Black Veil Brides invited about 20 or so lucky fans, as well as select members of the media, to listen to their self-titled fourth album at the Universal Records studio in New York City on Tuesday night (Sept. 2). In the process, the disc’s track list and cover artwork was unveiled, plus the band itself made a somewhat surprise appearance at the event.
As the results of the AP Readers Poll came in, it was clear which band's fans had showed up to vote. Black Veil Brides ended up with 14 first place wins; that's 43% of the categories. If you consider that they were eligible for only 23 of the categories (things like Best Photographer, Keyboardist of the Year being taken out) then they won about 60% of the categories that they were eligible for. This came as no surprise to Black Veil Brides fans, but some people had a few not-so-nice things to say. Alternative Press posted an article about the results and the reactions:
It’s no secret that Black Veil Brides absolutely annihilated the competition in our 2013 Readers Poll. The results were not even close—the Brides pretty much cleaned house. The skewed results don’t exactly come as a surprise if you take into account the known devotion of the “BVB Army”—an overzealous devotion to say the least.
You can read the full article HERE. And good job voting, BVB Army!
"Being the rhythm backbone of Black Veil Brides, I have to keep up with the dudes in front so I definitely had my work cut out for me inhabiting the back of the stage every night. Everyone else in my band is at the top of their game from Jake and Jinxx shredding it up, to Ashley getting female undergarments tossed at him, to Andy engaging the crowd and jumping off of balconies, I am left stuck stationary in a seat to 'bring it'.
Read CC's whole blog post on Music Radar!
Returning this year is Black Veil Brides, still dressed in black denim and leather but with noticeably less makeup and hairspray than their 2011 tour debut. They performed prickly pop-metal in the afternoon, including the standout track "Shadows Die," with glammy metal guitar hooks and a jagged violin solo.
Read about the other bands covered by Rolling Stone HERE.
Artist Direct has posted a review of Wretched And Divine:
Sticking with all nineteen tracks makes for an unforgettable roller coaster but, at the same time, the record boasts some of the group's most massive anthems yet. Born from lulling piano, "I Am Bulletproof" snaps into a thrash riff and searing lead emblematic of how powerful guitar duo Jinxx and Jake Pitts truly are. Drummer Christian Coma and bassist Ashley Purdy lay down an impenetrable groove on "New Year's Day" that quickly explodes into a sweeping chorus.
Read the full review HERE.
Under The Gun Review has posted a review of Legion Of The Black:
Unlike similar features, which use the themes of the album to create an original story, Legion chooses to let the music and interludes of the album guide what you see in the story. For the viewer, this mean getting two stories for the price of one. The first is that of a high school aged girl who personifies the stereotypical Black Veil Brides family and her struggle in a world where everyone sees what makes her different as something that makes her broken, while the other serves as a quasi-performance piece coupled with metaphorical retelling of the same story complete with super powers, masked villains, and mini music videos for almost every song of the album. For a diehard fan, there really is nothing more you could ask for from such a release.
Read the full review HERE.
Revolver made a list of highly anticipated albums due out in 2013 and Black Veil Brides' Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones is included! Here's what they said:
Black Veil Brides have been working on this 19-track concept album for a while. Originally it was supposed to be out on Halloween of 2012, but the release date was pushed back. However, they did manage to release the single “In the End” by that same deadline–listen to it right here. And they also managed to produce a tie-in film that conveys the storyline of the record. The album marks the band’s first full-length release since 2011’s Set The World On Fire, which debuted at No. 4 on the iTunes overall album chart and No. 17 on the Billboard Top 200.
You can see which other bands made the list HERE.
Alice Cooper listed off some bands he thinks are "Carrying On The Proud Alice Cooper Shock-Rock Tradition." He listed Black Veil Brides among artists like Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. Here's what he had to say about BVB:
"There's one young band out there that's doing something right: Black Veil Brides. They're sort of like Mötley Crüe/Alice Cooper junior. But they're a pretty good idea of style and look and everything, sort of like the brand new Sunset Strip. Iif Motley Crue had children, it would be these guys. Sleek, very made-up, very rock 'n' roll dark, scary creepy. A good rock 'n' roll band. A good, snotty rock 'n' roll band."
You can read the whole article HERE.