Synthesis is the first studio album Evanescence have released in the last 7 years and they're undoubtedly back with a bang. The quintet are well known for their impressive soundscapes and big numbers, but this new album redefines the term ‘epic’. The record sees the band collaborating with a full orchestra. With only 2 new songs on the album (Imperfection and Hi-Lo), they have taken old songs from their four studio albums and reworked them. They will be touring the new album in March and April 2018, accompanied by a full orchestra.
The new venture opens with an instrumental, easing us into their new style: it's a mixture of rock, classical, and electronic sounds, but still distinctly Evanescence. 'Overture' gives a feeling of anticipation, builds, and ends quite suddenly, blending seamlessly into the next song.
'Never Go Back' was originally from the bands third, self titled album, but here the track is given extra stopping power with its new sound. It begins the album with a burst of exciting energy, launching us into their updated style, with the inclusion of a beautiful (though short) violin solo. Amy Lee’s voice astounds from the first note, ending the song on a belter.
The first new song on the album comes in the way of 'Hi-Lo' and features a guest performance by the famed violinist, Lindsey Stirling. The song is one of those slow builders, so reminiscent of the Evanescence style. Violin-heavy, the chorus is large and loud, showing off Amy Lee’s incredible voice.
Evanescence's biggest triumph to date; 'Bring Me To Life' unsurprisingly makes its way into the record. This time opening with violins;as opposed to the opening melody we know so well. Its opening verse includes an electronic soundscape and drops into silence before entering the chorus. The spoken words aren’t included, instead the rhythm of the piece plays with the use of violins, and while this does admittedly take an element of the oomph out of the track, the climax uses the full orchestra in all its glory, strings and brass impressing with its sheer volume and power.
The new version of Lithium (‘The Open Door’) begins with a quiet entrance of bells, piano, strings, and Amy’s voice. It's evocative and refreshingly; not as powerful as the other songs. While 'Lost in Paradise (‘Evanescence’) is a quieter, more mournful, though enchanting song with a beautiful violin part in the background - building into a deeply emotional ending. Of all of the songs on the album, My Immortal (‘Fallen’) is the most similar to its original, opening with strings and its iconic piano part, as atmospheric and beautiful as ever.
Reworking songs from previous albums doesn't always result in a more prosperous sound, but ‘Synthesis’ gives its track-list a new zest of life, with their larger scope and vigour than their original versions. The album consciously plays with the definition of ‘rock music’ in the best way possible - combining Amy Lee’s unforgettable singing style with a sea of violins, Amy’s piano, and an echoing soundscape of electronica. The live performance of this epic album is going to be an opportunity not to miss.