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Andy Black: “The Shadow Side, The Album Review”

Andy Black: “The Shadow Side, The Album Review”

Good morning, Goodnight, or Good evening BVB army/Andy Black Fans.

Before I start the review for Andy Black’s “The Shadow Side”. I want to make a huge note as to why I was gone in the blogger world and why I was on hiatus. I had major left knee surgery last April. That took over a year for me to fully heal for and fully rehab it to a point where I can do my past things I could but in re-learned ways. I had to relearn how to do a lot things again. I still got to do this all over again with my right knee. With this, it brought out my depression more in 2016. Then towards the end of 2016 I lost my grandpa Bly(assuming natural causes) and on my mother’s side my grandpa Hanna(Fuck Cancer). With loosing both grandfathers within months of each others further put my depression into overdrive.

I needed a break to come back to the blogger music world. The crippling depression, chronic pain, and daily life dredgers dealing with my medical woes or whatever I decided it was best to come back when it was right. I paid for the blog to stay up for everyone’s viewing pleasure while I took over a year off to focus on my physical and most importantly my mental health. I am still not 100 percent. But I am back to the best of the person I can. I am trying and I got myself a tattoo to remind myself to stay strong and fight my demons. I am still struggling but we are human. We got thoughts and feelings just like the next person or animal. So I hope you all enjoyed my recent blog posting describing into detail of the tattoo I got. I will provide a link somewhere in this posting to that blog posting about it. November 16, 2016 will be a big memory for me. Its one that I will cherish. I still can’t believe I got Black Veil Brides tattoo. I take great care of it. Put lots of lotion to keep it well moisturized and pretty. The tattoo has been my dream tattoo all my life. It’s just that who would have thought let’s get this straight, a former hater of the band gets their first tattoo of their artwork and lyrics that mean something and world of the former hater. Ha. I would get an Andy Black tattoo BUT I figured I have something much more metal/hardcore, I have actual METAL inside me. I will explain when I review “Ribcage” further along in this review. But its metal as fuck to know that.

I also wanted to let Andy Black’s “The Shadow Side” blossom in my heart and soul until I let my brain do the talking of the review. I am not going to call out names or anything. But I think it’s generally unfair to give bands or artists who spend 6 to a year making a record to have a reviewer of the record put the review out in 24 hours to 2 weeks tops. I like to let records flow and make their own home in my inner being before I dare to review. These are the thoughts and feelings through music from either one to multiple choise units as whole telling you the listener their life story through beats and lyrics. The feelings and vibes we get from music is very omniscient and “Take it to the next level” out of this world. That is why I want to give sloth CD reviews and or song reviews in the future cause people often forget what music was set out there to do instead of the commercial-industrial side. It generally upsets me to see all this happen. So I vow to give my honest opinions and heart to heart about the songs on this record. So no further than I do, let’s get done with small talk about the opening of this review and tell you what it’s really about shall we.

Chronic Potato Queen Writer is going to review Andy Black’s “The Shadow Side”. It was released on May 6, 2016 on Republic Records (co-written and produced by John Feldmann and Ricky Reed, and mixed/co-writes Matt Pauling) with its first single released on March 18, 2016 with “We Don’t Have To Dance” with the video dropping on March 21st, 2016. Other mentionable high-ranking singles from the CD include “Ribcage” with its debut music video released by Dan Sturgess on August 9th,2016, “Stay Alive”, “Paint It Black”, “Homecoming King”, etc. With this side project power house. It has allowed Biersack to tour under the moniker Black all around the world but more prominent in the US with the Vans Warped Tour approaching ahead same with Andy’s hosting gig at Alternative Press’s APAMA’s links down below for the tour and event. Which will be Andy Black’s final “Hooray” to Black for a while as he will focus on the world of Black Veil Brides and the BVBV that is expected to come out soon this year in 2017. There is a Andy Black documentary that was released early to Patreon patrons like myself who support Andy, Joe Flanders, Patrick Fogarty, and Rob Blasko on “The Andy Show” on Patreon for five dollars a month. It was released to viewers on December 27th, 2016, it was a one day late birthday present to me as the ending of the documentary was the icing on the reasoning why I got my tattoo. The documentary was yet again released on my BVB anniversary on January 27,2016 to non-Patreon viewers. So Andy Biersack are you trying to kill me with kindness cause clearly YOU won, I am trying to be professional here and review your record but god damn it you break down my dam, I have to act like a weirdo and show my insurmountable support, devotion, and love to you cause you do your work in all the right ways by being true to self and being yourself. Being Andy. I rather be weird and support you than not. Haha.

**Links will be provided at the bottom of this review for The Andy Show Patreon to subscribe to his Patreon, YouTube links to “We Don’t Have To Dance”, “Ribcage”, and “The Andy Black Documentary” for everyone’s pleasure and information. Go to google and type in “The Shadow Side” it will take you to place where to buy the album or stream on your mobile. tablet, or computer.

