Black Veil Brides
Set the World on Fire


4.5
superb

Review

by dragoth USER (31 Reviews)
November 4th, 2012 | 38 replies | 2,179 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Black Veil Brides improve on their first album and release a good example of what a rock album should be.

7 of 10 thought this review was well written

Black Veil Brides, a band that causes two types of response upon their name been uttered. You either belong to category one, the larger of the two, where the name invokes a hatred so strong that you would quite happily beat the band to death with blunt items rather than listen to their music. Then there is category two, where you love the band and defend them with righteous fervour whenever they are criticised. It is fair to say that the band hailing from Hollywood have caused a big stir. Their second album Set The World on Fire caused a big reaction when it was first released, a big change from their debut We Stitch These Wounds it sees the band go into a more mainstream hard rock direction.

First of, what has improved with the band. The obvious place to start is with the vocals, singer Andy Biersack has improved greatly for this album, his voice is no longer the more monotonous tone that was heard on the debut, and the tone is better than on that or the earlier EP records. For this album he has, for the most part abandoned the screams that littered the first album, them only appearing occasionally on this one, most noticeably on Saviour and Youth and Whisky. His voice sounds more mature on this album, probably the result of the vocal training that he received for this album, it also sounds more gruff. The lyrics have improved as well, they make more sense and are more sensible, whilst the topic remains the same, outcasts and standing up for yourself, they are more diverse and thought out. An example of this being;

We are the in between
Cast down as sons of war
Struck to the earth like lightning
On this world we're torn
We won't cause the pain
Of living out their law
Take joy in who you are
We know our wings are flawed


as opposed to:

Never give in,
Never back down,
Never give in,
Never back down,
When your life feels lost,
(Fight against all odds!)
Never give in,
(Never back down!).



Another positive, one that has carried through from the first album is the guitars, though there is a noticeable difference here from the first album, whilst in the first album the guitars had a fast moving harmonised tune to each song, now there is a more mainstream hard rock riffing present, though the harmony is still present often most noticeable in the solos as opposed to throughout the whole song, there are obviously exceptions, Fallen Angels been an example. Jake Pitts and Jinxx are probably the most obviously talented members of the group and have some great solos through the album. The gang vocals provided by the guitarists and bass do add to the songs throughout and are a great addition to many songs, again Fallen Angels is a good example of this. The drum work is another improvement, it provides a good rhythm for the songs and is quite diverse throughout, it has also improved in terms of technical proficiency, double bass pedalling and more complex beats been present throughout.

Now for the negatives. For a start the album artwork is frankly a very VERY poor example of photo-shopping, and is a little ridiculous. Next, the lyrics, whilst, as said before have improved, do still have moments when they are ridiculous, maybe a reflection of the age of the vocalist I don't know, but they aren't anything special. Another point is that sometimes the songs sound a little repetitive, some songs sounding a little less thought out than others, Youth and Whisky for example, sounds like it may of been a last minute job. Lastly, the screaming, where it is used it is better than the first albums examples. Whilst it is good that it is not used as much as the first album, it could of been used more. There are moments when you listen to some songs and wish there had been screaming present.

Overall, Black Veil Brides have released what they set out to release, a good hard rock album, and whilst the album is definitely not for everyone, and many people will listen to it and wish nought but long painful deaths for Andy and the rest, it is still a good album overall.

Recommended tracks:

New Religion
Fallen Angels
God Bless You
Rebel Love Song
Saviour
The Legacy
Ritual



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2012



20782 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

theres no 1 or 1.5 reviews for this album but theres 167 1s.. what is this madness

dragoth
November 4th 2012



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

In light of the new album coming out I wanted to review this album, ive been meaning to do this for ages. I was surprised that there wasn't any 1's or 1.5's given the amount of hate the band has received.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2012



21783 Comments


review is ok considering it's only your second and that it's a positive review for this sack of shit

Digging: Gesaffelstein - Aleph

Friday13th
November 4th 2012



2345 Comments


I negged just cause the band is so awful that even your commendably valiant effort couldn't nudge my opinion. You can't seriously believe your own rating, dude.

Digging: East of Eden - Mercator Projected

KingHarkinian
November 4th 2012



435 Comments


I agree! This album is just faaaaabulous.

KingHarkinian
November 4th 2012



435 Comments


Yes

ThrashHard
November 4th 2012



196 Comments


haha doesn't thrash hard at all. won't neg though cause i'm a true thrasher.

J0ckstrapsFTW
November 4th 2012



3652 Comments


Band rules

dragoth
November 4th 2012



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@ASnideRemark, thanks for the feedback, I see what I did with the lyrics now, I hadn't realised. Ile remember the italics point for the future.

Shiduba
November 4th 2012



424 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I simply will not ever understand why anyone would want to listen to this band. If they ever make that movie I'll check it out though, because I love terrible and unintentionally ridiculous movies.

dragoth
November 4th 2012



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The movie is a step to far for the band, especially considering they've only been around for a few years, ile still check it out just to see what they can do with it.

Emim
November 4th 2012



26614 Comments



Another positive, one that has carried through from the first album is the guitars, though there is a noticeable difference here from the first album, whilst in the first album the guitars had a fast moving harmonised tune to each song, now there is a more mainstream hard rock riffing present, though the harmony is still present often most noticeable in the solos as opposed to throughout the whole song, there are obviously exceptions, Fallen Angels been an example.


Learn to use periods.

Azn.
November 4th 2012



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Fuck. I can't neg this because it's not ABYSMALLY terrible writing, yet I can't pos this because it contradicts every single inkling of intelligence of humanity

dragoth
November 4th 2012



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Emim, what do you mean?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2012



14027 Comments


Review is right, this is an improvement on the first album.

BVB well and truly earned a 1.5 with this one.

Digging: We Will Fail - Verstrung

Azn.
November 4th 2012



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yay

Azn.
November 4th 2012



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yeah exactly

DeadBeat
November 4th 2012



529 Comments


this doesn't even deserve a rating

Spec
November 4th 2012



27135 Comments


ronnie should collab

Digging: Rinoa - An Age Among Them

Azn.
November 4th 2012



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

That'd turn out really well



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