We Stitch These Wounds

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We Stitch These Wounds
WSTW BVB Cover Art.jpg
Studio album by Black Veil Brides
Released July 20, 2010
Recorded February – April 2010
Clear Lake Audio, North Hollywood, CA
Genre Melodic metalcore, glam metal, emo[1]
Length 42:38
Label StandBy Records, Virgin
Producer Blasko, G. Preston Boebel, Josh Newell
Black Veil Brides chronology
Sex & Hollywood
(2007)
We Stitch These Wounds
(2010)
Set the World on Fire
(2011)
Singles from We Stitch These Wounds
  1. "Perfect Weapon"
    Released: June 8, 2010[2]
  2. "Knives and Pens (acoustic)"
    Released: March 19, 2013[3]

We Stitch These Wounds is the debut studio album by American rock band Black Veil Brides, released through StandBy Records on July 20, 2010.[4][5][6] It is their only album to feature drummer Sandra Alvarenga before she left for the band Modern Day Escape.[7]

Release and promotion[edit]

In December, 2009, Andy Biersack announced that the recording of their first album had begun. Simultaneously, they announced a threesome with manager turned producer, "Blasko", former Rob Zombie and current Ozzy Osbourne bassist, taking the reins, and producer/engineers G. Preston Boebel and Josh Newell taking care of the technical side of the record making process.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Andy Biersack and Jake Pitts. 

Standard Edition
No. Title Length
1. "The Outcasts (Call to Arms)" (featuring Urban Flanders (Biersack's grandfather)) 0:31
2. "We Stitch These Wounds" (re-written and re-recorded version, originally recorded for Sex and Hollywood) 3:59
3. "Beautiful Remains"   4:13
4. "Children Surrender"   3:11
5. "Perfect Weapon"   4:07
6. "Knives and Pens" (re-recorded version, originally recorded for Sex and Hollywood) 4:15
7. "The Mortician's Daughter" (re-recorded version, originally recorded for Sex and Hollywood) 4:11
8. "All Your Hate"   3:10
9. "Heaven's Calling"   3:19
10. "Never Give In"   3:09
11. "Sweet Blasphemy"   3:56
12. "Carolyn"   4:37
Total length:
42:38

Chart performance and reception[edit]

The album sold nearly 11,000 copies in its first week, reaching the position of #36 of the Chart Billboard 200 and #1 Independent Release, despite receiving mixed to negative reviews, with most critics taking note of Andy's monotonous voice, making him only able to sing in one octave (after recording We Stitch These Wounds, he took vocal training to improve what he could do with his voice[8]). One critic at www.sputnikmusic.com ended his review saying, "Hey, at least kids got over BrokeNCYDE." Another common criticism was the similarities between "Knives and Pens" by Black Veil Brides and "Unholy Confessions" by Avenged Sevenfold.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Ultimate Guitar Archive 7.6/10 stars [9]
AbsolutePunk (26%) [10]
Chart (2010) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 36
UK Rock (Official Charts Company)[12] 20

Album information[edit]

Album artwork[edit]

The album cover for We Stitch These Wounds was painted by Richard Villa (who also painted the artwork for Set the World on Fire, "Fallen Angels," Rebels, and Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones) and features a Victorian style painting of Black Veil Brides' lead vocalist Andy Biersack stitching a wound on his lip.[13]

Track information[edit]

The opening track "The Outcasts (Call to Arms)" features Andy's grandfather, Urban P. Flanders, and the track is also used at the beginning of the "Perfect Weapon" music video.[14]

Three of the songs—"We Stitch These Wounds," "Knives and Pens," and "The Mortician's Daughter"—had been previously self-released on their EP, Sex & Hollywood, but were re-recorded and re-released. "The Mortician's Daughter" didn't change much, "Knives and Pens" had a small change in the melody transitioning to the chorus and a guitar solo was added, but the most noticeable difference amongst the redone tracks can be heard on the song "We Stitch These Wounds," with different melodies, accompaniments, a long guitar solo, and a minor lyrical change, making it sound like an entirely different song altogether.

The songs "All Your Hate," "Sweet Blasphemy," and "Beautiful Remains" were originally written by ex-Black Veil Brides guitarist David "Pan" Burton, but with different names. "Beautiful Remains" was originally "Funeral In Flames," but Andy changed the title and some of the lyrics. The original name for "All Your Hate" is "Alive And Burning," and "Sweet Blasphemy" was originally "Kings Without Crowns".

"Alive And Burning" had also been the working tittle for the album before it was changed to in favor of the final one.[15][16][17]

Personnel[edit]

Black Veil Brides
  • Andy Biersack – lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Jake Pitts – lead guitar
  • Jinxx – rhythm guitar, violin, backing vocals
  • Ashley Purdy – bass, backing vocals
  • Sandra Alvarenga – drums
Production
  • Blaskoproducer
  • G. Preston Boebel – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Dave Casey – sound design
  • Josh Newell – vocals, producer, engineer, mixing
  • Troy Roe – Main Background Vocals
Additional personnel
  • Urban Flanders – speech on "The Outcasts (Call to Arms)"

References[edit]