Amy Lee Clarifies How She Felt Evanescence Being In The Same Category With Korn, Linkin Park, And Papa Roach
The iconic rock band, Evanescence frontwoman, Amy Lee talked about the time when her band was considered as a part of the same nu-metal category with Linkin Park, Papa Roach, and Korn. She also recalled what she felt about this categorization during her interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.
As you may remember, Evanescence’s fifth studio album entitled ‘The Bitter Truth’ was released on March 26, 2021. The latest album got very positive reviews from both its fans and music critics. The album’s tracks such as ‘Wasted on You’ and ‘The Game Is Over’ were very liked and listened to a lot. As a promotion of their latest album, the band joined different shows and interviews.
During the interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Evanescence frontwoman, Amy Lee talked about their first major tour during the promotion of their debut studio album, ‘Fallen.‘ Lee described their tour as one of the happiest times of her life even though she had been through a difficult time in her personal life. Also, Lee remembered what she thought when Evanescence was categorized as nu-metal.
Amy Lee stated that when ‘Bring Me Back to Life’ was released, the band was considered as a nu-metal band like Linkin Park, Korn, and Papa Roach. However, she disagreed with that because the band defined itself as an alternative rock band. Lee described their style as a combination of different genres, such as metal and hard rock. She stated that putting the band in one solid category was very wrong because they were inspired by different artists and bands from various genres.
Here’s what she said:
“Nu-metal was, I think, something that they called a lot of hard rock music back then that wasn’t happy rock, kind of harder, a little heavy, a little bit dark, and a male rapping vibe thing.
So the fact that that was on ‘Bring Me Back to Life’ – when people first heard that single, they were immediately like, ‘Ok, you are in that category.’ Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Korn… Yeah, I didn’t like that title very much.
I don’t like any title, it’s really hard that something that is precious to you fit into a word, a genre. I really love blending all the genres. One of my biggest inspirations starting out was about combining really contrasting styles, bringing something like the cinematic and classical, symphonic world and marrying it to metal and hard rock and alternative music.
I always actually like the word ‘alternative,’ whatever that means because it means ‘not typical’ in my head. It means something that is not exactly like anything, which I feel is the description here.”
“It was all about everything different – I was influenced by a lot of bands, the alternative stuff, grunge too, which is, I guess, a sub-genre of alternative rock. There are so many names, and labels, and boxes. Garbage, Bjork, The Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden to heavier stuff like Pantera and Metallica, and all that.
What’s cool is seeing that you just change the instrumentation on something a little bit and twist it, it can be the same thing. I remember I was training a classical piano at the time, and I remember I was working on some Bach piece, and it was real shred-y, and I was like, This is a guitar solo, this is from a heavy metal thing. It’s the same.
There are so many similarities to be drawn, almost more so the further out you go on both sides, the more they meet and center. I just think it’s nerdy and fun to sort of draw those comparisons sometimes.”
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