Prior to EVANESCENCE's ill-fated appearance at the Knotfest Meets Forcefest in Mexico City on November 30, singer Amy Lee confirmed to Summa Inferno that she and her bandmates were in process of composing material for the long-awaited follow-up to their 2011 self-titled effort. "We're working on a new album — the first time in a long time," she said (see video below). "We've been just getting together for a little band camp — little writing camps — for a few days and we just work on new music. So, I'm excited. I think it sounds awesome. We're going in the studio sometime in the beginning of next year to start [recording] some of it. We're not gonna do it all at once; we're gonna just, like, 'go as we go' kind of thing. So, yeah, there should be new music to hear pretty soon."
In a recent Reddit AMA, Lee stated about how EVANESCENCE's new material was shaping up: "Well, I listen to our new music every day. I'm absolutely living in it. This is always the case for me, really, but I'm in the center of the zone right now, watching the picture take shape and swimming inside every new piece as it appears. I can't wait for you to hear it. It's dark and heavy. It's also got moments of weird and sparse. Little bit of everything. Definitely some 'The Open Door'  vibes, but not the same."
EVANESCENCE and SLIPKNOT were forced to cancel their appearances at the first day of Knotfest Meets Forcefest due to a security issue. According to reports, the stage barricade broke during BEHEMOTH's set and it was impossible to fix it in time for either of the two final bands to perform.
Some fans at the festival apparently reacted angrily at the cancelation, storming the stage and destroying equipment, including EVANESCENCE's gear.
EVANESCENCE spent much of the last two years recording and touring in support of 2017's "Synthesis", which contained some of the band's best-loved songs — as well as a couple of new ones — reinvented with full orchestra over a deep electronic landscape.
Photo credit: P.R. Brown