The Bitter Truth

Evanescence - The Bitter Truth
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #132 / 179
User Score
Based on 189 ratings
2021 Ratings: #199
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Upset

Evanescence has recreated all of the raw power that makes them one of the most beloved bands of the genre. Beautifully dark and mysterious, 'The Bitter Truth' is a magnificent return that was worth waiting for.

91
Consequence of Sound

The Bitter Truth is reminiscent of the band’s older material but also entirely fresh. It does not feel like a band going through the motions.

80
Kerrang!

Weirdly, the feeling of it all is a mixture of things, most of them positive. There’s catharsis and darkness, but they are of the most forward-looking variety, fringed at times with something approaching hopeful joy.

80
AllMusic

Altogether, The Bitter Truth carries listeners on a journey both familiar and fresh, recapturing the heavy-yet-melodic hallmarks that made Fallen one of the most successful albums of the 2000s and pushing Evanescence into the future with a graceful maturity and worldly perspective.

70
Metal Hammer

Amy Lee releases her most empowered, emotional, politically charged album yet with Evanescence’s The Bitter Truth.

70
Gigwise

The album has its powerful moments, there’s no doubt about it. But the firm focus on one style can at times compromise the emotional strength of The Bitter Truth.

70
The Forty-Five

Evanescence isn’t here to reinvent the wheel, but that’s not really what anyone was asking from them. The Bitter Truth is, nonetheless, a fine collection of songs practically ready made for the Download Festival main stage and recapturing the interest of the fans who have grown up with them, whom this will certainly suit.

70
Metal Injection

Amy Lee’s voice is one of the most distinctive in hard rock, and she shines on this album. Dynamics, range, and emotion are combined into performances that are honest and forge a connection with the listener.

60
The Telegraph

Evanescence are still singing about darkness and light, lost souls, sacrifices and miracles. The big difference, at least, is a more mature tone acknowledging private doubt and ambiguities, alongside some willingness to commit to real political issues, instead of ethereal concerns.

58
Beats Per Minute

There’s some pleasure to be had here, but for all of those except those of us pawing the floor with anxious, somewhat embarrassed memories – and as the album cover even seems readily to acknowledge – this is perhaps a pill best left unswallowed.

50
Spectrum Culture

Longtime fans will doubtless embrace the more-of-the-same album, but there’s little here to attract a new listener.

YuriDING
60
After 10 years, the most gothic band of Nu Metal returns with another album of copyrighted songs. What are the mistakes and successes of this story?

Well, I'm very divided with this record. On the one hand, it is a band that I have a lot of affection for, and it really was part of my childhood. On the other hand, they come back after 10 years without showing any progress, and that disappointed me a little.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting anything from the album, as I had already seen a few ... read more
CLJesse
45
Close your damn mouth, you'll catch flies in there
Jamobo
40
A decade since the last proper studio album from the Symphonic-Metal legends sees them strip away the symphony

And I'm not being facetious when I call them legends. Evanescence smashed their way into everyone's lives in 2003 with the omnipresent Bring Me To Life. A hook-laden piece of Gothic Alt-Metal, with loud guitars, a quick rap verse, strings that embellished the melodrama and at the centre of it all, Amy Lee and her ridiculously recognisable and powerful voice. The band also quickly ... read more
zachthesnack
69
WAS I EXPECTING TO ENJOY AN EVANESCENCE RECORD IN 2021?: HELL NO

WAS I PLEASANTLY SURPRISED?: HELL YES!!!!
Stankysauce
NR
Damn really??? You guys are seriously botting the new Evanescence???
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Track List

  1. Artifact/The Turn
  2. Broken Pieces Shine
  3. The Game Is Over
  4. Yeah Right
  5. Feeding The Dark
  6. Wasted on You
  7. Better Without You
  8. Use My Voice
  9. Take Cover
  10. Far From Heaven
  11. Part Of Me
  12. Blind Belief
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Added on: April 19, 2020