It’s been a long, long time since Evanescence released an album of original music. Nine years to be precise.
The group made their return to rock earlier on in the year with a cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic “The Chain.” Now, they’re gearing up to release their fifth studio album in 2020 and have given fans a sneak peek at what’s to come.
Evanescence released the song “Wasted On You,” the first they’ve shared off their upcoming album The Bitter Truth. The song starts off soulfully with a piano accompanying lead vocalist Amy Lee before building to a grandeur crescendo in classic Evanescence style.
Recording the song saw the band taking a different approach. This wasn’t due to a change in songwriting philosophy, but rather a reflection of the circumstances created by the effects of COVID-19.
“We were recording this music right up until we couldn’t go into the studio anymore, and finished it remotely through file sharing and phone calls,” Lee said in a statement.
Despite releasing “Wasted On You,” Lee admits there’s a lot more work to be done before they can share the album.
“We are still writing and have a lot more work to do on this album, but this time we wanted to release the songs individually, as we create, to live more in the moment with our fans and our music,” she said.
Although Evanescence last released an album in 2017 with their record Synthesis, it was mostly a reworking of older material. Alongside two new songs, the band reworked old tracks with orchestral arrangements and added electronic music elements.
Their last album of original material came back in 2011 with their self-titled record.