Origin (Evanescence album)

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Demo album by Evanescence
Released November 4, 2000 (U.S.)
Recorded 2000
Genre Alternative metal
Length 46:27
Label Bigwig Enterprises
Evanescence chronology

Origin is the first demo album by the alternative metal band Evanescence. It was released in 2000 on Bigwig Enterprises. Only 2,500 album copies were pressed and sold at the band's live concerts in Little Rock, Arkansas, and on the Bigwig Enterprises website.


Due to the limited numbers pressed and the band's success, copies of the album were being sold for US$400 on eBay following Fallen's release,[1] and it became nearly impossible to find an original copy. Although it is commonly referred to as a full-length album, lead vocalist and co-founder Amy Lee refers to it as a "dressed up" demo CD, and urges fans to simply download the album, rather than purchase it.[2][3] It contains earlier versions of "Whisper", "Imaginary", and "My Immortal", which appeared on the band's debut studio album, Fallen, as well as a re-recorded version of the track "Where Will You Go", which previously appeared on the Evanescence EP released in 1998. Three tracks were omitted: "Catherine",[4][5] "Spanish", and "Listen to the Rain". "Listen to the Rain" was planned to be sandwiched between the tracks "Eternal" and "Demise", but after it was cut, "Eternal" and "Demise" were merged into one track.

Critical reception[edit]

Spin magazine's Melissa Maerz graded the album with two out of five stars and wrote, "Manufactured by a friend, this rough-draft full-length debut features stripped down versions of Fallen hits such as 'Whisper' and 'My Immortal'."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
0. "Anywhere" (Outtake)   0:25
1. "Origin" (intro) Amy Lee, Ben Moody, David Hodges 0:35
2. "Whisper" (Origin version) Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:56
3. "Imaginary" (Origin version) Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:31
4. "My Immortal" (Origin version) Lee, Moody, Hodges 4:26
5. "Where Will You Go" (Origin version) Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:47
6. "Field of Innocence"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 5:13
7. "Even in Death"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 4:09
8. "Anywhere"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 6:03
9. "Lies" (featuring Bruce Fitzhugh from Living Sacrifice) Lee, Moody 3:49
10. "Away from Me"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:30
11. "Eternal" (Instrumental) Lee, Moody, Hodges 7:22
Total length:


Additional musicians
  • William James Boyd Esquire, III – bass on "Away From Me"
  • Bruce Fitzhugh (Living Sacrifice) & Stephanie Pierce – vocals on "Lies"
  • Suvi Petrajajrvi, Sara Moore, Catherine Harris & Samantha Strong – female vocal ensemble on "Field of Innocence"


  1. ^ a b Maerz, Melissa (October 2006). "She sold more than 15 million albums with Evanescence, only to find herself in abusive relationships". Spin. 22 (10): 70. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ DeBarros, Anthony (May 8, 2003). "Evanescence lands someplace special". USA Today. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ McCabe, Ryan (July 3, 2003). "Debut album shows progression of alternative band". The Youngstown Jambar. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (February 27, 2004). "Evanescence: The Split". MTV News. Retrieved October 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ "An Interview With Amy Lee...Exclusive!". EvanescenceWebsite.com. October 1, 2007. Archived from the original on October 8, 2007.