3 bands every Evanescence fan MUST listen to



Nightwish.

Nightwish.

Hello, music lovers and adventurers. Today, we’re going to be talking about expanding your musical tastes. One disclaimer I’d like to put out there before we get started is this: No music you like for any reason is dumb. I know what you’re thinking; take a minute to wipe the coffee from your spit-take off of your phone or computer screen. You’re thinking, ‘but what about music that is just… terrible?’ That’s kind of my point – good is subjective. I feel that If someone – anyone – listens to a song and says ‘I like it!’ the music has validity (this includes you loveable Juggalos and Monster-drinking nu-metal fans). Loving a band or its music isn’t about anything more (really) than just digging the sound, the musicians, and/or the story. But you’re growing up now (look at you, adulting all over the place!), and it’s time to take a hard look at what you’re listening to and why. If you find yourself doing any one of the following, it’s time to find new music: You keep skipping around on your usual go-to Spotify band rotation; you are constantly pressing ‘>l’ on your favorite iTunes playlist; your friends won’t stop making fun of you every time they hand you the AUX cord. You don’t have to stop liking the things you do; expanding one’s musical palette just takes a little a patience, discovery and understanding. If you’ve ever read any other article on Rocknuts, you already know that classic rock is a nectar that people keep drinking over and over again, and that these fans are always looking for new ways to appreciate and enjoy the music over and over. There is a reason for that. Solid song writing, combined with the ‘who, what, where, why, and when’ of the people writing the music create long-standing and appreciated sounds, songs and albums. So with that in mind, allow me to stretch your musical vocabulary with some new tunes from bands which are making their mark (and staying there).

If you’re a fan of Evanescence, the American Female-fronted mood rock band, try on the following bands for size:

Within Temptation

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Within Temptation is self-proclaimed “European Symphonic-Rock”. You’ll quench your thirst for moody, heart-felt lyrics when lead singer Sharon den Adel’s fragile and hunting voice hits your ears. Her soprano voice is both soft and alluring until the chorus hits and she unleashes her full chest voice to drive home such dramatically-crafted and beautiful songs like “Angels”, “Shot in the Dark” and “Stand my Ground”. There’s a certain feel from this band that will transport you to somewhere magical, moody and decadent. Enjoy them while taking a jog through your favorite woods at dusk.

Epica

This Dutch-goth metal band has been around since 2003, and have six studio albums under their belt. The driving force behind this band is a solid musical focus on story-telling and evolving song structure. Simone Simons provides powerful and creative vocals for the band as their iconic fiery-headed lead singer. With no lack of drama, Epica will itch your desire for swelling, emotional music. Check out tracks “Never Enough” and “The Phantom Agony”.

Nightwish

I went ahead and saved the ‘best’ for last: Nighwish. Nightwish is THE main player in female fronted symphonic rock bands. A quick glance on Youtube will show you that their song “Amaranth” has over 82 million views, and their newest single (with their newest lead singer) “Elan” has over 18 million views. The band started in 1996 and has seen popularity with 3 distinct lead singers. Up until 2005, Tarja Turunen fronted the band with songs like “Wishmaster” and “Once” which propelled them into the international spotlight. Her vocals are rooted in operatic interpretations of lyrics, and the band made a cover of “Phantom of the Opera” based on her vocal prowess which has become a fan fave. 2007 introduced Anette Olzon into the scene who sings the aforementioned “Amaranth”. Floor Jansen who appears on “Elan” is their current lead-singer, and Nightwish isn’t stopping anytime soon. I recommend checking out all lead singers to discover what ‘phase’ of Nightwish you like best.

Got any other suggestions? Let’s hear ’em!

Photo: By Samuel Lang (Gyakusetsu) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

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One comment on “3 bands every Evanescence fan MUST listen to
  1. Non of these bands are similar to each other let alone evanescence. The only thing they have in common is a female singer but each each has a different vocal style

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