Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Release Date: July 10, 2015
Reviewed by: Todd "Toddstar" Jolicoeur
Can these guys do anything wrong? I am not sure, but so far they seem to be firing on all cylinders when it comes to their releases and all of the material they put out their for their fans, the BVB Army. The band set out on the Black Mass Tour last year and traveled the world, but decided the best place to film a live film would be their home, Los Angeles, CA. Pulling songs from their entire catalog, Andy, Ash, Jake, Jinxx, and CC took this capacity crowd at the Wiltern Theatre on one hell of a ride for almost 75 minutes. The camera angles and placement guarantee a front row seat regardless of whether you want to watch Jinxx and Jake shred, CC pound the skins, or Andy sing and scream his way through the setlist.
Opening the evenings show with new track "Heart Of Fire" is a bold move, but when the BVB Army is in the house there is no upsetting the flow of the show. Having released new material in late 2014, the new disc Black Veil Brides (often referred to as IV) was showcased by three tracks, including the pounding track "Faithless" and one of the more streamlined rockers in the bands catalog, "Last Rites." Lead singer Andy Biersack controls the flow of the show while keeping everybody - band and crowd alike - engaged. The blending of singing and screaming has become a staple of his live performance. Ashley Purdy thumps his bass throughout the show, while providing some killer background vocals and calling out the audience to join in or stand up or sing along. BVB's previous opus, Wretched & Divine yields the most tracks for tonight's show with five tracks blended into the mix, with "I Am Bulletproof" and the title track "Wretched & Divine." One of two guitarists Jake Pitts lends his guitar attack to most of the songs and kills it on every track. The duo of "Overture" and "Shadows Die" is a highlight as it features a killer metal violin courtesy of guitarist Jinxx, who plays all of his stringed instruments with attitude. The set closes perfectly with "In The End." The band takes time out to cover topics ranging from rock being dead to meet and greet conversations while mixing in songs from the bands debut release We Stitch These Wounds. The title track gets mixed into the set just behind "Sweet Blasphemy" which is played after Andy asks the bands to greet them with smiles at signings instead of razor blades and the like. "Knives & Pens" rounds out the material from the disc. The band really broke out of the hardcore sound with their second release, Set The World On Fire, and there are three great tracks off of that disc on the setlist (too bad they didn't keep "God Bless You" in the set), including Top 40 singles "Fallen Angels" and "The Legacy," along with fan favorite "Rebel Love Song." Christian "CC" Coma pounds the hell out of his kit and is allowed to run wild for a moment during a cool drum solo that morphs from solo to song seamlessly. Wrapping up the songs for the night is two songs that were part of the digital only release Rebels. The original track "Coffin" gets its Los Angeles live debut and a cool cover of Bily Idol's "Rebel Yell" helps wind down the set. The downside to this release? This is a DVD only package - I, along with millions of Black Veil Brides fans, would have loved to drop this release in a CD player and crank it out whenever possible.
Video Tracklist: Heart Of Fire - I Am Bulletproof - Coffin - Faithless - Wretched & Divine - Knives & Pens - Overture - Shadows Die - Last Rites - Rebel Love Song - Drum Solo - The Legacy - Sweet Blasphemy - Perfect Weapon - Fallen Angels - Rebel Yell - In The End - Bonus Material: Meet The Fans
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