Black Veil Brides is an American metal band based out of Hollywood, California and are currently signed to Lava Records. Formed in 2006 under the name Biersack by Andy Biersack after he left , Chris Risenberg, Nate Shipp, Johnny Herold and Phil Cenedella the band later changed their name to Black Veil Brides. The band is known for their everchanging musical style, constant line-up changes and distinct make-up and body paint similar to Kiss and Mötley Crüe. The band released their debut studio album, We Stitch These Wounds, on July 20, 2010 followed less than a year later by their sophomore album, Set the World on Fire, on June 14, 2011. The band's third studio album, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, is set for January 8, 2013 release.
Formation and Sex & Hollywood (2006 - 2008)Edit
The band was formed by Andy Biersack and a few of his friends when he was 14 under the name, Biersack. The band only played one show under the name Biersack and later changed the name to Black Veil Brides. While under the name Biersack the band played covers of Alkaine Trio and Misfits. The band began achieving fame in 2006 and in 2007 released their debut extended play Sex & Hollywood. During 2008 many of the original members (Johnny Herold, Phil Cendella, Nate Shipp and Chris Risenberg) left the band and were replaced but the departure of so many members left the band with only three members and vocalist Andy Biersack became the bassist for the band until a replacement was found. During that time guitarist Chris Bluser and drummer Sandra Alvarenga joined the band as Herold and Risenberg replacements.
Signing to StandBy Records and Debut Album (2009 - 2010)Edit
In 2009 guitarist Chris Bluser left the band and new guitarist and bassist Ashley Purdy and Jeremy Ferguson joined the band. In September the band signed with the independent label StandBy Records and the writing process for the band's debut album began immediately. In December 2009, the band embarked on their first US tour, titled "On Leather Wings".
In 2010 drummer Sandra Alvarenga left the band and was replaced by Christian Mora, and guitarist Jake Pitts joined the band round out the band's current line-up.
The group's debut album We Stitch These Wounds was released July 20, 2010 and sold over 10,000 copies in its first week, ranking at No. 36 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and No. 1 on the Billboard Independent chart. In late 2010, Black Veil Brides went on tour with bands The Birthday Massacre, Dommin and Aural Vampire.Black Veil Brides first came to the attention of Lava Records president Jason Flom when the chief music officer at Hot Topic, John Kirkpatrick, told him about the incredible buzz that was building around the band, with their t-shirt attracting the second biggest sales in the country at that point. What was even more impressive was that they had built their fanatical following in a "DIY" fashion, such as in making their own self-funded videos. When Flom then heard their music and met the group, he decided that they were exactly what he'd been looking for, later commenting to HitQuarters: "They are bringing back what has been missing for over a decade: they are rock heroes that are truly larger than life. The make-up, the hair, the leather, and most importantly they have great songs, great playing …" Flom then made a deal with Neil Sheehan, founder of StandBy Records, to sign the band over to Lava.
Set the World on Fire and Rebel (2011)EditBlack Veil Brides supported the Murderdolls in the "God Save The Scream Tour" 2011 and also toured America on the AP Tour from March 18 to May 6. The band continued on to the Vans Warped Tour, which began June 24, 2011 and ended August 14 of the same year. However, on June 18, Andy fell from a pillar while performing and broke his ribs, which caused them to miss the first week of the tour. The band also performed at festivals such as the Download Festival in the UK and Bamboozle. The band also played at the Rock am Ring festival at the Nürburgring motorsport complex in Nürburg, Germany in June 2011. On April 20, it was revealed the band had won Revolver Magazine's Golden Gods Award for Best New Artist, the title for Kerrang!'s Best Newcomers, and were nominated for the title of Kerrang!'s Best International Newcomer. The band's second studio album, Set the World on Fire was released on June 14, 2011 through Lava Music/Universal Republic Records. The cover art was released in April. The title track from Set the World on Fire was planned for use in the movie Scream 4. Upon learning that the song was not going to be used in the film, the band released a statement and an extended song preview. It was later announced on May 23 that the song was to be featured in the movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon. A clip of the album's lead single, "Fallen Angels", was released in late April. It was then fully released in the UK on May 1. The US release was pushed from May 3 to May 10 to be given for free with the pre-order of Set the World on Fire on iTunes. Because "Fallen Angels" was delayed, the band released a preview of the song "Youth and Whisky" on May 3. The album's next single was "The Legacy", with a music video filmed by Patrick Fogarty that premiered on YouTube on June 6, 2011. Their third single from Set the World on Fire was "Rebel Love Song", which also had a music video directed by Patrick Fogarty. The video was released on YouTube on October 19. On October 25, the band announced that they had to cancel tour dates for "certain reasons". It was later announced that it was because Andy had broken his nose on the drum set rising platform during a performance. Despite the injury, which was bad enough for people to notice that he was having difficulty breathing and talking, he was determined to finish the show. After a visit from the doctor, he was told to sit back for a few weeks to rest and heal. They announced that they would return to tour for the beginning of the Buried Alive Tour with Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, and Hollywood Undead.