There will be a new Black song released this year, yet again Andy up to his ole kill them with kindness tricks, will separately review this one when it gets released but like I said. Sloth reviews are who I am. I like to give artists a true and respectful record review. Fair warning, you may need tissues for this review. Some songs I will review are going to hit you the reader with feels. Plus this is my own story interpreted into Andy Black’s beautiful laid out composited music with all the collaborations he did with on the record such as the producer of this record John Feldmann(Goldfinger), Matt Pauling(Ex-Confessions), Mickey Way(Ex- MCR, Solo), Gerard Way(Ex-MCR, Solo), Zakk Cervini(Mixer/Producer), Matt Skiba(Alkaline Trio/Blink 182), Patrick Stump(Fall Out Boy), Rian Dawson(All Time Low), Quinn Allman(Ex-The Used/Producer/Independent Musician), Ashton Irwin(5 Seconds Of Summer), Juliet Simms-Biersack(Automatic Loveletter and Solo), and Benji and Joel Madden(Good Charlotte) with other notable song writers on the record. This record deserves a whole lot of praise than it did. People may be critical on this record, it’s there own opinion and they are entitled to it(As long as it’s not on blog or the ban hammer will be given. I have banned a lot of horrible unnecessary comments so pleases keep your comments respectful and kind). But beings though it has helped me through thee toughest shit of my life. I am giving this record my 7 out of 5 golden russet potato approval points of the layers, lyrical content, and musical notes from start to finish is very well done.

Lets get to tears jerking, feels, and praising musicianship shall we.

“Homecoming King”

Homecoming King is one of those hero song’s. It gives you the reader the inter workings in your brain to imagine what life would be like with your past school mates growing up or your ever-changing town. The lyrical content is a “Fuck You” of sorts to either school yard bullies, jocks, preppy girls, etc. Life after high school is peachy. You get dealt with a whole new reality. Slowly these people who thought they were “ High and Mighty” are just like peons like the rest of folk who pays taxes, works there usual, etc. This song means a lot to me. It’s funny how I see class mates in my town thinking they will hit big. Only to find out they either get pregnant, get into drugs, or get locked up in my towns state prison or mental hospital. Life is so full of choices. It’s up to you the reader to choose wisely. Biersack achieves the prowl by nonetheless saying “Fuck the Homecoming King” in the song. This can be unisexed towards the “Homecoming Queen” too. LOL. The lyrics to the song tell a story of how very much so school drama is still a huge issue these days as in terms of bullying, cliques, being popular, etc. My main advice would be. Is to enjoy your kid years. Don’t give a potato in the moment and enjoy being young and the worries of being an adult. YOU just enjoy being you. Who cares about being popular. YOU are amazing and kick ass the way you are. This is the main reason for the song’s message. This can go to young and old adults to needing a boost of inspiration.

“We Don’t Have To Dance”

This song is about Biersack’s social anxiety and the lyrical content supports the things he hates and struggles in his daily life. He tells his listener to interpret the song into whatever means it helps the person get through their daily struggles in life. In my own defense. I applaud and support this songs message of want to help a person overcome their social anxiety by people just understanding and respecting people s boundaries. I had social anxiety growing up cause of my disabilities and I was loner in school. This songs meaning is to tell the vast majority of listeners its okay to be who you are. But it’s also okay to work on yourself and get the help you deserve in mental health. Social anxiety is real. Don’t let someone tell you otherwise. Even though you can be hazard to yourself, don’t let be your literal hell, literal hell. Did I just make a Andy Black lyric quote there. Yes I did.

“Ribcage”

As many of you all know Andy’s incident that involved with his three of his ribs get broken or shattered at a free concert event in LA/Hollywood that BVB attended and performed on in 2011(by the Andy you are trooper for going through that even though I learned via Loudwire the extra thing you had to go through. I feel you so bad. I had to go through a colonoscopy the humiliation of it is terrible.),

“Take you out, never bring you back again”

I remember listening to this song for the first time a while back ago. This is the first song that made me fall in love with Andy Biersack’s musical talents and what he brings to the table every time. I haven’t had the best years of my life ever. Everything has gone down hill medically for me. But in 2013-2015 I was VERY sick. Food rejected me. I became allergic permanently to gluten. I had three major operations. Which in return they left metal clips inside me. My appendix was the size of a golf ball and my gallbladder was dead rotting inside my digestive tract. Which resulted in me getting metal clips placed inside me. I got a total of 8 inside me when they removed my dead and dying organs. It made me glad that I found BVB’s music during a time of pure darkness. I am still in the darkness. Andy Black’s music has helped immensely during times I thought I couldn’t do it. But I did. I survived thee worst knee surgery anyone could go through for my age I got two metal rods drilled diagonally underneath my left knee cap to support my IT band. The band that support your knee cap and other ligaments in place. My knee was birth defected and was very fucked up. So surgery was the ONLY option to repair the major damage.  This song has helped me internally heal and let go of the darkness and anger I have inside me of the medical disadvantages I go through. I thought about getting the lyrics tattooed on me. But I already got metal inside me that signifies that I am METAL. Even though BVB is rock and roll. ;). You got to be metal as fuck to go through what I did.

“Stay Alive”

When I first heard this song. I was still struggling to get through my recovery of my knee surgery. I heard the lyrics “Stay alive for the good times, stay alive for the bad” I couldn’t help but cry. Have one of those good cries a person needs. It’s like Andy Biersack writes music about my life story without even knowing me or what the circumstances I go through being disabled with 15 medical conditions. But in reality Biersack writes music about his own experiences and life happenings. It makes me appreciate and respect him even more as a person that he would even write such healing music. There are musicians out there who write similar empowerment songs like Andy does. But Andy’s is very genuine and has a very special spark of reality and magical power behind it which is why he I declare him an enigma musician cause I can try my best to decipher his music but deep down only he knows what it’s truly about. With his vernacular I am very cherished to NEVER take for grant both creations he has given the world. BVB and Andy Black are awesome things for the world next to the potato. You got yourself a potato party. But don’t harm that small child and mash it with garlic mash, Biersack. “Stay Alive” is an Anthem for us underdogs who are in dire need of pick me up when the good times are bad and the bad times are good. It also features a dude named Matt Skiba on there from Alkaline Trio and Blink 182. He did a stellar job with making teenage Andy’s dreams come true with this power anthem for the masses.

