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Amy Lee Unveils Plans for Evanescence’s ‘Synthesis’ Album + Orchestral Tour

Evanescence have big plans for their music, past and present. Vocalist Amy Lee posted a video on the band’s social media sharing that the group will have a new album titled Synthesis coming this fall that will feature rebuilt versions of some of the band’s familiar songs along with a couple of new tracks as well.

Digging into the explanation of the Synthesis project, Lee revealed that Synthesis is the title “because it is a synthesis — the combination, the contrast, the synergy between the organic and the synthetic, and also the past and the present.”

She adds that there will be material from all of the previous Evanescence albums and that the music will be “about orchestra and electronica.” She explains, “We’re taking our music, stripping out the big distorted guitars, stripping out the rock drums and replacing it with full orchestration in a completely synthetic world of beats and sounds. We’ve gone through our entire catalog of music and picked out the songs that are made to be heard in this way, and we’re sewing them together from the ground up.”

Lee was quick to point out that these are not special remixes of existing songs, but rather that the band was rebuilding the material “from the ground up, with different tempos, with different parts, with intros and outtros and segues and new pieces, and putting this all together like one big piece of music, like one big classical piece, or sort of like a soundtrack. Actually, in a lot of ways, it sounds a lot like the soundtrack of my life. [Laughs]”

Helping Lee and the band in this process will be David Campbell, who is one of the most well known string arrangers in music. Campbell has previously worked with the band on all three of their albums. She adds, “This time he’s come to the table with way more — full orchestra, meaning wood winds and brass and strings and harp and just the whole thing. It’s really awesome.” And, in addition to the rebuilt songs, Lee is also promising “two completely new and original compositions as well.”

The musical experimentation will go beyond the studio as well, as the singer revealed that Evanescence will embark on a tour this fall performing with a full orchestra. “Get ready to put on your fancy clothes and experience Evanescence in a whole new way,” she states, adding that details on the tour will be announced soon. So stay tuned for more details on the Synthesis album and orchestral tour.

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