In 2003, Evanescence crashed into the public consciousness with their ubiquitous single Bring Me To Life, establishing themselves as nu metal’s goth wing. Following a messy, public spat which saw co-founder Ben Moody leave the band later that same year, vocalist Amy Lee emerged as the band’s driving force.
Since then, she’s pushed Evanescence’s ethereal sound into new directions. Now, with the release of new single Wasted On You, and the news that the band’s first original studio album in nine years is on the way later this year, there’s no better time to look back over their four studio albums.
4. Evanescence (2011)
Following a five-year hiatus and several lineup changes, by the time Evanescence released their 2011’s self-titled album, Amy was the only remaining original member. Sonically, Evanescence signalled a shift in the band’s sound that the singer described as “Janet Jackson meets Nirvana”, merging grungy, alt-rock and pop sensibilities with the band’s signature sound. Lead single What You Want is still a banger and My Heart Is Broken and Oceans have become fan faves, but overall Evanescence is a patchy, front heavy affair with too many forgettable tracks.