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!

Moonspell – Hermitage (2021) – Review

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Do you know what I like about Moonspell? They always deliver something new on every record. I often think back to the quietly aggressive desperation on Extinct or the delicious menace on Night Eternal.1) 1755 was a bit more touchy, yet the idea to do an album in Portuguese without clear vocals was quite a feat. Because, earthquake centuries ago, you know.

Insinuations and rumors have it that the band may not continue for much longer. And that’s not necessarily something I fancy to hear. Because this band’s dark and melancholy ways have very much become … [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence – Fallen (2003) – Review

Last updated on 9 April 2021

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The first studio album Fallen of the US band Evanescence hit the charts like a bomb. The piece already displayed that unique sound that the band under Ben Moody‘s and Amy Lee‘s leadership created. And these were the times when the relationship still kinda worked between these two.

This, combined with the ethereal voice of Amy Lee, created the true potential this band possessed back then. And the success speaks by itself. Once the album released in Europe in 2004 (the US release was – incidentally – in 2003), it … [...] Click to raid more!