“Love Was Made To Break”

This song is a sorrowful filled with woes of telling its audience that love is a facade. People come and go through relationships get divorced. Go through major life changes, etc. But it tells the audience to stop the bullshit before shit get worse. This reminds me of my break up with gluten. hahahaha. “Fade in, fade in out. check in out. We are strangers now. Now we are enemies” Its been 3 years since I had real wheat bread or any products with gluten in it. That’s all I can compare the song to. God damn it Celiac disease. Whatever your personal preference is to the song is. It’s very sorrowful. It’s very one of a kind to help people get through their relationship woes or call it quits. Nice one Andy.

“Beautiful Pain”

The toughest song on the record to review. 2016 saw its hardest year in losses. The song that this is memorialized to Chris Holley(Died in June of 2015). I lost my last two grandfather in 2016 due to old age and cancer. My grandfather Hanna fought long and hard. He died of terminal liver cancer. Plus I lost my senior dog,Hunter, last year who has been with through my heaviest of medical bullshit with me to pancreatic cancer in January 2016. The whole song has deeply touched, healed ever tear I cried or will cry, and will help me deal with the pain of just dealing with their deaths. It’s never easy to go through loosing some dear and near to you. Especially if it’s a grandpa, grandma, friend, mom, dad, aunt uncle, sidling, or pet, etc. It’s never easy. “Beautiful Pain” is a song for those who need a hug or shoulder to cry on in a song. It’s very special. Its universal and can be dedicated to anyone whom has died but the sole inspiration of the song is for the late Chris Holley. He was BVB’s, AA’s, and MIW’s guitar tech. He was a crazy lad. He will be sorely missed. I enjoyed his posts on IG. I hope he is up there partying it up with all three of my grandfathers.  May Holley RIP and my prayers go out to the Holley family.

“Put The Gun Down”

I am really proud of this song’s meaning. It makes me appreciate and respect Biersack as musician as whole. If you ever dabbled into the world of suicide or suicide thoughts it’s not a fun world to be in. I have gone down that world 5 times myself. I have dealt with suicidal thoughts and thoughts about killing myself because I thought I was worthless, waste of space, had possible cancer, was sexually assaulted and couldn’t do anything about it, and is in chronic pain 24/7; 365. This song has helped me fight my inner demons of telling the suicidal thoughts to back down. It has helped me also with my addiction to prescription narcotics and over the counter pain killers. The power and healing qualities the song posses with Andy just being himself in this song and telling his audience in his own way to just “Put The Gun Down” and telling everyone that there is a life to live out there instead of ending it. Is thee beautifuliest life forms of a song you can get to. The pure genuineness of the artist to listener from the raw inter workings of his heart to us is what music was set out to do.

* See About page for Suicide prevention hotlines and American Foundation For Suicide Prevention.

“Drown Me Out”

Biersack is telling the listener or audience to let their dam break, rise, and scream it out on top of the plateau. But don’t let people get in the way of your dreams and aspirations. Don’t let the dam breakers get to you. Don’t let the naysayers who dislike what you do dwindle what fun your having and stomp on your parade. It’s not their parade to begin with. Learn from my life lesson. I once hated BVB. Now I am in love with BVB. if you can’t win. Join them. It’s not hard. Best decision I ever did. Who ever knew that the former hater would get a BVB tattoo. Ha.

“Paint It Black”

This song I feel is dedicated to his spouse, Juliet. But I feel that this song can be universal and can give the listener grounds to feel and feel what the songs message is about. Relationships and marriages have their hardships. But at the end of the day you have each other. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff such as arguing and accusing the other party of such and such things. I may have never been in any relationship ever cause in reality I live in area where no one wants to date a permanently disabled person(which I am fine with, I don’t like anyone here anyways unless your elderly). But I do know as my years of adulthood has progressed on me and the things I have seen. Love is greater than hating the people you let yourself come to known as a family. Love blossoms many possibilities to come forth in that right. Love over rules hate. Hate is just a masked bimbo with its pants on the ground. No matter if you are in a relationship, marriage, have family values, etc this song has values to respect life while you can. Don’t sweat the small the stuff. Love and let hate pout in corner with the rest of sorry lads.

“Break Your Halo”

A song like this comes around once a blue moon and makes me have mega goosebumps. The lyrics to this song is key to all the people in my life who bully me cause I am disabled. But all I do is care about helping people. Sometimes I don’t believe my dreams will come true but then again I snap out of my depression “Get my shit together”. I get burned on social media A LOT. cause I am suicide crisis responder. This song has helped me heal that pain I go through when people are unreachable to my help. I remind myself that sometimes  people can’t be helped and its a lost cause. Its sad. But in the moment this song has helped me a lot cause I got a big heart for helping people through the toughest part of there lives. Suicide isn’t the way to go. It only gives the pain to someone else after you depart from this world. Biersack’s side of wanting to help people and getting burned too nonetheless is disheartening cause I feel his pain through this song. The fact that this song  has an angry “Never give in. Never back down” banter makes me laugh but sigh in sadness at Andy’s heartbreak for people trying to nonetheless be an asshole to him. Don’t be an asshole to Andy or anybody. Use the lesson in “Paint It Black” Love. Love makes the world go round.

