MTV.com is reporting that EVANESCENCE's follow-up to 2003's "Fallen", entitled "The Open Door", will be released on October 3 via Wind-Up Records.
"I'm just totally dying to get it out," EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee said. "It seems like it's been forever since 'Fallen'," which has sold about 6.5 million copies in the United States.
"I feel like with 'Fallen', a lot of those songs sound like I was trying to prove myself and establish what we were and our sound," she explained. "I was trapped having to feel a certain way. But with the new record, I sort of went with everything. I am not afraid to feel happy sometimes, and I think there's moments on the album with sensuality, which is really fun and beautiful, instead of the last time, where I felt like I was only getting out part of me. This record embraces the whole me."
The forthcoming disc will feature 13 tracks, including "Good Enough", "Weight of the World" and the first single, "Call Me When You're Sober" — will be the Arkansas band's first since the departure of lead guitarist and principal songwriter Ben Moody, who jumped ship in 2003, in the middle of EVANESCENCE's European tour.
"The big amazing thing is I went through this spectrum of emotions," Lee told MTV.com. "We started off feeling really free and amazing and good, because I felt like I'd been liberated as an artist. [After Moody's departure], I didn't have somebody — I don't want to be mean — holding me back. Instead, I had [Moody's replacement, Terry Balsamo; ex-COLD] lifting me up. Terry is just an amazing instigator. He'll push me to do something I wouldn't have done maybe, because I'd be afraid to or something. He's a great writer, and it was just like we were just having fun with it for a change. It was like, 'Let's stop taking everything so seriously and have fun,' and we wrote a lot of songs that I'm just totally in love with."
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