Evanescence, from Nu Metal to – Pop? An editorial.

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Polarization. That’s what comes to mind when the RMR crew starts discussing Evanescence and their career. Some think that Amy Lee can do nothing wrong and everything she and her mates created so far is just dandy. Others, however, feel that the band sorely got on the wrong side of pop over the years. A (not so) happy conversation of groovy chatterboxes but no resolution on the corporate stance the mighty RMR office suite should take. Sounds like those modern and totally wretched politics, doesn’t it?1)

So, what’s it gonna be?

Early Evanescence, and then some.

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Death of a Dryad – Hameln – Review

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Sometimes you encounter records that just stop you dead in your tracks. A jumble of sounds that somehow interacts with your blackened metal soul just hit ye. And spooked, you turn around to check who’s knocking. But nobody’s there.

That’s the somewhat haunting atmosphere Death of a Dryad‘s newest record Hameln immediately generates. With the powerful legend of the Pied Piper as your guide, courtesy of Robert Browning.

You know, the infamous tale of this multi-colored dude who marched all of them rats out of town in 1284 and sent them to drown. And when the misers … [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence – Evanescence (2011) – Review

Last updated on 27 March 2021

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Oh my! I am in mourning. Black clad, bound in leather, a painting of somber colors and polished silver.

What a total and sad downgrade from the heights of Fallen to this album, kind of unhappily named Evanescence. Only that the evanescence1) of this gig seems to have finally disappeared completely.

First signs for this to happen already appeared on their former record The Open Door. The record that suffered from a certain lack of direction and oomph in the lower parts of the tracklist. Yet, the latter contained a … [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence – The Open Door (2006) – Review

Last updated on 9 April 2021

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In the beginning, I had my doubts about The Open Door. Ben Moody just left Evanescence in a tearing hurry in October 2003. And that in the midst of the Fallen live tour to boot.

He had his reasons1), I am sure. But this certainly wasn’t the right time nor the nicest thing to do. To add insult to injury, other band members left as well after that.

Amy Lee thus became the undisputed leader of this band. And indeed, Evanescence very much morphed into her own brand after … [...] Click to raid more!