We Stitch These Wounds review by Black Veil Brides

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  • Released: Jul 20, 2010
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 5.6 (216 votes)
Black Veil Brides: We Stitch These Wounds
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Sound — 9
Although the Black Veil Brides' debut full-length We Stitch These Wounds was only released this July, the band's buzz has already been a tangible one. Between its consistent touring schedule and already making bank merchandise-wise at Hot Topic, the LA-based quintet is sitting in a pretty cushy spot at this point in the game. Black Veil Brides' debut is certainly worthy of attention, and at the heart of it all is the amazing work of guitarists Jinxx and Jake Pitts. The core songwriting although often fueled by chugging, gain-heavy guitars or double-bass pedal metal work still leans more heavily into an emo area interestingly enough. That's not a diss against Black Veil Brides, but the smooth vocal style of Andy Six makes for a fascinatingly odd contrast with the overall rhythm section.

What propels the record is the classically-driven style accentuating each of the 13 tracks. Jinxx is a classically trained violinist on top of everything, which allows the songs to take on more of a Yngwie Malmsteen style at times. After the brief-yet-intriguing opening track The Outcasts (Call To Arms), which is essentially a recorded computer voice announcing the band, the classical vibe becomes readily apparent. We Stitch These Wounds kicks off immediately with a gorgeous, melodic lead guitar line that exudes majesty. Quickly a crunchier distortion and monster growl is added into the mix, but the entrance of Six's clean vocals takes the song and most every track on a much more subdued path.

In some ways Six's vocal style is reminiscent to the calming, smooth delivery of HIM's Ville Valo, which not surprisingly, is another favorite of the Hot Topic crowd. Regardless of whether you think Six brings enough aggression to the mix, it's the guitars that inevitably steal the show. From pinch harmonics to arpeggios to your run-of-the-mill power chords, Jinxx and Pitts do not disappoint. Highlights on We Stitch These Wounds include the flowing intro of Never Give In (which could either be the result of delay or layered guitars), and the beautiful twin guitar harmonies in Knives and Pens.

Black Veil Brides doesn't get penned in by the typical metal format, which could appeal to a much larger audience in the long run. An unplugged version of Knives and Pens is a standout in its own right, while The Mortician's Daughter (as dark as the title may seem) is one of the sweetest, most stripped down, emotional offerings on the CD.

Lyrics — 7
Herein lies the major dividing line between Black Veil Brides being metal and emo. This is a band that can lay down powerful riffs with the best of them, but in the lyrical content they are also not afraid to talk aboutfeelings. You'll certainly never hear most metal bands uttering the romantic notions you hear in The Mortician's Daughter (I sit here and smile dear; I smile because I think of you, I blush; These bleeding hollow dials, this fuss) or even ideas of love gone wrong in the title track (The tears we've cried; This love has died; You're by yourself here tonight). There are certainly other topics besides love on the album, but emotions and self-reflection are often the key themes at hand.

Overall Impression — 8
If you prefer your metal/rock to revolve around aggressive, testosterone-fueled music or lyrics, Black Veil Brides may leave you unsteadily on the fence. The band delivers elements of rawness particularly in the growl-driven moments within the compositions but there's a restrained quality still present thanks to the cherubic vocals of Andy Six. The band does fall more into a HIM category only the guitar work is astoundingly more impressive in Black Veil Brides. The classically trained work of Jinxx allows for a much wider musical palette and that in itself is deserving of the buzz.

