Evanescence
Synthesis


3.5
great

Review

by Christopher Geriak USER (69 Reviews)
November 11th, 2017 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beautiful and bombastic in all the right (and wrong) ways, Synthesis brings Amy Lee's musical vision to life in a sweepingly epic fashion.

I remember back when I was a young kid listening to Fallen for the first time. The songs 'My Immortal' and 'Hello', whose gorgeous string arrangement mixed in with Amy Lee's vocals, managed to stick in my head. Ever since then I've been wanting Evanescence to make an album of just that: no guitars or drums, no heavy distortion of any kind, just Amy Lee belting out her voice with an orchestra in the background accompanying her.

Synthesis is probably the closest thing to that kind of album that they've been able to muster. While almost all of the songs on here are reworked versions of older tracks ('My Immortal' being one of them), many of the alternative metal sound has been replaced with a more symphonic, dark pop atmosphere, recreated in the vision that, seemingly enough, only Amy Lee can create. While much of their Gothic rock sound is gone, the tone is still establish incredibly well. The only real difference compared to 'Hello' and the original 'My Immortal' is that Synthesis is much more dramatic. The orchestration is epic, grandiose, and bombastic, almost equivalent to a Hans Zimmer soundtrack.

However, despite the epic, sweeping orchestration, Lee is always at the center of it all, carrying the emotional heft and adding to the bombast that the album delivers. Not once throughout the entire album does she feel under-powered or overpowering-if anything she feels right at home with this performance, and she should feel proud of it. The album's few distracting moments are laced within the EDM-backed rhythm sections. While 'Imaginary' and 'Your Star' probably should've been more orchestral, they contain a more modern pop-like structure that at times feel unnecessary and actually make the songs more generic. On the other hand, the two original tracks, 'Hi-Lo' and 'Imperfection', both deliver a near-perfect balance of orchestration and electronic elements that really do make them stand out among the album's questionable 62-minute runtime.

By the end of it all however, Synthesis isn't so much of a look back into Evanescence's career, instead it feels more like a glimpse into the future. It's not perfect by any means, but if anything it should be just enough to bring the band back to life. Sure, some fans are certainly going to be divisive about the change (in fact I highly doubt they'll stick with this sound entirely), but considering how much the band has matured over the years, it shouldn't be surprising as to how much they've changed and how they will evolve in the future. Synthesis is a gorgeous record that showcases some of Evanescence's best work in Amy Lee's own world.



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Toondude10
November 10th 2017


11622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This album is fucking great imo. Maybe a bit pointless, but I honestly like this more than most of their previous stuff. It just suits Amy so much better.

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Asdfp277
November 10th 2017


15838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

break the paragraph dude



this album is interesting, but not very good imo

Toondude10
November 10th 2017


11622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It's way too long that's for sure. It definitely would've worked better as like a 6 or 7 track EP, but even so I love a lot of this.

UniqueUniverse
November 10th 2017


7888 Comments


they still exist? amazing...

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Asdfp277
November 10th 2017


15838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

unique: the album before this one is great, so i'm glad they're still around tbh



toondude: idk man, orchestrated versions of evanescence's music should rule hard but this is so... uninspired and boring

neekafat
November 10th 2017


6247 Comments


69 dudessss

Drifter
November 10th 2017


7109 Comments


Loool

rockandmetaljunkie
November 10th 2017


6919 Comments


I remember myself listening to this band in my teenage years, 15 years ago. Time does fly...

William21
November 10th 2017


169 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The two new songs are okay, I guess.



I don't really have a problem with them changing their sound, but I do have a problem with them just redoing their old work and in some cases bastardizing it. Why redo what was just fine in the first place?

Asdfp277
November 11th 2017


15838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

why not?



this is already growing on me lol

Dewinged
November 11th 2017


6483 Comments


I heard it but it felt like a constant drip of bland bombastic ballads. Not very interesting imo.

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Asdfp277
November 11th 2017


15838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, it's not interesting at all, but at least it's consistent and well produced (?

Dewinged
November 11th 2017


6483 Comments


It's well produced, i give u that.

Asdfp277
November 11th 2017


15838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'll probably settle on a 3.0, but for now i'm in a good mood so i'm overrating stuff >:]



"hi-lo" had memorable strings

Ninjahague
November 11th 2017


47 Comments


when the hell did evanescence release new music

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Lucifer
November 11th 2017


65 Comments


Basically is this the old same Evanescence but synthetized?

Asdfp277
November 11th 2017


15838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

orchestrated, + a couple of new songs

Aerisavion
November 11th 2017


1278 Comments


Lovely review mate.

I’ll probably agree with most of it when I get round to listening to it.

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AtomicWaste
Moderator
November 11th 2017


2716 Comments


T00nd00d, this is mostly well-written, but here are some suggestions to take your writing to a higher level:

" background accompanying her." End the paragraph here. New paragraph starts after this sentence.

"the tone is still establish incredibly well." Should be "established"

"Not once throughout the entire album does she feel under-powered or overpowering, if anything she feels" Comma should be a period or a dash.

"among the album's questionable 62-minute runtime." End the paragraph here. New paragraph starts after this sentence.

"Sure some fans are certainly going to be divisive about the change (in fact I highly doubt they'll stick with this sound entirely) but considering how much the band has matured over the years there really shouldn't be much of a surprise as to how much they're going to change." Comma after "Sure." Comma before "but." Comma after "years." Last part "there really shouldn't..." is awkward. Would propose change of "they shouldn't be surprised at the extent to which the band has changed and will continue to evolve" or something similar.

I'd also consider moving the final two sentences to being before your "Sure some fans" sentence.

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Toondude10
November 11th 2017


11622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

will do, and thanks for the feature!



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