*Suicide Prevention is in my About section of my blog.

“Louder Than Your Lover”

This song gives me empowerment vibes. Biersack’s onslaught to always setting what is right with out his quote on quote “Pandering” in the song’s lyrics to kids, young adults, and older adults. His stand on always wanting his fans dreams and aspirations to come true in a musical manner has transfixed this guy as a one of kind spokesman for the outsiders and outcasts. It makes me happy that this song has California vibes within song but targeted to his audience to go conquer their dreams and aspirations. Is a person I will support and praise forever. Plus I just went through a long ass winter. The song gives me Summer vibes. It gives me positive vibes while wanting my vitamin D fix. lol.

“Broken Pieces”

This song Is an underrated Andy Black tract but its a goody. A BIG goody. Like “Louder Than Your Love” were its all happy vibes and wanting your dreams and aspirations to come true. This song is this dark side of the moon of the song. It’s a song that gives the listener a sense of hope but a sense of sorrow cause of the struggles of how dreams and aspirations come true. This song means a lot to me. My dreams are my drug. It’s all I have keeping me going. I am disabled with 15 medical conditions. The state here in Idaho can’t give me regular 9-5 work due to my severity of my disabilities. I have to live at home with parents. My entire body is falling apart. But the thing that is holding the glue together now is my new-found sense of self and inner strength. A song like this and all of its lyrics is very healing to someone who goes through daily hardships. Biersack’s love and devotion he has for every single one of his fans is insurmountable. Its one of a kind. I am very fortunate to have met him once in 2014 on the Blackmass tour with BVB. The amount of positivity and care no matter how dark in scale or light his poetic in nature his lyrics can get on Andy Black or any BVB song is a testament of who a person he is. “Broken Pieces” is an anthem to those who struggle everyday and need a “Hug”. Encouragement to get back out there, kick ass, “Never give in, and Never back down”

“The Void”

A song about self proclamation. But letting go things or toxic people in your life that don’t want any part of your betterment of your life. But there is always that hurt you have when you let them or things go. But as the lyrics go “Got to face another day” but its sad when the ending of the song ends with “How can I carry on without you?” Whether you have gone through a toxic friendship, marriage, relationship, addiction, etc. Its hard life style change to go through. Whether it will be ending toxic relations or addictions. But not having the support system to back you up even sucks worse. This song has helped me in my final tidbits of recovery of my severe prescription narcotic’s and over the counter pain-killer addiction. Its taught me that its okay to feel human and know that its okay to feel what I am feeling. But still carry on with out you. Finding self-worth and inner strength is very much a huge thing any human can do for themselves. But it sucks not having some friends or family there to help through positive reinforcement to fight the addiction or not go back to the toxic situation. This song is a great tool to help those who are lost in finding the air to breath in this. It’s okay to feel about it cause your human. But my advice is to “Let it go for good” and “Never give in.”

All I can say is that this record was a wild ride of healing, gave me tools, gave my new insight on Biersack’s lyrical writing, etc Either if you are not a Black Veil fan or a Black Veil fan give this record a chance. A full listen to start to finish has nooks and crannies any music can love from synthesizers from the 80’s and the feels from the era like groups I grew up on like Pet Shop Boys, Billy Idol, Culture Club, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, George Michael, etc. to a modern-day alternative pop punk rock vibes you can clash, dance your ass off, clean your house too, homework, etc to.

It took me over a year to digest this record. No not eat and poop it out a year later for comedic value. There is too much emotional value and intrinsic composited layers within each song that with each new listen there is always something new about the song or the feel depending the mood I am in.

I was going to go see Andy Black this year in concert. But due to flooding and road displacements here in the Pacific Northwest due to one of thee worst winters in more than a decade. I was going to also do a concert review but that go shot down in blog heaven. So I decided to dedicate more time and love to the Andy Black: The Shadow Side record review project. It has taken my mind off a lot of bullshit that’s going on in my life right now. Its put inspiration back into my soul to want to write on this blog again and give it more supported content instead of people reading a dead blog of past content.

I dearly want to thank each and every one of you that read this. Your not just a statistic in my blogs views. You mean something to me. Your my rebirth. I had this closed for over a year cause I was highly depressed and I didn’t know how to start my passion again right without fucking it up. Now I know. Its cause of Andy and his lyrics that I really let speak to me during a months and months of time that I didn’t let my online friends know I was depressed as fuck and I tell them EVERYTHING. Going through so much death and medical turmoil prompted that. But I couldn’t thank Andy Biersack any more than I could. Inserted is my tattoo I got last November symbolizing my rebirth of finding myself again and to “Never give in, Never back down” no matter what. It’s okay it be in the moment and cry. But pick up the pieces and soar like an eagle. Rising from the ashes is only the first step to getting you back to your road to recovery and I will quote the man himself “I believe in you”. If you fall. “Rise back up and fight on again”. YOU are all you have and make god damn sure its kick ass life. Long live Andy Black and “The Shadow Side”!

My tattoo: wp-1482140071084.jpg

Tattoo done by: Shannon Blinn in Lewiston, Idaho at Skin Deep tattoo and designs.

