CONCERT REVIEW: Evanescence @ Sound Academy – 10.25.11

Evanescence

Everyone probably knows at least one song from a Gothic metal band. In 2004, Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life” became a radio hit, which made the band a household name and earned them two Grammy Awards. It’s been five years since their last album, the band finally returned to the stage along with a brand new self-titled album which has been in the works for the last couple of years. On a chilly and rainy Tuesday night, Evanescence performed at Toronto’s Sound Academy to a sold out crowd.

每個人應該至少認得一首哥德金屬樂曲。Evanescence的“Bring Me To Life“在二零零四年成為電台大熱,令樂隊名字變得街知巷聞,更為他們贏得兩個格林美獎項。自五年前上一張專輯後,樂隊終於推出了用了幾年時間製作、以樂隊名字作標題的全新大碟,並且回到台上。在一個下著雨、冷冷的星期二晚上,Evanescence在多倫多的Sound Academy演出了一場爆滿的音樂會。

Rival Sons

Openers of the tour included rock band Rival Sons and The Pretty Reckless. Californian blues rock band Rival Sons seems a odd choice for the bill, they played a half an hour set which was interesting to see considering the crowd were more prepared for some Gothic music rather than some old school rock. The band sounded great nonetheless and lead singer Jay Buchanan was the enticing subject to photograph.

The Pretty Reckless

Having seen The Pretty Reckless on Vans Warped Tour 2009, where photographers were not permitted in the photo pit,  I was pleasantly surprised to find out we were allowed to photograph the performance. The 18-year-old Taylor Momsen fronts the alternative rock band; she was the last one to join the stage in her signature risque stage outfits: a tight white studded dress, garter stockings and  a pair of knee high buckled platform boots. (Incidentally, that was the same outfit when I last photographed her!) As enticing her performance could be, it got boring after awhile as she didn’t do anything else other than risque dance moves. However, despite constantly tiptoeing the fine line between a stripper and a singer, it’s undeniable that she has some powerful vocals. In addition to “Zombie”, ‘Goin’ Down”, “My Medicine”, “Just Tonight”, “Makes Me Wanna Die” and “Factory Girl”, the band covered Audioslave’s “Like A Stone”. Halfway through the set, Momsen asked the crowd “how many of you guys are drinking?”. After a show of hands, the 18 year old Momsen said, “really? I thought there would be more of you!” With her sexually charged performances and rock star attitude, Momsen indeed is not your average 18 year old at all. Rock on, girl!

The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckless

Evanescence

Before Evanescence took the stage, there was a scattered chant going on that called for the lead vocalist’s name “Amy Lee” (overhead: “Isn’t it funny how people are screaming for ‘Amy Lee’ not ‘Evanescence’?”). It was really exciting to see the backdrop with the gigantic Evanescence logo that also changes into other graphics, the backdrop was gloriously illuminated by changing lights. Drummer Will Hunt began the intro with a drum solo and the rest of the band slowly joined in for “What You Want”, the first single from the new release. After the song, Lee talked about how the album is currently #1 in the US and #2 in Canada, how excited they are about the new album and that they will be playing a lot of the new songs. Lee, also a classically trained pianist, also played the keyboard and the Baldwin piano on a raised platform in front of the stage. Even though I haven’t listened to the band’s new material until then, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment because the band simply sounds great. Lee’s high pitched vocals are dark, mysterious and beautiful. It’s an incredible experience watching the band live because it’s really hard not to completely immerse oneself in the impressive atmosphere. Admittedly, it was rather disappointing to hear “Bring Me To Life” live because it lacks the male vocals as in the album version, but fans took it upon themselves to scream the parts back. After ending with “Bring Me To Life”, the band returned for an encore and ended with the piano ballad “My Immortal”, another singalong favorite.

Evanescence

Evanescence

English text and photos by Jessie Lau
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