Release date: September 2006
The Open Door is the second studio album released by American rock band Evanescence. To date, it has spawned five singles and been supported by two worldwide tours. The album was certified platinum in the United States just over a month after its release, and has since sold more than five million copies worldwide.
The Open Door was released worldwide beginning with Poland on September 25, 2006, Japan on September 27, Ireland and Germany on September 29, Australia on September 30, the rest of Europe on October 2, 2006, and was released to North America and Argentina on October 3.
The digital version of the album was made available for pre-order on August 15, 2006 on iTunes and Walmart.com. This pre-order, if bought before the street date of October 3, 2006, contained an interview with Amy Lee and a bonus track titled "The Last Song I'm Wasting on You" (which later became a B-side track on the "Lithium" single).
The Open Door debuted at the top of the Billboard charts (in the U.S., Australia, Germany, Greece and Switzerland, and was in the top five in Austria, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom) selling more than 447,000 units in its first week and reached platinum status in just over a month. The Open Door won in the "Album of the Year" category at the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards.
The album is defined by Amy Lee's beautiful melodies, compelling lyrics, poignant piano and stunning vocals, fused with Terry Balsamo's urgent yet intricate guitar to form a seamless, ethereal mixture that perfectly channels the band's hard rock and classical sensibilities.
"Making this record was really intense," explains Lee. "Terry suffered a stroke in October after recording his guitar parts and thankfully continues to recover, we got a new manager [Andy Lurie at 110 Management in Los Angeles], and I'd come out of a difficult breakup. But everything we've been through together has benefited this album." With Fallen, says Lee, the band had much to prove while defining its identity. This time, finding a cohesive writing partner in Terry Balsamo, "we really took our time crafting this album and had the freedom to express a broader range of emotions: not just pain and sadness, but also anger and, yes, even happiness."
Written late in 2005, The Open Door was recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles and mixed at Ocean Way Studios in March 2006. Marking the return of producer Dave Fortman, the album's musical elements include a classically-infused choir and strings on several tracks, giving further color to songs of introspection, longing, doubt, self-respect and, ultimately, empowerment. The album opens with "Sweet Sacrifice," a post-relationship catharsis that head-dives from an otherworldly intro into a hard-driving thrash of hard rock guitars and soaring rock vocals. Its first single, the mid-tempo "Call Me When You're Sober," reinforces the moving-away-from-dysfunction theme.
Other standout tracks on The Open Door include the second single, "Lithium," which embraces feeling over numbness, "All That I'm Living For," Lee's tribute to band life, "Weight of the World," her plea for perspective from the expectation of young fans, and "Good Enough," a string-and-choir-infused closer distinguished as the band's first truly (almost) contented song ("It feels really good ending the album this way," says Lee).
Its tour began immediately after the debut of The Open Door, rewarding hardcore fans with a "sneak peak" at the album with handful of more intimate theater dates in the US and Europe before segueing into much larger arena shows at the end of 2006. Since the album's release, the band has performed in front of well in excess of one million fans in more than 25 countries, including the US, Canada, France, UK, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Israel, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. As part of their tour, Evanescence performed on April 15, 2007 on the Argentinan festival Quilmes Rock 07 along with Aerosmith, Velvet Revolver and other local bands. They also co-headlined on the Family Values Tour 2007 along with Korn and other bands. The group closed their European tour with a sell-out concert at the Amphi in Ra'anana, Israel, on June 26, 2007, and finished the album tour on December 9, 2007.