Evanescence fans everywhere know that the band is getting ready to release a new album, The Bitter Truth. We’ve already heard three singles from it: “Wasted On You,” “The Game Is Over,” and, most recently, “Use My Voice.” Now, in a new interview with Kerrang!, frontwoman Amy Lee is sharing new details about the forthcoming music, including unheard song titles and intriguing descriptions of some tracks.
First things first: How far along are they with recording The Bitter Truth? Amy is still writing lyrics, but she guesses they’re about 70% done. Because finding the right inspiration can be unpredictable, Amy is still holding back on offering even a tentative release date for the album. With any luck, we guess they could be done recording by the end of this year.
While we wait for hard dates, though, Amy did offer a new song title: “Pickle Mustard”! At least, that’s the working title. Evanescence has a long tradition of giving their works-in-progress random names (like “Orange” or “Vanilla”) until the lyrics are done and an official title becomes clear.
Amy Lee also shared new details about the musical style of the album:
It’s a rock record. We wanted to showcase the strength, fun and power of the band. There’s no holding back. It’s heavy sonically, and it feels good to go heavy. Really good. But it’s not heavy for heavy’s sake.
However, The Bitter Truth offers a lot of other styles and sounds, too. Indeed, fans “haven’t heard all the sounds of the album yet.” Amy mentioned songs with “score-like drama” and “aggressive power,” and even “balls to the wall” moments that came out of Evanescence reconvening this summer after months apart. (Don’t worry, they all got tested for COVID before regrouping together.) At least one song features double bass drumming.
Amy also teased a song with a “catty vibe,” comparable to the band’s incredible 2006 single, “Call Me When You’re Sober.” She elaborated:
That is definitely here, but taken to the next level. I hope we can deliver everything the fans could expect, and more. The ‘and more’ is the most exciting part for me. The music that we make is just the sound of my feelings and there are a lot of big feelings, so it’s a strong sound.
Consider us at Hidden Jams *super* excited to hear the new album! We’ve loved each of the three singles so far, and can’t wait to hear what’s next.
Beyond the new details about the upcoming album, Amy also spoke about women in rock, losing her younger brother in 2018, and even politics. Be sure to read the full interview at Kerrang! here.
New Songs from Evanescence
So far these three singles are the only songs confirmed for The Bitter Truth. However, another new song called “Yeah Right” recently appeared on ASCAP and BMI, and may appear on the album. “Heavy Changes” is another rumored song title floating around, though we haven’t seen it registered yet. And of course, “Pickle Mustard” – or whatever its final title will be – should make the tracklist, too.
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 September last year. Six months ago, Amy’s song with Body Count, called “When I’m Gone,” was released. At the end of July, Amy’s newly recording duet of “Break In” with Halestorm came out; its music video came 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. We’ve heard three of them so far.
Although lockdown forced the band to slow down and record separately from their own homes for a while, they were able to spend six weeks together this summer recording. (They got tested for COVID and kept it as safe as possible!)
The band 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.
We hope you’re as excited about these new details about the album as we are! In the coming months, Evanescence will release The Bitter Truth – keep track of all we know about the album here. Soon enough we’ll 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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