EP Review: Black Veil Brides – Bleeders

5/5

Black Veil Brides are releasing a new EP, Bleeders, on June 21 via Spinefarm Records. They began as a dark vision dreamt up by an only child in Cincinnati, Ohio, now they have an army of fans with thousands of lyric tattoos as well as multiple gold and platinum records. This EP was an inaugural release in their new partnership with Spinefarm Records.

“Bleeders” is such a powerful track, it takes all of the elements that make Black Veil brides into who they are, from both the past and present. It mixes all of what made their success into one masterpiece. The group declares themselves as “bleeders” and encourages fans to donate blood to the Red Cross. That’s what took inspiration from this. The line “Aren’t you luck you’re a bleeder?” feels like asking if you’re glad you helped save a life by donating blood. There are so many people who are in need of blood transfusions and donating blood can save a life. To hint at this, whilst giving the B.V.B. army a track about it is something that I love. The instrumentals on this track, have that element that gave Black Veil Brides their reputation and they did not disappoint.

The other track is titled “My Friends.” It is a cover from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Andy discovered the musical during his childhood and it was amongst one of his favorites to listen to. The track totally changes when it comes to instrumentals; it has a much more acoustic sound, and it’s very uplifting. However, when paired with Andy’s vocals, it makes for such a fantastic rendition as it really shines his vocals nicely. One thing that I do enjoy is that near the end, it turns to electric guitar and heavier drums. Also the line “At last, my right arm is complete again” is said in the classic style of BVB vocals.

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