September 23, 2011 19:45

Evanescence's Amy Lee: 'It’s been too long since our last album'

Lee also tells NME how she 'pushed herself' for their forthcoming third record

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Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee has spoken to NME about the band’s self-titled third album, which is set for release October 10.

Lee explained that after the band got into the studio, she wanted the album to come out as soon as possible. The LP is the band’s first in five years and the follow-up to their 2006 effort 'The Open Door'. She said:

“We really wanted it to be out this year. It’s been too long. I was like, ‘I’m not waiting until 2012, we have to push this through and make it happen this fall!

Lee also revealed that it took her a whole month just to record the vocals. When asked by NME about how the recording process for the album worked, Lee explained:

(It’s) band members first, pianos and stuff next and then vocals for a really long time… It was, like, a month of just singing. The songs are hard! I really pushed myself vocally.

She also explained that producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters), helped her to work out when the album was finished. She said: “Nick is an awesome producer. He really helped me get the plan and have confidence in the decisions that we made. For me, I have a lot of ideas and sometimes it just comes down to ‘ok, everything that I’m doing I have two options!’”

“He’s awesome, because as I’m doing these things I’m asking him from the vocal booth or the piano room or whatever, ‘which one of these should I do?’ He’s good at helping me make a quick decision. I really trust his opinion because he makes great records.”

Evanescence tour the UK in November, their first in four years, playing a run of seven shows which begins with the first of two nights at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo on November 4 and ends on November 13, when the band play Birmingham's O2 Academy.

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