First of all, hello. I am French so please excuse my scholar (and not perfect) English
I opened a similar topic on the French "gothic" forum of SoM
and I wanted you English speakers to know it (because an American changed the style of the band a few hours ago so...). Don't worry, I am going to translate what have been said
In fact I don't want us to talk about what we think about the band, but to discuss its musical style that often change from symphonic to gothic and gothic to symphonic. To my opinion, Evanescence
plays Symphonic Metal
like Within Temptation
- which used to be gothic-doom metal.
Now let me give my own arguments (before I translate the answers of the French participants) and if you don't agree me, do not hesitate to get involved - but with arguments please
(For the moment I just know "Fallen" from the band, which is the most famous from them)
So, only about the music, for me the band is absolutly not Gothic Metal
> there is no crossed or dual riff (which is an obvious lack of melodic concerning the guitars - gothic is one of the most
melodic of metal styles)
> too much built around the vocals (especially Amy Lynn Lee's) which let the instrumental parts of the band in the foreground, moreover the orchestra and the chorus are emphasized compared to the guitars - which is one of the most obvious characteristics of Symphonic Metal
(logic, isn't it ?
> acoustics are too "clean", and I said in another forum
(nobody disagreed, then I think I wasn't wrong) that the majority of Gothic Metal
bands use a special acoustics : there is often a feeling of echoes, as if the album had been recorded in a church.
> to finish with, it is too grandiloquent and often epic (another Symphonic Metal
characteristic) like on 'Whisper', and sometimes it sounds neometal, so much that a friend of mine was convinced that Linkin Park
made the songwriting of 'Bring Me To Life'.
I must remind you that symphonic bands often play balads with only piano and the female-front singer's vocals (there are two piano balads on "Fallen") that gothic bands (like Tristania
, Theatre Of Tragedy
, Trail Of Tears
have made any balad at the time they were still gothic bands)
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