The Wild Ones are back, as long-running rock band Black Veil Brides return for their fifth full-length album, Vale. The loyal fanbase of the band waited in anticipation for this new album since late 2016 and Black Veil Brides are finally delivering.
Having listened to the album in full I can say in complete confidence that Vale is the absolute culmination of everything Black Veil Brides have done in their career so far. Vale showcases elements of most of the band’s previous albums (which are all distinct from one another). It’s got the powerful, high energy anthems of their Set the World on Fire era, the heavy and distorted headbangers of their 2014 self-titled album Black Veil Brides and of course the theatrical gospel-rock vibes from its predecessor Wretched and Divine. There’s even a presence of vocalist Andy Biersack’s side project, Andy Black.
Adding to that point, the elements brought to Black Veil Brides from Biersack’s side project The Shadow Side seem to have instilled in the band’s overall sound a tiny, tiny hint of pop-rock, electronic elements as well as showcasing how much the vocalist has improved and grown since branching out into his side project. His deep, powerful vocals and extensive range really shows and shines in this record.
Vale is a conceptual record that follows the themes and story of the band’s 2013 release Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones. Both albums follow a band of outcasts who struggle and fight against an evil organisation called F.E.A.R. A story in short about standing up for yourself and what you believe in, against anyone that would try to stop you. Vale brings the story to an end, closing a chapter for the band as well.
Musically this album has a lot going for it, as Black Veil Brides have clearly honed their unique sound over the years. They still retain the signature twin guitar sound that resonates from guitarists Jake Pitts and Jinxx, that combines distorted chugging guitar riffs and shredding guitar licks which makes all the songs feel multi-layered as the twin guitars are contrasting each other so well, but playing so significantly differently. Drummer Christian ‘C.C’ Coma plays the drums in a way that’s versatile, sometimes it’ll be a soft, satisfying drum beat and others it’ll be powerful, all-out drumming. Not to mention bassist Ashley Purdy’s contributions, the basslines in some parts of the album are prominent and very satisfying to the ears. On top of all this instrumentation, there’s a lot of piano and some violin to retain the theatrical, gospel-rock vibes.
Personally, I think the stand-out songs and highlights of the album are ‘The Last One,’ ‘Wake Up,’ ‘Our Destiny,’ ‘Vale (This is Where it Ends),’ ‘Ballad of the Lonely Hearts,’ ‘The Outsider’ and ‘When They Call my Name.’
In summary, I think that Black Veil Brides’ Vale is an album that can truly appeal to a wide audience and can satisfy many, many people. Do you like hard rock? They’ve got you covered. Do you like Metal? They’ve got you covered. Do you like alternative rock? They’ve definitely got you covered.
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