Girl who dances in a cage (cagekitten) wrote,
Girl who dances in a cage
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Is Evenescence spiritual?

I've always has mixed feelings about Evanescence. On one hand their music is powerful and has such a profound effect on me that I've used it to get through challenging situations. Simply put; I love them. My point of contention has been that half the songs appear to be about how she just can't live without her lover and she's dying now that he's gone. Lyrics like:

"I lay dying
and i'm pouring crimson regret and betrayal
I'm dying, praying, bleeding, and screaming
"

and

"Now that I know what I'm without,
You can't just leave me.
Breathe into me and make me real.
Bring me to life.
"

All seem to indicate that once her lover leaves her she just falls apart and thinks she's going to die without him. Not exactly sane, empowering lyrics for such empowering music. My opinion of that changed once I decided to find out who the male voice is that sings some of the lyrics in "Wake Me Up Inside".

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In parts of "Wake Me Up Inside" you hear a powerful male voice sing things such as: "Without a thought, without a voice, without a soul, don't let me die here. There must be something more." According to the CD cover this part is done by a group called 12 Stones. And much to my shock and dismay I discoverd that Twelve Stones is in fact...a Christian metal band!

At this point you might ask the same question I did. What the hell is a Christian band doing singing on the CD of a goth band!? Surprise! It turns out Evenescence is actually a Christian band gone mainstream. Really mainstream. Like goth kind of mainstream.

Evanescence denied this in a 2003 Entertainment Weekly interview, admitting only that they had "roots within the Christian community prior to the release of Fallen". The chairman of their record label then sent a letter to Christian radio and retail outlets asking them to pull "Fallen" from the market. The CD disappeared from Christian stores and radio stations immediately after.

But I have yet to see Evanescence explain why a Christian metal band shares credit and sings on their song "Bring Me To Life". Given the evidence, I think that some of these songs are in fact not a pathetic plea for a lover to return but a solid plea for spiritual revival. These songs aren't to an ex, they are to God. Lyrics from "Bring Me to Life" (the part in parenthesis is sung by Christian group 12 Stones):

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside.
(I can't wake up)
Wake me up inside.
(Save me)
Call my name and save me from the dark.
(Wake me up)
Bid my blood to run.
(I can't wake up)
Before I come undone.
(Save me)
Save me from the nothing I've become.

Bring me to life.
(I've been living a lie.
There's nothing inside)
Bring me to life.




Not convinced? Here are lyrics from "Tourniquet":



I'm dying, praying, bleeding, and screaming
Am i too lost to be saved
Am i too lost?

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God, My tourniquet
Return to me salvation



If these are in fact spiritual lyrics then I like Evanescence even more. The question is, did they start as a Christian group? And did they deny their spiritual affiliations to keep CD sales high in the goth/industrial/metal market? Or more importantly, why the hell haven't they made another CD yet??



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