Written By: Mariah L. Hanna *@PotatoBVBQueen   Copyright:4/2/2017

*See About page for inquires of sharing my articles or use buttons on my blog to share to your social media with @PotatoBVBQueen cited as my property to link. Also for Suicide prevention hotlines contacts and suicide prevention resources(Never feel worthless or guilty of wanting help, it’s there for your taking, NEVER lose hope)

** Links :  Subscribe to The Andy Show here

Andy Black’s Official Music Video to “We Don’t Have To Dance”

Andy Black’s Official Music Video for “Ribcage”

The Andy Black Documentary: A MUST WATCH

Vans Warped Tour: Dates and Tickets here

Early Bird tickets to APMA’s or regular admission

Blog post about tattoo.

 

 

 

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“Black Veil Brides: Black Veil Brides” Album Review for #BVB4

I was going to do this review much much sooner but due to extreme medical circumstance with me I had to put the BVB4 album review on hold and take care of my health. I am still not 100 percent alright. In October I had to get an exploratory surgery to see what was wrong with me and why I was in extreme amounts of pain. Well two other major surgeries later I am here and happy that I don’t have anymore possible surgeries in the future. I had a lot of things medically wrong with me my appendix and gallbladder died so they had to be removed along with a hernia that one of my ovaries was eating my small intestine known as inguinal hernia. I also had large cyst the size of a tennis ball removed from my body among other things I am kept to myself. This album came around a time that I needed to hear something encouraging and helpful. It’s crazy how music helps people in that way. I am still healing and recovering. Taking it day by day. But the storm is gone now(At least I think D: ). I am just brisking in the silent rain now. I urge all my followers a life of great health and their is only one of YOU so take care of you before it’s too late. Anyways, there you have a small update as to why I went silent again and no articles to show forth. Enjoy reading this review it took me 3 plus months to do old-fashioned(cause BVB4 was made old-fashioned with analog so I cleverly decided to review it old-fashioned with pen and paper. When finished put review in new aged final draft in the end like BVB4 was put in modernized CD’s ;’) ). Best of wishes.

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Love, Mariah L. Hanna

P.S. By the time I publish this I will probably hear something new in BVB4 so I am going to update this as time moves on but will give it sometime to be out there for you all. ❤


 

Black Veil Brides recorded an album with know producer Bob Rock who has worked with known bands such as Motley Crue, The Cult,Metallica and other widely known musicians with widely successful albums spinning out of Bob Rocks career as a producer. Bob’s new embark with the five goof balls we know today as CC, Jake, Jinxx, Ashley, and Andy with BVB’s new album that was released October 27th, 2014 a day ahead of there October 28th, 2014 release, known as BVB4 was Bob Rocks destiny to work with these five guys vice versa. Bob Rock stated that BVB made him “Breath fresh air” sort of speak into the metal/rock world he worked with for so many years. I SEEN the downfall of why he said this. I will explain in the next few paragraph’s as to what he meant as “A chore” in BVB’s in the studio updates BVB did for us fans on their YouTube page.

Bob Rock produced Metallica’s “Saint Anger”. Metallica also did a documentary for that album that I watched on Vh1 Classic. I seen a producer who was at his wit’s end and getting burned out but still poured his heart into his craft of making a solid record of Metallica’s best growth efforts at the time. At the time the band was going through a terrible time. Needing a new bass player. Plus filming for “Saint Anger” stopped midst into the recording of the album cause James Hetfield check himself into a rehab center for his drinking problems(I applaud James for kicking his inner demons to the curb. I had him in my thoughts and prayers at the time I saw this doc). I seen how stressed and concerned Bob Rock was. I never seen him as bad guy. Just a guy that is human and was in a shitty circumstance at the time. People labeled him this such and such. As many people do(when there jealous of other people’s success and shit). So I think this why Bob Rock get so much shit is because this documentary among other things showing the true colors of recording an album. It ain’t rainbows and sunshine. Its grind to the nose and pain staking hours and hours of work. Bands have there glory albums and their shit happens albums. Life happens. Not much we can do about it.

When I seen a more calmer and even more jubilant Bob Rock in the studio updates with Black Veil Brides. I seen a more relaxed and happier Bob Rock I have ever seen since “Saint Anger”. Bob Rock was more enjoyable. I could tell he wanted to do more and be involved without being involved(Orchestrator everyone talks about and I seen that with the Metallica documentary). Bob has worked not just with Metallica but with outstanding musicians such as Michael Buble. Plus his rock roster includes Bon Jovi, Loverboy, Motley Crue, The Cult, etc.

These acts have powerhouse anthemic rock songs that have been classical favorites for decades. Songs that have the electrical power to light up a stadium or two. In the 80’s these bands were in their prime and the lust for rock and roll was lost in the 90’s with the grunge movement. In the 2000’s the rebirth of rock and roll is strong with power and emotion through guitars on fire that will set a room full of amps to the stratosphere. Bands in the 80’s are still relevant to this day. Still doing tours and doing albums. Some have retired or gone to heaven. But in today’s rock and roll rebirth. Black Veil Brides hold on to a key to be a fore father of the new aged rock and roll. Rock and roll that helps the amass of fans through out with positive messages through song and lyric. With the emotion and in your face guitar, bass, and drum beat tones is something I look forward to seeing in the future. Among Black Veil Brides bands like Asking Alexandria, Set It Off, Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Hatebreed, Farewell, My Love, We Are Harlot, and shit loads of bands inserted here with a positive rock and roll mindset  have the chops to bring this dead culture back from where it left of in 1990. Slowly but surely we all will get to see this happen. I am so proud of the bands today though. Their hard work WILL pay off soon. I feel it.

