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Evanescence (ev'e-nes'ens) are a female fronted gothic-rock band from Little Rock, Arkansas.
They were formed in 1994, when Ben Moody (ex-guitarist) and Amy Lee (lead vocals) met at camp. Amy was singing Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything For Love" on piano, when Ben discovered her talent.




Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • By definition, "evanescence" means a dissipation or disappearance like vapor.

    • Since The Open Door release, Evanescence has performed in front of more than one million fans in more than 25 countries.

    • Anywhere But Home, Evanescence's 2004 live DVD release has sold over one million copies to date.

    • Their song "Bring Me To Life" was used for the Without a Trace episode entitled, "Exposure". It was the theme to WWE No Way Out, 2003. The song also featured on the Daredevil soundtrack, as well as their song "My Immortal", both off their 2003 album, Fallen.

    • The Latin chanting in the song "Field of Innocence" is translated as: "Oh Jesus, King Most wonderful! Thou conqueror renowned! Thou sweetness most ineffable! In whom all joys are found!"

    • "Even In Death" was the first song Evanescence ever sang live on radio.

    • The film Romeo and Juliet was the inspiration for the song "Anywhere". Ex-Guitarist, Ben Moody, said in an interview that this is one of his least favourite Evanescence songs.

    • The members of Evanescence nicknamed their guitarist, Terry Balsamo, "Banana Baggins" or "T Baggins". Terry was originally from Alternative Rock band, Cold. He suffered a stroke just before Evanescence's Fallen tour.

    • Evanescence won the International Group/Duo of the Year Award at the 2007 NRJ Awards.

    • In the song "Whisper" off the album Fallen, the phrase "Servatis a periculum, servatis a maleficum" is repeated at the end. This is latin, and roughly means "Save us from danger, save us from evil".

    • Paul McCoy, from the band 12 Stones, featured in the chorus of Evanescence's first hit song, "Bring Me To Life".

    • In the song "Haunted", off their album Fallen, a faint beep can be heard in the background, which represents the girl's heartbeat.

    • The music video for the song "Good Enough" was filmed in Budapest, Hungary in May of 2007.

    • Their song "Tourniquet" is based on the song "My Tourniquet" by Soul Embraced.

    • Amy Lee's sisters, Carrie and Lori, performed the backing vocals in the song "Call Me When You're Sober".

    • Evanescence's second hit album, The Open Door, went platinum in the United States, in only a month. In one week it sold 4 times as many copies as their first album, Fallen.

    • "Your Star" was written in Lisbon. When Amy's at home, she can see the stars, but when she went to Lisbon, she couldn't see them.

    • The word "Lacrymosa" means 'relating to sadness'. Their song "Lacrymosa", is a cover of Mozart's "Lacrimosa".

    • The song "Cloud Nine" is about breaking up.

    • "Like You", off their most recent album The Open Door, is about committing suicide to join a loved one who has recently passed away, in this case Amy's younger sister. This is the second known song Amy Lee has written about suicide.

    • Ex-drummer, Rocky Gray, is married and has two kids named Abe and Madison. Ex-guitarist, John LeCompt has a wife named Shelly and a daughter named Bethanie.

    • When Amy was a teenager, her mother was worried about Amy's sinister song lyrics and suggested she try counselling. Only recently has Amy taken up this offer.

    • During the filming of "Call Me When You're Sober", an unrelated protest shut down the streets that surround the theatre they were filming at, and the police riot squad had to inform the band and crew members not to leave the building until tensions settled.

    • The track "Anything For You" is the fastest Evanescence song, in terms of tempo.

    • Amy Lee features in the song "Broken" by Seether. This may or may not have led to her relationship with Seether's lead vocalist, Shaun Morgan.

    • Amy Lee was meeting a few of her friends at a restaurant when a guy she barely knew looked into her eyes and asked her "Are you happy?". She knew that she truly wasn't, and those simple words really struck her. That is how the opening lines to the song "Bring Me To Life", "how can you see into my eyes like open doors..." came about.

