Black Veil Brides "born again" through new album
THURS. | 12-02-21 | ENTERTAINMENT
The long-anticipated wait is over. Fans can finally tune into Black Veil Brides’ (BVB) new concept album, The Phantom Tomorrow. Scheduled initially for June 4, but instead released on Oct. 29, this set of hardcore and emotional songs was worth the wait along with some amazing merchandise, such as comic books, magazines and action figures to help you follow the story.
According to the band’s lead singer, Andy Biersack, the idea for The Phantom Tomorrow sprouted in early 2020.
“I started thinking about what the endgame would be for this world I was building,” he told Jake Richardson of Kerrang!, “And in so many people’s lives... the endgame is dying and going to heaven.”
The story follows a group of people, known as “the Phantom Tomorrow” and paints them as the “rebels” of their world with their leader being a character named Blackbird. Biersack told the Cutter’s Rockcast that certain people in this world are criticized for being “different,” and this record gives those people the opportunity to feel heard. Biersack is known to make records with similar ideologies, but I feel this one does a better job at explaining.
The album begins with a dramatic opening titled simply, “The Phantom Tomorrow (Introduction)”. I have only one complaint when it comes to this record, and
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that’s because I feel that this piece should have transitioned into the next song. It just sort of ended, and you were left wondering what would come next, but the track itself hits hard emotionally unlike the next one.
The second track is titled “Scarlet Cross.” This was the first single BVB released for the album, and honestly, is my least favorite track. Though very catchy and groovy, it sounds like a typical radio song, and it stands out the most on the album. According to bassist Lonny Eagleton, there was initially supposed to be a drum and bass solo which he previewed on his YouTube channel. Though very well arranged, it would’ve been too much to add onto the song and wouldn’t really do it much justice.
However, there are better tracks that have really well-put transitions. The fourth track, “Blackbird” is really hardcore and emotional. The song reminds me of BVB’s third studio album, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones. Not just because of the music, but because it perfectly fades and connects with the next track, “Spectres (Interlude)” which is just an instrumental.
In the fifth track, we hear the guitarist, Jinxx playing his violin which BVB has started to incorporate more in their newer work. It’s absolutely amazing and beautifully arranged. BVB’s studio producers were able to make his one instrument sound like multiple, bringing in the sounds of a full orchestra. The transition from “Blackbird” to this is unexpected but wonderfully made.
Another favorite track is track six, “Torch.” This track is very calming despite it involving loud guitars. The bass is very soft and Biersack’s voice is low and sweet. This was the fourth and final single released for the album and with it came an interesting music video. It featured BVB carrying a coffin which symbolized that Blackbird was dead. By the end, you see Blackbird rise again, but before he can leave his coffin, his tomb is blown up by the antagonist, Nine. This leads you to believe that the story has ended, but Biersack claims it is far from over.
However, “Torch” was not my favorite single. My favorite was “Fields of Bone,” the second single and ninth track. This song features a slow intro and vocals before transitioning into hard and angry guitars. The bridge leading to the chorus is so catchy, it makes you want to bang your head as hard as you can. The hook includes choir-like vocals from the entire band, and it’s enough to send chills down your spine.
The final recommended track is “Kill the Hero.” With more head-banging guitars and dramatic lyrics, this track is one of my utmost favorites on this album. It reminds me of their song “Faithless,” from their self-titled album. The lyrics tell a similar story, saying that they will not lose faith in themselves and their work no matter where they are.
The Phantom Tomorrow was a success. There were times where I thought they could’ve done something different to make the songs better, but overall, it's a masterpiece. It really sounds like BVB has found their sound after ten years of working. I recommend this album to anyone who is into dramatic storytelling and rebellious tales.