Now let’s get to talking about “Black Veil Brides: Black Veil Brides” or #BVB4. People may have their bad opinions on this album or bad reviews. I even read that some of our own in the BVB army didn’t like the new record. That is fine to have your dislikes but what I found was rude and not cool. Are people not taking the time like I did to digest the album. I am in love with this album for personal reasons. But keep in mind this record is a “Growth” album. They were mending all their each others friendships and getting off of a tour cycle for a record that made them drift as friends a bit away from each other. With BVB4 they collectively grew closer and mended their broken business and personal friendships with each other. People often forget that the members in their favorite band have friendships with each other. If those friendships aren’t health and well-kept then the band falls apart which ends in the demise of the band altogether sadly. It’s rare for people like all five of the great guys in BVB to really talk to each other and amend through song and lyric their band and what it stands for. Have your opinion. But don’t make it so that it becomes an asshole one. Criticism is alright as long as you don’t bully. Bands need this healthy bond with each other or the band suffers or dies.

This album is a uniquely made attribute given the fact a young band like BVB scored a recording gig with an excellent producer such as Bob Rock. I was listening to Jamey Jasta’s in Hatebreed’s podcast he does. He interviewed Jake and Jinxx about how it was producing with Bob Rock, etc. Jamey asked me as a BVB army member and a fan “If I gave a fuck about Black Veil Brides recording with Bob Rock?” that is FUCK YES. I was stoked and thrilled when I first heard the news that Bob was recording with the BVB guys. The BVB guys earned their good karma and that is landing a recording gig with Bob. Bob I seen the “In The Studio Updates with BVB/Bob Rock” the way he taught the guys and was down to earth. It’s a once in a lifetime chance for them that benefited them with probably even more chances to record with Bob Rock in the future. The commodore and sense of guidance he lead each of them was very brilliant and I hear it all in BVB4. The key sounds and how this unique album was created. So individually and as a whole this opportunity for them sky rocketed BVB even more to rule the world one day at a time. So yes to answer your question again Jamey. Yes I do give a fuck because what does a genuine fan want more than their favorite band to succeed in life and their dreams whilst helping the person fulfill theirs(your reading it).

So let’s get started shall we. From the track list they come by in order on the album. I will review each song by my thoughts, feelings, and knowledge:

“Heart of Fire”:

This song is very interpersonal to me. It has the layers of anger, anguish, and pain written in its lyrics. I have taken to and let this song grasp to me for a few months. Each listen makes me more stoked to listen to it more. It has that ass kicker vibe to it while pushing a great message through the lyrics. Andy’s writing to me is very personal on a level I can’t describe cause. This song basically was written during the months I was following BVB on their trek to making their self titled debut. Biersack may have not had the notions or even the thought process of what type of song he was created with Jake, CC, Jinxx, and Ashley. This song basically is an ode to the past hater I was and celebration of that I am no longer that person. Through apologizing to them through meet and greet on November 8th, 2014 was only setting this to be a beautiful coincidence. For me at least. “ Build your walls but you can’t keep me out, I’ ll burn them down” This lyric line basically had me at goosebumps cause BVB in spirit came to my house and burned down all the hater walls I had against them. I not knowing their evil glorious deed was vulnerable to a converting. Which by magic and the fate on January 27th, 2013 it did. I couldn’t be any happier than I am today. This song gets nostalgic potato grade A+ in my book and is my mother, Amber’s personal favorite(collected outside data of people’s fave’s of the album). It has everything. The kick ass metal tones, guitar riffs, bass, and drums. With the piercing vocals from Andy. “I’ll stand up to the pain” no pun intended on that one. Basically this song is telling fans “Don’t let the fire that burns inside you fade away” NEVER.

“Faithless”:

This song has that ole “From Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica meets the Misfits and Motley Crue vibe. The bells in the intro of the song was very nostalgic to me being a fan of Metallica’s from the womb till today. Jake, Jinxx, Andy, CC, and Ashley really showed their chops on this song. Each individual cord and beat is very raw and in the face with emotion. I am very pleased with this song. Some people might be biased on this song due to the credentials that “BVB AREN’T METAL” and “BVB aren’t metal insert derogatory term against them here” For factual purposes. BVB never claimed to be metal or anything. Just a mere rock and roll band wanting a good fucking time which they deserve so much. There is a lyric Andy wrote against these people and ignorant people in general that is “Cross your heart, open your mind” and “Behold the new hate”. Hate in general has an immature face. Its biased and cruel. If people took the amount of time researching about the thing they hate or just ignore it than we would have a semi peaceful planet. But that will never happened cause people have their own brains and they function them however they please. Forcing opinions down people’s throats don’t help either. The other outwardly lyrics that popped out at me are “I’ll never say a prayer I don’t believe” and “Hide your face in their disguise” Basically shoving beliefs and religion into people’s minds is stupid and blatantly uncool thing to do. Plus hiding behind false identities and hiding behind social media being a “Keyboard Warrior” is not okay either. I am complete secular person when it comes to pushing beliefs to someone else. I rather give someone options versus the cruel “Check this out. Oh by the way if you don’t check this out you will die in 24 hours” that shit makes me incredibly mad. So I get what Andy is trying to teach us through lyric in the song. That is don’t let some stupid person get in the way of your beliefs and dreams(reminds me of infamous Andy versus Asshole video on YouTube, (will provide link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzo71iva76Q ) Just for the inspiration of it and mere amusement of me yelling at my computer “Go Andy Go”), So overall the song is a killer metal vibe rock and roll mosh potato A +.

