The leather-clad heavy rockers of Black Veil Brides are back with their fifth full-length album Vale released on January 12, 2018. With Vale being one the first few rock records of 2018, I was curious to see what this addition added to the already expansive discography of BVB, and what it would bring to the rock genre in the new year.
On the first listen, Vale plays out as a combination of 2013’s Wretched & Divine and Andy Biersack’s solo record The Shadow Side, as musically the albums share a lot of similarities and themes. From showing some softer sides of Andy’s iconic deep voice on tracks like “When They Call My Name” and “Our Destiny” where the heavy guitars of the older-BVB days come in throughout “Wake Up” and “My Vow”.
Longtime BVB fans will find comfort in the boys coming back together as a band since their release of 2015’s self-titled album, and even Vale has some moments that do bring back some nostalgia for the older fans.
Vale is an album that fans will enjoy and haters to hate, but at the same time, still deserves overwhelming the attention it gets.
The music video for the leading single “Wake Up” is featured below the jump, showcasing the return of the Wild Ones from Wretched and Divine, continuing their story for the new era of BVB.