Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones

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Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones
Studio album by Black Veil Brides
Released January 8, 2013
Recorded May[1]–September[2] 2012
Genre Glam metal,[3][4] hard rock,[3][5] symphonic rock
Length 51:08
Label Lava/Universal Republic
Producer John Feldmann
Black Veil Brides chronology
Rebels
(2011)
Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones
(2013)
Black Veil Brides IV
(2014)
Singles from Wretched and Divine
  1. "In the End"
    Released: October 31, 2012
  2. "Revelation"
    Released: May 28, 2013
  3. "Wretched and Divine"
    Released: September 4, 2013
Ultimate edition
Ultimate edition cover

Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones is the third studio album by American rock band Black Veil Brides. It was released through Lava Records/Universal Republic Records on January 8, 2013 and it is a rock opera concept album.[6] Pre-orders for the album became available to download from iTunes on Halloween, October 31.[7] The track "In the End" is the album's lead single, and was offered as an instant download to everyone who pre-ordered the album from iTunes after October 31. "In the End" was featured as one of the theme songs for WWE's Hell in a Cell[8] and was also featured as a song on the soundtrack for EA Sports' NHL 14 video game.[9][10]

Black Veil Brides embarked on a North American tour, titled "The Church of the Wild Ones Tour" in support of the album, lasting from January–March, 2013. In February, they took a small break from the tour to headline the Kerrang! Tour in the UK, with supporting acts Chiodos, Tonight Alive, and Fearless Vampire Killers.[11][12][13][14] They returned to North America to finish off the last leg of "The Church of the Wild Ones Tour".

Release and promotion[edit]

Black Veil Brides began releasing details and teasers for Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones almost a year before the album's release date:

Guitarists Jinxx and Jake told Chris Droney in an interview for Glasswerk National that the band are constantly writing new music, and were planning on recording their next major LP in April 2012.[15] On February 18, Jake tweeted, "Amazing stuff. This next record is going to kick your asses." In a February 2012 interview, Ashley Purdy announced that the band's third studio album is scheduled to be released towards the end of 2012.[16]

On May 2, Black Veil Brides had this to announce: "As of today, we have officially began recording our new album which will be released on October 30th!"[1]

Andy said in an interview at the Download Festival that "We've got three songs tracked. We've set ourselves a deadline of the end of August to finish it. We've got 20 to 25 songs written and we're narrowing it down now. John Feldmann is producing it. It's going to be more of a punk rock record than anything we've done before. It's Social Distortion meets Metallica."[17] Based on this statement, many people were led to believe that the record would literally be a punk rock album, but Biersack clarified his statement in an interview with Artisan News, stating "The intention was never to make a punk rock record. I think that... maybe I should have chosen my words better when I said that. The intention was to play on our influences a lot more and really go back to basics with how we wrote songs and focusing [sic] on the more punk rock ethic and the things that we felt early on when we were making our own merchandise; touring in a car with, you know, all of us sitting on top of each other in a U-haul trailer; and, you know, playing in clubs on soap, like, [sic] little soapboxes and stuff... I didn't wanna make a Stiff Little Fingers record."[18]

September 4, Biersack announced via Twitter that they had finished recording of the new album: "Well tracking has officially wrapped for the new record! Still some stuff to finish up but I’m so happy, excited & proud of this album!!"[2]

The Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones – Ultimate Edition CD/DVD was released on June 11, 2013

Release delay[edit]

It was announced that the release of the album would be pushed back from October 30, 2012 to sometime in January 2013.[19] On October 8, the album cover and album name were released, along with the announcement that pre-orders would be launched from iTunes on Halloween, October 31.[20][21] The song "In the End" became available for purchase on the same date of the pre-order. On December 12, the music video for "In the End" was released on YouTube and has been viewed over 28 million times. On October 29, the band announced the official tracklist and release date for the album: Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones was eventually released on January 8, 2013.[22]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album went on to sell 47,000 units in its first week, opening at number 7 in the Billboard 200, making this album the band's first top ten entry on the chart. "In the End" reached number 39 on the Billboard Rock Charts.[23] The album reached number 1 on the iTunes Top Albums charts and the lead single, "In the End", reached number 6 on the iTunes Top Rock Songs charts.

Since its release, the album has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States alone as of October 8, 2014.[24]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[25]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[26]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[27]
Artistdirect 5/5 stars[28]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[29]
Loudwire 3.5/5 stars[30]
Sputnikmusic 2/5 stars[31]
Under The Gun review 6/10 stars[32]
Bracket and Bracket 95/100[33]

Wretched and Divine received mixed to positive reviews upon release. It currently holds a 64/100 rating on Metacritc, a site which averages professional review scores. The album received a rating of KKKK, or excellent, from Kerrang! Magazine as well as a 5 star review of Artistdirect and a 3.5/5 review from both Loudwire and Alternative Press.

