Evanescence has released their rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” featured in the launch trailer for the new Xbox Game Studios video game, Gear 5, from the Gears of War series. The release marks Evanescence’s first new rock recording in eight years.
“This cover was so fun to make. We love Fleetwood Mac and wanted to paint a dark and epic picture with our take on ‘The Chain,'” Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee said. “The lyrics make me feel the power of standing together against great forces trying to pull us apart, perhaps even from the inside. I really wanted to drive that home in our version, and even made everyone in the band sing by the end of it! We’re beyond excited to share this with our fans and I’m really looking forward to playing it live.”
Prior to EVANESCENCE's ill-fated appearance at the Knotfest Meets Forcefest in Mexico City on November 30, singer Amy Lee confirmed to Summa Inferno that she and her bandmates were in process of composing material for the long-awaited follow-up to their 2011 self-titled effort. "We're working on a new album — the first time in a long time," she said (see video below). "We've been just getting together for a little band camp — little writing camps — for a few days and we just work on new music. So, I'm excited. I think it sounds awesome. We're going in the studio sometime in the beginning of next year to start [recording] some of it. We're not gonna do it all at once; we're gonna just, like, 'go as we go' kind of thing. So, yeah, there should be new music to hear pretty soon."
In a recent Reddit AMA, Lee stated about how EVANESCENCE's new material was shaping up: "Well, I listen to our new music every day. I'm absolutely living in it. This is always the case for me, really, but I'm in the center of the zone right now, watching the picture take shape and swimming inside every new piece as it appears. I can't wait for you to hear it. It's dark and heavy. It's also got moments of weird and sparse. Little bit of everything. Definitely some 'The Open Door'  vibes, but not the same."
EVANESCENCE and SLIPKNOT were forced to cancel their appearances at the first day of Knotfest Meets Forcefest due to a security issue. According to reports, the stage barricade broke during BEHEMOTH's set and it was impossible to fix it in time for either of the two final bands to perform.
Some fans at the festival apparently reacted angrily at the cancelation, storming the stage and destroying equipment, including EVANESCENCE's gear.
EVANESCENCE spent much of the last two years recording and touring in support of 2017's "Synthesis", which contained some of the band's best-loved songs — as well as a couple of new ones — reinvented with full orchestra over a deep electronic landscape.
2020 is looking like a big year for Evanescence, as the band will hit the road with Within Temptation next year and there's talk of a new album as well. Vocalist Amy Lee spoke with Billboard about the status of the band's forthcoming album, which she says is currently leaning "dark and heavy."
“We have a nice collection of songs, and a vibe and a theme is starting to develop, and I’m really excited about where it’s headed," says Lee. "I don’t want to give too much away because it has a long way to go, but we’re definitely in the mood to rock. It’s dark and heavy.”
After primarily touring in support of their more orchestral leaning Synthesis album in recent years, Evanescence recently returned to the musical fray with their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" for the Gears 5 video game. Lee says that song won't appear on their forthcoming album, but they are making progress toward a possible 2020 release.
“We’re going to get a few songs that we know we’re ready to record that we love and go into the studio with a producer,” Lee says of the band's current status. “Then we’re going to keep working and maybe try out a different producer on those couple songs."
The vocalist says that while all of their songs may not arrive at the same time, she does still consider the group "an album band," adding, "At the end of the project, there has to be a full album for us. I just feel like that’s who we are.”
As for the current sound of their music, Lee continues, "We’ve been enjoying kind of erring on the heavy side right now because we just came off of Synthesis. It feels like it’s time to get in there and go for it.”
On February 7, Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee has broke her silence and she opened her political views for the first time with a statement she shared through her social media accounts.
Recently, American rock band Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale has reposted Amy Lee‘s post through her Instagram stories and showed her support for her decision.
“I stand with you Amy. #seekthetruth #useyourvoice,“ Lzzy said.
Amy Lee decided to talk and announce her political views after a prompted by the GOP-controlled Senate’s vote on February 6 to acquit President Donald J. Trump on both articles of impeachment without calling witnesses.
“I have never spoken publicly about my political views. I can respect things that I don’t agree with and I have always wanted my music to be a free place where people of all beliefs, all colors, all genders can come together, and have something in common.
“I can’t stand by and keep my mouth shut while my country’s freedom is taken away. It isn’t about one story, one side, or one party vs. another. It is simply about right and wrong, what is acceptable and what’s not. This isn’t good enough for me and it isn’t good enough for any of us. We deserve better.
“I do not accept lying, cheating or bullying from my government.
“Our inheritance is a free country, but the voices of many are being twisted and drowned out by the few in power.
“I will never bow down to a dictator.”
Amy stressed that they can’t let a few greedy suits steal it from them. Also, she called Republicans and Democrats and stated that they must seek the truth for themselves.