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Favorite operatic rock band: Evanescence or Killswitch Engage?

We already know you have an issue with this headline. “'Operatic rock band'?” you cry. “That’s not even a real thing.” Well, for one thing, it totally is (ever hear of symphonic metal?). For another, some hard rock bands have sounds that clearly house tones close to the richest of arias. Take Evanescence, an Arkansas-hailing group whose leading lady has the vocal range of an angelic diva. Or Killswitch Engage, the metal group who blends the hardcore with the classical. Which is your favorite?  

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Even if you were more of Abercrombie & Fitch than Hot Topic growing up, you knew who Evanescence was. The five-piece band from Little Rock exploded into the mainstream music scene with their hit single, “Bring Me To Life,” which is arguably one the greatest musical ragers of all times. Feel free to disagree, but also prepare to be wrong.
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Their popularity is largely contingent upon two key aspects: the band’s overall sound and the absolute powerhouse that is Amy Lee. Evanescence effectively leverages the sounds of more classical instruments—such as violins or pianos—against harder riffs and percussion. You can almost see people at a ball dancing to it, most likely moshing out to it at one point. 

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Amy Lee herself is classically trained on the piano, and cites artists such as Mozart as her influences. There’s also the fact that everything about Amy and Evanescence—their album covers, their lyrics, their outfits—would look more appropriate in an 19th century opium den. See? Classical. 

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Evanescence undoubtedly has their place in the pantheon of rock gods and goddesses. Suggestions for you that aren’t too familiar with them? Listen to their albums “Fallen” and “The Open Door” (in that order). Welcome to fandom. 

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“Killswitch Engage” is a name that’s already metal AF. Also comprising five members, the band came together in the late nineties in Massachusetts, which doesn’t exactly sound like a place that's a breeding ground for metal, but here we are, Rob Zombie and Killswitch and all. 

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Like Evanescence, Killswitch Engage is a band that perfectly meshes traditional sounds with a heavier foundation. The band started out led by singer Jesse Leach before finding Howard Jones, who seems to call upon the very elements every time he opens his mouth. No, this isn’t an exaggeration

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Jones is the type of vocalist that can not only hit certain ranges for extended periods of times, but can absolutely scream it out without sounding like a banshee complaining to the manager. That’s why Killswitch appeals to both casual metal listeners and their more adamant fans—their sound isn’t as grating as, say, an Underoath's may be. And man, does it get the blood pumping. 

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Angels cry when they listen to Killswitch Engage. And probably head-bang. Who says Heaven can’t be metal? 

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Favorite operatic rock band: Evanescence or Killswitch Engage?
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