ARTIST:

BLACK VEIL BRIDES

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

THE PHANTOM TOMORROW

(2021)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Groovy, Low vocals
"In spite of a real lack of originality, the modern metal of Black Veil Brides made of powerful riffs and effective melodies remains nevertheless pleasant."
PROGRACER (27.10.2021)  
3/5
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The least we can say is that the last album of Black Veil Brides reviewed in our pages did not leave a very good impression. Since then, the Americans have persisted in their accessible metal, a mixture of glam rock and muscular pop. After "Vale" in 2018, they offer us "The Phantom Tomorrow", their sixth album this fall.

While the album was recorded and mixed in the spring, the Black Veil Brides have tasted, at their expense, the inertia of a big stable as Universal since they had to wait more than four months to see finally manufactured their album under all the desired supports (vinyl, CD, Digipak). Dressed like video game heroes in a gothic Final Fantasy, Black Veil Brides offers an album where the concept of an anti-hero, Blackbird, facing his worst enemy, The Phantom Tomorrow, constitutes the narrative weave. 

The recipe of this new offering is similar to the previous ones with a metal made of powerful riffs, worked melodies and arrangements and breaks aiming at pleasing the masses. The whole is supported by the warm and expressive voice of Andy Biersack, close to Dan Swanö's (Nightingale, Edge Of Sanity). The compositions are built on a classic base with a simplified structure and in a radio-compatible format around three and a half minutes.

Indeed, Black Veil Brides, not hiding it, intended their album for a massive diffusion on the airwaves. Of course, they count on the support of the Universal steamroller to achieve this. Fortunately, the melodic quality of the compositions can help them since tracks like 'Blackbird', 'Scarlett Cros' or 'Kill The Hero' seem to be made for that with their immediate melodies and their modern and striking riffs. But the quality in this field is uneven and the process is sometimes a bit too obvious.

Listening to the whole album will be very pleasant for the melodic metal fans since the writing and composition ingredients of a modern, melodic and powerful hard rock are gathered. But it will result from it a crying absence of originality and of real musical identity in spite of the obvious charisma of its frontman. The album is far too formatted in order to please a young American public to exceed this audience and the impression of having heard it a hundred times will leave the informed listener only at rare moments. A listen, once or twice, not much more.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. The Phantom Tomorrow (Introduction)
02. Scarlet Cross
03. Born Again
04. Blackbird
05. Spectres (Interlude)
06. Torch
07. The Wicked One
08. Shadows Rise
09. Fields Of Bone
10. Crimson Skies
11. Kill The Hero
12. Fall Eternal

LINEUP:
Andy Biersack: Chant
Christian Coma: Batterie
Jake Pitts: Guitares
Jinxx: Guitares
Lonny Eagleton: Basse
   
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