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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.   Haunted
  8.   My Last Breath
  9.   Lithium
  10.   The Only One
  11.   Tourniquet
  12.   The Other Side
  13.   What You Want
  14.   Everybody's Fool
  15.   On the Songs: Never Go Back
  16.   [DVD]
  17.   Hello
  18.   Whisper
  19.   Imaginary
  20.   Taking Over Me
  21.   Making the What You Want Music Video
  22.   Sweet Sacrifice
  23.   The Change
  24.   Breathe No More
  25.   Behind the Scenes: At the Photo Shoot
  26.   All That I'm Living For
  27.   Missing
  28.   Good Enough
  29.   Something Inside
  30.   Lost in Paradise
  31.   Sick
  32.   Snow White Queen
  33.   Made of Stone
  34.   Oceans
  35.   Like You
  36.   A New Way to Bleed
  37.   Erase This
  38.   Your Star
  39.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  40.   [Untitled]
  41.   On the Songs: Disappear
  42.   Lose Control
  43.   Lacrymosa
  44.   Farther Away
  45.   Disappear
  46.   [Bonus Material]
  47.   Never Go Back
  48.   Together Again
  49.   Cloud Nine
  50.   On the Songs: My Heart Is Broken
  51.   Making the What You Want Music Video: Day 2
  52.   Thoughtless
  53.   Showtime
  54.   Secret Door
  55.   Live in Paris
  56.   Thoughless
  57.   End of the Dream
  58.   Weight of the World
  59.   Anywhere
  60.   Evanescence Unleashed...
  61.   Bloopers
  62.   [Untitled]
  63.   Making the What You Want Music Video: Day 1
  64.   Say You Will
  65.   Wake Me Up Inside
  66.   Forgive Me
  67.   Untitled (I Must Me Dreaming)
  68.   Anything for You
  69.   Where Will You Go?
  70.   Away from Me
  71.   Lies
  72.   Heart Shaped Box
  73.   All That I Am Living For
  74.   Life On The Road
  75.   The Document Dvd
  76.   [Untitled]
  77.   [Untitled]
  78.   On the Songs: What You Want
  79.   On the Songs: The Change
  80.   On the Songs: Secret Door
  81.   On the Songs: Lost in Paradise
  82.   Behind the Scenes: In the Studio
  83.   The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
  84.   Demise
  85.   Listen to the Rain
  86.   Before the Down
  87.   You
  88.   Surrender
  89.   Further Away