    • Amy Lee was president of the choir council her senior year. She was an alto, but could also do soprano. She wrote a choir arrangement called "Listen to the Rain" which was performed by the school choir at graduation, and later released as an Evanescence outtake.

    • After Amy Lee's 3-year-old sister's tragic death, Amy wrote a song called "Hello" and released it on their album, Fallen. It's so personal that she says she can't perform it live at concerts because she'll go into a serious breakdown.

    • Their song "Tourniquet" off the album Fallen, is about suicide.

    • In the beginning of the music video for "Bring Me To Life", we see Amy sleeping, and she wakes up when the music starts. She climbs up a building, towards the music playing through a window. When Paul McCoy sees her, Amy falls and he tries to catch her, but lets go because he can't pull her inside the window.

    • The music video for "Going Under" takes place mostly underwater.

    • The music video for "My Immortal" was shot entirely in black and white.

    • Evanescence was told that adding a permanent rapper to the band was their only chance to reach success.

    • Their single "Going Under" appeared in the Atari and Shiny Entertainment video game, Enter The Matrix.

    • The music videos for "Bring Me To Life" and "Going Under" were both directed by the award-winning director Philipp Stolzi.

    • Musical discography:
      Origin(2002), 11 tracks
      Fallen(2003), 12 tracks
      The Open Door (2006), 13 tracks
      Evanescence (2011),12 tracks

    • In Febuary 2004, they won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for "Bring Me To Life".

    • Their debut album Fallen is 6x platinum. It sold over 14 million copies worldwide.

    • Against the band's wishes, "Missing", "Farther Away" and "Breathe No More" were removed from the final Fallen album before its release. "Missing" and "Farther Away" are available as bonus tracks on singles, while "Breathe No More" is available on the Elektra soundtrack.

    • The band went by several short-lived names, including "Striken" and "Childish Intentions", before choosing "Evanescence".

    • Evanescence EP, Whisper EP / Sound Asleep EP, and Origin were all released by "BigWig Enterprises". The rest were released by "Wind-Up Records".

  • Quotes

    • Amy: "Call Me When You're Sober" says something that's impossible to hide from. I'm stuck with everyone knowing exactly what I'm talking about. And if there's consequences for that, which there are, then I have to face them. But it's true, and it really happened, and it meant so much to me and felt so good to just blurt it out that it was worth it. And I think it's a really great song and I'm really proud of it.

    • Amy [on the song "Sweet Sacrifice"]: It's the one song on The Open Door that's about the same abusive relationship which was the source of all the songs on Fallen. It was appropriate to put this song at the beginning, but it comes from a much stronger standpoint than Fallen. It's not saying, "I'm trapped in fear and somebody save me." It's saying, "Fear is only in our minds ... I'm not afraid anymore."

    • Amy [on the making of the video "Sweet Sacrifice"]: It's mostly live performance. It's not so much fluff and flying and tricks and wolves and stuff. It's more really just about the song, and that is unique for us. We usually do crazy stuff. It's gonna be sort of like a video within the video. Since the song is our heaviest single, we really wanted to focus on mostly performance but still have something about it that's really unique. And I think [Paul] really hit the nail on the head.

    • Amy (on the song "Good Enough"): I had gone through a lot of difficult things during the writing of the whole album, and by the end of it, I had stepped away from those bad situations. That's really hard. You have to be really brave and strong about it. After doing that, I felt so amazing. For the first time I felt like I could write a song based on how good I felt. I have never done that before ever.

    • Amy: (on Evanescence's new album, "The Open Door") In the first week, it sold four times as many as "Fallen" did. So I think it really pays to write for yourself and not worry about what people are going to think of you.

