Release date: July 2000
Origin is the first full length CD released by American rock band Evanescence on the Bigwig Enterprises label. Although it is occasionally considered to be Evanescence's first album, lead singer Amy Lee has explicitly said that she doesn't consider it to be an album but rather a "dressed up" demo CD. Released in 2000, Origin was only sold to concert audiences in their hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas and on the Bigwig Enterprises website. Only 2,500 discs were printed, but due to the band's increased popularity, significant numbers of pirated copies have been produced and sold (sometimes in the form of a "Russian Re-Release" with 19 tracks). These fakes make an actual copy less likely to be found. Members of Evanescence have stated that they prefer their fans to copy/download the CD rather than buy it.
Evanescence re-recorded three songs from this CD for their début album Fallen. While "Whisper" and "My Immortal" are fundamentally the same on both discs, "Imaginary" exhibited a major change in structure between Origin and Fallen. In addition to these three songs, the band continued to play "Even in Death" in concert until March 2004.
Official versions of the CD have a hidden track prior to the start of the CD containing an outtake from the song "Anywhere" that can be accessed in some CD players through the use of the 'previous track' button at the beginning of the first track.
This outtake features David Hodges doing vocal ad-libs into his high range. He then says to the person controlling the recording, "You're not saving that." This is followed by Ben Moody saying, "There's a lot of prejudice against the undead," which is a reference to a line in the motion picture My Boyfriend's Back.
Various tracks on Origin are themselves notable, and some have relations with other tracks, albums and even other artists. "My Immortal" is nearly identical to the version on the album Fallen, minus strings. "Even in Death" uses an intro sample from the White Zombie song "Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls", and its outro consists of a sample of the film The Crow, featuring words spoken by Rochelle Davis' character Sarah. "Anywhere" features an ending that is a simpler version of the outro on "Where Will You Go". "Lies" has been remade into another version with different lyrics, but the first chorus intro is used in both versions. The track "Origin" has been incorporated into demo versions of the songs "Haunted" and "Whisper", the latter of which appears on the Automata 3.0 magazine CD. "Origin" also has two lines from a film called Terror in the Haunted House.
The track "Eternal" has been through several revisions. The final version begins with an orchestrated rock tune, transitions into a thunderstorm and piano solo, and finishes with a sixteen note repeating melody. This ending was once intended to be the album's twelfth track, titled "Demise", but was eventually combined with "Eternal" to form one long piece. At one point, however, the final track was an even longer fourteen minute compilation of the tracks "Away From Me", "Eternal", "Listen to the Rain" and "Demise".
The CD's front cover features a black and red background with various iterations of the word "Evanescence" printed across it, both forward and backward. Barely visible amongst the background is a woman. The back features the same color scheme with three stacked images depicting different angles of the "Angel of Grief" sculpture, an image of which is also featured on the Evanescence EP CD cover.