RELEASES ‘THE CHAIN (FROM GEARS 5)’ – THEIR FIRST NEW ROCK RECORDING IN EIGHT YEARS
BAND CURRENTLY IN THE STUDIO WORKING ON MORE NEW MUSIC
“Amy Lee firmly re-establishes herself as one of rock’s pre-eminent vocalists, exhibiting an impressive range that still packs a wallop” –Variety
“Amy Lee’s voice remains vibrant, soaring and sweet. She makes disappointment sound like romance.”
–New York Times
“Haunting, powerful, and packed with poetic truth, Lee’s voice is one of the strongest in the game—recognizable and unparalleled.” –Nylon
Transcendent, two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, Evanescence, has returned with their first new rock recording in eight years, The Chain (From Gears 5).
LISTEN TO THE CHAIN (FROM GEARS 5) HERE
The band recorded their signature-rock version of the Fleetwood Mac classic following lead singer Amy Lee having lent her vocals to the launch trailer for Xbox Game Studios’ Gears 5 for Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam, from the massively popular Gears of War series. The spot aired as part of a multi-million-dollar ad campaign this fall in conjunction with the launch of the game. Watch it here. Gears 5 was Microsoft’s most successful video game launch since Halo 4 in 2012.
The Chain is the first release in what is expected to be a very active period for Evanescence. Following their critically acclaimed foray into symphonic music with 2017’s Synthesis album and world tour, the five-piece has reemerged by embracing a heavier sound, albeit with their trademark style that has made Evanescence integral in establishing a global, critical mass in rock, and among the most unique artists of the millennium. The band is currently working on new original music, which will start rolling out in 2020 in advance of their next studio album. Stay tuned for more details to come.
“This cover was so fun to make. We love Fleetwood Mac and wanted to paint a dark and epic picture with our take on ‘The Chain,’” says Amy Lee. “The lyrics make me feel the power of standing together against great forces trying to pull us apart, perhaps even from the inside. I really wanted to drive that home in our version, and even made everyone in the band sing by the end of it! We’re beyond excited to share this with our fans and I’m really looking forward to playing it live.”
At the end of the month, Evanescence will be heading to Mexico City to play Knotfest, followed by an appearance at Download Festival in Tokyo on March 29, 2020. After a short break, the group will be heading out on a massive co-headline tour of Europe and the U.K. with Within Temptation. The new batch of dates kicks off on April 4 in Brussels, Belgium and concludes in Birmingham, U.K. on May 1. Evanescence will also return to the U.S. shortly thereafter for a headline show at The Fillmore in Minneapolis, MN on May 14.
Formed in the mid-90s, the two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Evanescence has made an impact on people around the world. The group’s 2003 landmark debut album Fallen laid the foundation; spending 43 weeks on the Billboard Top 10 and selling more than 17 million copies worldwide. Debut single and global hit Bring Me to Life, reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as marking their first U.K. #1 hit single. The equally popular My Immortal peaked at #7 in the U.S. and U.K. The album produced four singles total including Going Under (#5 U.S. Modern Rock, #8 U.K.) and Everybody’s Fool (#36 U.S. Modern Rock, #23 U.K.). Following multiple worldwide tours, The Open Door came next, which went on to sell more than five million copies followed by the self-titled Evanescence which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. Evanescence lead singer-songwriter and pianist Amy Lee, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, lead guitarist Troy McLawhorn, and guitarist Jen Majura, went down both very new and familiar paths for their fourth and most ambitious release to date, Synthesis, in 2017 via BMG. Evanescence launched their worldwide Synthesis Live tour in October 2017 combining their intense live performances and timeless songwriting with a powerful live orchestra.
About Gears of War
Published by Xbox Game Studios and developed by The Coalition, a growing team of talented, creative, fun-loving professionals from around the world who are united in their passion for Gears of War, Gears 5 is the latest entry in the award-winning and billion-dollar that continues to redefine the third-person shooter genre. Gears 5 features five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet and was released on September 10, 2019 for Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam and with Xbox Game Pass, with early access for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition owners on September 6, 2019. Launched to critical acclaim in 2006, the Gears of War franchise has inspired a full line of toys and Funko collectibles, apparel and an expanded universe that spans more than a decade of books and graphic novels.
More information on previous game titles in the Gears of War series can be found at http://www.gearsofwar.com/games.