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The band made the announcement via Facebook, posting a studio photo with Rock, along with a note: "Last day of week 1 of pre production on #BVB4 with the legendary Bob Rock! Only a week in so far and we are already so stoked on the tracks and direction this record is going in! Rock 'n' Roll!"
Discussing the "Wretched and Divine: the Story of the Wild Ones" follow-up, frontman Andy Biersack told Artisan News last year: "We [usually] do our best stuff - when we don't get too 'heady' about it and we don't try to delve too deep into something before it's ready. We did that going into 'Wretched and Divine.' Beforehand, we had started writing on the road and we went in with a producer, and it just didn't click, 'cause that's not the way that ... The dynamic of the band, artistically, has never worked that way."
"So I think that that's when we work the best - kind of that pressure-cooker situation, in a way, where you know what you wanna do and you have to do it now," Andy added. "But it would be nice to be able to do that over an elongated period of time as opposed to doing it in two weeks and then trying to get the record out. We're always reaching for the best Black Veil Brides record, so hopefully this next one will be that. I don't think we've done it yet."