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Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording private albums, the band released their first full-length album, Fallen, on Wind-up Records in 2003. Fallen sold more than 17 million copies worldwide and helped the band win two Grammy Awards. A year later, Evanescence released their first live album, Anywhere but Home, which sold more than one million copies worldwide. In 2006, the band released their second studio album, The Open Door, which sold more than six million copies.

The line-up of the band has changed several times: David Hodges leaving in 2002, co-founder Moody left in 2003 (mid-tour), bassist Will Boyd in 2006, followed by guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray in 2007. The last two changes led to a hiatus, with temporary band members contributing to tour performances. In June 2009, it was announced on the Evanescence website that the band was working on new material for a third studio album. Billboard ranked Evanescence #71 on the Best Artists of the Decade chart.


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William "Rocky" Gray (born July 2, 1974 in Jacksonville, Arkansas, U.S.) is a drummer and guitarist who has been part of the Arkansas metal scene since the early 1990s. He has an extensive career as a musician and is best known as the lead guitarist for Living Sacrifice and the drummer for We Are the Fallen. He also plays drums for Soul Embraced, Mourningside, and Machina and he is the former drummer for Evanescence. Gray is married to Renée Gray with two children, Abraham and Madison, and currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Fallen is the debut studio album by American rock band Evanescence. It was released through Wind-up Records on March 4, 2003. The album is the band's most successful album to date, with more than 7 million copies sold in the United States, and over 17 million copies worldwide. This album also earned the band five nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards; Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Hard Rock Performance for "Bring Me to Life", and Best New Artist. The band went on to win Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance.


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"Lacrymosa" is a song by the American rock band Evanescence. It is the seventh track on their second studio album, The Open Door (2006), and was used in a promotional trailer for the album. The song is written by Amy Lee and Terry Balsamo and produced by Dave Fortman.

"Lacrymosa" incorporates the Lacrimosa sequence from Mozart's Requiem (1791) throughout the song. The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics who called the song one of the "most memorable track" on The Open Door and Lee described it as an "awesome metal epic".

The song is an alternative and symphonic metal song set in slow tempo. The song was originally written in the key of D-minor but Lee and Balsamo transposed it into E-minor.


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Evanescence performing in Barcelona on May 29, 2003

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