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