The new Evanescence album, “The Bitter Truth,” was released March 2021 and continues to rock the music scene. The lead singer, Amy Lee, tells her truth and owns her voice with Evanescence's brand new album. Amy Lee rises from the Pandemic with an amazing creation with the reminder that music heals.
By Maia Pagan
The rock band Evanescence is back and better than ever. The band came out with a new album in late March titled “The Bitter Truth,” which came as a big shock to many fans because they had not released any new music since their 2017 album titled “Synthesis.” The album “Synthesis” strayed away from their classic rocker sound with a more dramatic and artsy sound and brighter album cover. In contrast, the new album, “The Bitter Truth” brought them back to the gritty and angsty sound many fans cherish. The album cover fits the dark and cold tones used in past album covers.
Evanescence became famous after their 2003 release of “Bring Me to Life” on their album “Fallen.” Many people were captivated by Amy Lee's powerful vocals backed with heavy guitar and drums. I was a little apprehensive about listening to Evanescence's new album because I prefer their classic rock sound. I have enormous respect for bands changing their music style, but I was pleasantly surprised by their new album. The new album is only forty-seven minutes long, with twelve songs.
The song “Use My Voice” starts off slow with piano then quickly speeds up to the headbanging sound of guitar and drums. The music reflects the world through the eyes of a woman. In a world meant to shut her down, she refuses and always uses her voice. The combination of the powerful lyrics, Lee's voice, and the guitar and drums will be an anthem for women everywhere who chose never to forget their voice.
The band Evanescence, specifically the lead singer, Amy Lee, has always been my favorite because it is challenging to be a woman in the Rock genre, a genre dominated by men and loaded with constant sexism. Evanescence produces good music while fighting through barriers while redeeming freedom of success in the unforgiving music industry. This is not an easy task, but with this new album, Evanescence exceeds my expectations.
Every song on this album is a powerful rock ballad that showcases the best parts of Evanescence sound. One of my favorite songs from the album called “Take Cover” immediately starts strong with the classic rock sound of loud vocals and loud music to back it. This song gives you the classic headbanging vibes while simultaneously wanting to scream along. The song “The Game is Over” continues with Evanescence's focus on finding yourself in a world that doesn't let people be their authentic selves. The lyrics “change me into something I believe in, change me,
so I don't have to pretend” play into the idea that we live in a society that is often fake, and people have to change to fit the mold.
Evanescence has always pushed that message to believe in yourself, regardless of the resistance. The last song, titled “Blind Belief,” begins with a quiet creepy horror movie piano sound and then quickly cuts into silence to switch back to loud screaming vocals.
Evanescence's new album has wowed me with their brand new music while holding the memories of their 2003 album. They are providing new memorable songs with edgy lyrics. Evanescence's new album titled “The Bitter Truth” is the band back in full swing, and I can't wait to see what they produce in the future.
Ryan Ford '23,