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Black Veil Brides
Alive and Burning (DVD)
September 2015
Released: 2015, Eagle Rock Ent.
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

The Black Veil Brides are a band that I know nothing about. I have heard a lot of good things about them but until this Blu-Ray arrived, I never heard a single song that I was aware of so I was quite interested in this release. It is their first live concert video and was shot last Fall in their hometown of Los Angeles.

The quality of the release is the first thing that jumps out at you. It is very well done both visually and sonically. The video is sharp and the colors really pop not like some where it’s as though they have the contrast and brightness toned down. This one is full on but not to the point where it looks unrealistic with over saturation. The DTS audio mix is well done with not too much in the rear speakers. It’s mainly the crowd which aides in the concert experience.

As I mentioned a moment ago, this is my introduction to the Black Veil Brides. Musically they are a tight band on stage and are solid players. The guitar and drums stood out to me. They have a bit of that mid-80’s Sunset Strip aspect to them. The sleazy stuff like LA Guns. Watching the guitarists and drummer was the most enjoyable part for me. They were energetic and put on a good performance without being over the top flashy. The singer however was a mixed bag. At times his vocals were decent but other times the Cookie Monster singing style did nothing for the music. For me, personally, I prefer the cleaner vocals and not the rough, growly style. It doesn’t suit the music in my view.

After watching this energetic concert performance I can see why they have a dedicated following. There is some great musicianship in the band that stands out when you watch the show. The drawback for me is the singer. He takes away from the music. If he was a little more consistent in his delivery I feel would be a benefit. The rough and screaming does not suit the music. They could be a much better band if not for that one aspect.
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