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Black Veil Brides Singer Andy Biersack: I Think Everybody Is ‘Wretched and Divine’

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire The Black Veil Brides army continues to march strong, especially with the band’s third studio album, ‘Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones,’ due out on Jan. 8. Loudwire had the opportunity to catch up with Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack after her surprised 20 fans with his presence at a listening party in New York City. Biersack talked in-depth about ‘Wretched and Divine’ and how circumstances in his personal life helped with the creation of the new album. ‘Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones’ is a very epic sounding album name. What does the title mean to you personally? Growing up, I wasn’t like the kid in ‘Breakfast Club,’ but I was like the weirdo like “Don’t let your kids around that guy” – I had like a James Dean complex when I was a kid and I wanted to be this rebel person but it wasn’t because I wanted to rebel against things it was just that my inclinations were more towards rock ‘n’ roll, leather jackets and that kind of stuff. I wasn’t a kid who got into trouble, I didn’t get into drugs as a kid but just the way that I looked and my interests made me into this social pariah. So at a young age I was already fascinated by the social dichotomy of if someone looks a certain way or someone has certain interests they can be labeled as a bad person without any actual knowledge of who they are. The older I got, I started to realize more it’s not necessarily that any of us are inherently bad or good, you just kind of carve your own way and you are your experiences and your surroundings and what you grow up in. I think on any given day somebody could help out a homeless person and cuss out somebody that cut them off in traffic and I think that everybody has that inside them, it’s just how you live that balance – so I think everbody is ‘Wretched and Divine.’ Our band also, we’re a very polarizing band in opinion – people either tend to love us or hate us, there’s not really anything in between. We like to think of ourselves and the people that support us as people on the fringe, we don’t care to be part of one group or another. We kind of exist on our own bubble so to speak and with that I think that may be where the title came from. Can you talk about the brand new single ‘In The End’ musically and lyrically? The song probably came about two or three weeks after my grandfather died. I was very close with my grandparents and through the course of writing the song, I started to think more and more about – just from my personal perspective because everyone in the band has their own feelings on when songs are written. But when I was sitting outside writing lyrics to it, I was feeling — I’m not a religious person but I grew up in a religious family. I went to the funeral for my grandfather, a person that I love very much and everyone is speaking about how he went to heaven and how he’s in heaven. I always fight with that because I would love nothing more to believe that my grandfather is in the clouds playing Xbox 460 or whatever awesome stuff they have up in heaven but I can’t. I remember sitting around in my grandmother’s house afterwards and everbody’s doing what you do after — you all go back somewhere and you talk about the great stories of the person that died and that came to me very clearly: Whether you believe or don’t believe in an actual physical afterlife, you cant deny that there is a certain element of an afterlife in the legacy that someone leaves. A bunch of people sitting around a room talking about how wonderful this person was and how positively they affected their lives is always going to, in a sense, be heaven — heaven on earth. I think heaven and afterlife is for the living, it’s for the people that continue on and remember that person and if you’ve done something that is substantial in your life then you can leave a legacy and do something positive. It obviously applies to the storyline and this battle and being at the end of it and not having won or loss — just knowing that you did something for what you thought was right. Artists such as Bert McCracken from the Used and William Control are on the album. What did these other musicians bring to the table? With this we were doing something so different than anything we’ve done before, it opened itself up to inviting friends and different people in. In the past we never really had guest vocalists but this felt like it was bigger than just the five of us – it’s almost like doing a play and you only cast you and your friends, you have to have stuff that exists outside of the base where the story was written. If anything else, it was bringing people in that had different perspectives and different sounds so that we could play more with the sonic level of the record and have different sounding things. Can you talk about the F.E.A.R spoken word parts of the album and the idea behind those sections of the disc? I’ve sort of just like the whole Orwellian, dystopian future – I like the idea that it doesn’t seem to crazy or far off that there could be someone who is this omnipotent, omniscient power that tells you what to do. I think that people always make the metaphor pretty readily with television or media brainwashing and the people with the tinfoil on their heads think that everything’s brainwashing them. So, if you were to have a situation where it’s an all sweeping political, religious, psychological just this entity that exists on every level to where you get your food, you get your God and you get your health from this one entity and they kind of control everything — that just always interested me. I like the idea of having the narrative told through the perspective of the bad guy more than anything else. You rarely ever hear something narrated through the villain’s perspective and it was fun. If nothing else, this record boils down to stuff that I just thought was fun and cool and what we could have fun with as a whole. Where did the idea of the Black Veil Brides film ‘Legion of the Black’ come from? Again just fun, honestly it was as simple as just the childishness of “We should do a movie” and then the reality of, “How do you do that and how do you get the financing for that?” We were very fortunate to have great friends Patrick Fogerty and Richard Villa, who have worked with us from day one. Richard does our artwork and Patrick has directed every video I have done since I was 17 years old and so they have a lot of friends and were able to pull a lot of favors and we were able to agree with the label on a budget. So instead of doing these promotional videos, we decided that we would do a cohesive film to compliment the album because it is this larger than life kind of thing. [button href=”” title=”Check Out Black Veil Brides’ Video for ‘In The End'” align=”center”]