Other reviewers weren't as positive with the album with Dom Lawson of The Guardian voicing his personal distaste of the album, although saying that existing fans will be satisfied. Some negative press was leveled at the F.E.A.R Transmissions as well as the album's concept overall.

Track listing[edit]

Act 1: Hope
No. Title Length
1. "Exordium"   0:25
2. "I Am Bulletproof"   3:34
3. "New Years Day"   3:25
4. "F.E.A.R Transmission 1: Stay Close"   0:35
5. "Wretched and Divine"   3:37
6. "We Don't Belong"   3:36
7. "F.E.A.R Transmission 2: Trust"   0:20
8. "Devil's Choir"   2:57
9. "Resurrect the Sun"   4:34
Act 2: Faith
No. Title Length
10. "Overture"   1:38
11. "Shadows Die"   5:25
12. "Abeyance"   0:14
13. "Days Are Numbered"   3:40
14. "Done for You"   2:33
15. "Nobody's Hero"   3:35
16. "Lost It All"   5:20
17. "F.E.A.R Transmission 3: As War Fades"   0:58
18. "In the End"   3:48
19. "F.E.A.R: Final Transmission"   0:54
Total length:
51:08

Album artwork[edit]

Black Veil Brides' Pentacharm symbol

The cover art for Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones was painted by Richard Villa—long-time Black Veil Brides cover artist—who also painted the cover art for We Stitch These Wounds, "Perfect Weapon," Set the World on Fire, "Fallen Angels," and Rebels.[34]

The cover artwork depicts a lone child—holding the Black Veil Brides pentacharm—standing up against the army of F.E.A.R, representative of a David and Goliath style standoff. On the Ultimate Edition cover, the sky is dark and cloudy, giving more dramatic lighting.

Film adaptation: Legion of the Black[edit]

Legion of the Black
Video by Black Veil Brides
Released December 21, 2012
Genre Glam metal, hard rock
Director Patrick Fogarty
Black Veil Brides chronology
In the End
(2012)
Legion of the Black
(2012)

Along with the release of the album's pre-order information, a teaser for a full-length film was posted to the band's YouTube, as well as shared through their Facebook page. The film, titled Legion of the Black, will tell the visual story of the concept presented in the album: "The film follows a group of rebels known as "The Wild Ones" as they defend their hearts, minds and bodies against F.E.A.R". Legion of the Black was screened at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, California on December 21, December 22 and December 23. It will see a DVD release, and was issued as a 24-hour pay-per-view event on Facebook on January 6th. The film was put back on pay-per-view through Facebook on Jan. 11th, 12th, and 13th.

The film's plot follows a young girl who is a big fan of the band, but no one understands her ("Wretched and Divine") and when she tries to fight back against everyone, she is placed inside a mental hospital ("Lost It All"). The following happens in her mind as she tries to escape. A woman is running from a soldier of the organization called "F.E.A.R" and is caught and killed ("I Am Bulletproof"). Andy, the band's singer, finds her and brings her back to his base camp, where "The Wild Ones" and the "Legion of the Black" hide (also "Lost It All"), and, along with the Legion, cremate her remains ("New Year's Day"). The following night, soldiers of F.E.A.R kidnap some of the members of the Legion ("Days Are Numbered"). Finally fed up with F.E.A.R, The group rallies together ("Resurrect the Sun"). Meanwhile, someone gives the girl the key to her cell and she escapes to a church ("Overture"). They storm the tower where F.E.A.R lays and rescue all their captives and defeat F.E.A.R.'s armies and sees the fall of F.E.A.R ("Shadows Die"). There, she becomes a Wild One ("Done for You" and "In the End"). Also, the leader of F.E.A.R, played by Wil Francis, rises up and makes new soldiers, hinting that a sequel could be made.[35][36] [37]

The Special Edition and Ultimate Edition of Wretched and Divine both include a DVD titled "BVB in the Studio: The Making of Wretched and Divine," which depicts behind the scenes footage of Black Veil Brides' making of the album, and in the film, Biersack tells that F.E.A.R is an acronym which stands for "For Every and All Religion."[38]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from booklet.[39]

Guest appearances[edit]

Black Veil Brides have revealed that several guests artists are to appear on the upcoming album:

On August 27, they tweeted that William Control (Aiden) had joined them in the studio to contribute to the album: "@williamcontrol joined us #inthestudio today!"[40][41][42] William also appeared on the set of Black Veil Brides' upcoming music video, playing as the voice of F.E.A.R. (it is to be assumed that the reason he appeared in the studio on August 27, is that he is also the voice of F.E.A.R. on the album).[43]

On Friday, August 31, they posted a picture to their Facebook page with the caption "It’s a good Friday in the studio! Our good pal Bert McCracken from The Used is throwing down some awesomeness on our album!!!"[19] Andy also tweeted about Bert's studio visit, saying "Stoked to have @bro_mccracken in the studio today doing some vox #BVB2013".[44]

WWE used "In the End" as one of the official theme songs for the 2012 Hell in a Cell event.

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