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    dgravity
    He's even too lazy to make up his own screen name ..... he wants to be called andy sixx ....c'mon -.- is he nikki sixx's lost son or what ?!
    A7X IS #1
    dude Avenged sevenfold has had accomplishments that bvb could only dream of.....dont get me wrong like i said i like knives and pens but i dont like it or bvb enough to go and pay money for there cd....to me its pointless but thts me.....and like i said bvb will nvr have as big of a fan base as A7X so y dont you go and try to ****in start shit with someone who gives a shit.....bc in my opinion and a lot of other ppls opinion bvb is nutthin but stupid ass emo jerkoffs who need to get a life
    Hells.Mascot wrote: A7X IS #1 wrote: ok well i dont have there new album but i have heard knives and pens and its an ok song.....but as far as im concerned every song on Avenged Sevenfolds new cd Nightmare is better then anything theyll ever do.....i like ever thing A7X has done and im glad they put out Nightmare.....and A7X if you read this just know that me and every A7X fan is sorry about the passing of the REV he'll be in your hearts and every A7X's fans hearts forever....but knives and pens is nothing compared to Welcome To The Family....(1 of A7X's new songs)so A7X or anything srry but thts just how i c it..... R.I.P REV ul b missed foREVer Please forcibly inhale on the penises of the band members of Avenged Sevenfold elsewhere. Being a fanboy has a place, no matter if the music is terrible or great.
    SuperSeether
    This interview inspired me to write a poem Roses are red Voilets are blue And Black Veil Brides suck THE END
    deathofarev
    christ, well this is getting interesting, looks like there are some epic people on here who like this music like me, and then the flamers. ok i had a major rant earlier (i needed to just to let off some steam) and i come back and now people are bringing avenged sevenfold and ETF into this. and to the nicknames thing, how many bands use them? quite a lot. and yes they do now have a bassist (which is happy for me to know cuz i am one)
    mitchell.minami
    EmoSceneKid wrote: I think I may know this Jake Pitts guy. If it's the same Jake Pitts from the band "The Perfect Victim", then I do. He comes from the same town in Minnesota as me. Can someone who knows tell me?
    no
    SeXbOx360
    personaly to me its not the clothes its the music. I believe that the music of Black Veil Brides is very good. Got good rytham and its got good sound. I personaly like Black Veil Brides!
    WiZoRZ
    Echoplex wrote: IT'S A TRAP! When I saw the picture, I thought that was a chick
    god same... i feel bad lol
    simpleben09
    Eh, I didn't really care for it. At first, i thought they were going to be like Bring Me the Horizon, and thank god I was wrong. They were decent, but nothing to call home about
    Alex_Boro
    Fucking Great Album. Ive been waiting so so long for it to come out. Andy Sixx is just a ****ing great singer. Someone should tab the whole album
    thePTOD
    I found these guys a last year, they weren't bad. I hear knives and pens and I like that they have a female drummer. Andy's voice isn't emo sissy high which is good. They aren't breaking any new ground, but it's another band for the hot topic scene kids. They get by on their looks more than anything. Idk if Hello My Hate is on this album, but I like that song.
    fiend_1476
    They rip all of their stuff form Glamor of the Kill and early Escape the Fate. At least Glamor really can play and shit. as Alice Cooper would say "I see your angry. Now write it". just a dime a dozen quick buck band
    skippy7890
    cleft11 wrote: Blandcore to the max. They aren't good guitarists at all! Don't tarnish the A7X's guitarists reputation by saying that. They're all whiny little kids that don't have girlfriends.
    Well, the drummer's a chick, Sandra, and I think shes dating Andy.
    awsomeguitarguy
    what disappointed me was that the demo versions of these songs that came before the album sounded better than the actual album. whoever mixed this sucked.. and the vocal/guitar/drum tones suck too
    maertzxxx
    they are a pack of twats. especially their fearless leader andy biersack. if we just ignore them, they will go away
    deathnote29
    Kyose wrote: Music_Eater wrote: man come on do you really think this is emo? Yes. Before you try to claim I haven't listened I've heard 3 songs due to two of my friends being fans. Each one just as generically emo as the last.
    There is absolutely NOTHING emo about these guys. They sound nothing like Sunny Day Real Estate, Rites of Spring, Mineral, Texas is the Reason, Envy, Sed non Satiata, Daitro, Circle Takes the Square or City of Catepillar. These guys are not, I repeat, NOT EMO OR SCREAMO! Don't you dare insult real emo by comparing it with this garbage.
