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BLACK VEIL BRIDES IV REVIEW 2014

 

BLACK VEIL BRIDES - IV

LAVA RECORDS

OCTOBER 27 2014

 

 

To be perfectly honest though the Rockpit has interviewed the Black Veil Brides on numerous occasions over the years and seen them live countless times the local crew has been rather less enthusiastic about the back catalogue than our effusive US correspondents and on their only live down-under appearances found them less than “on fire” to say the least. This was the album that would hopefully change all of that; but to be blunt it rather reconfirms what we thought all along: this is a band that has managed to live off the hype and the image rather longer than most…


The fourth self-tiled BVB release is really just like you would expect and suffers from the same issues: the bombast may well dazzle you initially but the depth is still somewhat lacking. BVB have after all tried everything from Metalcore to modern Metal to anchor their sound to but the issue really is still the same: consistency. At least here there seems to be a concerted effort to reach out to the mainstream here but even that sadly leaves the band falling between two stools: they sound both bombastic and formulaic; and while that may still appease the kids who have lifted them this far it’s hard to see how it will attract a new audience.


It’s not all bad news though; as usual there are gems to keep you believing: ‘Heart of Fire’ the opening track may well sound similar to so many other BVB tracks but it does ignite and have a strong melody perfect for airplay. But it’s where they try to push themselves where it really connects and keeps you believing:  the lengthy ‘Walk Away’ owes a lot to Illusion-era Gunners  and really works well, whilst the ballad ‘Walk Away’ and harder-edged melodies of ‘Crown of Thorns’ stand out from the pack.


At the end of the day though ‘IV’ or ‘Black Veil Brides’ is really just a step back to what the band did on ‘Set the World on Fire’ and I know that will probably please a lot of people, but what it says about future direction I’m not sure.

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

BLACK VEIL BRIDES - IV - HARD ROCK ALBUM REVIEW 2014