After releasing Synthesis, Amy Lee said the next album would go back to its rock roots, suggesting it would be raw and focus on the band, and may feature leftovers from the band's two previous albums, Evanescence and Synthesis.
The band aimed at working with different producers every time they hit the studio. They recorded the first four songs of the album with Nick Raskulinecz, and then aimed at working with a different producer on songs in the vein of their 2006 album, The Open Door, and "electronic, weird, mid-tempo world."
"One of the things that we've been kind of aiming towards is taking the elements of what maybe are things that make up our sound and try to separate them and give each of them their own space. So some of the songs don't have strings and are fully rocking and heavy. And then some of the songs might be really in the electronic zone, and something might be more on the orchestral side. But overall, it's gonna be a rock record."
In a interview in June 2020, Amy said:
I want this album to show all of our sides, really, but most importantly I want to create without thinking too much about what I want it to be, and just let it be what it is. There’s definitely a little bit of a 90s, grungy alternative thing emerging which is lovely, that’s a return to roots for me in the most honest sense since that’s the music that inspired me so much in my formative years.In late June, she said on the album:
It's going to be a journey. One of the songs we’ve recorded so far is from 10 years ago, from the first time we went in to record our third album. Completely reformed into a special new thing. Up to now, some of the songs are being written now, some aren’t even written yet. And so much has happened this year, there’s so much to say. So yes there are themes, but I think the biggest one is about time. Past, present, and future all at once. And part of that has to do with how the album is still a living, growing thing, as it is being slowly released. Like life.On Kerrang!'s cover story in September, Amy stated "it's a rock record. We wanted to showcase the strength, fun and power of the band. There’s no holding back. It’s heavy sonically, and it feels good to go heavy. Really good. But it’s not heavy for heavy’s sake." Although as of this writing three singles were released, she pointed out that "we haven’t heard all the sounds of the album yet", promising songs with “score-like drama” and “aggressive power”.
The album will be recorded in sessions throughout 2020. The first sessions took place at Nick Raskulinecz's studio in Nashville, TN from January 20 to February 5, where the band recorded the first four songs for the album.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the band worked remotely, sending ideas to each other. By June, Amy said they were trying to figure out how they could get together to finish the album.While working at her home studio during lockdown, Amy told in an interview that the new songs usually start sounding “much more electronic than it does in the end and then we turn it into a rock song together, but sometimes some of those parts stay”.
On August 10, producer Nick announced on his Instagram that Will Hunt tracked 9 songs for the album. As written on a drum snare, the session was named "Evanescence Bitter Pill Sessions" and it also revealed the date 7-20-2020 and two song titles: "Better Without You" and "Take Cover". His post was later taken down.
On August 14, Amy revealed in a IG live interview that the band resumed recording at Nick's studio. For that they had to be tested for COVID-19, which they all tested negative. However, Jen who lives and remains in Germany had to work remotely with the band. On the 21st, Amy said that the band spent over a month in the studio, and the band finished their parts and went home. She was still finishing lyrics and working on keyboards and programming. She added that no strings were recorded for the album, but they might have songs which they feel they need "a little string section".
It was revealed on a Zoom call during the premiere of "Use My Voice" that Nick will handle the production of the whole album, instead of the band working with different producers as originally planned.
During a Q&A held on the band's Facebook page on September 1, Amy said she was still writing lyrics to songs that already have drums and guitars recorded. She also mentioned that some of the new songs were written during the creation of their self-titled third album that "didn't get finished or was a piece that didn't fit that puzzle"; however, they were finished out and were looked at with a new perspective 10 years later.
On September 9, Amy said the album was nearing completion, with "seventy per cent" done. She added: “It’s hard to say because I’m still writing.”
On April 17, 2020, the band revealed the cover artwork via social media. The photograph was taken by Amy's husband, Josh Hartzler. The cover depicts Amy's face with her mouth open and her tongue stuck out to reveal a pill with Xs and a dash drawn in the shape of a face.
When asked why the album is called what it is, Amy said:
Even though the truth can be incredibly difficult and painful, it's still better than living a lie.
The album was announced on April 17, 2020 with no release date set as the plan is to release one song at a time while the album is in the works. On August 21, Amy explained why the band is releasing it differently:
“We don’t have a release date, but I like to look at it like it’s happening now. The idea behind this whole thing was always to go one song at a time, release it in real time with the fans while it’s still going on and it’s still fresh and live in the moment more. So, in my mind it is being released. This is part of it. We live in a new world where it’s not all about just dropping a big pile of music all at once. People don’t always consume music that way. I don’t.
I still want to make an album – that’s a part of who we are and I think that’s important to our fans, so we’re doing that. We will drop the back half or whatever soon, but I don’t have a date because I never want to put a date down when I’m still writing. I don’t want to get to the end and say, ‘Eh anything. Just throw some words down.’ I can’t do that. It has to be right. Sometimes it takes a minute.”
The album's first single, "Wasted On You", was released on April 24. The second single, "The Game is Over", was released on July 1. Both had accompanying music videos directed by P.R. Brown that were shot during COVID-19 lockdown by the band themselves. The third single, "Use My Voice", was released on August 14 and was originally intended as the first single.
Track listing Edit
This is a compiled of songs that are released and registered on repertoire databases. The tracklist will be updated when more information becomes available.
- Wasted on You
- The Game is Over
- Use My Voice
We also think that these are the next singles:
- Yeah Right
- Better Without You
- Take Cover
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "We promised you a new album in 2020 and we won’t let anything stop us". April 17, 2020. Twitter.
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- ↑ "EVANESCENCE's AMY LEE Explains 'The Bitter Truth' Album Title". Blabbermouth.net. May 7, 2020.
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- ↑ "Evanescence Interview". Harddrive Hotline. February 21, 2020.
- ↑ "Rock Sound: Evanescence's Amy Lee Talks 'Wasted On You' & New Album 'The Bitter Truth' - Video Call". YouTube. May 8, 2020.
- ↑ Ghosh, Devarsi (May 8, 2020) "Evanescence’s Amy Lee on their new album: ‘Good if some songs go off the rails a little bit’". Scroll.in.
- ↑ "Joey chats with Amy Lee from Evanescence". July 9, 2020. YouTube.
- ↑ Raskulinecz, Nick (August 10, 2020). "The aftermath of tracking 9 songs with the “man of steel” Will Hunt!!!". Instagram.
- ↑ "Evanescence With Radio.Com Full Interview (14/08/2020)". YouTube. August 14, 2020.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 "Interview of AMY LEE with SiriusXM (21.AUG.2020)". YouTube. August 21, 2020.
- ↑ "Amy Lee of Evanescence Interview". Facebook. September 1, 2020.
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- ↑ Santos, Camille (May 19, 2020). "EVANESCENCE Reveals Struggles Working On New Album Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic". MYX PH.