Black Veil Brides : Set the World on Fire

When one hears the hallowed names of Motley Crue, L.A. Guns, and KISS, visions of stage antics, mayhem and killer rock ‘n’ roll shows fill our minds. These bands have marked the music industry with their unique spin and style. Twenty years later it seemed that the flow of original music had stopped. Then the Black Veil Brides dropped their new album, β€œSet the World on Fire,” on June 13, 2011, as a much anticipated follow-up to β€œWe Stitch These Wounds.”

Lead singer Andy Biersack has taken a step back from screaming vocals and opted for a more melodic style here, reminiscent of the glam/hair metal style of Motley Crue and L.A. Guns. While the Black Veil Brides have taken up the glam metal flag, they have retained a sound uniquely theirs.

Cigarette-hazed vocals create a unique sound and style not found on β€œWe Stitch These Wounds.” The double guitar conjures thoughts of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton in a dueling yet complementary sound that adds depth. Double bass drum beats hook listeners, making their heads bob along unconsciously. Ashley Purdy’s bass style puts a groovy spin on the music, deepening it and adding an extra level that polishes and perfects the sound. The finished album is a symphony of pure hard rock that will send any music junkie to heaven on the opening riff of β€œNew Religion.”

As for the look, shock rock theatricality and style make the Black Veil Brides a shiny new face. The Black Veil Brides dress up and wear makeup for shows, but it is not to cover up a lack of musical talent but rather to put on a show for their fans.

The Black Veil Brides deserve five stars and two thumbs up. They’ve brought back what was good about music.

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