[Album Review] Black Veil Brides ‘Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones’

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I’ll be the first to admit that the visual aesthetic of Black Veil Brides is a bit of a turn off for me. The whole “goth glam rock” just brings up feelings in me that can best be described as “Ugh…” However, one of the benefits of listening to an album is that I am not hit with visuals and I can simply focus on audio.

So, with that distraction aside, I turned to the newest BVB album Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones. I sat back, cranked up the volume and dove in. Read on for my thoughts.

Let me talk about what I enjoyed with this album to kick things off, shall I? First of all, there are some amazing dynamics. The band goes from hard rock tracks (“I Am Bulletproof”, “Shadows Die”) to piano-driven, symphonic power ballads (“Lost It All”) to an acoustic mellow level (“Done For You”). The wealth of instrumentation, the diversity in vocals, and the vast amount of production make for a very engaging album.

Secondly, the album flows very well. Each track leads into the next and the interludes come in when necessary to give a short breath. This makes the album fall into the put-it-on-and-don’t-hit-‘Next’ category. Considering that this is a concept album, Black Veil Brides did something very right here.

However, this flow also comes back to haunt the album as none of the songs really stand terribly well on their own. And for all the dynamics, they songs aren’t thrilling or exciting. They just…are. Which makes this a disappointment as there was great potential here.

The Final Word: What’s obvious with Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones is that Black Veil Brides are playing directly to their audience and not looking to expand. They know exactly who is going to listen to their music and their music has a laser-sight pinpointed directly where it needs to be. However, the music never got my heart pumping. It serves its purpose and that’s really about it.

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  • spartan87

    I’m ok with BVB playing to their audience for right now. I love this band and I’m psyched to listen to this album tomorrow on my way to work.

  • GoreFaceSupreme

    That is some of the lamest generic shit I have ever heard. Fuckin posers.

    • spartan87

      Posers…please enlighten me as to who they are trying to “pose” after?

      • Soturi22

        They try much to hard to look like Motley Crue, and musically they mostly just copy all the other new bands around with maybe a slight hint of their own originality.

        • GoreFaceSupreme

          Thank you Soturi. There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done before, and better. This is safe rock for bubblegummers.

          • spartan87

            So you are implying I’m a bubblegummer due to the fact that I enjoy the sound of a band? If it’s been done before and better why not throw some examples so I could check them out? Perhaps it’s just easier for you to sit behind your “safe” generalizations.

        • spartan87

          I’ll be honest, I can’t stand their look at all. I try and avoid watching any of their music videos more than once. I do however like how the lead singers voice meshes with the music itself. I’m not sure who you think BVB is copying musically, but I’d like to know for comparative purposes.

    • ChelseaGoneAwry

      They kinda copy Motley Crue and other metal bands on purpose. In the lead singer’s words, they style themselves after classic metal rock and roll. I respect that. They’re good musicians. And let’s be honest – most music all sounds the same in this genre: screaming, guitar shreds, more screaming, more shreds, end.

  • spartan87

    Um…you linked me a video listening to some jackass bash a band because he doesn’t like them…Not exactly what I was hoping for. But it is what it is. I like their first 2 albums. To be honest I listened to all of the new one and yes it does sound a bit generic and uninspired. And I’ve listened to lots and lots of metalcore. If you want to get down to brass tacks none of its really original anymore. And the last metalcore band I really was into was Underoath. I don’t know if you’d consider them to be or not but I like Atreyu’s old stuff.