Black Veil Brides
Set the World on Fire


2.0
poor

Review

by fish CONTRIBUTOR (43 Reviews)
June 21st, 2011 | 171 replies | 27,374 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not so much "glam-revival" as unwarranted-pretension.

Combining contemporary metalcore with the 80s glam rock that inspired their over-the-top onstage appearance, Black Veil Brides could have created something interesting and fun in a post-glam world. But in almost every department, their music is generic, uninteresting and horribly clichéd.

The album artwork fits in well with the music on this album. Its attempt to present Black Veil Brides as a gleaming new and fun-loving modern glam metal band is betrayed by the fake and blatantly chopped together image. Neither is its concept original. You need only to look at practically any Kiss album cover during the 1970s, Twisted Sister’s debut, Motley Crue’s Shout at the Devil, or even Power Metal from Pantera’s pre-thrash era and Set The World On Fire's artwork appears to rip off this era of music and not even do it well, much like the music that lies inside.

Although this may seem like a far-fetched and pedantic description, the introduction to the album, “New Religion”, perfectly exemplifies the manner in which Black Veil Brides take on unoriginal ideas and do little to nothing with them, for practically the entire course of the album. The song is introduced in the same basic musical approach (guitar lead countered with chords on another guitar using stereo, before coming together in unison) that countless bands, especially those in the metalcore genre, have already employed in their own songs and made their own. For examples, listen to All Shall Perish’s “Wage Slaves”, “Eye of the Storm” and “Still Beats Your Name” (both by Killswitch Engage), “Laid To Rest” by Lamb of God, “Prayers” by In This Moment, etc. Of course Black Veil Brides never claimed to be original (quite the opposite in fact) but this is not the fundamental problem that lies within this piece of music and indeed, the whole of the album itself. “New Religion” is just Black Veil Brides going through the motions. They had the idea, but unlike (as an example) All Shall Perish who created a groovy deathcore part out of it to introduce an even heavier and groovier song, they did nothing to make it either interesting or their own piece of music. Once they have finished performing this little section, the song leads into Andy Sixx’s ill fitting vocals and underwhelming instrumentation. The ideas are hashed together amateurishly and fit badly. Simply put, it’s boring.

Be in no doubt, the instrumental performance is skilful, but whereas glossy guitar timbre has been employed relatively successfully by bands such as August Burns Red and Bullet For My Valentine, here it only aids in making each song forgettable and inseparable from the rest. The verse-chorus-solo structure is also overused and the power ballad that is “Savior” adds furthermore to the cliché.

Andy Sixx claims to smoke five packs of cigarettes a day; well it certainly shows. His coarse voice is out of place with the generally high(er)-pitched and shiny sounding guitars. The melodies don’t help him either. For the most part they lack any sense of inventive rhythm or edge that could make the songs so much better. Occasionally they are a little catchy but this is more in an irritating sense than in a good one. “Woah-oh” gang vocals are used in several songs including “New Religion” and “Fallen Angels” and by this point you are left feeling that Black Veil Brides deliberately chose to rewrite the same song about ten times.

And so we come to possibly the worse aspect of this album- the lyrics. Black Veil Brides consistently boast that they made themselves a band that ‘people can relate to’ and that they are all about ‘standing up for yourself’. Not only does this completely contradict with the glam rock image that they have tried to build upon up until this point, but it points to a not-so-wide selection of cheesy and again, clichéd, lyrics that are so bad and cringe-worthy it feels embarrassing listening to them. Lyrics such as those on the chorus of lead single “Fallen Angels”-
“We scream, We shout
We are the fallen angels.
We scream, We shout woah-oh-oh-oh-oh”
exemplify this cliché at its worst; and the line “We only want to be ourselves” is one example of the lyrical lines aimed at Black Veil Brides’ teenage fan base.

All of these are really part of the one, massive and fundamental, problem with this album; it is nothing more than a poor, half hearted and badly thought through attempt to recreate glam metal in a post-glam metalcore-era world. Black Veil Brides take all the ideas from this metalcore but do nothing to make them interesting, memorable, original or in fact anything truly positive. If you want modern glam, go listen to Steel Panther.

