11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their fourth album, Hollywood’s Black Veil Brides eschew their metalcore dirges and emo freakouts in favor of a kind of old-school arena-ready rock. Produced by metal legend Bob Rock (Mötley Crüe, Metallica), the effort’s a hyper-riffed mix of big choruses (“Heart of Fire,” “Drag Me to the Grave”), oddly optimistic and melodic darkness (“Faithless,” “Devil in the Mirror”), and a glorious metal weeper in the guise of a ’80s-styled power ballad (“Goodbye Agony”) that would’ve done Whitesnake proud. Singer Andy Biersack’s tone suggests unironic seriousness, so make no mistake—BVB are hardly backdated.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their fourth album, Hollywood’s Black Veil Brides eschew their metalcore dirges and emo freakouts in favor of a kind of old-school arena-ready rock. Produced by metal legend Bob Rock (Mötley Crüe, Metallica), the effort’s a hyper-riffed mix of big choruses (“Heart of Fire,” “Drag Me to the Grave”), oddly optimistic and melodic darkness (“Faithless,” “Devil in the Mirror”), and a glorious metal weeper in the guise of a ’80s-styled power ballad (“Goodbye Agony”) that would’ve done Whitesnake proud. Singer Andy Biersack’s tone suggests unironic seriousness, so make no mistake—BVB are hardly backdated.

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