An Orwellian concept album was not what Black Veil Brides initially had in mind for its third album, according to frontman Andy Biersack.
Biersack tells Billboard that the Los Angeles rockers were "six songs into" their third album by the spring of 2012, but were troubled. "Honestly, it just wasn't feeling right," Biersack recalls. "Nothing we were writing or doing felt like it was all that different. It felt like a very logical follow-up to our previous album (2011's 'Set the World on Fire'), which is what I WASN'T interested in doing."
Coming back from playing some festivals in Europe, however, Biersack began writing a short story about a group of rebels battling a futuristic religious/political autocracy, and after a meeting with producer John Feldmann the idea for "Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones" -- which comes out Jan. 8 -- was hatched.