Evanescence is the self-titled third studio album by American rock band Evanescence released on October 7, 2011, through Wind-up Records. The band started the writing process for the album in June 2009. The release of the album was changed several times; on February 22, 2010, the band entered the studio with producer Steve Lillywhite, but later they stopped recording the album with him because he “wasn’t the right fit”. During that time the album was scheduled for an August or September 2010 release, but Lee later announced that Evanescence had left the studio to write more material. On April 11, 2011, the band went back into the studio with a new producer, Nick Raskulinecz.
According to Lee, the band drew influences from Björk, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, MGMT and Portishead in the album. The songs on Evanescence contain elements of gothic rock, nu-metal and hard rock as well as new electro elements. Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics who praised the new musical elements in the sound of the songs and Lee’s vocals. However, some of them criticized it for being similar to the band’s older material. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with 127,000 copies sold in its first week and it also topped four different Billboard charts; the Rock Albums, Digital Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums. The album was also successful worldwide appearing on the charts of over twenty countries. The band promoted Evanescence by premiering some of the songs online on various websites and appearing on several televised shows.
The first single from the album, “What You Want”, was released on August 9, 2011. “My Heart Is Broken”, the second single of the album, was released on November 11, 2011. “Lost in Paradise” was released internationally on May 25, 2012. “The Other Side” impacted U.S. Alternative and Modern rock radio on June 11, 2012, as a promotional single. In 2011, the band embarked their third worldwide tour, the Evanescence Tour in support of the album along with The Pretty Reckless and Fair to Midland.