- 09:00 AM, Aug 14
Evanescence is a nu-metal band from Little Rock, Arkansas. The band was formed in 1994 by frontman Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. Ben was later replaced by Terry Balsamo, the guitarist of an alternative metal band, Cold. The rest of the members were bassist William Boyd, drummer Rock Gray, and guitarist John LeCompt.
Evanescence was formerly considered as Christian band. The label was given because they sent Christian message through their lyrics. During 2000s, many people said that Evanescence was goth rock band, but the band itself refused to be categorized in any label. Before choosing Evanescence, the band went by several short-lived names, including "Striken" and "Childish Intentions."
The band's name might be defined as a 'sudden vanishing', but Evanescence shone more than ever since the release of their debut single "Bring Me to Life" in 2003. The single, which was originally a piano ballad, became a hit by breaking top 5 on Billboard Hot 100. It was later featured in Ben Affleck's "Daredevil" (2003).
The Amy Lee-fronted band followed the success by climbing the top 3 on Billboard Hot 200 with their 2003 album "Fallen". In addition to breaking the charts, they were nominated for Album of the Year in the 2004 Grammy Awards. The band lost the category, but received a Best New Artist trophy instead.
Post the Fallen Tour, the band entered a slow mode whereby no record was coming out within 3 years. The band hit the bottom when bassist Boyd revealed that he wanted to stay at home with his family and therefore announced his departure in mid 2006. The band later found replacement in Tim McCord from Revolution Smile.
With the new formation, they formulated a sophomore set titled "The Open Door" in 2006. It could be their already high reputation or simply the fans' trust and loyalty that made the album enter Billboard 200 chart at #1 in the first week sale by moving 447,000 copies and sold over 4 million units worldwide later on. They had two world tours for this album alone.
Still in the midst of the second album's promotion, the band announced another band reformation. LeCompt and Gray bid their goodbye to the band. Though not showing any clash, both of them spoke up about Amy's management that stood against them. The first statement released by LeCompt on May 4 revealed that he was fired from the