    tancanada
    shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit waking the cadaver is more original than these guys
    Kyose
    Music_Eater this isn't emo
    You go ahead and think that. You'd be wrong though.
    DivinE0EnigmA
    I checked this band out thinking it was a female fronted goth metal band. NOPE. Just another faggapussy scremo band pretending to be metal. Whoever compares screamo to Yngwie deserves to be shot.
    Guusguus
    gl.tch wrote: deathofarev wrote:...**** **** ****ing you. Well, this sounds like a balanced argument, chaps!
    I totally agree.
    Panasonic3
    CoolLikeSnakes wrote: i thought it was just a mix of a7x guitar work, valo-esque vocals and 'the usual'.
    this!
    bassthunder
    Hells.Mascot wrote: By the way, if one of you manages to muster the rage to murder the band members for producing utter failage, please be sure to save me their leather jackets. They look expensive.
    Will do, sir. Also, I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at the comments section of any other article on UG. I'm glad I'm not the only one who's sick of bands like this.
    wicked_hobbit
    Shann_lubs_BVB wrote: Pingis_Or_Death wrote: reaper_x wrote: Listened to their song "knives and pens" a while ago. Didn't like it. Just listened to "Perfect weapon". Didn't really like that either. Something about his voice that bugs me. Meh. HIS? Is that a dude in the pic? Seriously? yes that him.. so what? and i think you're f***ing crazy, andy six has a deeper voice than most singers which makes him unique and its a change to hear.... so they wear makeup... ohh nooo! who gives a shit. Andy Six is EXTREMELY talented. Black Veil Brides is very dedicated to there FANS and if you don't like them why are you on here? they don't care about your negativity so you're just wasting your time. get a life.
    You registered today just to back your favourite band up. You must be having a great eventful life.
    Music_Eater
    Kyose wrote: Music_Eater this isn't emo You go ahead and think that. You'd be wrong though.
    man come on do you really think this is emo?
    g27dude
    reaper_x wrote: Listened to their song "knives and pens" a while ago. Didn't like it. Just listened to "Perfect weapon". Didn't really like that either. Something about his voice that bugs me. Meh.
    Yeah his voice is quite annoying to me. and the fact that almost every guitar part I've heard is either a generic metalcore riff or boring chord proggression makes me wonder if they could keep it up without making it even more stale than it already is. Just my opinion. But I'm one that loves just awesome creative riffage.
    Kyose
    Music_Eater wrote: man come on do you really think this is emo?
    Yes. Before you try to claim I haven't listened I've heard 3 songs due to two of my friends being fans. Each one just as generically emo as the last.
    EpiExplorer
    tancanada wrote: shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitsh itshitshit shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit waking the cadaver is more original than these guys
    Now THATS an insult
    Pukka-VCU
    Is pretty sure all the fanboys defending this band/album are actually the band members...
    mitchell.minami
    reaper_x wrote: Listened to their song "knives and pens" a while ago. Didn't like it. Just listened to "Perfect weapon". Didn't really like that either. Something about his voice that bugs me. Meh.
    yeah, me neither. they're kind of typical.
    mitchell.minami
    the guys voice is probably the most ill-fitting vocal style i've ever heard, their guitar sounds just like every other hardcore band just with a crappier, trashier sound, and their drums are just plain typical as well.. i give them a 1. honestly, i wouldn't give these guys much of a future. pretty sick of the whole "their stlye" too.
    EmoSceneKid
    I think I may know this Jake Pitts guy. If it's the same Jake Pitts from the band "The Perfect Victim", then I do. He comes from the same town in Minnesota as me. Can someone who knows tell me?
    frozenpostal4
    First I am a huge HIM A7X and BVB fan and can honestly say andy sounds nothing like ville, i can sing like ville decently. I cant even try to sing like andy hes got a accent like idk where. 2nd, i do think they need to get a bit more creative after this album, they have the same potential as A7X. if it were 2001 half u a7x fans wouldnt be a7x fans. Its their first album. Most of you hating are doing it just because of the image and havent heard the music, or maybe have and youve just classified it as emo and told yourself "i cant respect that its emo"
    g27dude
    wow guys.It's funny how people try to defend this shit. Saying it's about "being yourself" and whatnot. I don't see how being a group of scene kids is original at all. just saying. This shit will just get eaten up and forgotten much like boy bands. haha.
