Sunday, January 27, 2013

Black Veil Brides "Wretched and Devine"

Many people take one look at Black Veil Brides and never give them a chance. That, my friends, is a huge mistake. Having followed the evolution of this band from the time Andy Biersack was just a punk kid trying to make himself famous on Myspace, I have learned that there is some serious determination, intelligence, and skill going on with this band, and it's just taking the world a little while to recognize that. The fact that they have the inimitable John Feldman helming this record, taking on the producing, recording and mixing duties says something about their desire to grasp for both respect and world domination, something akin to what Feldman led The Used to. Indeed, frontman Bert McCracken of The Used even makes a guest appearance here providing guest vocals on "Days Are Numbered". Juliet Simms, of Automatic Loveletter reknown, but perhaps even better known for competing on The Voice, also makes an appearance in support. But, perhaps the most interesting supporting role goes to William Control as "The Voice of F.E.A.R.", in a narration capacity that helps tie together the concept album narrative.

While correlations can be drawn to My Chemical Romance's creation of The Killjoys, make no mistake, Wretched and Devine, and it's accompanying mythos of "The Wild Ones" is profoundly unique to Black Veil Brides. Post apocalyptic themes of government oppression and religion gone awry can be interpreted and analyzed on this album, or you can just take it for what it is, a flat out great rock album. Feldman did a masterful job of both bringing out Andy's best vocal effort to date, and featuring the impressive guitar stylings of Jinxx and Jake. This is a young band that is ever-evolving and it's fascinating to ponder where they may turn next.

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