Origin (Evanescence album)

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

Origin is the first demo album by the alternative metal band Evanescence. It was self-released in 2000,[1] and manufactured and distributed by Bigwig Enterprises, approximately 50 copies were made.[2] The Bigwig Enterprises website sold the demo album in limited numbers.[3]


Manufactured by a friend, this rough-draft full-length debut had only a few thousand copies made of the album and were being sold for US$400 on eBay immediately following Fallen's release,.[4] 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.[5][6] 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. The track omitted from the album was: "Catherine",[2][7]


Origin (previously unreleased demo) was released commercially for the first time in December 2016 as a part of The Ultimate Collection vinyl boxset.[8][9]

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'."[4]

Track Listing - Demo cd version (Unofficial release)[10]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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 3:29
4. "My Immortal" (Origin version) Moody, Lee, Hodges 4:26
5. "Where Will You Go" (Origin version) Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:46
6. "Field of Innocence" Moody, Lee, Hodges 5:13
7. "Even in Death" Lee, Moody, Hodges 4:09
8. "Anywhere" Moody, Lee, Hodges 5:18
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


Additional musicians


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  2. ^ a b D'Angelo, Joe (February 27, 2004). "Evanescence: The Split". MTV News. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2007. 
  3. ^ Spencer, Josh (December 20, 2000). "The Phantom Tollbooth Review". Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ DeBarros, Anthony (May 8, 2003). "Evanescence lands someplace special". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ McCabe, Ryan (July 3, 2003). "Debut album shows progression of alternative band". The Jambar. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "An Interview With Amy Lee...Exclusive!". EvanescenceWebsite.com. October 1, 2007. Archived from the original on October 8, 2007. 
  8. ^ Bowar, Chad (October 11, 2016). "Evanescence to Release 'The Ultimate Collection' Vinyl Box Set in December". Loudwire. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.evanescence.com/
  10. ^ "Rarebird's Spotlight Review #24". rarebird9. Retrieved March 3, 2017.