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BLACK VEIL BRIDES IV

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If you’re not into the scene, glam metal isn’t a genre you hear about often. The fact is, it’s far from dead. 

Californian shock rockers Black Veil Brides are renowned for their trademark appearance as much as their music – they’re rarely seen without full face paint, long hair and tight black clothing, the kind you’d typically associate with ‘80s icons like KISS or Motley Crue. That’s not to say their music doesn’t rock, either.

IV hits the ground running with Heart Of Fire. It’s got everything you’d want: roaring vocals from frontman Andy Biersack, thumping percussion and wailing guitar licks. The extended intro of Faithless is impressive, using church bells and intense guitar rhythms to full effect. The chanting chorus is reminiscent of 30 Seconds To Mars, and the same dynamic continues through Devil In The Mirror.

Later, Drag Me To The Grave is a head-banging riot, as is The Shattered God, which gets back to the chanting-style choruses they began with. Crown Of Thorns is a nice finish, utilising some varied guitar effects to end on a high.

Black Veil Brides’ latest album is certainly polished, and you can only imagine with their signature appearance and stage theatrics, it would be even better live.

3.5 stars

CHRIS BRIGHT