This week I decided to give Black Veil Brides’ new self-titled album a listen too. Now as a background, I’m not too familiar with them. Enough to know a few of their more popular songs and enough to know that they’re kind of an incredible band to listen to – if you’re into heavy guitars, a deep guttural voice for lead vocals, with dashes of screamo.
Yes, if you’re into all of that, then Black Veil Brides are definitely for you. And their latest album doesn’t really disappoint. Right from the lead song, “Heart of Fire,” you’re thrown head first into a heavy bass line – that’s perfect for headbanging if you’re medically cleared for such activities – and lyrics that you want to listen to until you’ve learned them perfectly.
Seriously, this whole album is filled with verses that just stand out and scream at you, forcing you to listen and try to interpret the meaning. It’s no wonder millions of people all over the world feel an emotional connection to this wonderful band.
Almost every song is filled with a sort of guitar solo that I can’t help but to think would be perfect for bonus points in Rock Band or Guitar Hero (because those video games are totally coming back one day, right?). The guitar and bass to each song provides a nice line for continuity and flow throughout the whole album, while the drums and vocals act as the filler details to make each song a unique piece all of its own.
The album’s tempo slows down with “Goodbye Agony” but doesn’t make that full transition to ballad. This is the song that I can see the whole crowd knowing word for word, note for note as they wave their lighters and cell phones in the air. With “World of Sacrifice” the tempo picks up again – but don’t worry, headbangers, you’ll get your suggested health breaks from headbanging with plenty of other slower yet emotion and passion filled songs on the album.
Which as much flack as this band – and their genre, really – gets for being too dark, too depressing, or too out-of-this-world for anyone over the age of forty to appreciate; there are some songs on this album that are downright inspirational. And every song managed to make me smile and rock out in my seat. Over all, this album gets a ten out of ten. Not what I normally listen to, but good all the same.