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Black Veil Brides
Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones
Type: CD
Company: Universal
Release: 2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 10/5/2013
Heavy metal opera
BanThe band broke into Billboard’s Top 20 with last record, ‘Set the World on Fire’, and follow-up that momentum with this heavy metal opera. After stints with Avenged Sevenfold, I can’t disagree with references to the Avenged sound. Loads of melody knits together groove-oriented wallops that simply progress the songs to the next “pop” chorus. It’s extremely accessible if you pick the album apart to find the hits. Already the album’s leading single, “In the End”, is soaring through various media video games, wrestling themes, etc. Producer John Feldmann (Escape the Fate, Atreyu, Saosin) knows exactly how to treat it. The strings aren’t terribly heavy and the percussion is closely tied to the rhythm without a lot of variance. Is it a good album? Absolutely, and there’s plenty to like and dislike over 19 songs. The concept involves a young girl who’s a fan of the band. Somehow, in a bit of murky lyrics, she’s playing out this apocalypse in her own mind (in a hospital) about rebels (wild ones) facing off against a totalitarian wing (F.E.A.R.). It ties into some biblical stuff, God in all of us, etc. You can immerse yourself into the storyline or just let it play. “I Am Bulletproof”, “In the End” and “We Don’t Belong” are modern hard rock staples with uber-clean vocals, positive lyrics and some bigger harmonized parts to preach the unity. Digging in deep there’s instrumentals, symphonic pieces and a good use of violin. With its size, I can dissect and place half the record on my BVB playlist. Like rock Gods before them, the album was made into a feature-length film called ‘Legion of the Black’.
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Set The World On FireBlack Veil Brides
2011
Eric Compton9/30/2011
Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild OnesBlack Veil Brides
2017
Eric Compton10/5/2013


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