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"Artifact/The Turn"
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Released March 26, 2021
Length 2:26
Producers Nick Raskulinecz
Label BMG
'The Bitter Truth'
- "Artifact/The Turn" "Broken Pieces Shine"

"Artifact/The Turn" is the opening track on Evanescence's fifth studio album, The Bitter Truth.


The song serves as a intro for the album. It was written and recorded with a laptop by Amy Lee herself in a hotel room on tour in 2019. She originally intended to properly rerecord it, but producer Nick Raskulinecz encouraged her to keep the original recording. He told her, "'You know, [the song]'s got all those weird stuff in it, all those little artifacts - that's a audio term - just stuff that happens because of the weird microphone and just the whole situation you were in. I don't know, how are you gonna recapture that? How are you gonna recapture that pure moment?'".[1]

"The Turn" part is a collaboration with Scott Kirkland of the Crystal Method.[1] This is what Amy said about the track:

“I see the beginning of the album as starting from a Ground Zero place after a tragedy, and then, when the guitars come in, for me, that’s getting back up.”[1]

The lyrics to the "Artifact" part are dedicated to Amy's late brother, Robby.[2]


Underneath golden skies,
You will always be there,
In the mirror, in my eyes,
You will always be there...

Where do we go now that I have seen the turn?
Where do we go now?
Find a way to go back,
To go back home, to who we are...



  • Amy Lee - vocals, synths, programming, recording engineer
  • Scott Kirkland - programming production, songwriting on "The Turn"[3]
  • Nick Raskulinecz - production, mixing
  • Ted Jensen - mastering engineer


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "I need to face the abyss head on", Evanescence's Bitter Truth laid bare". March 10, 2021. Kerrang!.
  2. "The Tragedies That Inspired Evanescence's 'The Bitter Truth'". Loudwire. May 10, 2021.
  3. The Bitter Truth (2021), liner notes.