    • Amy: (on Evanescence's new album, "The Open Door") With "Fallen", we had to break into the industry and have the biggest hit single ever. There was so much pressure from the label and the diff things that Ben and I wanted. This time there wasn't any. It was completely hands off. We just made an album and had a great time doing it. I remember the whole time thinking 'I don't care if no one buys this album. I just want to make the best album in the world for me.'

    • Amy: (when asked if she still keeps it contact with former Evanescence guitarist, Ben Moody) No, screw that guy! We're not friends, it ended pretty badly. I feel like our lives, at least mine, are way better without it. Is that really cruel?

    • Amy: (on "Fallen"'s success) It makes me feel like I did a good job. It makes me feel like I'm glad that a lot of people like our music. It was never about worldwide success or domination for me. People wonder why I'm not jumping up and down excited like "I'm a millionaire!" It's not like that. I just wanted to make music, so I'm happy.

    • Amy: We're definitely a rock band, but the twist is that the band's music is epic, dramatic, dark rock.

    • Ben Moody: We have the same exact vision regarding what we love about music. When it comes to songwriting, we finish each other's thoughts.

    • Ben Moody: A lot of it developed by being elusive. The second song we ever wrote was this seven minute, ridiculous Goth anthem called 'Understanding', and for some reason, the local rock station decided to play it a lot. We gained this popularity around town, even though no one knew who we were or where to find us. It was because we could never afford to play a show - it was just Amy and I - and we couldn't pay any musicians.

    • Amy: I'm glad that people are accepting our music and are connected to our art. Whether we're popular or not, I don't care.

    • Amy: The fact that [Ben Moody] left the band, it wasn't like it killed me and hurt my feelings and made me feel like I lost a friend, it was actually more of a relief because he'd been so unhappy on tour recently that it was making everyone else unhappy. We all hope he's happier now.

    • Amy: If there's anything I've learned, I don't really know and anything can happen.

    • Amy: I think that our lyrics are defintely dark, but I know for a fact that we pull our inspiration from a million different influences. We listened to everything growing up. Our music isn't just 'opera metal' or 'gothic pop' it's just Evanescence.

    • Amy: There are people hell-bent on the idea that we're a Christian band in disguise, that we have some secret message. We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It's simply about life experience.

    • Amy: People were finding the band pretty much on their own. Who would we be without the fans? Nobody.

    • Amy: It's really bizarre when you think about it. Obviously I've always thought we were good enough - I love our music and I love our band - but I never thought it would happen on this scale. I look at my face on the album cover sometimes and I wonder if it's really me.

    • Amy: We love what we do, and I think that comes through, we definitely try to put that in our music. It's real, honest and genuine. We're not just trying to sell records, it comes from the heart. Of all of us.

  • I want to thank her. She is a good singer!!

    First, I am a Japanese.

    You may find sentences that you can't understand...

    I've listened to a Japanese singer-songwriter's songs that seems to speak to my soul. (In Japan, she is famous by singing that sounds holy)

    I felt it on Evanescence too. So I've been interested in them.

    When for the first time I heard their song, HAUNTED, I couldn't understand English but I could get what they meant... I think the reasons are her voice and feeling put into the song. And I was surprised at the atmosphere of the song 'cos I had never heard such a song before I heard it! This song got me obsessed with Evanescence.

    My favorite song is Tourniquet.

    I can sympathize with her and this song saved me from lonely hesitation. I want to thank her.

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  • one of the best goth rock bands.

    evanescence's music is dark rock. it's what i love about this band. the doom & gloom ridden lyrics, stunning melodies, and the haunting & very passionate vocals of the lead singer amy lee captures what their music is all about. my all time favorite album is fallen coz it's so relatable. w/ the pounding drums & intricate guitars i'm always having a blast listening to this. breathe no more is my favorite song w/ it's sad lyrics & deeply moving piano. they're indeed a talented band. i just wish they'd never get tired of writing more songs that have dark lyrics. after all, every artists grow & they can't be always in that dark place. just the same i really admire them.moreless