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