EVANESCENCE's Amy Lee spoke to Australia's News.com.au about her decision to re-record the band's old material with a full orchestra and heavy electronics for the "Synthesis" album. The disc, which is due on November 10, includes a re-imagining of the group's breakthrough 2003 hit "Bring Me To Life" without the guest rap by vocalist Paul McCoy.
"God bless the rap, it's part of what got us on the radio, I guess," Lee said. "At least according to all the rules of radio that I don't agree with or understand. The rap wasn't part of our original idea or sound, it was a compromise in many ways. So to be able to go back to the original vision for the song was great."
According to Amy, "The recording of a song that ends being the one you hear the most through history is usually when the song was just freshly written. You're still learning it yourself and getting used to what the notes are and how the parts go," she said. "That's true for 'Bring Me To Life', for sure. After doing it live for so long, there's different vocal choices I've made and different things we got to use in this version."
Fourteen years after "Bring Me To Life" was released, Lee says she "forgets" the rap's there in the original version of the song. "At the time it was a big issue, it was our first single," she said. "I wanted people to understand who we were. That's a struggle you always fight as an artist. If we only had the one hit, if no one ever heard from us again, then nobody would understand who we were. We've made it past that point, so the rap doesn't make me angry anymore. I'm so glad to put a new version out there without the rap, though."
"Synthesis" features full orchestration in a completely synthetic world of beats and sounds, with help from arranger and composer David Campbell. The disc contains two new EVANESCENCE songs in addition to fan favorites re-recorded with a live orchestra and electronica.
"Synthesis" includes a guest performance by famed violinist Lindsey Stirling on "Hi-Lo", one of the new tracks on the album.