Meet Your New Favorite Band (to Intensely Dislike): Black Veil Brides

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Black Veil Brides at the Warped Tour

At first we thought that was KISS strutting up at us from our slideshow of this weekend's Warped Tour at Shoreline Amphitheatre. But no -- monstrous black-and-white makeup aside, those guys are way too skinny to be in KISS.

Turns out we were eyeing Black Veil Brides, a Hollywood pop-metal act whose members look like the gaudy Grand Poobahs of arena rock if they were meth heads. This is apparently the kind of thing that now passes for Warped Tour fare: zebra-zombie makeup, bondagey black pleather getups, comical rhinestone-cross ear medallions. Take your yearly beer budget, double it, and you've got what these dudes spend on eyeliner in a single night. And just like their fast-heavy-soaring songs, you can't tell any of these semishirtless band members apart.

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Aren't we supposed to make fun of bands for looking like this?

Is it just us -- and the considerable time that has elapsed since we were 13 -- or is this all completely confusing? Is it supposed to be punk? Is it supposed to be metal? Is it supposed to be good?

At the core, this is just pop of the most mundane teenage self-help variety, with vague reassurances (sample refrain: "No one can tell you who you are") inserted sans context over staple moves from three decades of heavy/fast rock. One moment they're cribbing generic thrash metal, but the shout-along chorus in each radio-friendly song owes its origins to straight-up hardcore. And their outfits are pure hair metal.

Summing up this catastrophe is the video for "Fallen Angels," below. It has the band members rising from the wreckage of a post-apocalyptic L.A., dressed in the worst leather-and-studs garb, singing to reassure their insecure listeners of their place in the (now-destroyed?) world. Just like the video, Black Veiled Brides represent an age of heavy music where all of the previous orders have been dismantled, and where there is no contradiction, or even irony, in melding elements of once-distinct musical styles into one bland hard-rock sausage -- not to innovate, not to challenge, but simply to pander to young consumers' self-doubt.

Ugh. If these people are to inherit the world -- or even the Warped Tour -- please, let us perish. Or at least spend eternity listening to KISS.

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MorticiansDaughter
MorticiansDaughter like.author.displayName 1 Like

When I first saw them I knew they reminded me of KISS but I guess I'm too young to really be bothered by it. They aren't amazing, but I don't think their music is all that horrible and most of the songs have a good message. I do admit though, Fallen Angels & the rest of the Set the World on Fire album was not nearly as good as their first album. Your article is expressing your opinion, but I sympathize with many of the other comments. I'm tired of older people being pretentious with their music and declaring that if we don't like the "good bands", classics such as Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd or KISS, we're losers who don't know real music. If you want to get a point across, I suggest not being disrespectful next time.

Taylorrandall
Taylorrandall

"No matter how much youve worked so hard to be as successful as you are, there will always be  those ignorant haters who wont understand." - Jinxx of bvb

Boowilleatyourheart
Boowilleatyourheart like.author.displayName 1 Like

For such the old bastard you are you are very immature!!!! What elder spends their time writing hate collumns over bands that help teenagers and preteens even be living at this time?!?! I know people that are only hear because of this band and the people that like it, it makes us and everybody who like it feel like somebody understands!!! So stop sucking cock and clean your dentures off and start writing some ACTUAL reviews!!!!

Boowilleatyourheart
Boowilleatyourheart like.author.displayName 1 Like

Making fun of their apperance is JUST LIKE making fun of your precious band "KISS" you asshole they got their inspiration FROM "KISS" or at least the way the dress and their makeup!!!! Why don't you get a life and stop making fun of amazing bands?!!?!?! Go make fun of country music singers!!!!

Jbreyes1016
Jbreyes1016

People like you are so judgemental about a band before you actually hear them. This band has helped people go through tough times while you have done nothing but make people angry.

Jbreyes1016
Jbreyes1016

Wow. This is the artical I've read since Cristwire. How can you be so mean to a band that you probobly haven't even heard. Some people are so quick to jump to conclusions about a band by their appearances that it's not even funny. If you don't like them why waste your time writing this?

Molly
Molly

It's funny how mostly all of the comments consist of asshurt fans.  I remember when I used to like this mediocre band along with some other ones. Then they all got boring as I drifted off to maturity and to find better music.  Now, BVB is just a shit stain to me and I can relate to others who think they're crap too.

