As the devilish mash-up of religious imagery and romance in their name suggests Black Veil Brides are possessed of a fascination with the dark. They follow in the boot steps of metal, punk, and rock trailblazers like KISS, Billy Idol, and the Misfits. A burning fire of determination engulfs the very heart of the band, sparking new and revelatory rebellion, while deeply entrenched in the rich traditions of hard rock. Black Veil Brides have championed the cast aside, the marginalized, and the misunderstood since the band’s inception. The bold defiance of those who would underestimate the dedicated legions who steadily face down untold obstacles was there when Black Veil Brides was little more than the dark and detailed fever dream of an artistic kid in a small town. It persists in the fully realized Hollywood incarnation of the band whose faces grace magazine covers, whose image is the object of devotion and obsession, and whose anthems are cherished and sung in unison by an international audience of diverse iconoclasts who will never give in.
Vale, the fifth album from hard rock’s most exciting young band marks the culmination of all that has come before. Focused intensity and cinematic storytelling brought out the best and brightest in melody, power, and accomplishment. Roughly translated from Latin, “vale” means “be well” and “be strong,” themes that are central to the message that drives the album. Black Veil Brides’ fifth record closes a chapter for The Wild Ones, characters that came alive on the band’s 2013 album Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, with the musical precision and unified rock n’ roll restlessness they captured on their self-titled 2014 follow-up.
New songs like the twin-guitar fueled up-tempo rallying cry that is “My Vow,” the victoriously stomping metal anthem “The Outsider,” and the powerful ballad “When They Call My Name” are set to reignite the Black Veil Brides faithful anew, while enrapturing new devotees in kind. Reuniting the band with Feldmann, Vale mines the depths of self-reflection to climb bold heights of renewal, musically and lyrically. It’s a siren call to inspire inner strength and to fiercely embrace individuality.
They’ve shared the stage with likeminded contemporaries like Avenged Sevenfold and dominated on numerous Warped Tour treks, international tours, and festivals, like Download UK, Rock Am Ring, and Rock on the Range. They’ve earned countless trophies and nominations at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, the Kerrang! Awards, and the Alternative Press Music Awards (which Biersack hosted in 2017).
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