Over the last few years Black Veil Brides have been making a huge noise in the rock and metal scene, and have caused quite a strong divide between people. It’s a big divide – with lots of people truly adoring them and lots of people really hating them. Yet despite the hatred and the cold, wet weather of Donington, Black Veil Brides pulled in a huge, ever-growing crowd as they played the Encore stage at this years Download Festival.
Immediately as Christian Coma, Andy Biersack, Ashley Purdy, Jake Pitts and Jinxx took to the stage; a die hard bunch of young fans (all in black and make up) went suitably wild – screaming and cheering. And although a legion of die hard fans were gathered in their masses, it was quite clear to see that a lot of the crowd hadn’t seen Black Veil Brides before and weren’t necessarily fans, but much like myself were curious to see what all the hype is about.
The band opened with the explosive ‘Faithless’, taken from their latest self-titled album and fire and pyro was in amass. Unfortunately the sound for the first two or three songs was very poor and you could barely hear Andy Biersack’s vocals. However, it had no impact on the band whatsoever as they ran around and kept the show going.
Amongst a wall of Marshall Amps, flamethrowers, pyro and a stage show reminiscent of early Motley Crüe and KISS, the band ripped in to a short but powerful set. ‘Heart of Fire’, ‘Coffin’ and ‘Wretched and Divine’, got the crowd singing along but when Black Veil Brides debuted ‘Crown of Thorns’, the audience roared – clearly the band did no wrong in adding this to their set list.
Followed up by ‘The Legacy’ and the bands “anthem” ‘Fallen Angels’ the band clearly pleased fans and new listeners alike. Personally I would like to see less Motley Crüe and KISS influence on stage and more Black Veil Brides. The band clashed with the legendary Faith No More over on the Main Stage yet it had no impact on their crowd or fan base. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Black Veil Brides on a higher spot on the Main Stage next year.
Finishing on what is arguably their biggest song ‘In The End’, the band proved why only a few nights before they won a Kerrang! Award for best live band. Download Festival 2015 may have been the first time for a lot of people seeing Black Veil Brides live, but after today’s show I don’t think it will be the last…