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Evanescence: Preview Clip of New Single, ‘What You Want’

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Some bands have a systematic, rigid way of writing music. Evanescence isn’t one of those bands. Frontwoman Amy Lee remembers the simple genesis of the goth-rock group’s new single, “What You Want,” which sprouted out of the gang “just jamming” and tossing ideas around.

“[Bassist] Tim [McCord] and [guitarist] Terry [Balsamo] and I wrote that song at my house in New York,” she told MTV News. “…it wasn’t trying so hard to be some epic, massive chorus. I was just doodling around on the piano and the guys were like, ‘Do that. Whatever you just did, that’s an awesome melody.’ And I was like, ‘Really?’ Sometimes you just need your friends to be like, ‘Do that!’”

“What You Want” is different from anything in Evanescence’s current collection, and it’s not a stretch to say the song finds the group louder and heavier than ever. With chugging guitars, brooding lyrics and an impressively raw quality, the track is ready to jar mainstream rock.

Evanescence are finishing up their self-titled album in Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver), and Wind-Up Records is aiming for an Oct. 11 release.

Want to take the track for a test drive? Hear a clip of ‘What You Want’ and watch an interview with Lee, below.

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