Ben
Ben

Fuck you you you sons of biches it's one of the best bands ever

Chrisdahlia
Chrisdahlia

you just dont get it man...thats all i have to say im not gonna hate on you for hating BVB cuz the reason ur hating on them is cuz you just dont get it btw when the hell did the look and appearence of a band become the only thing that matters in music? i think you gotta re-evaluate your standards and become a bit more tolorent of other peoples opinions and beleifs you got your right to your opinion but there;s no need for hate there's enough in this world already please don't disrespect us or what we stand for

Black Veil Brides forever!
Black Veil Brides forever!

You sir, are a pathetic dickhead. How can you judge a talented band by their looks? What a purely ignorant prick. Black Veil Brides is a symbol of confidence in ones self. Each band member has a distinctly unique look and personality. Atleast they are trying to make the world a better place with their talented and meaningful music. You are polluting the world with your negative and ingnorant works. I have two words for you Ian S. Warner. Fuck you!

Fallen_Angel
Fallen_Angel

This is the suckiest review I have ever seen. Honestly, dissing a band because of the way they dress and look. They WANT to be outcasts. They give hope to the lonely. The wretched. The forgotten. We are the fallen angels. And proud to be.

BVB did a fantastic job on Warped Tour, even though I couldn't make it to actually see. They did an even better job on Buried Alive Tour. BVB gets better every concert. They gain more fans, and even though some of the fans don't stay true, some only like them for their look. Others stop being their fan.

If you would look closer- or are you blind?- you would see that all the members have a different pattern of what we call war paint. CC is the easiest to pick out, the one with the bandanna. Andy, he's the one in the center. Seeings as I'm on a mobile device, I can't exactly see the picture the best.

As for the eye liner thing, its what we do. We are proud to be outcasts. No one will ever change our ways.

WE ARE THE FALLEN ANGELS!

BVB FOREVER!

Nichole
Nichole

You know their look and their music just happens to be inspired from the bands Motley Crue, KISS, and Metallica...so if your dising them, you're also dising them too. And another thing,IF YOU THINK THAT ANYBODY IS EVER GOING TO TAKE THIS LIGHTLY...HA, YOU BETTER WATCH YOUR BACK, MFBSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BVBfanforever
BVBfanforever

YOUR KNOW WHAT!!!! FUCK YOU HOW DARE U DIS AND TALK ABOUT THEM THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT IT DOESNT MATTER WHO THEY ARE OR WHAT THEY DO FUCK U UR JUST FUCKING JEALOUS BECAUSE THEIR ACTUALLY ABLE TO FOLLOW THERE DREAMS UNLIKE UR SORRY ASS!!!! FUCK OFF

Smart_Person
Smart_Person

Lololol at all the butthurt fans. Black Veil Brides suck tremendously! I laugh EVERYTIME I see Andy Ballsack fall and break his ribs ahhaha and then he broke his nose? Hahahahahhaahahahahahahhaha god's punishment for shitty music!

Mahlygrandos
Mahlygrandos

Awesome video of bvb falling angels:D... but ur comments of bvb are soooooo STUPID!!!!!!!!!!! And so r U "smart person" to me u are ALL THE BAD WORDS I CULD EVER THINK OVE OK SO I WILL SUGGEST U BACK OFF AND LEAVE THEM ALONE UR JUST JEALOUS OVE THEM CUZ THER AWSOME AND UR NOT SO WHAT I WANT U TO DO IS TO THINK ABOUT WHAT U SAID ABOUT ANDY AND TACKE IT BACK AND JUST TRY LIKING THEM AND NEX TIME THINK ABOUT WHAT UR GOING TO PUT ABOUT ANDY OR BLACK VEIL BRIDES CUZ IM HEARE TO TELL U THAT I WILL KICK UR ASS IF U PUT SOMTHING LIKE THAT EVER AGAIN OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK SO THIS IS U IF U PUT SOMETHING LIKE THAT EVER AGAIN. .... X X ----- /----- \----- SMART PERSON

Mahlygranados
Mahlygranados

Those 2 X's are UR eys and UR name is in the bottom to sow that that is u ok

Whatever
Whatever

Do me a favor and stop being a dick, you're not funny or cute. Okay? LOLOLOLOL okay. Learn how to use some fucking commas, then you can attempt to diss a band. k.

