Evanescence returns with its third studio album, and its first in five years, on Oct. 11 with a self-titled set.

“What Your Want,” the first single from the Nick Raskulinecz-produced went to radio this morning. “It’s about freedom,” the group’s Amy Lee told MTV about the first single.  Of the album, Lee said, “We are so excited to release this thing. We’ve been working on this music for a very long time and seeing it all finally come together is a really amazing feeling. The album is about us and also our fans-- we’ve combining the best of Ev with some new attitude and we’re just dying to share it.”

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The set has certainly had a hard birth with original producer, Steve Lillywhite, and the band parting ways and Raskulinecz coming in and then the band needing to leave to studio to work on the songs some more, but it’s finally finished. Of course, for many folks, Evanescence really ended being Evanescence after co-founder Ben Moody left the band in 2003 after "Fallen's" release. Amy Lee remains the only original member.

The band debuted the song live on MTV Monday night (we've embedded the performance below). What do you think? It reveals a bit of a funkier, bass-driven side of Ev than we’re used to combined with the same heaviness that has been its trademark since "Fallen" and 2006's "The Open Door."  While we haven’t always enjoyed Ev’s songs, we’ve always liked Lee’s  Ann Wilson-like ability to belt and stay on key.  We predict a strong run at rock radio, but a return to the days of  “Bring Me To Life”-like success is unlikely.

 

Evanescence tour dates

Oct 10 Oakland                       Fox Theatre
Oct 11 Los Angeles                 Palladium
Oct 14 Phoenix                        Comerica Theatre
Oct 19 Dallas                          Palladium
Oct 21 Milwaukee                   Eagles Ballroom


Oct 22 Chicago                       Congress Theatre
Oct 24 Detroit                         Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 25 Toronto                        The Sound Academy
Oct 27 Montreal                      Metropolis
Oct 28 Boston                         Palladium
Oct 30 Atlantic City                 Showboat - House of Blues
Nov 1 NYC                               Terminal 5