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    Mon, 07 Jan 2013 07:47:30

    Black Veil Brides "Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Black Veil Brides go big on their third full-length offering, Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones.

    It's an enthralling concept album about the birth of the band's alter ego, "The Wild Ones", and their very own revolution against an Owerllian government. Sticking with all nineteen tracks makes for an unforgettable roller coaster but, at the same time, the record boasts some of the group's most massive anthems yet. Born from lulling piano, "I Am Bulletproof" snaps into a thrash riff and searing lead emblematic of how powerful guitar duo Jinxx and Jake Pitts truly are. Drummer Christian Coma and bassist Ashley Purdy lay down an impenetrable groove on "New Year's Day" that quickly explodes into a sweeping chorus.

    Meanwhile, singer Andy Biersack's performance stands out as staggering in both delivery and scope. He drives the narrative lyrically with vivid storytelling worthy of the big screen, while his voice carries with palpable potency on "Devil's Choir" and "Wretched and Divine". Lines like "Don't waste your time on tragedy" brandish an uplifting spirit all too rare in hard rock, adding another dimension to this tale.

    A few friends drop by for mind-blowing cameos. Bert McCracken of The Used unleashes raw punk fury on "Days Are Numbered", while Aiden and William Control mainman Will Francis serves as the narrator for the record. Juliet Simms pops by for a heavenly harmony on "Lost it All", quite possibly the most magnificent moment on the record, especially once the "November Rain"-esque shredding kicks in.

    Bands rarely make records this huge anymore. It's impressive to hear one. Black Veil Brides might open up the Twitter age's minds. Truth is, Wretched And Divine stands out as a bona fide classic and it opens the doorway to even bigger things to come.

    Rick Florino
    01.07.13


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