Evanescence Reveal Reimagined ‘Synthesis’ Version of ‘Bring Me to Life’
Amy Lee promised reimagined versions of some of Evanescence's biggest songs for the band's upcoming Synthesis album, and we've now got our first taste of what that will sound like. The group just released the new version of "Bring Me to Life," arguably the biggest song in their catalogue.
The original song was a great showcase for Lee's operatic range, but with the new take on the song, it's becomes an epic piece of work, complete with crashing cymbals, tension-building timpani drums, electronic elements and soaring strings that really help to paint a picture.
In recent years, Lee has ventured into the world of film scoring and for this new project she employed composer David Campbell, who has become the "go-to" guy for many rockers when it comes to string arrangements, to help give the band's songs a new life.
"'Bring Me to Life' is new to me again after 15 years," Lee told Rolling Stone of the orchestral version, which is now available for download and streaming. "It's difficult to explain how good that makes me feel. Having the chance to incorporate things I've heard in my head throughout that long period of time, nuances from the way I sing it live, just pouring the weight and perspective of the life I've lived now back into that root – it's pure satisfaction."
Speaking more in depth about the upcoming disc, Lee recently stated, “This is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars. I’ve always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming and experimentation. This will be our first time touring with orchestra and I’m so excited to perform this way-really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we’ve built over the years. I’m also really excited about the new material on the album. Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack."
The group is still wrapping up the disc, so a release date has not been assigned as of yet. But there is a plan to tour this fall, with those purchasing tickets being given the ability to get the new album with their purchase upon its release. Get dates and details on the run here.
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