Evanescence’s Amy Lee Says She Loves Pantera And Explains What Kind Of Metal She Likes
Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee opened up about her musical influences and her journey of picking his favorite genre from an early age during an appearance on 105.7 The Point, and apparently, Lee loved Pantera when she got into death metal, however, they didn’t satisfy every aspect of her needs in music.
As some of you might know, Amy Lee started her music career at a very young age as she was only 14 years old when she co-founded Evanescence with guitarist Ben Moody after the two met in 1994 at a Christian youth camp in Little Rock, where Moody heard Lee play the piano. The band became popular after performing in coffee shops around the Little Rock area before turning into the legendary rock band we all recognize.
Due to the fact that Evanescence singer’s musical journey started when she was pretty much a child, her fans wouldn’t be surprised to hear she experienced countless transitions between different genres as she revealed during a recent interview. Appaerantly, Lee decided that it was grunge that’s her favorite music genre when she was only 13 with iconic bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam all of which are the best representations of grunge.
However, Amy Lee changed her course pretty rapidly into the alternative music genres which offered her a wider area of creativity that brought with uniqueness and quirkiness of the genre. While being inspired by the alternative music and its experimental musicians such as Björk, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Beck, it didn’t last long for Lee to swap into another genre.
Evanescence vocalist also revealed that there was a period of time during which she was into metal and frequently went to death metal concerts and she particularly enjoys Pantera, however, due to the fact that she cares for the melody parts of tracks, Pantera doesn’t completely satisfy her expectations from music.
Here is what Amy Lee said:
“I’ve gone through phases, and I’ve always been sort of a cherry picker of genres. I never was like, ‘This is me.’ There was a time where I’m like, ‘Grunge, that’s it.’ That’s when I was 13. So it was Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam all the way, over and over and over. And I was still on tapes, I was one of the old-school people, it was still just listening to my Pearl Jam tape, wearing it out. I know what’s the first song of the B-side.
So that was me but then it definitely got a lot more diverse just quickly because that time in music, alternative music was such this beautiful broad space for stuff to just be whatever. And the more unique it was, and the quirkier it was, the cooler it was. And that in itself really inspired me.
I fell in love with Bjork, Beck, The Smashing Pumpkins… I like things that have a little bit of a melody or pop sensibility. I can get into metal, I used to go to death metal shows, I love Pantera but it doesn’t satisfy my whole realm of need in music. And my favorite type of heavy music usually has some sort of a melody at some point coming in because I love melody.”
You can watch the interview down below.