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The Best Female Fronted Band - Evanescence - Tasty Tenacious from Metal to Mournful
This powerhouse talent, Amy Lee of the band Evanescence, has got to be one of the best female lead singers in all of rock.
Come with me as we jam on some of the best mournful metal and haunting rock to come out in decades.
A friend sent me a link to a Youtube video of Evanescence preforming "Tourniquet." I had not heard of the band at that time.
I was working constantly and living in a rock deprived bubble.
When I first saw it, I was floored.
I had to watch it again. And, again. A good six or seven plays later, I did something I almost never do.
I hopped over to Amazon and bought the CD having not even heard another song on it. That's so not like me.
I didn't stop there. Somehow, I knew this girl was worth it, so I got another CD from the band totally unheard based on the power of the one and only song from them I had heard.
Most successful rock or metal bands headed by females have a few things going for them. They have to. Metal is a male dominated genre and has been since its inception.
Too often, I've heard guys going off about how girls just can't hang in metal. Sadly, while it pains me greatly to admit it, frequently they are right.
Not this time.
What does it take for a gal to get to the top of the Metal game?
A whole lot of magic. For real, obviously, in many a femme fatale fronted band, sex appeal is the number one selling factor. It doesn't mean the music isn't good but too many times the music isn't the main draw, it's the sex.
Amy broke the mold in that regard. Don't mistake me. This girl is smoking hot sexy type off the scale but it's not her strongest feature. She's like Shrek's proverbial onion coming with many, many layers.
That powerhouse voice tops the list of rock and roll flavored layers.
Like great singers of the past such as Patsy Cline, Stevie Nicks and Billie Holiday, Amy's voice has a deep and moving resonance, a bone piercing, haunting vibe that you just can't escape. You can literally feel it when listening to her music.
I don't know how she does it but this girl can put heart, soul and pain into the music. Her range of style is awe inspiring. One minute she's sounding so sweet, innocent, about as far from metal as you can get and the next second belting out rage filled rock like no one's business.
Many first heard Evanescence in the Twilight movies.
Yep, the song "My Immortal" was done by Amy. It's a good one, but not really one of her best. She's that awesome! That particular song is rather toned down for her.
One thing about her music is that it's made for today's visual generation. At the same time, it stands strong enough just in audio to attract older fans. That's not so common anymore. Her sound seems to transcend the age barrier.
Even little old lady teachers I have worked with have stuck their heads in my room and commented that the song playing was so beautiful. They tripped when the next song on the disk would rock the room.
Back to the visual.
While it has nothing what so ever to do with the sound, the visual imagery in her official videos is movie quality. Seriously, the symbolism, sets, tone, everything is really deep on some of her more mournful pieces.
The sets and story lines give off a Gothic feeling as does her wardrobe. I have to give her designer a serious shout out. This gal wears the best Gothic dresses around bar none. What I wouldn't give to get a gander into her closet.
Lastly, while again not really a factor in the sound, the girl could be a super model. She's ten kinds of gorgeous but never seems to really pump that end of things. She's all about the lyrics, the sound, the total rock and roll package.
I used to live for concerts.
Not any more. These days, I prefer to sit in air conditioned splendor while jamming in my PJ's to Youtube videos. But to see Evanescence, I would drive to another state and camp out in August! For real.
I can count on one hand the bands on my bucket list of yet to see metal mania fantasies that I'm actually going to leave the house for these days and Evanescence is number one.
For a deep wade into meaningful metal with a message, tune in to Amy Lee.
Some songs that I like I don't like to hear over and over. I'll put the disk in, listen once and then it goes back on the shelf for a while.
Evanescence never works that way for me. I let the disk play over and over and over again. I never tire of the sound. I have several disks by this band now and wouldn't give up a one of them for free chocolate.
To get a glimpse at the total package when it comes to female rock that's as hot as it looks, check out Evanescence.
Check out the tunes.
Here are a few samples of Evanescence. From heart pounding to tear jerking, she pulls them all off with a grace and Gothic style, a haunting quality that just can't be taught. It's pure raw talent. Give it a gander. You will be glad you did.
Background image credit; Poetvix.
For great moving music that isn't the same sound song after song, give Evanescence a listen.
Once you hear Amy, you won't want to stop.
Yea, buddy. Tuns and a DVD. That's the way to go.