Black Veil Brides, The Story

Black Veil Brides combine a striking dark gothic image with a sound that looks to metalcore, shock rock, punk, and glam metal for inspiration. Emerging in 2006, the Ohio rockers quickly became darlings of the alt-metal scene via chart-busting efforts like Set the World on Fire (2011), the ambitious rock opera Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (2013), and its 2018 prequel, Vale.

Primarily the brainchild of vocalist Andy Biersack (aka Andy Six), Black Veil Brides formed in Cincinnati in 2006. In their first couple of years together, the band went through a number of lineup changes while they gained attention from labels with two EPs, releasing Sex & Hollywood in 2007 and Never Give In the following year. They eventually relocated to Los Angeles, settling on a lineup and beginning work on their full-length debut. Bringing together guitarist Jinxx (formerly of the Dreaming), guitarist Jake Pitts, bassist Ashley Purdy, and drummer Sandra Alvarenga, the group began to refine their image and sound, touring with bands like Eyes Set to Kill and From First to Last.

In 2010, they released their debut, We Stitch These Wounds, on Standby Records. Later that year, Alvarenga left the group and was replaced by drummer Christian “CC” Coma, who made his debut with the band on 2011’s Set the World on Fire, which was issued on Lava Records. For their third release, Black Veil Brides channeled their gothic image to create the conceptual punk rock opera Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, which arrived in early 2013. Less than a year later, they released their fourth album, the self-titled Black Veil Brides, which debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200.

The following year saw the group issue their first concert LP/DVD, Alive and Burning, and in January 2018, they released their fifth full-length, Vale, which served as a narrative prequel to Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones. Bass player Ashley Purdy left the fold the following year and was replaced by Lonny Eagleton, who made his studio debut on that year’s The Night EP. In 2020, the band issued a re-recording of their 2010 debut We Stitch These Wounds.

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