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Evanescence filled a niche few knew existed: the need for operatic goth pop, soul-baring introspection paired with churning metallic guitars. Singer/pianist Amy Lee cut such a figure fronting the group that it was easy to not think of Evanescence as a band, but rather a support group for her songs. After some lineup shifts, however, including the departure of founding member Ben Moody, the band consolidated and remained one of the most popular post-alternative American bands of the 2000s. Amy Lee met Moody at a youth camp in their native Little Rock, Arkansas in 1994. Lee and Moody worked steadily together, releasing three EPs at the tail end of the '90s, followed by a full-length album called Origin. By this time, the group was called Evanescence, and they signed with Wind-Up Records in 2002, expanding to a full lineup consisting of guitarist John LeCompt, bassist Will Boyd, and drummer Rocky Gray not long after the completion of the band's major-label debut, Fallen. Released in the spring of 2003 and initially marketed toward CCM audiences -- an association the band disavowed rather rapidly -- Fallen quickly proved to be a success thanks to the hit single "Bring Me to Life," which was soon followed by "My Immortal," both reaching the Billboard Top Ten in the U.S. All this success led to two Grammys, one for Best New Artist and one for Best Hard Rock Performance, but a split within the ranks soon emerged, with Ben Moody leaving the group during their European tour. Terry Balsamo, late of Cold, replaced Moody on guitar and became Amy Lee's main songwriting partner. The fruits of their collaboration would take a while to surface as Evanescence continued to ride the success of Fallen, buying time with Anywhere But Home -- a live album timed for the holiday season of 2004 -- and then suffering a few setbacks in 2005, with Boyd leaving the band and Balsamo suffering a stroke. The group's sophomore set, The Open Door, finally arrived in October of 2006, with Tim McCord -- formerly Revolution Smile's guitarist -- joining on bass after its release. Spearheaded by the single "Call Me When You're Sober," The Open Door didn't quite match the success of Fallen but it performed handsomely, debuting at number one on Billboard the week of its release. During the supporting tour for The Open Door in 2007, LeCompt was fired from the band and Gray quit, with guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt hired to take their respective places. It was another long wait for the group's third album, with the band scrapping sessions helmed by famed producer Steve Lillywhite before hiring Nick Raskulinecz, who wound up producing the eponymous album that appeared in October 2011, a full five years after The Open Door. Like its predecessor, Evanescence debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. A massive tour took up much of 2012 (including stops in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America), after which Lee announced that the band would take an extended break. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1.   Song
  2.   Bring Me to Life
  3.   My Immortal
  4.   Call Me When You're Sober
  5.   Going Under
  6.   My Heart Is Broken
  7.   Lithium
  8.   Haunted
  9.   My Last Breath
  10.   The Only One
  11.   Tourniquet
  12.   What You Want
  13.   Everybody's Fool
  14.   On the Songs: The Change
  15.   Life On The Road
  16.   The Other Side
  17.   Bloopers
  18.   On the Songs: Lost in Paradise
  19.   Imaginary
  20.   Whisper
  21.   Thoughless
  22.   Making the What You Want Music Video: Day 2
  23.   Hello
  24.   The Change
  25.   On the Songs: My Heart Is Broken
  26.   Good Enough
  27.   On the Songs: What You Want
  28.   Taking Over Me
  29.   Sweet Sacrifice
  30.   Breathe No More
  31.   All That I'm Living For
  32.   Missing
  33.   Making the What You Want Music Video: Day 1
  34.   Like You
  35.   Making the What You Want Music Video
  36.   Made of Stone
  37.   Live in Paris
  38.   Lacrymosa
  39.   Your Star
  40.   Lost in Paradise
  41.   On the Songs: Secret Door
  42.   Sick
  43.   [Bonus Material]
  44.   Lose Control
  45.   Weight of the World
  46.   Secret Door
  47.   Erase This
  48.   Cloud Nine
  49.   [DVD]
  50.   End of the Dream
  51.   Never Go Back
  52.   Oceans
  53.   Say You Will
  54.   A New Way to Bleed
  55.   Thoughtless
  56.   Snow White Queen
  57.   Farther Away
  58.   Together Again
  59.   Disappear
  60.   Behind the Scenes: In the Studio
  61.   All That I Am Living For
  62.   Heart Shaped Box
  63.   Showtime
  64.   The Document Dvd
  65.   [Untitled]
  66.   [Untitled]
  67.   [Untitled]
  68.   On the Songs: Never Go Back
  69.   On the Songs: Made of Stone
  70.   On the Songs: Disappear
  71.   Behind the Scenes: At the Photo Shoot
  72.   Swimming Home
  73.   The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
  74.   Wake Me Up Inside
  75.   Before the Down
  76.   Forgive Me
  77.   My Tourniquet
  78.   Anything for You
  79.   Field of Innocence
  80.   Where Will You Go?
  81.   Eternal
  82.   Even in Death
  83.   Anywhere
  84.   Lies
  85.   You
  86.   Before the Dawn
  87.   Something Inside