As the band celebrate the UK Top 5 success of The Bitter Truth, their first album of original material in almost a decade, vocalist Lee says she‘d like to challenge herself with a creative left turn.
“I’ve always thought it would be fun to be a part of creating the score to a great nature documentary, like Planet Earth, one of those amazing David Attenborough ones, underwater particularly,” she says. “Every time I watch something like that I think, ‘God, it’d be fun to work on the score for that!’”
‘The original fight was that the label wanted us to hold auditions and bring somebody into the band full-time to sing on most of the songs and… try to be the female Linkin Park,” she recalls. “And I was, like, 'I'll think about it’, for, like, an hour, and then we called them back, and I was, like, 'We can't do that. It's not gonna happen. I'd rather start over. It's just not who we are. And I don't want that’.”
Lee tells Metal Hammer that she no longer feels the need to try to mould her band to fit anyone else’s preconceptions of what Evanescence should be.
“Creating a new situation for ourselves on multiple levels behind the scenes has absolutely empowered me and pushed me into a much more positive headspace when it comes to making Evanescence music in particular,” she says, “because it once again feels like an open creative space where i can do anything. And i know what i’m doing, not that it needs to be one thing or another to please somebody else.”
For more from Amy Lee, including her candid discussion of how a family tragedy shaped The Bitter Truth, pick up the new issue of Metal Hammer, which is on sale now.