Evanescence debuted with a hybrid operatic goth-pop sound that paired soul-baring introspection with churning metallic guitars. Fronted by singer/pianist Amy Lee, the band scored a massive hit with their first album, the Grammy-winning, international multi-platinum Fallen (2003), which was followed by a pair of chart-toppers. Even with multiple lineup shifts, the band perservered under Lee's helm, slowly shifting from the radio-friendly anthems of their early days into a shimmering, classically inspired symphonic alternative outfit in the 2010s.
Terry Balsamo, late of Cold, replaced Moody on guitar and became Amy Lee's main songwriting partner. The fruits of their collaboration would take a while to surface as Evanescence continued to ride the success of Fallen, buying time with Anywhere But Home -- a live album timed for the holiday season of 2004 -- and then suffering a few setbacks in 2005, with Boyd leaving the band and Balsamo suffering a stroke. The group's sophomore set, The Open Door, finally arrived in October of 2006, with Tim McCord -- formerly Revolution Smile's guitarist -- joining on bass after its release. Spearheaded by the single "Call Me When You're Sober," The Open Door didn't quite match the success of Fallen but it performed handsomely, debuting at number one on Billboard the week of its release. During the supporting tour for The Open Door in 2007, LeCompt was fired from the band and Gray quit, with guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt hired to take their respective places.
Steve Lillywhite before hiring Nick Raskulinecz, who wound up producing the eponymous album that appeared in October 2011, a full five years after The Open Door. Like its predecessor, Evanescence debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. A massive tour took up much of 2012 (including stops in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America), after which Lee announced that the band would take an extended break. Evanescence wouldn't return to the stage until 2015, when they played the Japanese offshoot of Ozzfest and a handful of American dates. A brief U.S. tour followed in late 2016, coinciding with the release of a vinyl box set The Ultimate Collection, which included all of the band's studio albums, even the rare Origin. A newly recorded version of one Origin track, "Even in Death," was featured on the compilation album Lost Whispers, which was issued in early 2017. Later that year, the band released a new studio album entitled Synthesis. Composed largely of new versions of their early material, re-recorded with orchestral arrangements and electronic elements, the cinematic set also included two new songs, "Imperfection" and "Hi-Lo" with tourmate Lindsey Stirling.