Black Veil Brides
Set the World on Fire
Wind down your car window, turn up the volume, sing along & flip the finger for good measure
I always have a good chuckle at bands who dress up like these guys do – the whole KISS thing – but they have talent and have put out a pretty solid album with ‘Set the World on Fire’. They are not offering anything largely original or groundbreaking and one could easily place them in the same category as Avenged Sevenfold and company. That is to say, they are hard rockers with a nu-metal core who may very well not appeal to a great deal of metal fans.
This is their second full studio album release and first one with Universal Republic Records. They have had their share of line-up changes but are currently made up of Andy ‘Six’ Biersack (lead vocals, keyboards, bass), Jeremy ‘Jinxx’ Ferguson (rhythm guitar, violin, backing vocals), Jake Pitts (lead guitar), Ashley Purdy (bass, backing vocals) and most recently the inspired addition of Christian ‘CC’ Coma (drums) who puts in a stellar performance on the album.
These guys demonstrate really good energy with an anthem-like rock that is reminiscent of Bon Jovi when they dish out the old ‘wo-oh’ in tracks like the opener ‘new religion’ and some declarative intro-drums on ‘fallen angels’. The guitar work is sleek and there is no shortage of catchy riffs and impressive solo efforts from Pitts. I am a little disappointed with the vocals from Biersack which lack a bit of range and remind me too much of Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger – especially on ‘love isn’t always fair’. But he does bring some good grit on this track and it is sure to be a favourite amongst followers.
‘Rebel love song’ will be a popular concert sing-along with a good few seconds between Biersack and Coma where a wind-up beat and the words “nothing is gonna stop us, no not this time” can stir the crowd up a little. It was expectant and in at number 7 is ‘saviour’ - the ballad song on ‘Set the World on Fire’. It is on about 3:40 on this track that Biersack unleashes a good 40 seconds or so of lyrics in this anguished, pissed-off scream that reminded me of Mike Williams from The Agony Scene – let’s hear more of that then! And Biersack obliges on the very next track, ‘legacy’, along with bassist Purdy also deciding to leave an impression.
There are more catchy hooks on the final three tracks ‘die for you’, ‘ritual’ and ‘youth and whisky’ with some great aggression on the latter but, I find these all rather weak in comparison to the rest of the album. Nevertheless, I enjoyed listening to ‘Set the World on Fire’ and I look forward to hearing what these guys can bring next time.
(Universal Republic Records/Universal Music Australia)