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Amy Lee :Vocals
John LeCompt :Guitar
Terry Balsamo :Guitar
Rocky Gray :Drums
Tim McCord :Bass
evanescence (ev'e-nes'ens ): a dissipation or disappearance like vapor
Evanescence is a rock band formed in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA at the end of the '90s. Before releasing the first major album "Fallen", they released "EP", "Whisper EP/Sound Asleep EP" and "Origin" by theirself.
Evanescence was founded by Amy Lee(vocals, piano) and Ben Moody (ex.guitarist). They met at a youth camp where Ben heard Amy playing Meatloaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love" on the piano, and they began to write songs together.
They found the local rock station played their songs and gained popularity around town, became one of the most popular band.
In 2000, they released full-length album "Origin" contains some demo versions of the songs on Fallen. In some part of Christian rock scene, "Origin" was considered as Christian Rock, though the band didn't want to be considered as. They stated they are not a Christian band. In 2002, David Hodges(ex.vocals, keyboards) left the band. When "Fallen" was released from Wind-Up Records asking for the album to be removed from Christaion stores.
Evanescence signed on with "Wind-Up Records", they released the first major album "Fallen" on Mar. 4 2003. Fallen was tracked in Los Angeles with producer Dave Fortman.
Lyrically, Evanescence explores dark, introspective themes of love, desperation, and despair. But they insists its fundamental message is a positive one. "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," says Lee, who pens most of the words. "That's life and that's human. They're not alone, and we're going through it, too."
the following scripts from Evanescence.com
Having sold nearly 14 million records worldwide, well more than 6 million in the U.S. alone, with their major-label debut Fallen, Evanescence is poised to continue their meteoric rise with their forthcoming CD, The Open Door (Wind-up Records), scheduled for release October 3. The album from the two-time Grammy-winning band is defined by Amy Leefs beautiful melodies, compelling lyrics, poignant piano and stunning vocals, fused with Terry Balsamo's urgent, yet intricate guitar, to form a seamless, ethereal mixture that perfectly channels the bandfs hard rock and classical sensibilities. The contributions of members John LeCompt (guitar) and Rocky Gray (drums) are also evident.
"Making this record has been really intense," explains Lee. "Terry suffered a stroke last October and is still recovering, we got a new manager [Andy Lurie], and I've come out of a difficult breakup. But everything wefve been through together has benefited this album." With Fallen, says Lee, the band had much to prove while defining its identity. This time, finding a cohesive writing partner in Terry Balsamo, "we really took our time crafting this album and had the freedom to express a broader range of emotions: not just pain and sadness, but also anger and, yes, even happiness."
Written late last year, The Open Door was recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles and mixed at Ocean Way Studios in March 2006. Marking the return of long-time friend and producer Dave Fortman, the album's musical elements include a classically-infused choir and strings on several tracks, giving further color to songs of introspection, longing, doubt, self-respect and, ultimately, empowerment. The album opens with "Sweet Sacrifice," a post-relationship catharsis that head-dives from an otherworldly intro into a hard-driving thrash of hard rock guitars and soaring rock vocals. Its first single, the mid-tempo "Call Me When You're Sober," reinforces the moving-away-from-dysfunction theme.
Other standout tracks on The Open Door include "Lithium," which embraces feeling over numbness, "All That Ifm Living For," Lee's tribute to band life, "Weight of the World," her plea for perspective from the expectation of young fans, and "Good Enough," a string-and-choir-infused closer distinguished as the bandfs first truly (almost) contented song ("It feels really good ending the album this way," says Lee). Having toured for a year-and-a-half straight with only a month off following the release of Fallen, Evanescence hopes to hit the road this time out with a care not to neglect key markets worldwide. Its U.S. tour begins immediately after the October 3 debut of The Open Door, rewarding hardcore fans with a "sneak peak" at the album handful of more intimate theater dates before segueing into much larger arena shows.
Originally hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, the band's evolving sound ? a nearly mystical marriage between rock, goth and classical ? was informed by a curious duality. Lee, who spent nine years studying classical piano, explains, "When I was in high school I listened to a lot of death metal bands. Both genres are intricate, complex types of music that are very dramatic, and Ifm naturally drawn to that."
Evanescence self-released two EPs and a first full-length album, the much-sought-after Origin, before finding a home at Wind-up Records. Fallen, their major-label debut, was released in April 2003 to critical and commercial success. The internationally appealing Top 10 singles "Bring Me to Life" and "My Immortal" helped drive airplay and led to two 2003 Grammy Awards (Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance for "Bring Me To Life"). Propelling the band to sales of nearly 14 million albums worldwide, Fallen spent more than 100 weeks on Billboardfs Top 200 chart, was certified gold or platinum in over 35 countries, and sold out arenas globally. Anywhere But Home, their 2004 live DVD release, has sold over one million copies to date.
The inherent drama in Evanescence's music ? a kind of audio odyssey that can turn on a dime from piano-led introspection to hammering guitar ? has resonated with listeners everywhere. The bandfs aggressive core finds a counterpart in Lee's passionate vocals, lyrics that forge a connection with audiences searching for identity or struggling with feelings of desire, hope love and loss. The Open Door is a logical (but certainly not predictable) transformation of epic proportions for the band, which, in many ways has only just begun to make its mark on the music world.
õIn 2006 New Bassist as Suppoert Member Tim McCord joined.
õBassist Will Boyd left the band in July 2006.
õAmy told Undercover Media(Australia) becoming a permanent member Terry Balsamo(G) in January 2004.
õGuitarist and songwriter Ben Moody canceled and flew home on October 24 show in Berlin, and he left the band.
õIn the album "Fallen", Francesco DiCosmo played Bass, Josh Freese played Drums. After the recording, Will(B) and Rocky(Dr) joined in.
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