Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - SAM LAW

FOR FANS OF: Nightwish, Me­tal­lica, La­cuna Coil

Pas­sion projects re­ally can be dou­ble-edged swords. On the one hand, fans get the undi­luted artis­tic vi­sion: a look into the per­former’s creative soul. On the other, they can find them­selves on years-long de­tours through left­field ter­ri­tory few cared to visit. “It’s a life­long child­hood dream come true to play in the orches­tra like this,” an­nounces Amy Lee, 20 min­utes into this crys­talline doc­u­ment of Evanescence’s sold-out Syn­the­sis show at the Grand The­ater at Fox­woods, CT last Novem­ber. Where the tit­u­lar stu­dio al­bum felt, to some, like a baf­fling elec­tro-or­ches­tral re­tread of the Ar­kan­sas giants’ great­est hits, the op­por­tu­nity to see Amy’s throb­bing pas­sion here – and the sheer num­ber of mov­ing parts in mo­tion re­quired to bring th­ese com­po­si­tions to life – adds a cru­cial ex­tra di­men­sion to this CD/DVD set. It might not quite match the goose­bump-rais­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing caught th­ese ver­sions of Lacry­mosa, Lithium and My Im­mor­tal per­formed in the flesh in all their eu­phoric glory, but there are still cellofuls of neo­clas­si­cal thrills here.

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