EVANESCENCE has returned with its first new rock recording in eight years, “The Chain (From Gears 5)”. The band recorded its signature-rock version of the FLEETWOOD MAC classic following lead singer Amy Lee having lent her vocals to the launch trailer for the Xbox Game Studios‘ “Gears 5” for Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam, from the massively popular “Gears Of War” series. The spot aired as part of a multi-million-dollar ad campaign last fall in conjunction with the launch of the game. “Gears 5” was Microsoft‘s most successful video game launch since Halo 4 in 2012.
“The Chain” is the first release in what is expected to be a very active period for EVANESCENCE. Following their critically acclaimed foray into symphonic music with 2017’s “Synthesis” album and world tour, the five-piece has re-emerged by embracing a heavier sound, albeit with their trademark style that has made EVANESCENCE integral in establishing a global, critical mass in rock, and among the most unique artists of the millennium. The band is currently working on new original music, which will start rolling out in 2020 in advance of their next studio album. Stay tuned for more details to come.
Said Lee: “This cover was so fun to make. We love FLEETWOOD MAC and wanted to paint a dark and epic picture with our take on ‘The Chain’. The lyrics make me feel the power of standing together against great forces trying to pull us apart, perhaps even from the inside. I really wanted to drive that home in our version, and even made everyone in the band sing by the end of it! We’re beyond excited to share this with our fans and I’m really looking forward to playing it live.”
The official music video for “The Chain (From Gears 5)” was directed by P.R. Brown and produced by Steve Lamar and can be seen below.
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