Live Review: Evanescence — The Palladium, Hollywood
Wed, 12 Oct 2011 08:12:06
Evanescence enchanted the Hollywood Palladium last night with a spectacular sonic spell.
The quintet began casting spells such as this back in 2003 with their smash hit debut, Fallen, but they've only become more mystical as time has gone on. Celebrating the release of their self-titled third album, the band ran through a set of new gems and fan favorites for the packed crowd. There was a special chemistry at the heart of their performance that also surges through the most recent tunes, and it's harnessed by each band member equally. What's more magical that?
Vocalist Amy Lee took the stage as Will Hunt pounded out a primal beat at the beginning of Evanescence's new single "What You Want". Lee sounded pristine and powerful as she ignited the song's massive refrain. Tim McCord's bass rumbled and roared as lights flooded down on Lee spinning center stage. The tune proved to be an undeniable anthem echoed throughout the room by every voice present. Terry Balsamo's guitar chugged like a jackhammer, volleying with Troy McLawhorn as Evanescene's methodical metallic theatrics hypnotized.
"Going Under" exuded an industrial energy entwined with Lee's flawless delivery. McLawhorn blasted off a fret-burning lead just as Lee's vocals floated off to the heavens during the chorus. Hunt hit each drum like his life depended on it, slamming down with a passion that matched Lee's.
"It's great to be back," the singer exclaimed with a wide smile.
Drawing from Evanescence, "The Other Side" commenced with sexy beat a la "Digital Bath" before Lee's voice fluttered through a myriad of emotions. She began playing the keyboard mid-song, and each resounding note punctuated the energetic assault from the band. Behind the stage, the band's logo flashed in time with every drum beat, bathed in strobes and announcing their return.
They didn't rely on anything but the strength of the new music and their impenetrable chops. Staccato thrashing added an edge to "Weight of the World" as Balsamo and McLawhorn's guitars sliced through a hypnotic hum. The spotlights shined like lasers during "The Change" channeled Portishead via Deftones, while remaining distinctly Evanescence. It's another fresh classic from the band that illuminates Lee's impressive vocal range and knack for a chorus. The line "Say you love me but it's not enough" practically blew the roof off The Palladium. She can sing unlike anyone in either hard rock or pop, and seeing her live is quite the experience.
Speaking of vocal prowess, Lee reached the level of legends during "Lost In Paradise". Sitting at a piano center stage, she entranced with a shimmering melody and heartbreaking, hypnotic hook. Stripped of any pomp and circumstance, Lee's talents transfixed. As the song built, the band entered rounding out the timeless ballad with a distinct heaviness.
"Sick" and "Oceans" fit snugly alongside "Call Me When You're Sober" and "Imaginary", preserving the hallmarks of the band's sound while reaching another plateau. Everything culminated on a rousing performance of "Bring Me to Life" that roared with overwhelming vitality.
That magical ability to captivate a crowd for 90 minutes is something to treasure, and they've got it. If rock 'n' roll were to have another renaissance, it'll begin with Evanescence. Welcome back…
Were you there?
Check out our review of the band's new album here!
Watch our See The Music segment with Amy discussing the meaning of "What You Want"!