Black Veil Brides began releasing details and teasers for Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones almost a year before the album's release date: Guitarists Jeremy Ferguson and Jake Pitts told Chris Droney in an interview for Glasswerk National that the band are constantly writing new music, and 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 towards 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, and proud of this album!" On December 12, the music video for "In the End" was released on YouTube.
It was announced that the release of the album would be pushed back from October 30, 2012 to sometime in January 2013. On October 8, the album cover and album name were released, along with the announcement that pre-orders would be launched from iTunes on Halloween, October 31. On October 29, the band announced the official tracklist and release date for the album; it is scheduled to be released on January 8, 2013.
Black Veil Brides have revealed that several guests artists are to appear on the upcoming album: On August 27, they tweeted that Will Francis of William Control and Aiden had joined them in the studio to contribute to the album: "@williamcontrol joined us #inthestudio today!" Wil also appeared on the set of Black Veil Brides' upcoming music video, playing as the voice of F.E.A.R. (it is to be assumed that the reason he appeared in the studio on August 27, is that he is also the voice of F.E.A.R. on the album).
On Friday, August 31, they posted a picture to their Facebook page with the caption "It’s a good Friday in the studio! Our good pal Bert McCracken from The Used is throwing down some awesomeness on our album!!!" Andy also tweeted about Bert's studio visit, saying "Stoked to have @bro_mccracken in the studio today doing some vox #BVB2013".
Along with the release of the album's pre-order information, a teaser for a full-length film was posted to the band's YouTube, as well as shared through their Facebook page. The film, titled Legion of the Black, will tell the visual story of the concept presented in the album: "The film follows a group of rebels known as "The Wild Ones" as they defend their hearts, minds and bodies against F.E.A.R". Legion of the Black will be screened at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, California on December 21, December 22 and December 23. VIP and general-admission tickets can now be purchased from the theater. It will also see a DVD release, as well as being issued as a pay-per-view event.[
- "I Am Bulletproof"
- "New Year's Day"
- "F.E.A.R. Transmission 1: Stay Close"
- "Wretched and Divine"
- "We Don't Belong"
- "F.E.A.R. Transmission 2: Trust"
- "Devil's Choir"
- "Resurrect the Sun"
- "Shadows Die"
- "Days Are Numbered"
- "Done for You"
- "Nobody's Hero"
- "Lose It All"
- "F.E.A.R. Transmission 3: As War Fades"
- "In the End"
- "F.E.A.R. Final Transmission"
Black Veil BridesEdit
- Andy Biersack/Andy Sixx - lead vocals
- Jake Pitts - lead guitar
- Ashley Purdy - bass guitar and backing vocals
- Jeremy Ferguson/Jinxx - rhythm guitar, violin and keyboard
- Christian Mora/Coma - drums
- Produced and Mixed by John Feldmann
- The cover art for Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones 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. It depicts a child holding the Black Veil Brides pentacharm standing up against an army of evil.