The highly anticipated Black Veil Brides album has finally dropped, entitled IV. This new offering follows the 2013 full-length, Wretched and Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones.
Black Veil Brides is a five-piece band based out of Los Angeles, California, originally forming in Cincinnati,Â in 2006. Their current line-up consists of Andy Biersack (vocals), Ashley Purdy (bass), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), and Christian Coma (drums). While they have gone through a few line-up changes, their sound has continued to evolve into the version fans had the joy of listening to on IV. Some may compare the overall sound to an Avenged Sevenfold like vibe, but it could be said that this entire album stands on its own in full BVB glory.
There are eleven new tracks on IV:
01. “Heart Of Fire”
03. “Devil In The Mirror”
04. “Goodbye Agony”
05. “World Of Sacrifice”
06. “Last Rites”
07. “Stolen Omen”
08. “Walk Away”
09. “Drag Me To The Grave”
10. “Shattered God”
11. “Crown Of The Thorns”
The first video for a song off of the new record is “Heart of Fire.”
The song is the standard on which the rest of the album is built. The vocals of Andy are aggressive in the message to believe in one’s self, while Ashley’s bass goes together seamlessly with Jinxx and Jake’s trade offs on guitar. Coma doesn’t disappoint with the dynamic and diverse drum beats with changes throughout the song. While screaming was found on a few of the band’s other releases, it was notably absent here, adding to the more polished feeling in both music and message of this album.
Though many still know the band for being of the shock rock genre, or the make-up of a younger Motley Crue, the song, “Walk Away,” shows they are not a one-trick pony. Its slower tempo, with piano and chorus singers, offers a different side to the band that will give listeners a new found respect for the music that Black Veil Brides creates.
Black Veil Brides’ new album, IV, can’t be recommended enough. It has huge appeal for more than just the fans that have been listening since We Stitch These Wounds came out in 2010. It will undoubtedly surprise casual listeners, and many different tastes can find at least one song that will open the door to liking the rest of the album.
Recent concert photos of Black Veil Brides playing in Newcastle, UK. Photos by Adam Kennedy