Our top ten Black Veil Brides songs list looks at a gothic glam metal band who were formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2006. The current line-up consists of vocalist Andy Biersack, guitarist and violinist Jinxx, lead guitarist Jake Pitts, drummer Christian Comma and bassist Lonny Eagleton. They are known for their striking image of black hair, black clothing and makeup which is inspired by bands such as Kiss and Mötley Crüe. Their debut album We Stitch These Wounds was released in 2010 and got to number one on the Billboard Independent Charts. A year later they released their second album Set The World On Fire. Later that year they released an ep titled Rebels.
In 2012 the band revealed that they were working on the their third album which was originally slated for release in 2012, however it got pushed back to 2013. When it was finally released it was titled Wretched and Devine: The Story of the Wild Ones. In 2014 they released their fourth self-titled album. The next couple of years saw them release their first live DVD and in 2019 bassist Ashley Purdy announced his departure from the band.
During the Covid pandemic, Black Veil Brides hosted a live stream celebrating the tenth anniversary of We Stitch These Wounds. Later this year they will release their fifth album The Phantom Tomorrow.
Black Veil Brides are band who have a diverse style which has evolved throughout their career. Starting out as a metalcore band, they have gone on the add elements of glam metal , hard rock and emo. Here is a list of their ten best songs.
# 10 – Heart Of Fire
Kicking off our top ten Black Veil Brides songs list is this track taken from their self-titled fourth album released in 2014. It is the album’s opening track. The album debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 as well as reaching thirteen on the Canadian album charts and seventeen in the Uk. Despite this success, it received a mixed critical reception.
# 9 – Vale (This Is Where It Ends)
Next up is the title track of the band’s fifth album Vale released in 2018. Lyrically is a concept album like their third record Wretched and Devine: The Story of the Wild Ones and is a prequel to that album. It was the final album to feature bassist Ashley Purdy before he left the band the following year.
# 8 – Fields Of Bone
Next up is something of an exclusive track taken from the band’s upcoming sixth album The Phantom Tomorrow. that is set to be released in a couple of weeks. The album is reported to be yet another concept album. This is the second single to be released from the album following “Scarlet Cross”. The album was announced during the livestream celebrating the ten year anniversary of their debut album We Stitch These Wounds.
# 7- In The End
Our next is entry is taken from the BVB’s third album Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones. It was the first sing to be released from the album. It got to number thirty-nine on the Billboard Rock Charts and remained on the charts for two weeks. It was written after the death of lead vocalist Andy Biersack’s grandfather.
# 6 – Rebel Love Song
Ending the first half of this list is the final single to be taken from the band’s third album Set The World On Fire. It won a Kerrang! Award in the UK for Best Single. A music video for it was also produced. Andy Biersack stated that the song is about finding something that you can do and making your mark on the world.
# 5 – The Legacy
Kicking off the second half of this list is the second single to be taken from Set The Word On Fire. It was their first charting single, reaching number twenty-eight Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song is about the band wanting to leave a legacy. It also had a music video produced for it. It was also featured on an episode of CSI: New York.
# 4 – Fallen Angels
Next up we the first single to be taken from Set The World On Fire. The lyrics are inspired by the biblical story of Revelation 12. Like the other singles, it also had a music video produced for it. The song got to number thirty-six on the US Mainstream Billboard chart and number eight on the UK Rock and Metal chart.
# 3 – Knives and Pens
At number three we have a track that is taken from the band’s debut album We Stitch These Wounds released in 2010. In addition to the regular version, there is also an acoustic version. The songs title is a metaphor for the lyrics which are about choosing to either harm yourself or do something productive.
# 2 – Perfect Weapon
Just off the top spot we have the second single to be taken from We Stitch These Wounds. It was written by Andy Biersack when he was known as Andy Six before the first breakdown of the band. It is the last Black Veil Brides single to feature drummer Sandra Avelangra before she left the band. It had music produced for it.
# 1 – Set The World On Fire
At the top spot is the title track of the band’s second album. This track was originally going to used on the soundtrack to the film Scream 4 but ultimately did not end up being in the film. Instead, the band gave an extended preview of the song to their fans. It ultimately did end up on the soundtrack to Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon as well as being the official theme song to WWE Hell in a Cell. The album saw the band moving away from the metalcore sound of the first album and embracing more diverse styles such as hard rock and glam metal. The album was produced by Josh Abraham who has also worked with Linkin Park and Velvet Revolver. It was recorded at Pulse Studios in Los Angeles. It debuted at number seventeen on the Billboard 200 chart as well as seventy-three on the Canadian Chart. It was also moderately successful in the Uk where it reached number three on the rock chart. It received a mixed critical reception, with many critics feeling that it was an improvement over their debut record. The band stated that their main influence when recording the album was Def Leppard’s Hysteria because of the way it was recorded.
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