+ Instruments are played well
+ Title-track is a half decent song

- Completely unoriginal in almost every fashion
- Generic metalcore aspect
- Vocals don’t fit in well with instruments
- Boring and forgettable; most songs sound practically the same
- Clichéd
- Lyrics are cringe-worthy
- No sense of emotion or effort in song writing and recording; simply going through the motions



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fish.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011



21768 Comments


First review so criticism is welcome but plz don't kill me

pjquinones747
June 21st 2011



763 Comments


BVB is in no way comparable to that of All Shall Perish. Thrash Metal vs. Hard Rock. Completely irrelevant. Not a terrible review though. Can't pos or neg really. This band gets thrown around my critics endlessly, so any trashing has become more of a stereotype than any of the comments say the band itself is. I'm a fan so you might call me a bias to like them, but an unbiased reviewer might give it a higher rating, although not higher than 4.

Digging: Wovenwar - Wovenwar

pjquinones747
June 21st 2011



763 Comments


BVB is in no way comparable to that of All Shall Perish. Thrash Metal vs. Hard Rock. Completely
irrelevant. Not a terrible review though. Can't pos or neg really. This band gets thrown around my
critics endlessly, so any trashing has become more of a stereotype than any of the comments say the
band itself is. I'm a fan so you might call me a bias to like them, but an unbiased reviewer might
give it a higher rating, although not higher than 4.

pjquinones747
June 21st 2011



763 Comments


Fuck, accidentally sent two.

pjquinones747
June 21st 2011



763 Comments


Fuck, accidentally sent two.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011



49980 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

lol

Digging: Armchairpolitician - Seven Segment Decoder

pjquinones747
June 21st 2011



763 Comments


Done here. >.>

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011



49980 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Sounds good.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011



21768 Comments


I wasn't comparing their styles, I was comparing how they use their respective styles

RosaParks
June 21st 2011



14836 Comments


if you rated this a 4 you shouldn't ever enter this site

PostModernJellyfish
June 21st 2011



459 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"if you rated this a 4 you shouldn't ever enter this site" [2]


ZombicidalMan
June 22nd 2011



1760 Comments


All Shall Perish is thrash metal? Since when?

Good review though, it seemed pretty fair in all points.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2011



23804 Comments


that album cover

my god

Im sure this is dreadful, this band is just the worst.

Tyrael
June 22nd 2011



20798 Comments


All Shall Perish is pure deathcore and really should not be compared to this band in any way.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2011



21768 Comments


It was the easiest way I could think to describe it at the time. It basically leads up to nothing.

CrowsZero
June 22nd 2011



91 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

if andy quit from the band they will lose their fans

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2011



21768 Comments


COS HE'S SO FUCKING SEXXXYYY

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2011



8321 Comments


With their over-the-top onstage appearance and Def Leppard/Kiss influenced metalcore/glam rock combo, Black Veil Brides' could have been conceived to be a fun, contemporary take on a genre mostly gone for an entire twenty years years.
I'm sorry but I didn't read further. Kiss and Def Leppard influenced a genre called metalcore/glam rock combo? Really? You are saying that Kiss and Def Leppard influenced metalcore in any way or commended the mix of glam rock and metalcore? And then you go on to say that this fantastic (new) genre, called metalcore/glam rock combo, pioneered by Kiss and Def Leppard, has not only been dead for 20 years, but was fully alive back in the 80s? Son, put down the joint or rearrange your first paragraph.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2011



21768 Comments


No. Forget the metalcore, in interviews they keep on going on about how when they were younger they listened to Kiss etc and that influenced them.

Then if you add that to metalcore, you get them.

Maybe I worded it a bit too confusingly


I don't even know how you edit..

sspedding
June 22nd 2011



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol

pretty good review though besides the confused first paragraph. Blessed By a Broken Heart do the glam/metalcore thing quite well.



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