Last week, Evanescence announced their next single, “The Game Is Over.” It follows their excellent lead, “Wasted On You,” and both will appear on the band’s upcoming album The Bitter Truth. Kicking off the new month, “The Game Is Over” is out today! Its music video will follow this Friday.
“The Game Is Over” has a strong start, with pounding drums and an ominous bell ringing out. Low bass fills out the sound as frontwoman Amy Lee begins the first verse about having had enough. Guitars strengthen the song more as it moves into a second verse and the crescendoing pre-chorus. Finally we get to the big chorus, Amy singing powerfully about her desire to change and stop pretending. The straight-ahead rock sound of this single is most reminiscent of the band’s self-titled 2011 album. That makes sense, given that Nick Raskulinecz – the same man who produced Evanescence – also produced “The Game Is Over.”
Although it starts strong, on first listen the song feels a bit flat after that initial chorus. However, luckily it grows better with each listen, and on the third or fourth spin, it really clicks.
Listen to “The Game Is Over” below:
You can stream or download “The Game Is Over” from your favorite music provider here. Be sure to also listen to “Wasted On You” wherever you get your music. Both songs will appear on Evanescence’s upcoming album The Bitter Truth, expected later in 2020.
These first two singles are the only songs confirmed for The Bitter Truth so far. However, two new songs have appeared on ASCAP and BMI: “Use My Voice” and “Yeah Right” will both likely appear on the album. “Heavy Changes” is another rumored song title floating around, though we haven’t seen it registered yet.
Additionally, in a recent interview with Nylon, Amy Lee revealed that one of the songs Evanescence recorded this year was originally meant to appear on their 2011 album. She stated:
One of the songs we’ve recorded so far is from 10 years ago, from the first time we went in to record our third album. Completely reformed into a special new thing.
We’re not sure which song that is, but we’re excited to find out! Maybe “Perfect Dream” or “You’ve Got A Lot To Learn”?
Recent Music from Evanescence & Amy Lee
After releasing Evanescence in 2011, frontwoman Amy Lee went down her own musical path. In 2014, Amy shared her soundtrack album, Aftermath. Two years later, inspired by her young son, Amy released a children’s album, Dream Too Much. Amy also released a 4-song EP of covers featuring songs by Portishead, U2, Led Zeppelin, and Chris Isaak.
In 2017, Amy shared translated cover of “Love Exists,” a reworking of “L’amore esiste” by the Italian singer Francesca Michielin. Also that spring, Amy released her original solo song, “Speak To Me,” for the film Voice From The Stone. More recently, Amy collaborated with violinist Lindsey Stirling’s on the song “Love Goes On And On,” released last September. Three months ago, Amy’s song with Body Count, called “When I’m Gone,” was released. And in May, Amy performed a duet of “Break In” with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale; the studio version of their duet will be released in August.
Apart from Amy’s solo work and duets, Evanescence has also been active in the last few years. In early 2017, Evanescence released a boxset of their three studio albums and b-sides, and later that year we got their electronic-meets-symphonic album, Synthesis. After plenty of touring, they put out Synthesis Live in fall 2018. Last November, Evanescence shared their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” releasing its music video in January.
The Return of Evanescence
Evanescence has been actively working on their long-awaited 4th studio album in the past year. They started writing and demoing in spring 2019, and officially began recording earlier this year. They expressed plans to work with several producers. This year, they began with producer Nick Raskulinecz – the same man who produced their last album, Evanescence, in 2011, and mixed “The Chain” last fall. Although they were going to just do two new songs with Nick, they ended up doing four with him.
The band also has a major tour coming up with the band Within Temptation. Their World Collide tour will take the two bands across Europe sometime in 2021. It was supposed to happen in April, and then this September, but like all other tours and events, it was delayed due to Coronavius.
Enjoy “The Game Is Over,” and get ready for its music video, out on Friday! Don’t forget to also stream “Wasted On You” and its music video. Later this year, the band will release their next album, The Bitter Truth – keep track of all we know about the album here. In the coming months, we’ll likely learn the full tracklisting and release date for the album. As always, keep checking back here for all the latest Evanescence music news.
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