Suicide Silence Frontman Mitch Lucker’s Family and Friends Attend Funeral Service

Mary Ouellette, Thursday (Nov. 8) was a day for family and friends to pay their final respects to late Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker , as the musician was laid to rest following a funeral service. The 28-year-old metal vocalist passed away on Halloween night in California from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. He leaves behind a wife and daughter. Lucker’s bandmates in Suicide Silence have been among those most in shock over the tragic death, and bassist Dan Kenny took the lead in reaching out to the band’s fan base from the ceremony with a tweet. He wrote: Had to bury my brother today, he looked peaceful when I saw him. It was very hard but it was needed! To the fans just know Mitch loved yall — Dan Kenny (@DanKenny) November 8, 2012 Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen also offered his account of the ceremony via a pair of tweets — one of which featured the funeral program. The other tweet suggested that it was emotion rather than drinking that led to Lucker’s demise. They can be seen below: you went out like a fuckin legend because you are one. thank you for everything. live life hard. one love. y — ash avildsen (@ashavildsen) November 8, 2012 @ svitzzzzz he didnt ride away on his bike because he was drunk. it was in a fit of rage. anger is a very dangerous thing.emotions killed him — ash avildsen (@ashavildsen) November 8, 2012 The members of Suicide Silence have started a donation page to help provide for Lucker’s daughter. [button href=”” title=”Next: Best Suicide Silence Songs” align=”center”]

Funeral for a Friend to Release New Album ‘Conduit’ in Early 2013

The End Welsh post-hardcore act Funeral for a Friend will be releasing their sixth studio album early next year. The band’s upcoming 2013 full-length, ‘Conduit,’ will be the follow-up to their 2011 effort, ‘Welcome Home Armageddon.’ Funeral for a Friend rose to prominence in 2003 with their debut album ‘Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation,’ as well as the 2005 sophomore release, ‘Hours.’ Now that nearly 10 years has passed since their debut, the Welsh musicians are also set to unveil the music video for new song ‘Best Friends and Hospital Beds’ on Oct. 10. The band shared their excitement about the upcoming release: Five people on a stage, a conduit for the message and the music, delivering that to people who want to listen in, be a part of whatever it is that we’re doing and being involved. It’s purely about delivering the message. After 10 years of being a band, we see how much what we’ve done has effected people who care about our stuff. Whether it’s lyrics or whatever, these songs transcend us and become something more to a lot more people. It sounds lofty I know but that’s how it feels to us when we meet the folks who dig our band and who treat these songs with so much love and respect. It blows our minds constantly. ‘Conduit’ will be Funeral for a Friend’s first release on The End Records. The disc is set for a Jan. 28 release in Europe with a Feb. 5 release reported for the United States.

Daily Reload: Tommy Lee, Deftones, Chris Cornell + More

Frank Micelotta, Getty Images Here’s a look at the top stories of the day on Loudwire and around the Web: – We’re wishing Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee a happy 50th birthday, and we’re not the only ones. [ Loudwire ] – Deftones are through teasing us with album cuts (‘ Leathers ,’ ‘ Rosemary ,’ and ‘ Roller Derby ‘). The official first single ‘Tempest’ from their ‘ Koi No Yokan ‘ album has hit the airwaves. [ Loudwire ] – Soundgarden ‘s Chris Cornell and his wife Vicky have been sued by their former maid, who claims she was forced to work overtime without pay and let go after refusing to work beyond her shift one day. [ Loudwire ] – Political pundit Glenn Beck likes Muse . Muse doesn’t like Glenn Beck back. What’s a host to do other than write an open letter back to the band still declaring his undying respect? [ ] – One more week until the ‘ Monster ‘ album, Kiss fans. But to tide you over in the meantime, check out the newly posted songs ‘Long Way Down’ and ‘All for the Love of Rock & Roll.’ [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Just in time for Halloween, Bay Area metal pioneers Autopsy are issuing the ‘Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral’ comic book. [ Rock Music Report ]