“Devil In The Mirror”:

This shin digger had me either very emotional or head banging my head off. This one is very personal or me. The lyrics Andy wrote for this hauntingly accurate to anyone who is battling inner demons. I battled inner demons all my life. Looking in the mirror was one of them. I always cared for myself poorly when I was a teenager cause I was extremely bullied and depressed. I was just empty. Lost for hope. When I heard this song. I let go all the demons that haunted me as child and as teenager. Just let myself live. I realized I am who I am. I can’t be changed. All through my teens and as a child I chanted “I can’t take it anymore” which is lyric from the song. I have in my adulthood chanted that also. Until the day I discovered BVB and my empty feeling turned into pure love and hope for everything. We all come from the same back ground but with different stories and family lives. The other lyrical standpoints in the song that grabbed at me are “ I am just a human, I am ready to die”, “I will never let you win”, “Never look forward, Just straight down a gun”. These lyrics grab at me very personally. The first mentioned one  “I am just a human, I am ready to die” hits me to the core cause of the medical bullshit I go through each and everyday. Everyday is struggle to get by but I keep a positive face and outlook on life. Being negative in life won’t get anyone nowhere. So basically its very cleansing and refreshing to hear such a cathartic lyric piece through a song. Plus “I will never let you win” intertwines with my outlook on life and my beliefs. I never let my medical issues win the fight over my positive attitude. I am very lucky to be born with such unique abilities to help others through my inner demons to fight theirs too(my goal is to get my social work degree while I do journalism as a hobby/full me project). My sweetheart attitude in life was very nature and nurtured. So to sum this song that receives an A+ potato in my book its one to listen to when you’re at your own wits end with daily life bullshit and among other things. It’s a song to head bang the hell out too while cathartically getting your problems out in positive light. Cause that is the message of Black Veil Brides. To ensure positive and health self-worth among their fan base. Andy’s vocal tone to this song has that punk and hard rock vibes to it. It’s a song that one can go honky tonking in the car and feel like they are in motion picture film.

“Goodbye Agony”:

This song hits me VERY VERY personally. This song gives many many Easter eggs in the lyrics and in the official music video itself. The song has so many layers and keynotes to it. It touches base with songs BVB has done in the past such as “Knives and Pens”, “Coffin”, and the whole catalog behind the story of “Legion Of The Black” in the movie. The song has several meanings uniquely to the listener. I being a convert to BVBism. It is a song that I rehabilitated my heart on and finally put to rest the past I had being a disbeliever in BVB’s message and what they portray in their lyrics of a positive limelight to their fans via self-worth, etc. When I apologized to BVB on November 8th, 2014 being the first one to do so and not the last. I did it with the notion to leave the shit behind me(which it did) and start something beautiful with five guys who mean the world to me now. I did it because I was born and raised to apologized for my wrong doings. With that allowed me to say this after I met the five amazing and sweet heart guys in Black Veil Brides. I said to myself “I had my own personal “Goodbye Agony” moment” It was such a bittersweet moment to share among myself and the five lovely guys in BVB. They deserved it so much. They more than deserved it actually. The memory of this is everlasting. So glad I did it cause I am extremely happy now than I was years ago.

The song also hits on the layers of BVB’s career. The metamorphization of Andy Six or Sixx to Andy Biersack(His real name if your new to BVB).The song also hits on the timeline of little kid(David Basik) in the “Knives and Pens” video to his grown up character to Eve Black(Alicia Vigil) character. It tells the story of how far they came.  The members of BVB maturing and coming into their own character in the band. From BVB’s heavily make up era to what I call their “KISS no face paint era” to the resurrection of some of their elements of the make-up coming back. I am proud to have gotten to know the band at the end of their heavily make up era to their glam non-make up era(I grew up on glam metal such a small ass world on that one, BVB stole my heart at “In The End”(Sounds like a Kay or Zales commercial) but yes I grew up on the mentioned above bands from the 80’s, etc). “Goodbye Agony” Andy stated in an Interview with Backstage Axxcess that the song was a huge love letter to the BVB army. It’s very emotional song musical wise with every cord and beat tone cathartically transposition of breath-taking hooks, magical vocals, tones, and melodies mixed together to create an ode ballad. This song gets a Kleenex box filled with tater tots with a rating of A+. The past will always be their but the future will and present will be their. This song is also a favorite of my mothers and recently my uncle Mark’s. The song is an ultimate bittersweet ode song to whatever the person and however the person interprets it in their own mind. It’s beautiful timeless song that I am sure one day I will see in the classic mix’s. Song reminds me November Rain/Guns and Roses and Nothing Else Matters/Metallica.

“World of Sacrifice”:

This song reminds me of the song by a band that I would watch their music sometimes before I headed of to the dreaded high school. The song is called “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger. Just the same tone lyric wise. But Night Ranger tackled on sinful young women who was raised in very religious home but “World of Sacrifice” tackles the deeper level of how people basically give up their dreams and aspirations in order to fulfill their family traditions and religious aspects. All the lyrics need to this song need to be accounted for as well as the musical attributes(again damn Jake, CC, Jinxx, and Ashley your growth as musicians along with Andy’s vocals has improved with this album). This tackles a person living on the edge and lost. It also affects the youth more than the adults. Why? Youth are more vulnerable to believing in things such as religion and beliefs. Being pushed into a grey mold and not get to express yourself is very horrible and not cool life to live. Many parents of today push their kids into things they don’t want to do such as extracurricular activities or sports. It’s very sad that youth don’t get to express themselves cause of parents, religion, etc. Same goes with adults. They work a job they hate and have to survive. don’t get to express their dreams cause they have died cause of strict belief systems, etc. So this song tackles the respect of. Go out their. Go against the grain and fulfill your dreams even if it is against everything you were taught in life. Long live your dreams. Never give in. This song gets my golden star potato of A+.

