EVANESCENCE release their fourth studio album “Synthesis” this week. Lead singer-songwriter and pianist Amy Lee, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Troy McLawhorn and guitarist/background vocalist Jen Majura teamed up with co-producer/programmer William Hunt and orchestra arranger and composer David Campbell to rework some of the band’s best-loved songs with a full orchestra and an array of electronic music programming and effects helped by programmer/mixer Damian Taylor, (Björk, The Killers & Arcade Fire).
The album also features two new EVANESCENCE songs, including the first single “Imperfection” and “Hi-Lo,” the latter of which includes a guest performance by famed violinist Lindsey Stirling.
In early reviews, Metal Hammer thought it “like a window into an alternate-universe Evanescence” in their 8/10 review whilst The Sun hailed it as “a triumph” and the Daily Mail as “ambitious”.
EVANESCENCE launched their U.S. and Canadian “Synthesis Live” tour recently–which features Amy and the band with a live, 28-piece orchestra and electronic programming . With only a few shows behind them, the critical acclaim is already pouring in for this unique concert event. Tickets for EVANESCENCE’s “Synthesis Live” UK tour are on-sale now (here).
Fri 30th Royal Festival Hall, London (SOLD OUT)
Sat 31st Royal Festival Hall, London (SOLD OUT)
Mon 2nd 02 Apollo, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
Tue 3rd Arena, Nottingham
Thurs 5th Armadillo, Glasgow
Fri 6th City Hall, Sheffield
Mon 9th Eventim Apollo, London –NEW DATE JUST ADDED
Tickets range from £39-85.
“Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee made the leap from goth-rocker to opera diva last night, and she and the band led a 28-piece orchestra through a sold-out performance at the Greek Theatre. Both the concert and the album, offer a re-imagining of the group’s catalog with a full symphony orchestra, arranged by none other than Beck’s father, veteran arranger David Campbell, whose collaboration with the band goes back to the group’s first album. ..Lee firmly re-establishes herself as one of rock’s pre-eminent vocalists, exhibiting an impressive range that still packs a wallop, this time cutting through a full orchestra. …she and the ensemble turn the familiar material–including crowd favorites like the GRAMMY-winning ‘Bring Me To Life,’ ‘My Immortal,’ ‘Lithium’ and ‘Your Star’–into full-throttle, wide-screen epics, its themes of loss, guilt and self-doubt enlarged to tragedy on the Greek proscenium.
–Roy Trakin, VARIETY (10/17/17)