested to see where the band can go now given the landscape of rock music.