Black Veil Brides – Set the World on Fire

Tania MacWilliam
Album Review

Sept. 20, 2011

*Link here to original article (summary in Travis magazine on page 8 here)

Award winning Hollywood based rock band Black Veil Brides released their sophomore album “Set the World On Fire” on June 14, 2011. It’s a follow up to their 2010 album “We Stitch these wounds.”

Among many music industry honours, the band won the “Best New Band” title at Revolver’s Golden Gods Awards and Kerrang’s award for “Best International Newcomer.”

Gaining worldwide attention, Black Veil Brides’ title track of their newest release is included on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie soundtrack.

In keeping up with increasing their exposure, the band is sure to amass a new fan-base after performing music from “Set The World On Fire” during the summer 2011 Vans Warped Tour.

It will take loyal fans a few listens of the entire album to come to terms with the sound change. Once past that, you will enjoy an album that is more mainstream with better production, (Josh Abraham – Linkin Park, Velvet Revolver, Korn) yet retains the same rebel outcast message that garnered Black Veil Brides their huge fan-following.

Thanks to social media sites like Youtube and Twitter, frontman Andy Biersack has grown up in the spotlight over the last five years. His clean vocals have matured alongside and he demonstrates greater confidence in his abilities on this album.

Set The World On Fire lives up to the promise of harder rocking thanks to the rapid and powerful drumming care of Christian “CC” Coma. Guitarists Jake Pitts and Jinnx compliment the new edge by shredding through amazing solos.

There is only a modest amount of screaming as compared to “We Stitch These Wounds,” yet the selective placement makes them just as effective. Though true screamo fans may be wishing there were more.

With plenty of gang vocals, this album truly does showcase that Black Veil Brides is a band and not the Andy Biersack show.

Fallen Angels is one of the many rock anthems on this album. In the bands debut song, you can almost picture bassist Ashley Purdy’s signature fist pump throughout.

Saviour is the only ballad and possibly the best song on the album. Classically trained violinist Jinxx forgoes his guitar in favour of the violin in this emotionally stirring song. Biersack’s signature raw, passionate screams are reserved for the last 30 seconds. You can’t help but notice an eerie resemblance to Hinder in this song.
Other songs worth mentioning are God Bless You and Die For You.

If you purchase your music digitally you will receive a nice little nugget called Smoke and Mirrors, another commercial sounding song sure to be popular among new listeners.

Eliciting more toe tapping than head banging, the overall listenability of this album will appeal to those who are new to the 80s glam metal/hard rock genre. It’s still grimy enough to hang on to old fans yet has enough credibility to snag even the hardest rockers.

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