CD Review: Black Veil Brides "Wretched and Divine- The Story of the Wild Ones"

Black Veil Brides
“Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones”
Lava/Universal Republic
Producers: John Feldman
Tracks: 19

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

The break out hard rock/heavy metal band Black Veil Brides are back with their 3rd full-length release titled “Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones” which is the follow up release to the bands successful 2011 album “Set the World on Fire”. The new release is a concept based album featuring 19 tracks produced by John Feldman that are based around the story of the Wild Ones a group of outcasts trying to defend themselves from an entity know as F.E.A.R.

I was really excited to get my copy of the new Black Veil Brides album as I have been following the various updates and postings from the band about the album via their social media sites. The part I was not so excited for was the fact that it was going to be a concept based record. These very rarely go well for bands and have the potential to alienate even the most diehard fans. Well sadly “Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones” failed to impress me for the most part. Gone were the metal tinged songs reminiscent of the bands “We Stitch These Wounds” release. Instead the band seems to have traded in their edginess and gritty sound for pianos ballads and over the top production. I did find the tracks “Shadows Die” and “Nobody’s Hero” to be more to my liking as they were probably a couple of the heavier tracks on the album. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy albums that contain a lot of production however it really has to be done in moderation.

Though “Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones” maybe be too much of a departure from the sound that brought the band in to the mainstream it shouldn’t be totally discredited. The concept behind the album is one that I am sure a lot of listeners can relate to and may have dealt with at some point in their lives. That alone makes the album worth checking out. Anything after that is up to the listener to decide.

Track Listing:
1.) Exordium
2.) I Am Bulletproof
3.) New Year’s Day
4.) F.E.A.R. Transmission 1: Stay Close
5.) Wretched and Divine
6.) We Don’t Belong
7.) F.E.A.R. Transmission 2: Trust
8.) Devil’s Choir”
9.) Resurrect the Sun
10.) Overture
11.) Shadows Die
12.) Abeyance
13.) Days are Numbered
14.) Done For You
15.) Nobody’s Hero
16.) Lost It All
17.) F.E.A.R. Transmission 3: As War Fades
18.) In The End
19.) F.E.A.R. Final Transmission

Black Veil Brides to Unleash “Wretched and Divine: the Story of the Wild Ones” on January 8th




Pre-Order For Band’s Third Album Set For October 31st via iTunes 

The Church Of The Wild Ones World Tour Kicks Off January 4th 

(New York, NY – October 29, 2012) – Los Angeles based hard rockers Black Veil Brides return with their third album Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones. The album is being released on January 8th via Lava Records/Unviersal Republic.  The album marks the band’s first full length release since 2011’s Set The World On Fire which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock chart, #4 on the iTunes overall album chart and #17 on the Billboard Top 200. The 19 track opus builds upon the signature sound the Black Veil Brides have created since their debut We Stitch These Wounds while showcasing their growth as musicians and songwriters. The pre-order for the new album goes live on iTunes on October 31st and fans who pre-order the whole album will be treated to an instant download of the first single “In The End” which was the theme song for WWE’s Hell In A Cell Pay-Per-View event recently.  Wretched And Divive: The Story Of The Wild Ones was produced by John Feldmann known for his work with The Used, Neon Trees, Panic! At The Disco, and The Veronicas, among others.

Black Veil Brides will also be heading out on The Church Of The Wild Ones World Tour in support of the new album.  The tour, which kicks off January 4th in Las Vegas, will cover two continents and four different countries before it ends on March 8th in San Francisco.  The first leg will make stops in Denver, Houston, Philadelphia and New York to name a few before heading over to the United Kingdom.  There, the band will make stops in Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool and Glasgow and more before returning to the States for the second US leg of The Church Of The Wild Ones Tour. The band will also make a return to Mexico on February 23rd during this leg.

The tracklisting for Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones is:

1) Exordium
2) I Am Bulletproof
3) New Year’s Day
4) F.E.A.R. Transmission 1: Stay Close
5) Wretched And Divine
6) We Don’t Belong
7) F.E.A.R. Transmission 2: Trust
8) Devil’s Choir
9) Resurrect The Sun
10) Overture
11) Shadows Die
12) Abeyance
13) Days Are Numbered
14) Done For You
15) Nobody’s Hero
16) Lost It All
17) F.E.A.R. Transmission 3: As War Fades
18) In The End
19) F.E.A.R. Final Transmission

Black Veil Brides is Andy Biersack (vocals), Jake Pitts (guitars), Jinxx (guitars/violin), Ashley Purdy (bass) and Christian “CC” Coma (drums).






Jan 4th

Las Vegas, NV

Hard Rock Café

Jan 5th

Phoenix, AZ

Nile Theatre

Jan 7th

Denver, CO

Ogden Theatre

Jan 9th

Odessa, TX

Dos Amigos

Jan 10th

Dallas, TX

The Palladium

Jan 11th

San Antonio, TX

Backstage Live

Jan 12th

Houston, TX

House Of Blues

Jan 14th

Tampa, FL

State Theatre

Jan 15th

Jacksonville, FL

The Edge

Jan 16th

Atlanta, GA

The Masquerade

Jan 18th

Baltimore, MD

Rams Head Live

Jan 19th

Philadelphia, PA

The Trocadero

Jan 20th

Sayreville, NJ

Starland Ballroom

Jan 22nd

Cleveland, OH


Jan 23rd

Buffalo, NY


Jan 25th

New York, NY

Best Buy Theatre

Jan 26th

Worcester, MA

The Palladium

Jan 27th

Manchester, NH


Jan 29th

Pittsburgh, PA

Altar Bar

Jan 30th

Toronto, ON

Opera House

Feb 3rd

Cardiff, UK

Cardiff University Great Hall

Feb 4th

Manchester, UK


Feb 5th

Bristol, UK

O2 Academy

Feb 7th

Southampton, UK

Guild Hall

Feb 8th

Norwich, UK


Feb 9th

Liverpool, UK

O2 Academy

Feb 10th

Glasgow, UK

O2 Academy

Feb 12th

Newcastle, UK

O2 Academy

Feb 13th

Sheffield, UK

O2 Academy

Feb 14th

Birmingham, UK

O2 Academy

Feb 15th

London, UK

O2 Academy Brixton

Feb 17th

Allentown, PA

Crocodile Rock

Feb 19th

Louisville, KY


Feb 21st

Chicago, IL

House Of Blues

Feb 22nd

Detroit, MI

Crofoot Ballroom

Feb 23rd

Mexico City, MX

El Plaza Condesa

Feb 27th

Salt Lake City, UT

The Complex

Feb 28th

Boise, ID

Knitting Factory

Mar 1st

Spokane, WA

Knitting Factory

Mar 2nd

Seattle, WA

Studio Seven

Mar 4th

Chico, CA

Senator Theatre

Mar 5th

Reno, NV

Knitting Factory

Mar 6th

Sacramento, CA

Ace Of Spades


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