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Will Hunt: “Synthesis has done is broadened our horizons, but I’m excited about is the next one”

Will Hunt

“When I’ve gone into all these different projects, I’ve always tried to be the chameleon. I feel like… I’ve actually conformed to the music,” Evanescence‘s longest standing drummer Will Hunt admits, struggling for the right phrase. “Whereas in Evanescence, I’m encouraged to be myself, and be okay with that.” 

He’s talking from the perspective of having played with bands from Black Label Society, to Device and Crossfade. But by the time he joined the group – fronted by iconic vocalist Amy Lee and formed back in 1995 – for third album Evanescence, he was ready to dive into the inherent challenges: complex rhythms, classically-based composition, and Lee’s penchant for originality.

The band’s latest release Synthesis from November, a masterpiece re-configuration of past classics with orchestral and electronic composition, is no different.

Ahead of the quintet’s nearly sold-out Australian tour in four days, Hunt sat down to chat about being thrown into the deep end with these orchestral shows, relating to rhythm guitarist Jen Majura‘s initial struggles after joining in 2015, and embracing his imperfections.

Amy’s described getting to play the Opera House as a dream come true for her. Do you feel the same way?

“It doesn’t matter if you’re from Australia, if you’ve ever been there or it’s something you’ve seen in person. I think as a musician and performer… Even in America, I grew up seeing pictures of that place and knew what it was from a very young age. I remember being in Australia back in 2012, and we were staying across the street from there [the Opera House]… I saw it and was just like, ‘Wow, man! What an incredible-looking building’. 

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Jen Majura: “I’m looking forward to coming and meeting all the Australian fans”

Jen Majura

With just a week to go until Evanescence kick off the Australian leg of their Synthesis: Live world tour, their first visit to our shores in six years, the anticipation of Australian fans has no doubt hit an all-time high. Following some time off after wrapping up the two U.S. Synthesis: Live tours, Overdrive sat down with guitarist, and more recently, theremin player, Jen Majura to chat all things Synthesis.

While the rest of the band (made up of vocalist Amy Lee, guitarist Troy McLawhorn, bassist Tim McCord, and drummer Will Hunt) have toured Australia in the past, this will be Jen’s first visit to our shores and she couldn’t be more excited. “Woohoo! I’m so looking forward to that trip. I’ve never been to Australia and I’ve always, always wanted to go and now thanks to Amy and Evanescence I finally get the chance to see Australia – and eat some Vegemite.” This excitement is a feeling mutually shared among the rest of the band, with Jen describing the tour as more like a big vacation-style trip with good friends.

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The Best Moments from 2017


Is that time of the year where we rewind the best moments from 2017, so here we have 7 favs moments we consider are important for us and the band history.

1. South American Tour

What was your best moment of 2017?. For me, without a doubt is the tour of the band through South America!. The band visited some countries of South America last year beginning with Brazil (Brasilia) on April 20 ending in Chile (Santiago) on May 4.

SHOWS 2017

20/04/2017 – Net Live @ Brasilia, Brazil (Tickets)

22/04/2017 – Vivo Rio @ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Tickets)

23/04/2017 – Espaço das Americas @ Sao Paulo, Brazil (Tickets)

27/04/2017 – Agora Casa de la Cultura @ Quito, Ecuador (Tickets)

29/04/2017 – Festival Vivo El Rock @ Lima, Perú (Tickets)

02/05/2017 – Tecnopolis @ Buenos Aires, Argentina (Tickets)

04/05/2017 – Movistar Arena @ Santiago, Chile (Tickets)

Here some of the most memorable moments of the tour:

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Evanescence featured on Metal Hammer 2018 Calendar

Evanescence on 2018 Calendar

In a new edition of the Metal Hammer magazine Evanescence is present in the 2018 calendar (July month) and also a Best Of 2017 CD and a heavy metal wrapping paper. The calendar also featuring HIM, Marilyn Manson, Ghost, Avenged Sevenfold, Babymetal and more!.


Metal Hammer Issue 304

Source: Metal Hammer

Evanescence played Synthesis version of “Weight Of The World”


Photo by Andy Argyrakis

In the show last night (30/11), which took place at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois Evanescence played for the first time “Weight Of The World” song that is part of the album “The Open Door”, in a version in the style of the album Synthesis.

Watch the performance here:

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Evanescence’s ‘Synthesis’ Cracks Billboard Top 10


Evanescence‘s “Synthesis” sold 34,000 equivalent album units in the week ending November 16, according to Nielsen Music, to land at position No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. Of that sum, 30,000 were in traditional album sales. The set is a reimagining of some of Evanescence‘s best-loved songs — as well as a couple of new ones. “Synthesis” is Evanescence‘s first album since its 2011 self-titled release, which debuted at No. 1. The new album is the group’s fourth top 10 effort, following “Evanescence”“The Open Door” (No. 1 in 2006) and “Fallen” (No. 3, 2003).

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Win an Exclusive Signed Merch Pack from Evanescence

Evanescence Tunespeak

Evanescence is giving away a few exclusive Synthesis merch bundles via Tunespeak.

Tunespeak is an online platform that enables users to listen to music, watch videos and photos, and share with friends in order to earn points. It acts as a loyalty platform for musicians.

Enter here:

1st Prize: 3 Winners
• One (1) Exclusive Signed Merch Pack from Evanescence including:
– One (1) ‘Imperfection’ Tee
– One (1) ‘Synthesis‘ Journal
– One (1) ‘Synthesis‘ Hoodie
– One (1) Signed ‘Synthesis‘ CD

Important Rules (see the full official rules here):


  • Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 AM Central Time (“CT”) on 11/17/2017 and ends at 07:00 AM Central Time (“CT”) on 01/17/2018.

Sources: Amy Lee Fans, Crunchbase

Limited prints from Synthesis photoshoot are being sold!

Paul R. Brown, photographer/designer behind the Synthesis artwork & photoshoot, is selling some limited edition prints on his website.
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First reviews of Synthesis album


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”.

EVANESCENCE - Inside Synthesis Episode 1 - Introduction

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.

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New Synthesis Live photos!

greek_theatre_-_scott_uchidaA tons of new pics were added to the gallery. Check it out:

Inicio > Live Shows > Live Shows 2017
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California • 15/10/2017
Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona • 17/10/2017
Revention Music Center, Houston, Texas • 20/10/2017
The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory, Irving, Texas • 22/10/2017


Mahalia Jackson Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana • 23/10/2017
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee • 25/10/2017
Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, North Carolina • 28/10/2017

All photos are not mine and belong to their respective owners.

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