Black Veil Brides' album is based on 'fear and shadows'

09/11/12

Black Veil Brides

US rock band Black Veil Brides say their third studio album, due for release in January, is based on "the idea of fear and shadows".

Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones is a concept record containing 19 tracks.

We wanted to do something bigger and better than just making another record
Ashley Purdy

Lead singer Andy Biersack says fans can expect a regular rock record which also has a story that parallels their own experiences in life.

"The story follows this group of outcast leaders, rebels, through their journey to defeat this fear, which is an acronym for every and all religion," he said.

"There's this unified church government. Their sole goal is to remove all science and creativity and original thought from society, yet de-evolve things a little bit and make it darkness.

"The idea of fear and shadows play a large role and how people can escape from their own fears."

Ashley Purdy and Andy Biersack
Image caption Ashley Purdy and Andy Biersack revealed they'd be at home in LA for Christmas

Many bands have had success releasing concept albums in recent years including artists from Marilyn Manson to Thirty Seconds to Mars and My Chemical Romance.

The band's bass player Ashley Purdy defended releasing a concept album as their third record saying they "wanted to do something bigger and better than just making another record".

The record was produced by John Feldmann, who has worked with artists like Neon Trees, Panic! At The Disco and The Veronicas.

We're probably going to do something different next year than we've done previously but we definitely plan on doing some festivals
Andy Biersack

As well as releasing their first new music since 2011's Set the World on Fire, the LA rockers also have a film to release based on the story running through Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones.

"We've got a full-length feature film which is called Legion of the Black, which will be in cinemas in the States in December," says Andy Biersack.

"Then it's going to be on pay-per-view around New Year's time worldwide. We'll probably bring it to cinemas over here towards the Kerrang! tour."

The band, who played at this summer's Download Festival, are playing a series of dates in the UK next February as part of the Kerrang! tour.

Biersack also revealed that the band plan to play a festival next summer but aren't sure which one yet.

"We're probably going to do something different next year than we've done previously but we definitely plan on doing some festivals."

Black Veil Brides
Image caption Black Veil Brides played at Download Festival in 2012 and 2011