In case you missed it, Black Veil Brides are making this coming Friday 13 a whole lot luckier with the release of their brand-new single, Scarlet Cross. To celebrate, the band hit the Kerrang! Cover Story this week, with Andy Biersack teasing that the track is a “very” good indication of what else is to come.
“Over the years we got away from the heavy-riff-big-chorus dynamic, which is what makes Black Veil Brides,” the frontman explains. “Our previous full-length record [2018's Vale] was very soft, with a lot of shine to it, so the goal [this time] was to find a way to make it grand, with a lot of string elements and everything, but still feel like there’s an edge built from the riff.”
And the album from which Scarlet Cross is taken, The Phantom Tomorrow, has even bigger ideas than just its sound.
“I don’t love the term ‘concept record’, but [The Phantom Tomorrow] is a concept record,” Andy reveals. “There are themes and ideas and moments that are hugely different from one moment to the next, but the goal at the end of the day, the heart of everything, is to write a heavy rock record and build out everything from there, as opposed to writing a pop record and putting riffs over it.”