INTERVIEW: Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE)
Armed with a dazzling collection of intimate beauty and fiery grit, the fifth full-length album The Bitter Truth from US rockers Evanescence is a startling return to form; a fact made all the sweeter after a year of physical distance, emotional turmoil and heightened unknowns both in the musical realms and beyond. And while it's been precisely a decade since an album of entirely new material has come to pass for fans of a band who simultaneously defy and shape their own unique pocket of dark and intimate rock and metal - it comes as little surprise that the end result of this latest release has been welcomed with open arms from fans and critics alike. After all, this is a band that ultimately helped ignite the sudden mainstream interest for heavier and underground genres back in the late 1990s and early 2000s for many; and their latest endeavour offers both a shattering blast from the past alongside scintillating new territories.
Acting as a portal for both healing and heroics amongst the fiery rock moments lying in wait, The Bitter Truth may have started life well and truly prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and all its gloomy trappings that would follow; and yet, the album acts as compelling proof that Evanescence are a truly timeless band, able to whip life's dark and bitter moments into blazing ecstasy and offer a beacon of hope brimming with riffs and charm. For many, the stylings of Amy Lee and Co. were a soundtrack for and a gateway to acceptance and self discovery, and decades later there's still a gamut of raw and honest grunt ready to shoulder your woes and have you take on the world. And what to celebrate this staggering new release, Tiana Speter grabbed a chat with Evanescence drum-lord Will Hunt himself, talking pandemic albums, stylistic pockets and how his journey with this iconic band officially began. Audio interview below.
THE BRAND NEW ALBUM THE BITTER TRUTH FROM EVANESCENCE IS OUT WEAVING DARK AND BEAUTIFUL MAGIC IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW VIA SONY MUSIC AUSTRALIA.
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BY TIANA SPETER