For a band that looks like the bastard children of Motley Crue and KISS, I had hopes for Black Veil Brides. While the band isn’t doing anything new with their looks, at least they are trying to do something different. There are far too many bands in today’s scene that have NO image at all. That is one of the things that made rock exciting in the 70’s and 80’s, and is severely lacking today.
I am glad that the Black Veil Brides have shed the whole hardcore/metalcore sound. I can stand bands that cookie monster as their singer, and quite frankly, I didn’t think Andy Biersack was all that great of screamer/screacher/cookie gargler or whatever title fits those core bands. His vocals on Set the World on Fire, are better than those he laid down on Black Veil Brides debut, We Stitch These Wounds. His vocals may be better, but they still aren’t great. His range appears to be far too limited to make a statement in the music found on this CD.
If it wasn’t for the high-speed beats from CC Coma, and solid guitar licks from Jeremy Ferguson and Jake Pitts. I may not have given this CD a second listen. I have to admit that I did like the song “Fallen Angels” somewhat, and it was this song that kept me interested enough to give Set the World on Fire a few more spins. If it was 1987 all over again, “Savior” would probably be a massive big hair ballad. It would have been a better tune, if Biersack didn’t start that screamo crap towards the end of the song.
With this CD The Black Veil Brides prove that image isn’t everything. While their look is interesting, their new CD DOES NOT set the world on fire. I am typically hardwired to like bands like this, but for my ears, Set the World on Fire just misses the mark. If you like the songs in the videos below, you may want to check CD out. I think they are the best songs on the disc. Aside from “Fallen Angels” and “The Legacy” there just wasn’t too much more to keep me excited.
For more information on Black Veil Brides, check out their website: http://www.bvbarmy.com/.
Rating: Out of 10
1. New Religion
2. Set The World On Fire
3. Fallen Angels
4. Love Isn’t Always Fair
5. God Bless You
6. Rebel Love Song
8. The Legacy
9. Die For You
11. Youth And Whiskey
Black Veil Brides are:
Andy “Six” Biersack – lead vocals, keyboards
Christian “CC” Coma – drums
Jeremy “Jinxx” Ferguson – rhythm guitar, violin, backing vocals
Jake Pitts – lead guitar
Ashley Purdy – bass, backing vocals