Yeah, I feel like we will be getting The Chain within the next month or so, I feel like it will be ready before or for the Mexican Festival date. As far as the new album goes, I think they are still in writing phase, and probably dabbling while in the studio. I am hoping that the album will be complete or at least halfway done(and debut songs) for the Worlds Collide Tour. They will get a lot of publicity and will reach a whole new fanbase with new songs...it's the perfect platform.
Post by Rarkphoenix on Jan 11, 2020 5:22:51 GMT -6
After The Chain, I'm even more excited about the album. I feel like this is the most united an Evanescence lineup has ever been and the band work so well, not just musically, but also as people. The visual elements in the video hint at how this next era could be even more "band focussed" than Ev3 claimed to be. Like many, I feel like they need to rely on P.R. Brown slightly less. To my mind he did a fantastic job on The Chain video and I actually liked the combination of the cold, rainy reality and the psychedelic elements in Imperfection. But when he's charged with every single visual element the band releases it just gets a bit... samey. This is where Synthesis fell down I think. It's a lot, but I want something of the musical/lyrical/visual synergy of The Open Door without it constantly feeling like an artist is constantly trying to put their stamp on what they want Evanescence to be. It just feels forced and inorganic at times.
I do believe Amy likes his vision and to work with him. I think it's pretty clear she likes to surround herself with people she has a good relationship with (Dave Eggars, for ex). Maybe this type of video is cheaper to make aswell... We got absolutely GORGEOUS artwork for Synthesis and I like the music video of Hi-Lo, but I still think that the best collab with the band was the Sweet Sacrifice video. Now it's time to change it up a little bit, that is all. PR Bown has his own style, but he doesn't renew himself that much. I learned that he did the video for Life is Beautiful by Sixx A.M. and I was not even surprised because it's the same style.
Post by Rarkphoenix on Jan 12, 2020 6:49:39 GMT -6
TDS Absolutely this. I mean I know people on here have had their own justifiable reasons to dislike him, but it's obvious he's had a good creative relationship with the guys (you're not going to keep going back to someone if you don't enjoy working with them). Maybe now's the time for him to work with some other musicians and Ev to work with some other artists. Personally I'd love to see them work with some of the artists in the fanbase, since we've got some really talented creative types who've been inspired by Ev's music. To me it makes perfect sense that if your artwork is inspired by a musician's work then your style is going to lend itself to the music pretty well. Plus I feel like a fan would take this responsibility very seriously as opposed to it being just another commission (not saying that any of the videographers Ev have worked with have taken this mentality, but it's an easy state for anyone to fall into when we've got loads to do and deadlines looming).
Rarkphoenix Wow that is an interesting idea, do you have any example of fans who would be great for this task ? I was thinking that maybe Ev could do an animated video one day (either computer animated or 2D drawing). Maybe Hideo Kojima would accept to direct the video...
There is a photographer (Nicky Hernandez I think?) who I believe would be an amazing fit for a project.
I know who you're talking about. She used to be on Twitter but her pages aren't loading anymore. I think I read it was her dream to do something for Evanescence with her skills (or something along those lines).
Post by Rarkphoenix on Jan 13, 2020 5:49:26 GMT -6
There are so many fans with different creative skill sets. It would be interesting if there was some way to bring many of us together under one roof with the band, management and just go "right, let's brainstorm Ev4"
Post by mydnyghtamethyst on Jan 13, 2020 13:25:22 GMT -6
I agree that they need to move on from Brown. I like The Chain video, but truth be told when I learned it was him, I didn't have super high expectations. He works more on a metaphorical, psychological level with all sorts of effects, filters and overlays. That worked great for SS as the video was based off the movie The Cell, which is about getting into the mind of a serial killer. It worked for Imperfection as well, because I see all the swirls of color and clouds etc as emotions and mental trauma that is trying to be worked through and overcome.
It didn't work for Hi-Lo what so ever. It is without a doubt (to me) the worst Ev video. Even the videos for ReCover are better imo. I don't know if budgeting or time or what was an issue, but it really had nothing to do with the song. It looked like someone made it in a Windows or Vega video maker for fun. I don't like the fact that Lyndsay'd clips are filmed in studio while the band shots are live. It makes it look very butchered and disjointed.
I agree with bringing fans on board. We have some uber talented people in the fandom. The Birthday Massacre used to hold video contests for their songs. Some fans came up with some insanely amazing shit for their budgets.
1) A Perfect Dream 2) Careful, thoughtful mixing and mastering at the same or better quality as their previous studio albums 3) High-Res FLAC download option. Imagine how an Ev album would sound uncompressed (for example, NIN's Definitive remasters)
Post by carolexodus on Jan 15, 2020 21:31:35 GMT -6
Brown must be a cool person and all but the only video that sort of worked for me was SS, my least favorite out of TOD. Imperfection did not work for me either, someone commented that in one of the takes Amy looks like she is farting and that pretty much killed any appreciation left for that video from my part rofl.
Would be nice to bring fans in for the next album. I feel like the inspiration has not been there in terms of music videos after TOD. They could use some external, new ideas.
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