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|Release Date||October 11, 2011|
|Recorded||Nashville, Tennessee, 2010-2011|
|Previous Release||The Open Door (2006)|
"Evanescence", the band's third studio album, is the follow-up to the band's 2006 sophomore album The Open Door. It was originally scheduled for a Fall 2010 release but was delayed due to a number of circumstances which lead to the band spending another year writing and improving new material as well as a change in producers. Amy recently announced through her Twitter account that the album would finally be released on October 4th, 2011, but MTV News confirmed on July 11th, 2011 that the album had been pushed a week back by Wind-Up Records. The album's final release date is October 11th, 2011.
Although Amy had indicated in earlier interviews with Spin.com and Gauntlet in 2008 she had begun writing new material, it wasn't until 2009 that she confirmed the band were working on the followup to 2006's The Open Door.
|"We're currently working on new material that I'm extremely excited about. I believe that to make great music you have to give yourself the freedom to evolve. I don't see the point in making the same record twice, so I always want to challenge myself to make something better, stronger, and more interesting than before. That takes time, but it's worth the wait for me. Hopefully, it will be for the fans too. Look out for new music next year..."|
In later posts on EvThreads she gave a vague indication of what new material for Evanescence could sound like and the album process.
|"I don't want to give away too much about what it will sound like, because so much will change before the end, but its... not what you would expect. Its definitely not happy married music, but its not like I'm dying the whole time either. Its dark, sarcastic, fun, strange, familiar and very different at the same time." |
|There's been a lot of writing going on this summer and I'm starting to get really excited. My good friend Will happens to also be a great producer, writer and programmer (lucky for me!) and we've been slaving away at some pretty interesting stuff lately... I'm not giving anything away just yet. Terry and I have been working together this week at my place just like old times and life is pretty good"|
During 2009 Amy co-wrote most of the album with Will "Science" Hunt in New York and Texas. The pair had crafted and recorded much of the electronic programming that was to be used in the forthcoming record together. Amy had also written some of the music with Terry Balsamo and Tim McCord 
In 2010, Evanescence officially entered the studio on February 22nd to begin recording the album with producer Steve Lillywhite who is known for working with bands such as U2 and Rolling Stones. Will Hunt returned as the band's drummer with Will "Science" Hunt also joining the band in the studio as programmer and secondary drummer. Dave Campbell would also return for string arrangements.
The Lillywhite Sessions (2010)
In interviews with Spin.com and Rolling Stone, Amy discussed the bands work with Steve Lillywhite and the creative process for the album. She noted that music would be a mix of "sarcastic aggression" and would have a distinct electro influence that was inspired by artists such as Bjork, Massive Attack and Portishead. The album would contain a "rainbow of sounds" with some songs amazingly heavy and others completely stripped down. The band were also aiming "to take synthetic and atmospheric sounds and find a way to blur the line between organic and synthetic." 
Amy also disclosed further information about the themes and lyrical content through Twitter.
|Lot of 'electro' talk regarding our new album. That doesn't sum it up. Influences include: Rock, electronica, pop, classical, hip hop...Industrial, eastern, dark soul...|
|RT @: Any album title ideas? /I'm working on that right now. Its difficult because the music and themes are so diverse. Wanna help?
· Some inspirations: unknown worlds, the ocean's abyss, life within dreams, strength, detachment, love and liars...
Although progress on the album appeared to be going well, on May 21st Amy made a post on EvThreads stating the band were taking time out of the studio to write more music. She also suggested that the label was going through uncertain times which would hinder the band's progress on the album.  For the rest of the year the band kept relatively quiet on the status of the new record but an interview with drummer Will Hunt suggested progress on the music was going well, specifically mentioning "Lately, in the last few months, there's been a real band dynamics. It's kind of a band situation right now."  Amy posted later in the year on her birthday in December mentioning that it had been a tough year but she was at the time in Northern California writing music with Terry and Tim. 
In February 2011, Amy made a post on EvThreads stating the band was getting together the following week to begin Pre-Production on the next album again. Finally in April, the band announced they would be entering the studio on the 11th and that the album would coming out in Fall 2011.  It emerged however that the band was no longer working with Steve Lillywhite and had changed producers to Nick Raskulinecz 
Amy revealed in an interview with Spin.com the reasons behind the band taking time out of the studio and the change in producer for the album.
Nick Raskulinecz Sessions (2011)
After leaving the studio and parting ways with Steve Lillywhite, Amy mentioned that the future of the band was unclear. During those uncertain times the band came and reworked the material together. It is currently unclear what material has been changed or scrapped from the band's work with Steve Lillywhite
Taking the 19 songs they had created as a band, Evanescence entered the studio with Nick Raskulinecz who has produced albums for bands such as Alice in Chains, Deftones, Foo Fighters and more. Amy mentioned that working with a heavy rock producer meant the album was more of a rock record now than it was before. She also noted that the band would be incorporating a variety of new sounds including synths, the harp and vintage keyboards with the Moog Tarus pedal specifically mentioned.
On June 22nd, Kerrang featured an interview with Amy Lee in which she announced that the new album will be "self-titled" (It will be called "Evanescence").
Since Evanescence's emergence on Twitter, various "Tweets" since have indicated the band have been writing and recording demos for the next album.
On November 22, 2009 the band released a short jamming session on the internet that contained a sample of one such demo.
On March 19, 2010 they released a short video of a recording session featuring a clip of a song they were currently recording.
On March 24, 2010 Amy released a piano piece of her recording a section of piano for a new song.
On April 13, 2011 Lee released a Vid of Will Hunt recording a snippet of Drums for the new record.
On May 29, 2011 Terry released a #1 of a new song being recorded for the new album.
On June 6, 2011 Amy released a Section Of a Song that she was finishing for the new record.
- Hi-Lo 
- My Heart is Broken
- Secret Door
- Your Love
- You've Got A Lot To Learn 
- What You Want
- Amy Lee - Vocals/Piano/Harp
- Terry Balsamo - Guitar
- Tim McCord - Bass
- Will Hunt - Drums
- Troy McLawhorn - Guitar
- Will "Science" Hunt - Drums/Programming
- David Campbell - Orchestral Arrangements
- "Quest Love" - Additional Drums 
- Nick Raskulinecz - Producer
It was confirmed Evanescence would participate in the Rock On The Range Tour In Winnipeg, Starting on Saturday 20th August 2011.
Headliners also include: Alice in Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Hinder, Art of Dying and The Reason.
Also Amy and Wind-Up Records confirmed that Evanescence would be headlining with Guns & Roses and System Of A Down at Rock In Rio on Sunday 2nd October 2011.
Notes and References
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- http://www.spin.com/articles/exclusive-amy-lee-new-evanescence-album Hi-Lo is mentioned in the 3rd question
- http://www.evanescencewebsite.com/Interviews.php Mentioned in the Steve Lillywhite East Village Radio interview with Amy Lee
- http://www.evanescencewebsite.com/Interviews.php Read the Steve Lillywhite East Village Radio interview with Amy Lee