Evanescence – Synthesis DVD Review

Evanescence release their stripped down orchestral performance on DVD  9/10

Evanescence Synthesis Live

Last year Evanescence bucked the trends of original line up and farewell tours by creating a tour that was something different – they re-imagined their greatest hits and took an orchestra on the road with them. They aren’t the first band to do this as Metallica famously released S&M but the difference is that Evanescence’s music lends itself far better to an orchestral score than Metallica’s.

For 20 years Evanescence have released music that is interwoven with heartbreak, sadness and hope; raw emotions that fit beautifully with an orchestra and this DVD is a perfect showcase for them.

Synthesis opens with the instrumental Overture which turns into Never Go Back. As Amy hits the chorus it evokes a genuine “holy shit” from me.  It’s easy to forget just how phenomenally talented Amy Lee is but this DVD is a quick wake up call to remind us that she’s one of the best performers in the world today.

There’s nothing here that doesn’t work, nothing that sounds unnatural or forced, every song feels like this is always how it’s always been. End of the Dream is especially fantastic and could easily appear on any epic blockbuster movie soundtrack as could My Heart is Broken.

Of course, the beginning words of Bring Me To Life elicit rapturous cheers from the crowd and it’s a highlight of the DVD, though I must confess that it’s not quite as powerful as I had expected. That’s probably me having unrealistic expectations though and I still find it a little odd to not hear Paul McCoy‘s vocals even if they’d be totally out of place here.  One small interlude later and we’re treated to fellow Fallen song, Imaginary.

Evanescence lead us through a winding path before Amy dedicates My Immortal to the audience. Is someone chopping onions in the office again? Damn onions making my eyes water.

After a few more songs the DVD closes with the beautiful Swimming Home.

This is stunning. It’s beautifully shot in 4K and the only criticism is that there are very few close up shots of Amy Lee. Considering the zoom on modern cameras and that there’s a camera on a boom used in the filming, you’d think they could get close up footage without getting in the way.

That nitpick aside, this is a magical DVD and a great way to experience Evanescence in a powerful, emotive way.  9/10