The existence of a new project was first confirmed on March 20, 2017, during an interview with frontwoman Amy Lee by AOL Build. The album was next spoken of during an interview with Teamrock.com, in which Lee said:
"We’re working on something new – and the info about it is on lockdown just for a little bit longer. In a short amount of time I’ll explain exactly what it is. But we are in the studio, we are working on a new project, and it’s something different – it’s not just a straightforward next Evanescence album."
On May 10, 2017, the band officially announced the project, a new album entitled Synthesis, via their Facebook. According to the post, the album will be a hybrid of the orchestral and synthetic genres, stripping all of the guitars and drums used from Evanescence's previous hard rock image. It will feature various selected songs from the band's past releases remade "from the ground up", in addition to two brand new original compositions. It was also revealed that a complete orchestra would be joining them for the production of the album as well as a fall tour. The orchestra was arranged by David Campbell, who arranged the previous three albums.
The idea of Synthesis came from Amy's wish to have a different version of Evanescence's albums for herself that was just "programming, vocals and the strings."
On the album's title, she said:
"That word kept coming into my mind as I defined the theme of this album and its process, it's all about separate people, contrasting sounds, different moments in time, all coming together to make a new thing."
Recording of the album started on February 2017 and was finished in August that same year. The orchestra was recorded at Ocean Way Recording Studios, in Nashville, TN, and the band recorded their part at Will B. Hunt's studio, Spaceway Studios, in Forth Worth, TX.
Inside Synthesis is a series of videos featuring behind the scenes of the recording process for the album.
* denotes new songs
- Never Go Back
- My Heart Is Broken
- The End of the Dream
- Bring Me to Life
- Unraveling (Interlude)*
- Secret Door
- Lost in Paradise
- Your Star
- My Immortal
- The In-Between (Piano Solo)*
- Amy Lee - vocals, piano
- Troy McLawhorn - guitar
- Jen Majura - guitar, theremin
- Tim McCord - guitar, synths
- Will Hunt - drums
- Will Hunt (Spaceway) - synths, programming
- Lindsey Stirling - violin (track 3)
- David Campbell - orchestra arrangements, orchestra conductor
- Nashville Music Scoring Orchestra - orchestra
- Alan Umstead - orchestra contractor, concertmaster
- Kirsten Copely - harp
- Amy Lee - production
- Will Hunt (Spaceway) - production, engineer
- Ethan Mates - additional engineer (track 3)
- Nick Spezia - orchestral engineer
- Jasper LeMaster - assistant orchestral engineer
- Gary Hedden - additional audio editing
- Damian Taylor - mixing engineer
- Emily Lazar - mastering engineer
- Paul R. Brown - album art, design and photography
- Beth Wilson - hair and makeup
- Marjan Malakpour - wardrobe
- The album is not counted by Amy Lee as Evanescence's fourth album, though the album's announcement on Evanescence.com counted it as such.
- Teamrock.com Interview
- "EVANESCENCE Announces 'Synthesis' Album, Tour". May 10, 2017. Blabbermouth.net.
- "EVANESCENCE's 'Synthesis' Album Is 'Very Much Taking It To The Next Level Musically,' Says AMY LEE". June 13, 2017. Blabbermouth.net.
- "Evanescence's Amy Lee talks hmv.com through the making of new album Synthesis...". November 10, 2017. hmv.com.
- "Amy Lee on Being a Woman in Music: 'I Have Fought So Many Fights'". November 30, 2017. Billboard.
- "Evanescence Records at Ocean Way Nashville". June 1, 2017. Ocean Way Nashville.