It was announced via Andy's Twitter that they would be releasing an EP titled Rebels. They released a trailer on YouTube which shows Andy recording vocals for their cover of the song "Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol, which was to appear on the EP. Another trailer for the EP was released, in which Andy gives a few more details about it. The third and final trailer about the EP was released on November 14, in which Andy goes into detail about the track "Coffin" which was a left over song from the previous album Set the World on Fire that was to be released on the EP. In an interview with Chris Droney from Glasswerk National, they hinted that there would be a guest guitarist to appear on the EP, who eventually turned out to be Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), who plays the guitar solo on the cover of the song "Unholy" by Kiss. Rebels was eventually released on December 13, 2011.
Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (2012 - present)EditA new Black Veil Brides song, titled "Unbroken", appeared on the soundtrack to the movie The Avengers on May 1, 2012, and is the only track released by Black Veil Brides solely on a compilation album. On June 13, the official music video for the song "Coffin" from the Rebels EP was released.
Regarding the band's next album, guitarists Jeremy Ferguson and Jake told Chris Droney in an interview for Glasswerk National that the band are constantly writing new music, and that they were planning on recording their next major LP in April 2012. On February 18, Jake tweeted, "Amazing stuff. This next record is going to kick your arses." In a February 2012 interview, Ashley Purdy announced that the band's third studio album is scheduled to be released at the end of 2012. On May 2, Black Veil Brides had this to announce: "As of today, we have officially began recording our new album which will be released on October 30th!" Andy said in an interview at the Download Festival that "We've got three songs tracked. We've set ourselves a deadline of the end of August to finish it. We've got 20 to 25 songs written and we're narrowing it down now. John Feldmann is producing it. It's going to be more of a punk rock record than anything we've done before. It's Social Distortion meets Metallica." September 4, Andy announced that they had finished recording of the new album: "Well, tracking has officially wrapped for the new record! Still some stuff to finish up but I’m so happy, excited & proud of this album!"It was announced that the release of their third album will be pushed back from October 30, 2012 to January 2013. On October 8, the album cover art and album name were released; the title of their third album will be Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, and pre-orders were launched from iTunes on Halloween, October 31. The cover art for Wretched and Divine was painted by Richard Villa, long-time Black Veil Brides cover artist who also painted the cover art for We Stitch These Wounds, Set the World on Fire, and Rebels. A song from the upcoming album, titled "In the End", has been featured as one of the theme songs for WWE's Hell in a Cell. The band will embark on "The Church of the Wild Ones" North American Tour in support of the album, with further details to be announced. "In the End" will be the album's lead single, and is now offered as an instant download to everyone who pre-orders the album from iTunes. On October 29, the band announced the official tracklist and release date for the album. On October 31, a trailer was released, revealing that Black Veil Brides will be releasing a full-length film titled "Legion of the Black" in 2013 in select theaters. The film will be a visual depiction of the story in the upcoming concept album, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones.
Musical Style and InfluencesEdit
Black Veil Brides' music has been described by critics as heavy metal, glam metal, hard rock, metalcore, and post-hardcore. The band's influences include: Kiss, Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Def Leppard, Misfits, and Alkaline Trio.
Black Veil Brides' style has constantly been changing ever since the group was formed in 2006. When they debuted with Sex & Hollywood, they had a post-hardcore/alternative rock sound, and were mislabeled as emo due to the style they sported, when in fact singer Andy Biersack had never even heard of it and intended Black Veil Brides to be a "rock and roll" band. By the time We Stitch These Wounds was released, they had completely changed their member lineup, sound, and appearance, being labelled as gothic rock and playing more towards a melodic metalcore and hard rock sound, with screamed vocals in abundance. The addition of guitarist Jake Pitts led to guitar solos in almost every track. With the release of Set the World on Fire and Rebels, their appearance changed to resemble that of glam metal, while their sound dropped the metalcore screams in exchange for heavy metal growls and yells. Their third album, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, will supposedly be a punk rock album.
- Andy Biersack/Andy Sixx - lead vocals and keyboards (2006 - present) and bass guitar (2008 - 2009)
- Jake Pitts - lead guitar (2010 - present)
- Ashley Purdy - bass guitar and backing vocals (2009 - present)
- Jeremy Ferguson/Jinxx - rhythm guitar, violin and backing vocals (2009 - present)
- Christian Mora/Christian Coma - drums and percussion (2010 - present)
- Chris Bluser/Chris Hollywood - lead guitar and backing vocals (2008 - 2009)
- Johnny Herold - lead guitar (2006 - 2008)
- Phil Cenedella/Catalyst - bass guitar and backing vocals (2006 - 2008)
- David Burton/Pan - rhythm guitar (2009 - 2010)
- Nate Shipp - rhythm guitar and backing vocals (2006 - 2008)
- Sandra Alvarenga - drums and percussion (2008 - 2010)
- Chris Risenberg/Craven - drums and percussion (2006 - 2008)
- We Stitch These Wounds (StandBy Records, July 20, 2010)
- Set the World on Fire (Lava Records, June 14, 2011)
- Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava Records, January 8, 2012)
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