- Album Title: The Bitter Truth
- Release Date: Late 2020
- Writing Dates: May 2019 - Present
- Recording Dates: January 2020 - Present
- Lead Single: "Wasted On You," released 4/24/2020
- Second Single: "The Game Is Over," released 7/1/2020
- Third Single: "Use My Voice," released on 8/14/2020
- Expected Sound: More rock than Synthesis but incorporating some of the symphonic and electronic elements more fully; comparable to The Open Door; diverse
- Known Producers: Nick Raskulinecz
It’s been eight years since Evanescence released their last studio album of original material. But although it’s been a while, the band have kept fairly busy. Frontwoman Amy Lee put out two solo albums: the largely instrumental Aftermath and a children’s record called Dream Too Much. In early 2017, the band 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. But what about an album of all-new music? Luckily, Evanescence was entering into a “creation year,” and over Memorial Day weekend in May 2019, they began writing for their next album.
By early 2020, the writing was nearly done, and the band said they had a good collection of songs prepared. Amy Lee said that they'd record the songs in batches, working with different producers to ensure a diverse sound. Starting in January 2020, they recorded four songs with Nick Raskulinecz, who previously produced their 2011 album, Evanescence.
Amy also revealed the band's plans to release songs as they go instead of making fans wait until the full album is done.
On Friday, April 17th, Evanescence made their big announcement: Their new album, The Bitter Truth, is due out later in 2020, and fans can see the album artwork now. Moreover, the lead single, "Wasted On You," was announced to be released on Friday, April 24th. It came out with a music video - filmed by each of the band members in their own homes. It's an excellent song that harkens back to sounds from highlights on earlier Evanescence albums while also pushing new territory.
At the beginning of July, Evanescence shared "The Game Is Over" as their second single. It was the first new song the band wrote for this album back in spring 2019. Its music video followed on Friday, July 3rd.
Early in August, Evanescence teased a new song being used in a PSA with HeadCount, encouraging US citizens to register to vote. On August 14th, "Use My Voice" was released in full. Amy stated that she worked on the song for a few years, writing it in response to what's been going on politically and socially.
Another known title is "Yeah Right," which has been registered on ASCAP and BMI. Another rumored song title is "Heavy Changes." In an interview with Nylon, Amy also said that at least one song is old, dating back to the early Evanescence album sessions a decade ago. Could it be “Perfect Dream” or “You’ve Got A Lot To Learn”?
We can't wait to hear the rest of The Bitter Truth! Keep checking back here for all the latest updates.