Black Veil Brides
Black Veil Brides has 5 members who I guarantee are men, they just like to disguise it with make-up **please note that many of these names are NICKNAMES**:
Christian "CC" Coma
We Stitch These Wounds, written in 2010, which was my first introduction to Black Veil Brides. After a thorough search of Amoeba Records I discovered a used copy of this album and despite the fact that it was their first album, I purchased it earnestly (I had no problems with it since it was my dad's money). We took a tour of Hollywood to stop by the Palladium and the House Of Blues to preorder tickets, we stationed ourselves at a Starbucks and poured over the lyric book. Within minutes we discovered a lump of 24 karat gold, "Sweet Blasphemy." This song ripped up the church with a gorgeous melody and soothing vocals, something you just can't go wrong with. We hopped back in the car for our long drive back home and my parents agreed to playing a few songs from the album. We ended up listening to the whole thing. The songs that really stood out to me were "Knives and Pens," "The Mortician's Daughter," and "Beautiful Remains." I found that this album (and not any of the others) sounded much like Affiance in the songs's structure and in the drum beats. This was a good first work as a band, but not their best.
I consider Set The World On Fire to be BVB's transition period as a band, which took place as they settled into their own personal style as individuals in the band as well as a group as a whole. This album did result in two songs,: "Fallen Angels" and "Rebel Love Song.", the first of which I cannot get out of my head.
Their newest release which was first available for illegal downloading on Halloween of 2012 but was officially released in early January 2013 is what I consider to be BVB's best work yet as a band. This album comes with the very prestigious title of Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones. This album in part was probably so successful because, as Biersack stated in an interview with Loudwire that "on any given day somebody could help out a homeless person and cuss out
somebody that cut them off in traffic and I think that everybody has that inside them, it’s just how you live that balance – so I think everbody is ‘Wretched and Divine.’ Our band also, we’re a very polarizing band in opinion – people either tend to love us or hate us, there’s not really anything in between." When you first listen to this album, the F.E.A.R. Transmissions can spook you out or give you the falsified idea that this was a concept album, but in reality, BVB was writing an album with the intent to have fun and really explore, and the voice of F.E.A.R. was supposed to portray the "bad guy" in life as well as stitch together the many ideas that the album had put out there. The artwork for this album is very experimental and creative, showing images of humanoids in positions of agony, stone statues, and a skull and cross bones in tar. The music is much better, with creative guitar solos and a more unified sound. The album itself really was a huge step forward for the band with the hit single "In The End," along with the extremely popular songs...well I was going to name them all, but then I looked at the track listing and I realized all of them were extremely popular. This album is the one worth checking out.
BVB is a band with questionable appearance and a fan base leaning towards teenage girls, but that doesn't mean their music isn't absolutely amazing, because it really is. I could listen to this band all day and night, but sadly I can't, so I listen to it as much as possible to make up for all the time I'm missing!
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.