The long-awaited release of the album Synthesis has already happened and here we compile some of the first reviews made by the media.
Chad Bowar from Loudwire describes Synthesis as “grandiose and bombastic in parts, quiet and subdued in others”:
“As to the songs they selected to give the orchestral treatment, there are some of the hits from their three albums, but they are not one I wish they would have done is”Going Under.” It’s interesting to hear “Bring Me to Life”as a classical track without the male rap parts.” “My Immortal” and “Lost in Paradise” are a couple of their well-known songs that are included in this set.
“Some of the songs that work best in this format are lesser-known tracks like the heartfelt “Imaginary” from Fallen and The Open Door‘s “Lacrymosa,” which features a great performance from Lee that goes from reserved to all out belting. Her performance is outstanding, with her powerful pipes never overshadowed by the orchestra.
“The two new songs are the subdued “Hi-Lo” that features a guest appearance from violinist Lindsey Stirling and the album closer “Imperfection.” The latter has been released as a single, and its classical base has a lot of EDM and hip -hop influences.
“The production on the album (handled by Lee and Will Hunt) is excellent. It’s great and bombastic in parts, quiet and subdued in others, and working with so many instruments when recording and mixing an album is tricky Evanescence are currently on tour playing the album with an orchestra, and having had the chance to see them, this reviewer highly recommended checking it out. As dynamic and compelling as Synthesis is on record, it’s even more so live, especially with Lee‘s charismatic performance”.
On the other hand Maddy Glenn of Noizze UK anticipates that “the live performance of this epic album is going to be an opportunity not to miss”, giving 9 of the total of 10:
“Synthesis is the first studio album Evanescence have released in the last 7 years and they are undoubtedly back with a bang. The quintet are well known for their impressive soundscapes and big numbers, but this new album redefines the term ‘epic’. The record sees the band collaborating with a full orchestra. With only 2 new songs on the album (Imperfection and Hi-Lo), they have taken old songs from their four studio albums and reworked them. They will be touring the new album in March and April 2018, accompanied by a full orchestra.
“The new venture opens with an instrumental, easing us into their new style: it’s a mixture of rock, classical, and electronic sounds, but still distinctly Evanescence. ‘Overture’ gives a feeling of anticipation, builds, and ends quite suddenly, blending seamlessly into the next song.
“‘Never Go Back‘ was originally from the third bands, self titled album, but here the track is given extra stopping power with its new sound. It begins the album with a burst of exciting energy, launching into your updated style, with the inclusion of a beautiful (though short) violin solo. Amy Lee‘s voice astounds from the first note, ending the song on a belter.
“The first new song on the album comes in the way of ‘Hi-Lo’ and features a guest performance by the famed violinist, Lindsey Stirling. The song is one of those slow builders, so reminiscent of the Evanescence style. Violin-heavy, the chorus is large and loud, showing off Amy Lee‘s incredible voice.
“Evanescence‘s biggest triumph to date; ‘Bring Me To Life’ unsurprisingly makes its way into the record. This time opening with violins, as opposed to the opening melody we know so well. Its opening looks include an electronic soundscape and drops into silence before entering the chorus. The spoken words are not included, but the rhythm of the piece plays with the use of violins, and while this is admittedly take an element of the oomph out of the track, the climax uses the full orchestra in all its glory, strings and brass printing with its sheer volume and power.
“The new version of Lithium (‘The Open Door‘) begins with a quiet entrance of bells, piano, strings, and Amy’s voice. It’s evocative and refreshingly; not as powerful as the other songs. While ‘Lost in Paradise (‘Evanescence’) is a quieter, more mournful, though enchanting song with a beautiful violin part in the background – building into a deeply emotional ending. Of all the songs on the album, My Immortal (‘Fallen’) is the most similar to its original, opening with strings and its iconic piano part, as atmospheric and beautiful as ever.
“Reworking songs from previous albums doesn’t always result in a more prosperous sound, but ‘Synthesis’ gives its track-list a new zest of life, with their larger scope and vigour than their original versions. The album consciously plays with the definition of ‘rock music’ in the best way possible – combining Amy Lee’s unforgettable singing style with a sea of violins, Amy’s piano, and an echoing soundscape of electronica. The live performance of this epic album is going to be an opportunity not to miss”.
BearlySinister from New Transcendence says that Synthesis is an experience that “comes with listening to this album than to say it is ‘epic’“ and it gives 10/10:
“Synthesis elevates every element that has made fans hold onto the band for so many years. There is no other way to describe the experience that comes with listening to this album than to say it is “epic.” Even that is discrediting to just how mind-blowing this all came out because, really, there are no words in the human language to describe just how amazing this album is. In an industry where bands are motivated by money and fame, Evanescence finds a way to tap into just what it means to “listen” to music. A truly captivating, mystifying and wonderful world awaits you with the release of Synthesis, out November 10th through Sony/BMG.”.
Catherine Morris from Metal Hammer (part of Team Rock) gives 4 of 5 stars to Synthesis and indicates that:
“For the casual listener, the emphasis on her distinctive vocal style might be somewhat overpowering, but for the fans, Synthesis offers a deeper dive into Evanescence’s compositions that also tantalisingly hints at an alternative trajectory for the band”.
Jeannie Blue from CrypticRock give Evanescence‘s Synthesis 5 of 5 stars and describes it as:
“On Synthesis, Evanescence have stripped away anything Rock-n-Roll and replaced it with electronic twinklings dancing alongside epic orchestration. If you are going to reimagine old work, this is how you do it! There has always been a finesse and artistry that ran alongside Evanescence’s music, something deeper than simple Rock-n-Roll: on Synthesis, Lee and her musical misfits step out from behind the racing guitars to explore that intriguing piece of their magnificent puzzle. Boldly massive, gorgeously haunting, Synthesis is a collection that toes the Neo-Classical line with fierce latex ballet slippers and leather fairy wings a-flutter”.