'Evanescence - Synthesis Live'
(Evanescence / Blu-ray+CD / NR / 2018 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: The two-time Grammy Award-winners return as you've never seen them before with 'Synthesis Live'. Filmed in the fall of 2017 at the Grand Theater, Connecticut, this concert film features a reimagining of some of Evanescence's best-loved songs with the spotlight on Amy Lee's virtuoso piano and voice supported by the combination of full orchestra, electronics and the band.
Blu-ray Verdict: Being a HUGE fan of Evanescence from their very darkly Gothic beginning, 'Synthesis Live' (and the album that preceded it) have both now made safe homes within my record collection (although, in truth, I wish this had been released on a 2LP vinyl album set, of course).
Nonetheless, and complete with Orchestra, and filmed on our tour by the one and only Paul Brown, and mixed by Damian Taylor, 'Synthesis Live' is one of the most incredible live shows captured for your personal home enjoyment that has come out in the past decade (or two).
Simply put, it will send shivers down your spine and make the hairs on your arms stand up just listening, let alone watching Amy Lee sing her heart to its very core.
One thing to know going in though is that the new arrangements give a hefty focus to the emotions and stories in the band's songs delivered, monumentally, by the aforementioned Lee.
'Synthesis Live' is a soulful and sweepingly grandiose event to witness live. Seated at the piano, Lee opens the set with a single note that builds into the instrumental 'Overture,' seamlessly leading into the crushing wave that is 'Never Go Back'.
After other tracks such as 'Lacrymos,' 'End Of The Dream, and both 'My Heart Is Broken' and the powerhaus cut 'Lithium,' the chart topping anthem 'Bring Me To Life' is brought forth.
Reaching a whole new level of power and emotion, now embodied with a pounding, electric heartbeat and soaring orchestral accompaniment, it's most definitely the stand out visual/sound of the night.
That said, songs such as 'My Immortal,' 'Speak To Me' and 'Lost in Paradise' also beg to be heard in their different form, and rightfully so.
Evoking an imaginary scene of heartbreaking nuance from a movie never to be seen, Lee together with this orchestra become so emotionally charged here that you would have to believe that her voice was totally erased after the show.
Shot during their fall 2017 tour at Foxwoods Resort Casino Grand Theater in Connecticut the 19 track set contains the entire concert along with the Bonus Video of "Hi-Lo" featuring Lindsay Sterling.
Blu-ray+CD Track Listing: 1. Overture 2. Never Go Back 3. Lacrymosa 4. End of the Dream 5. My Heart is Broken 6. Lithium 7. Bring Me To Life 8. Unravelling (Interlude) 9. Imaginary 10. Secret Door 11. Hi-Lo 12. Lost in Paradise 13. Your Star 14. My Immortal 15. The In-between (Piano Solo) 16. Imperfection 17. Speak to Me 18. Good Enough 19. Swimming Home.
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