Black Veil Brides
We Stitch These Wounds


2.5
average

Review

by Gregory Fields USER (5 Reviews)
August 8th, 2010 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And now for something completely different. Oh wait...

When Black Veil Brides first hit the scene, the music video for their song 'Knives and Pens' was the talk of my local Hot Topic. With only one song, and no official releases with their current lineup, I was stunned to find their band merchandise plastering the chest of every dyed pink hair beauty that I came across. What was the attraction? 'Knives and Pens' was a decent song, but the harmonized guitar riffs have been done to death many times before by many early metalcore bands such as Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu. The surprising thing is, Black Veil Brides' lyrical content mimics the two bands I've just mentioned's early releases.

Andy Sixx fronts the band with a very warm tone and the same lyrics you've heard countless times before. His voice is not bad, he's actually a very talented singer, but after you get halfway through the album, you can anticipate where his voice will go next. He's very predictable, and his incredibly weak screams add nothing to the mix but a fake sense of depth, something We Stitch These Wounds could've greatly used. There are gang vocals thrown in at awkward times, and they feel incredibly out of place. It's as if Black Veil Brides don't know what genre they're really aiming for.

This leads to the next problem. Black Veil Brides utilize many different aspects of many different genres, but it all leads to a muddled, confusing mess. We have the aforementioned harmonized riffs found in many early 00's metalcore acts, but then add a chug-a-lug breakdown in every other song and throw in some guitar solos. The guitarists, Jinx and Jake, are actually quite good, because their riffs really aren't that bad, and at first the guitar solos actually sound pretty cool. But when you finally reach the first ballad, 'The Mortician's Daughter', you realize that every song that's come before it has had a guitar solo, and they start to lose the cool factor. Black Veil Brides also have the annoying tendency to repeat their pointless breakdowns at the end of their songs.

Almost every song aside from the ballads follow the same exact song structure: intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, breakdown/solo, chorus, breakdown/solo. Add to it that the second half of the album all feels like filler, and this really brings down the somewhat decent first half of the album. It really seems like Black Veil Brides try awfully hard to be every band that's come before them in the high school post-hardcore scene, and they stick to that formula throughout the entirety of We Stitch These Wounds.

However, the album does have some high points. Andy Sixx's voice is far from terrible, there is a very good but repetitive guitar section, and the drummer, Sandra, is actually quite good. Yet, the bad far outweighs the good. Bundle it all up with nonexistent bass, weak production, and an unaquired depth, and you have the debut album from Hot Topic-core act, Black Veil Brides. The band has potential, and with their hordes of fans, hopefully they'll learn from their mistakes.

Recommended Tracks:
We Stitch These Wounds
Knives and Pens
The Mortician's Daughter


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eatmorchickin
August 8th 2010


76 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

quick write up, i feel like a few sentences are awkward but i couldn't find any better way to say what i was thinking. band is laughable but have potential.

Counterfeit
August 8th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

no

bailar11
August 8th 2010


2433 Comments


hope this gets as many reviews as the last attack attack album

East Hastings
August 8th 2010


4391 Comments


enrique should write one.

bailar11
August 8th 2010


2433 Comments


a 5 review for this could be awesome. i could model it on the youtube video guy who talked about it.

Counterfeit
August 8th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

no, model the annoying fat chick acad always spammed

bailar11
August 8th 2010


2433 Comments


or both

pmmets07
August 8th 2010


5883 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

needs moar 1 reviews

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2010


23843 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review, it reads more like a 2 in my opinion. Have a pos

MutnikSpusic
August 8th 2010


560 Comments


The band has potential, and with their hordes of fans, hopefully they'll learn from their mistakes.

that's an oxymoron. Yet this review is pretty good, but don't expect much from these guys in the future

731
August 8th 2010


662 Comments


oh shit

eatmorchickin
August 8th 2010


76 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks for the pos's guys. like i said, some of my thoughts weren't translating well haha

RosaParks
August 8th 2010


14912 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Why can't anyone get the rating right?

Prolapse
August 8th 2010


4370 Comments


so good

RosaParks
August 8th 2010


14912 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Prolapse has the right idea

MutnikSpusic
August 12th 2010


560 Comments


cool story. bro

i got it right?



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