It's been a long road of obscurity followed by a short ride to the top of the charts. Evanescence's originated as duo between singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. Classical piano meets the muscular Rage against the Machine guitar chops. One listen to early mixes of 'Bring Me to Life' show the ongoing tension between atmospheric spareseness and room filling guitar power chords.
The final Daredevil mix of 'Bring Me to Life' with 12 Stones Paul McCoy rapping is the perfect balance of ballad, goth, and hard rock. The urgency of it put Evanescence on the map.
The post-Fallen band will be without guitarist Ben Moody. On their breakthrough effort, Moody provided the chugging guitar work that defined Evanescence's edgy sound. Amy Lee's work is more on the piano driven ballad side. 'My Immortal' is a Lee penned ballad. 'You' and 'October' are unreleased ballads that may hint at the band's future direction.
Concerning the band's discovery, Lee told the BBC that Evanescence was mastering demos in Memphis, TN, when she and the band were discovered by producer Pete Matthews. He shopped the songs to record companies in New York, and Evanescence eventually landed a contract with Wind-Up Entertainment, the home of Creed.