Christine Elizabeth
Christine Elizabeth

It is apparent you must be an ancient old fart to come to that conclusion. If your balls are swinging past your knees, its time to give up. Go to a nursing home and die. Your inept attempt at writing a review shows everyone just how sad your life must be. Nobody is going to listen to a faggot like you, so give it up, gramps. I hope after reading all these comments you get off your little soap box and go hang yourself. :D

RawRiMaPoPtArT
RawRiMaPoPtArT

How could you say those things? And isn't this supposed to be a music review, or is this a stupid excuse to trash their fashion style? Black Veil Brides have accomplished a lot in a few years.Things that you couldn't do in a life time. So what if they look like KISS? They were inspired by KISS and the Black Veil Brides inspire me a long with the BVB army.Ever since I listened to them I have learned to appreciate myself, and not only stick up for myself but to live my life the way I want to and not live it the way someone else tells me to.And they send that kind of message to everyone.I'm not saying your not entitled to you're own opinion.You didn't have to trash them to write a good music review.The Black Veil Brides have changed lives including mine and if you can't respect that how can you expect someone to respect you?

Michelle C.
Michelle C.

Wow dont you even dare to call yourself a KISS fan they had the same message. Black Veil Brides is inspired by them. Even Alice Cooper likes them, you're just a person in the internet that just spreads hate, which is stupid, considering im sure they dont give a fuck of what you said. Whoever likes Black Veil Brides will continue to like Black Veil Brides you can't do shit about it. Hate is just another way of publicity, keep it coming.

BitchPLZ
BitchPLZ

Fuck you did you even listen to there early eps or first album they have more to offer then a lot of bands currently and there look Is a great tribute to past inspiration like kiss motley Crüe And misfits they all are free spirited and do what they want and dress how they want that is nothing to make fun of

nrahs
nrahs like.author.displayName 1 Like

they are a brill band, and they dont have a sub genre, theyre bringing back GOOD MUSIC  

Jazmine Davison
Jazmine Davison

Whatever until you sit back and really hear their music out, and see how it really effects people you have no room to be talking.  

Andy Lucero
Andy Lucero

Black Veil Brides have accomplished so much within one year so stfu. they complete an album from June 20, 2010 to June 14, 2011 so you need to stfu on what they do because what they do is actually pperfect

Torrie Nystrand
Torrie Nystrand

Dude you don't even know what the fuck you are talking about Black veil brides are the shit I love them!!! This is coming from someone that don't really even like rock, so for me to like them is saying something;p

Bri Marie
Bri Marie like.author.displayName 1 Like

look here, whoever wrote this is completely and totally out of their minds!!!!!! Black Veil Brides is amazing!! if u actually did your reserch you would see that andy sixx is an amazing artist who has been through more than you think. his music is amazing and is speaks to people. mabey you're just prejudust of the "emo" population. well guess what! we could care less about one stuck up snob like you! im tired of people hating!! don't you have anything better to do with your life then try and ruin an amazing artist's carrer?? it's not cool. really! get a friggin life! better yet get a sex life and mabey you wouldn't be so crabby!!!

Jessi
Jessi

WHY ARE YOU SO JUDGMENTAL YOU!!!! WTH WHY ARE WRITING SOMETHING BAD ABOUT THEM ACTUALLY THEY CARE ABOUT THERE FANS AND THEY REALLY HATE THE HATERS ANDY IS ACTUALLY PRETTY NICE, GOD THE REST IM NOT ALOWD TO SAY BUT Y DO YOU HATE THEM SO MUCH STOP BEING JUDGMENTAL!!!!!!!!

Sammy
Sammy

This journalist's such a dick he's just judging by their apperanence which is pathertic..... He needs to get a fuckin' life and they actually care about their fans. You know if everybody in the world was the same it'll be a pretty fuckin' miserable place. I love their look, personality n their music.... They're gonna go places n change da world n all you're gonna do iis be a fuckin' worthless journalist.

Purpleunicorns56
Purpleunicorns56

Black Veil Brides happens to have millions of fans across the globe. You, on the other hand, have none.If you knew the whole back story of BVB, you might think a bit differently.Transformers 3: Revenge of the Fallen Soundtrack includes Fallen Angels. So, someone out there likes them and what they stand for.

Kirsten
Kirsten

As I was reading this I kept thinking 'How is this dick even a journalist?' Now, I totally agree that everyone is allowed an opinion, but this isn't a review. This is just a hate message to a band that is doing really well. I love the diversity in their music and who cares if they look like KISS! They are here to sing against people like you.Black Veil Brides' music is FOR the fans. Not for people like you who will bash them to no end just because of who they are. Oh, and if you can't tell them apart then you must obviously be blind.Just leave them be!

Shanice
Shanice

Fuck you. How dare you talk about Black Veil Brides in this way. Who do you think you are? They are amazing! They care about their fans enough too make sure they feel okay in this world where they get rejected for what they like and who they really are. I get less stick now, for liking bands such as these, because Black Veil Brides and their lyrics taught me too stand up for myself, so people left me alone. I love their look, I love their songs & I love their personalities. They are bigger and better people than you will ever be.

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