Two disc set featuring a full length live CD and a 2 hour DVD. DVD contains a full length concert shot live in Europe in Summer 2004, music videos, 'behind the scenes' footage of the making of the tour and the band 'at play'. Directed by Hamish Hamilton (U2, Peter Gabriel) in a spectacular 14 camera shoot that captures Evanescence at their electrifying best. Includes a new previously unreleased track, 'Missing'.
Essentially a live showcase for their mega-selling breakthrough Fallen
, this CD/DVD combo set chronicles Evanescence in peak form during a subsequent tour stop in Paris. The performances here lean early on the crunch of guitarists John Lecompt and Terry Balsamo (reaching a peak on the the band's potent cover of Korn
"), but ultimately revolve around the melodramatic, goth-rooted vocal charisma of singer Amy Lee. It's on stripped-down, yet still larger-than-life takes of "Bring Me to Life" and "My Immortal," as well as the shadowy grace of "Breathe No More," that Lee stakes her claim to the alt.diva throne. Taken as a whole, the forceful renditions here argue that this live recording was hardly premature, instead well documenting the band's more direct musical tack and considerable live chops. The CD contains the appropriately named, previously unreleased studio track "Missing," while the DVD supplements its crisply shot and edited concert performances with four videos and an hour of documentary footage and interviews. --Jerry McCulley