On November 10th, Evanescence will release a new album, Synthesis, the follow-up to 2011's self-titled LP. The record features reinterpretations of the band's signature songs recorded with a full orchestra and additional electronic effects, including a fresh take on their 2003 smash "Bring Me to Life," which the group released last month. It also features two new songs, "Imperfection" and "Hi-Lo." Amy Lee and Co. have unveiled the former track, an emotionally-charged epic that confronts mental illness and suicide head on. Listen now, and read on for the band's upcoming tour dates.
"For me, this is the most important song on the album," Lee says of "Imperfection," adding: "I struggled with the lyrics because there's a lot to live up to and I wasn't sure what to say." She continues, "When it started pouring out of me, it turned out to be speaking to all the people we've been losing because of suicide and depression. I was singing from the perspective of the person left behind — it's a plea to fight for your life, to stay, and that we all need each other as humans."
Evanescence — whose current lineup comprises Lee, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will hunt, lead guitarist/vocalist Troy McLawhorn and guitarist Jen Majura — developed Synthesis alongside orchestral arranger and composer David Campbell. (His score for the album is included in the limited-edition box set edition of the LP, which also features a making-of documentary. You can pre-order it here.) The album also features a guest appearance from renowned violinist Lindsey Stirling, on the aforementioned "Hi-Lo."
"There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars," Lee says. "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 orchestras, elaborate programming, and experimentation." Evanescence's upcoming tour will see them joined by a full orchestra, as well — a first for the band.
Evanescence Tour Dates:
Oct. 14 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl Concert Theater
Oct. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Oct. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Oct. 20 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
Oct. 22 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
Oct. 23 – New Orleans, LA – Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Oct. 25 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 27 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Oct. 28 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
Oct. 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
Oct. 31 – Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
Nov. 02 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
Nov. 03 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grant Theater
Nov. 05 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre - Boston
Nov. 07 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Nov. 08 – Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome Theatre
Nov. 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
Nov. 30 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Dec. 02 – Carmel, IN – The Palladium
Dec. 05 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
Dec. 06 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 08 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for Performing Arts
Dec. 09 – Windsor, ON – Caesar's Windsor
Dec. 11 – Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Music Hall
Dec. 13 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
Dec. 15 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort
Dec. 16 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium
Dec. 19 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall