CD review EVANESCENCE ‘The Bitter Truth’

It took a while until Evanescence returned with a new album. It has already been ten years that the band released their third album ‘Evanescence’. A three-year break and major changes such as the split of the record label Wind-Up Records were factors that did not really benefit work on a new album. However, as the band regained momentum with ‘Synthesis’ and some live shows, it is now up to ‘The Bitter Truth’ to continue the successful history of the band and sketch the future.

‘The Bitter Truth’ starts quietly and with a lot of feeling. No loud tones, no hard riffs. Instead, ‘Artifact/The Turn’ is a kind of intro which leads over to ‘Broken Pieces Shine’. The song builds on harder guitars and has always a spark of hope built in during all its melancholic mood that’s dominating. What shines is the voice of Amy Lee. Having become a mother in the meantime, the singer impresses with strong and expressive vocals. Never losing control over her voice, Lee manages to infuse the songs with emotional soul.

Photo by Nick Fancher

With a total of 12 songs, the album has a decent length without appearing long-winded or lengthy. AGuitars could be moved a little more into the forefront since Lee has with Troy McLawhorn and Jan Majura two excellent guitarists by her side. This guitar power is used in songs like ‘Feeding the Dark’, ‘Better Without You’ and the anthemic ‘Take Cover’, but ‘The Bitter Truth’ has also many peaceful and melancholic passages. ‘Far From Heaven’ is one of these lyrical songs, a tune that reminds of Kate Bush in its expression and underlines the whole vocal richness of Amy Lee. Also ‘Wasted On You’ goes in this direction and clarifies that ‘The Bitter Truth’ is an album that does not built on the colorful illusionistic worlds but deals intensively with the themes of fight, losses and coping with reality, topics that are reflecting the current time more than ever.

Amy Lee and Evanescence are among the pioneers of modern rock. Their songs are full of emotion, peppered with melancholy and always meaningful. After the last decade has passed without a new studio album, the wait is now over. ‘The Bitter Turth’ is a typical Evanesence album where the band picks it up where they left off with their third album. The only small thing that is missing is really big hit a la ‘Bring Me to Life’ , but fans get songs on a consistently high level, which is more than a compensation.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Artifact/The Turn
  2. Broken Pieces Shine
  3. The Game is Over
  4. Yeah Right
  5. Feeding the Dark
  6. Wasted on You
  7. Better Without You
  8. Use My Voice
  9. Take Cover
  10. Far From Heaven
  11. Part of Me
  12. Blind Belief

Label: Columbia / Sony Music

Genre: Modern Rock

Release Date EU: March 26th, 2021

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