Set the World on Fire (Black Veil Brides album)

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Set the World on Fire
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Studio album by Black Veil Brides
Released June 14, 2011
Recorded January–April 2011 at the Pulse Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California
Genre Hard rock,[1] heavy metal[2], glam metal
Length 42:28
Label Lava/Universal Republic
Producer Josh Abraham and Lucien Walker
Black Veil Brides chronology
We Stitch These Wounds
(2010)
Set the World on Fire
(2011)
Rebels
(2011)
Singles from Set the World on Fire
  1. "Fallen Angels"
    Released: May 10, 2011[3]
  2. "The Legacy"
    Released: May 31, 2011[4]
  3. "Rebel Love Song"
    Released: October 19, 2011[5]

Set the World on Fire is the second studio album by American rock band Black Veil Brides, released through Lava Records/Universal Republic Records on June 14, 2011.[6] It is the first Black Veil Brides album with Christian "CC" Coma playing the drums. He replaced Sandra Alvarenga after her departure to join the band Modern Day Escape.

The title track, "Set the World on Fire," was intended for use in Scream 4, but it was not included in the film. Instead, an extended preview was released for fans.[7] "Fallen Angels" was the first single released in support of the album, accompanied by a music video directed by Nathan Cox.[8] On May 3, a preview for another song titled "Youth and Whisky", was released online.[9] It was then announced that the single had been pushed back on iTunes to May 10, and would be provided free of charge to those who pre-ordered the album simultaneously. The full track listing of the album was released on iTunes, with an exclusive bonus track, titled "Smoke and Mirrors".[10]

On May 10, official pre-order packages became available on the official BVB Army website.[11] On May 23, it was announced that the song "Set the World on Fire" would be featured in Transformers: Dark of the Moon and would be the official theme song for WWE Hell in a Cell (2011).[12] During a live stream from Black Veil Brides Stickam channel on May 30, they announced that the music video for their next single, "The Legacy" would premiere on YouTube on June 6, 2011. The next music video to be released from the album was "Rebel Love Song". Two months after being announced, the music video was released via YouTube on October 19, 2011.

Musical style[edit]

The album shows Black Veil Brides abandoning the metalcore genre and moving to genres such as hard rock and heavy metal.[13][14][15][16][17][18] Featuring elements of hard rock and heavy metal, the album also features elements of speed metal.[15] The album also has a very small amount of screaming.[17][19][15][20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "New Religion" Josh Abraham, Andy Biersack, Jacob Pitts, Ashley Purdy, Luke Walker 3:50
2. "Set the World on Fire" Abraham, Biersack, Pitts, Purdy, Walker 3:39
3. "Fallen Angels" Abraham, Biersack, Purdy, Walker, Jeremy Ferguson 3:45
4. "Love Isn't Always Fair" Abraham, Biersack, Pitts, Purdy, Walker 4:13
5. "God Bless You" Biersack, Pitts, Purdy, Marti Frederiksen 3:18
6. "Rebel Love Song" Biersack, Pitts, Purdy, Walker, Ferguson 3:57
7. "Saviour" Biersack, Walker, Ferguson 4:23
8. "The Legacy" Biersack, Pitts, Purdy, Walker 4:40
9. "Die for You" Biersack, Pitts, Purdy, Frederiksen 3:43
10. "Ritual" Biersack, Pitts, Purdy, Walker 3:30
11. "Youth and Whisky" Biersack, Pitts, Purdy, Walker 3:30
Total length: 42:28

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded at the Pulse Recording Studio in Los Angeles, CA over a period of several months, and was roughly finished in the Spring of 2011 under the supervision of Josh Abraham (Linkin Park, Velvet Revolver, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Korn, etc.). The Demo CDs were labeled Black Veil Brides Greatest Hits by Biersack, as he believed that they had grown both lyrically and musically.[21] After recording had wrapped up, it was revealed their main influence was Def Leppard's Hysteria, in the way the album was recorded and produced.[18]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.[22] The album reached #73 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[23] It also achieved moderate success in the United Kingdom by reaching number 3 in the UK Rock Chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[24]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (25%) [25]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[15]
The Rock Pit 5/5 stars[20]
Rock Sound 7/10[19]

Critical reaction to the album was mixed to positive, with the album mostly being considered an improvement over their previous album. On Metacritic, the album received a score of 67 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Several reviewers were positive with Todd Jolicouer of The Rock Pit saying, "The vocals are perfectly balanced with the guitar solos", and "This disc is light years ahead of their debut". Jen Thomas of Rock Sound had a mixed opinion of the album. He expresses this when he says "The sound no longer matches the carefully created image but the music's decent none the less".

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 Set the World on Fire Revolver Magazine's 20 Best Albums of 2011 5th
2011 "The Legacy" Revolver Magazine's Song of the Year 2011[26] 2nd
2011 "Rebel Love Song" Alternate Press's Music Video of the year 1st
2011 "Fallen Angels" Alternate Press's Music Video of the year 3rd

Personnel[edit]

Black Veil Brides
  • Andy Biersack – lead vocals
  • Ashley Purdy – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Jake Pitts – lead guitar
  • Jinxx – rhythm guitar, violin
  • Christian "CC" Coma – drums, percussion
Production
  • Josh Abraham – producer
  • Lucien Walker – producer
  • Captain Price – engineering, mixing
  • Eddie Shreyer – mastering
  • Songs written by Black Veil Brides

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/472116/black-veil-brides-to-set-world-on-fire-with-major-label-debut
  2. ^ http://www.mibba.com/Reviews/Album/4241/Black-Veil-Brides-Set-the-World-on-Fire-a-Prophecy/
  3. ^ "Black Veil Brides tease "Fallen Angels"". Under the Gun Review. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Black Veil Brides Debut Video for "The Legacy"". Guitar World. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Black Veil Brides to 'Set World on Fire' with Major Label Debut". Billboard.com. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  7. ^ Black Veil Brides "Set the World on Fire" Extended Snippet PulseRecordings.com 2011-04-19
  8. ^ An Interview With Andy Biersack of the Black Veil Brides Type3Media.com 2011-04-12
  9. ^ "Black Veil Brides - "Youth and Whiskey" (Snippet) | Pulse Recording". Pulserecordings.com. 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Set the World On Fire by Black Veil Brides". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ "Transformers 3 Movie Soundtrack". Soundtrack-movie.com. 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  13. ^ Heisel, Scott (May 2, 2011). "Black Veil Brides - Set The World On Fire". Alternative Press. 
  14. ^ "Teen Ink". 
  15. ^ a b c d Lymangrover, Jason (2011-06-14). "Set the World on Fire - Black Veil Brides". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  16. ^ "Black Veil Brides' "Set the World on Fire" Debuts at #1 on iTunes Rock Chart". 
  17. ^ a b "Teen Ink". 
  18. ^ a b "Black Veil Brides Look to Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' For Inspiration". 
  19. ^ a b "BLACK VEIL BRIDES - SET THE WORLD ON FIRE". Rock Sound. 
  20. ^ a b Jolicouer, Todd (2011-06-01). "Rock Pit review". Rock Pit. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  21. ^ "Black Veil Brides - Interview - Rockfreaks.net". 
  22. ^ "Black Veil Brides - Chart History - Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  23. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  24. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/set-the-world-on-fire/black-veil-brides. Retrieved March 28, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. ^ Black Veil Brides - Set The World On Fire - Album Review. AbsolutePunk.net.
  26. ^ "Poll: What Is the Song of the Year?". 7 December 2011.