(State Theatre, Detroit, MI - October 13th, 2006)
Although the bandís name may suggest a sudden vanishing, the (at times) PG-rated nu-metal music of Evanescence continues to belittle anyone's gripes that it has no place in our modern world. Fallen, the Wind-up Records debut from this talented group from Little Rock, Arkansas, was an emotional, ethereal work of undeniable potency guided by the heavenly vocals of Amy Lee. Their new release The Open Door continues the prophecy, taking it to a whole new level - a more melodic plateau, if you will.
One by one each band member of Evanescence takes to the darkened stage. To the throbbing guitar beats of album opener 'Sweet Sacrifice' - and the collective screams of the sold-out crowd - Lee casually walks out last of all. With the mic gripped firmly between her hands, her stare out into the sea of fans ice-like; yet friendly, Lee is the working persona of the goth girl ready to kick some musical butt!
Framed by the seas of red and purple lights alike, 23 year-old Lee's vocals suddenly match the pounding beats of the guitars as the band set off into their one hour set. Dressed in a tight black wife-beater with tartan skirt/wrap over black-striped sheer stockings, 'Weight Of The World' is next. Then, just before 'Going Under' Lee thanks the crowd for making them #1 with their new album.
As the stage lights change from red and purple, to green and blue, to blue and red, Lee's passion remains adamantly rigid. She controls the mic, the crowd, the band, all in a silent manner that oozes confidence beyond her young years. The machine-gun drum and bass guitar beats continue on throughout both 'The Only One' and 'Haunted,' the more melodic 'Whisper' follows, but as the piano is brought out for 'Lithium' it's then; and whilst bathed in lime green lights that we truly get to hear Lee's vocals at their non-screamed finest.
With her long, flowing black hair tied back; and entire band off stage, Lee thanx the crowd for knowing all the words to the new songs before quietly launching into the beautiful 'Good Enough.' With the band back on stage they give us both 'Call Me When You're Sober and 'Imaginary,' before the barn-stormer 'Bring Me To Life' - which unfortunately without Moody's growls entwined meant that some life was indeed still missing from the song! Ending the set with new track 'Lacrymosa,' the band moves quickly off stage to prepare for the two-song encore.
Huge strobes are sent crashing around the stage as the band come back and the beautiful crowd-pleaser 'My Immortal' is brought forth. Bringing the night to a close with 'All That I'm Living For,' the show is finally over, everybody able to breathe once again; the merch stand hit like a pack of rabid dogs had sought refuge there!
Review and Photos by Russell A. Trunk