    MISTER BATES
    Vinushka wrote: I remember these guys! I sat through that Knives and Pens nonsense. They have a 12 year old drummer, one guitarist even though the song clearly has 2 guitar lines and no bassist. The singer is a Myspace ***** and massive primadonna who goes through...roughly 10,000,000 costume changes and his voice is nothing special at all. HOORAY! More fagcore.
    Dir en grey fans know what they are talking about! You're my hero haha
    Kyose
    deathnote29 wrote: Kyose wrote: Music_Eater wrote: man come on do you really think this is emo? Yes. Before you try to claim I haven't listened I've heard 3 songs due to two of my friends being fans. Each one just as generically emo as the last. There is absolutely NOTHING emo about these guys. They sound nothing like Sunny Day Real Estate, Rites of Spring, Mineral, Texas is the Reason, Envy, Sed non Satiata, Daitro, Circle Takes the Square or City of Catepillar. These guys are not, I repeat, NOT EMO OR SCREAMO! Don't you dare insult real emo by comparing it with this garbage.
    I'm talking about the horrible emo trend that existed about 3 years ago, emo music that was alright died out ages ago and isn't coming back.
    Music_Eater wrote: no I claim that you didn't listen to emo, or you don't know what it is.
    Used to listen to emo, know exactly what it is, got over it. To repeat what I said above this is a perfect example of what people think of emo music now to do with that horrible trend a few years back.
    trendkill-
    Nightmare4560 wrote: personally , i think you guys are stupid and ignorant , this band is awesome , i listened to the whole album and it was brilliant , it just shows that we have people on ultimate guitar who have a very bad taste for music. this band has now become one of my all time favourites.
    they are generic....which means repetitive and everything they have done as already been done a 100 times. so i think u have bad taste in music based on what i think good music is based off of. which is creativity and originality.
    Music_Eater
    Kyose this is a perfect example of what people think of emo music now to do with that horrible trend a few years back.
    I thought it's called The Scene or something like that. In my country people have the terrible habbit to import words most notably from English, frequently describing things they think they can't invent a new word for. So anyway they imported the word "emo scene" and now man uses the word scene to describe emos he supposes to be fake or idk it's soo stupid. Somethings obviously need to die, such as caring about things like, that. That would unleash some abstract mass murderer
    Darkkon
    What needs to be noted here is that the 'UG team' have released a horrible review.
    Music_Eater
    man nothing needs to be noticed, we should all feel. The problem is that there ain't aess to feel here, we just know this is bad, as it can't go through the barrier of logic. Pretty lame.
    MISTER BATES
    Nightmare4560 wrote: personally , i think you guys are stupid and ignorant , this band is awesome , i listened to the whole album and it was brilliant , it just shows that we have people on ultimate guitar who have a very bad taste for music. this band has now become one of my all time favourites.
    Just because they don't agree with your opinion doesn't make them ignorant
    cxrlxscr
    freezerburnfrea wrote: So hasn't anybody noticed that this is just a rerelease of "Dying is Your Latest Fashion" by Escape the Fate? I'm surprised this thread hasn't been flooded with ETF comparisons.
    That was my first impression from these guys. Like Escape the Fate, but attempting to look even darker (and failing miserably, I might add).
    Kyose wrote: I'm talking about the horrible emo trend that existed about 3 years ago, emo music that was alright died out ages ago and isn't coming back.
    Quoted for truth. Meh, these guys are nothing special. What these guys don't seem to realize is that their style died long ago. Generic band, crappy songwriting, boring guitars... I wouldn't give them a future, but as long as they have the 13-year-old fanbase to kiss their ass, we can expect to see more of these guys.
    Campbell22
    At least people are talking about them, not like other metalcore bands like parkway drive, because they know how to exploit their image (parkway drive are way WAY WAY WAY WAY better)
    Horizons18
    I feel disappointed in myself for having felt the curiosity to check these "guys" (I use the term loosely) out. It seems anything with a fringe will sell records these days. Also, are UG getting paid to do reviews like this? The guitar work isn't "amazing", nor are the harmonies "beautiful" Eh.