Review: Black Veil Brides – Set The World On Fire

Sergio reviews Black Veil Brides’ Set the World on Fire.

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Artist Name: Black Veil Brides
Album Name: Set the World on Fire
Year: 2011
Genre: Glam Metal
Label: Lava Records

You gotta love the metal elitists. Really, you have to. If it wasn’t for their disparaging and homophobic comments on several forums, it might’ve taken me longer to discover the Black Veil Brides – but instead, I’m up to speed with BVB and reviewing their latest effort, Set the World on Fire. Off the topic, here’s a tip for trolls: if you give something negative attention, it doesn’t make it go away nor make people like it less. Use it, lose it…

It isn’t hard to identify the immediate influences on Set the World on Fire – mind you, it isn’t like BVB have ever denied their love for Kiss and Mötley Crüe – throw in a bit of Avenged Sevenfold, and Set the World on Fire is, essentially, a modernised update of glam metal. In fact, I’m not even the slightest bit surprised that BVB have caught the attention of the mainstream audience with this collection of anthemic songs, which really fit the bill for stadium rock – seriously, there is no shame in being caught humming the melodies or singing the choruses of ‘Set the World on Fire,’ ‘Fallen Angels,’ ‘Rebel Love Song,’ and ‘Die For You,’ or letting your swagger flow to the sultry intro riff of ‘God Bless You’ (just don’t fist-pump, please). Underneath the makeup, leather, hairspray and controversy, it’s obvious that BVB know exactly what they’re doing, as they pull you in with catchy, punchy and straight to the point tunes.

There is one weakness to this album: Andy “Six” Biersack’s vocal range. After the first listen, I immediately thought of him as a limited, jagged version of Ville Valo (HIM). There are a few instances where his vocals fail to hit the mark and supplement the impact of the music behind him, specifically on the opening track, ‘New Religion,’ and the ballad, ‘Saviour.’ Going back to the Avenged Sevenfold comparison of earlier, Andy is similar to M. Shadows (vocalist) in the sense that you either love his style or you don’t.

With a legion of followers behind them and a slick release in Set the World on Fire, I can only predict even bigger things and a serious case of BVB fever (hey, it’s better than Bieber fever) for the world. You could do much worse than this album, trolls.

Best Tracks: ‘Set the World on Fire,’ ‘Fallen Angels,’ and ‘Die For You’


- Sergio Pereira

Written by Sergio Pereira