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Album: The Open Door

Released: September 25, 2006
Label: Wind-up

Album cover – The Open Door (2006)

Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording independent albums, the band released their first full-length album, Fallen, on Wind-up Records in 2003. Fallen sold more than 17 million copies worldwide and helped the band win two Grammy Awards out of seven nominations, as well as scoring number six in CBS’s “Top Bestselling Albums of the Last 10 Years” (2008). A year later, Evanescence released their first live album, Anywhere but Home, which sold more than one million copies worldwide.


The Open Door is the band’s second studio album. The initial date for the record to be made available for purchase was in March 2006, but was changed as a result of guitarist Terry Balsamo’s stroke, the loss of the band’s former manager, and Will Boyd’s and Ben Moody’s departure from the group. The record symbolizes a new beginning for the band, incorporating new elements into their previous musical styles, including gothic rock, symphonic rock and pop music as well as the use of choirs on several songs. The writing process for the album took over 18 months to complete; most of the songs were written by Amy Lee and Terry Balsamo, while production was handled by Dave Fortman.

Amy Lee

Fun Fact

Amy Lee wanted music to be her career from an early age. She told Teamrock.com: “My earliest big memory of what made me go, ‘I want to be a musician, I have to be,’ was when I saw the movie Amadeus and I was completely obsessed with Mozart. I was like, nine. I wanted to be that, a composer. It wasn’t about being in a rock band, it was about making that music that made me feel so passionately.”

Evanescence – Live

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Released on May 4, 2012

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