Andy Black – The Shadow Side

Andy Black’s day job has never done much for me. While I understand that Black Veil Brides will hopefully introduce thousands of kids to rock and metal, they leave me cold. So I don’t know what I expected going into his solo project. What I didn’t expect, was a solid pop album which left me wishing I was still a rather confused teenager.

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Black Veil Brides

Black Veil Brides have been called a lot of things in their career.  Widely derided for being all style no substance, the band have risen up to be the latest whipping boy of the heavy metal community due to a perceived notion that their over the top rock and roll is a bit shit, most of which people on the internet have probably decided because of how they look.  The truth is that Black Veil Brides have never been as offensive as people like to believe they are.  They play pretty simple rock and roll, inspired by the likes of Guns ‘N’ Roses, but instead of sex, drugs and rock and roll, they instead embrace being different and how being so doesn’t make you alone.  Much like other bands who have embraced that message, My Chemical Romance being the most obvious recent example, it has led to them amassing a huge teen audience (something else people seem to think is a bad thing) and they look well on their way to being this generations gateway band into the world of rock and metal.

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