“Last Rites”:

This song reminds me of the song by Starship called “We Built This City”. It has that 80’s powerhouse shit kicker vibe to it. So when the first chord to the intro comes on its like “Heart Of Fire”, “Faithless”, and “Devil In The Mirror”. I have that rock and roll head banger vibe that gets you pumped for the day. Its one to blast in your car when you go for a joyride or a ride out in the city(me honky-tonk town, USA). The musical tones and beats are very odish to all the 80’s era of punk, metal, and rock. Andy’s(plus his vocal tones throughout the song) lyrics to this song were very Ace!. Basically giving a another anthem to all of us whom are “Outcasts” ,”The Misfits”, and “Whatever the hell people called us while judging us”. “Last Rites in a lost city, I can’t fight for a life I’ve never know, Dark lights giving no pity, Last Rites for a place I call my home” Whatever you call your home. At a concert. In your art studio. Whatever you call YOUR home. Never forget what makes you, YOU. You fought for your dreams. Never let them slip through the cracks. During your dark times and great times. Always remember humbly what go YOU their. YOU are your own star. NEVER give in on your dreams. This song basically admits to the closure that YOU have “Rites”. If they are your “Last Rites” make god damn sure you prove to people who YOU are and leave a lasting mark impression on them(oh and block those buttheads who don’t approve of your dreams and talents). This song gets the potato Ace! of A+. This song is also my moms personal favorite.

“Stolen Omen”:

This song has an indirect about hate song written all over it toward anything it can be interpreted to. I had a crazy thought two months ago about this song. It reminded me if Slayer had a baby with glam metal. Laughing so hard right now. Being’s though Slayer is thrash metal band that spanned out of the 80’s with likes with Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, etc. This song has the thrash, power, and death metal drum tones the CC portrays so well in this song. The guitar cords and how Jake and Jinxx created the monster with Ashley’s bass tones are insane with Andy’s epic growls and vocal cordings massed a song so powerful it can start a moshed pit. I hope they break this song out at Download or somewhere with a larger audience cause it has the velocity and electricity of Anthrax “Caught in A Mosh”. The lyrics that hit me personally are “I sing for the hope that is broken, They live for a Stolen Omen” and “I see this, I know pain, lets see you try” “Punk” “YES” You tell them Andy. You tell them your words of wisdom. You tell them how you want BVB to just have a fair chance in the world without the asshole hate among other shit that goes on in the world cause I agree. This shit kicker is filled of pure inspirational wisdom from Andy. The musical cords and beats from Ashley, CC, Jinxx, and Jake is fucking amazing. I put this song on repeat the first time I heard it. I remember I had a moment of “What the fuck did I just listen to” It was so awesome. It gets my too much metal for both potatoes A+.

“Walk Away”:

This song is another ballad song off of “Black Veil Brides: Black Veil Brides” or commonly known as BVB4. This song is a killer song. It’s a song that can inspire a human being in part of their life good or bad. “Walk Away” is a power ballad that has the chops to be like “Goodbye Agony” it has the Guns N Roses/Poison/Etc vibe to it while Jinxx shows his virtuoso musical abilities with the violin and Jake/Ashley show emotion through cords throughout the song. CC’s slow drum beats to the song is magical and very majestic sounding with the piano intertwined into the beautiful layered song. To top it all off Andy’s vocal tones and lyrics to the song makes this song very bittersweet. This song hits me very very personal. I am have gone through a lot of medical bullshit lately and the first time I heard “Walk Away” I plain out cried after listening to it for the first time. This song has very powerful message of in my eyes “Walking away from the pain” and I know I will always have the BVB army their to talk to me if I am down and need to vent. I let others do the same cause I am their for all the BVB army. This song gets my loyal potato award of A+. Because BVB helps so many lives and has the message of self-worth and self empowerment. We are the ones that saved OUR own lives but do give a sliver of credit to the band that helped you through something unbearable. NEVER GIVE IN. NEVER.

“Drag Me To The Grave”:

This song hit me hard when I listened to the lyrics deeply. I myself have dealt with suicide before within myself and within my family, friends, and community. I converted into a huge BVB fan when I heard “In The End”. The day I converted I was going to end my life sort of speak. It is myself whom I saved my own life. Again the band gets a small sliver of credit of helping you through something so shitty. I will always give BVB each a small bag of potatoes for helping me through something I got through myself cause I am strong “I am fighter”. It’s sad that cowardly people push people to do something so horrible to themselves. Mine was a deeper issue with depression and severe 24/7 365 pain I am still in today. My life is worth living despite being in severe amounts of pain due to all 14 of my medical conditions. I have something to live for and that is to help people. My legacy is to help people like BVB does to their fan base among other bands that do their shit right and bring a positive outlook for their fan base. Suicide IS NEVER okay. Some people lose the fight but it doesn’t make them a bad person(some religions believe in if you commit the act of suicide you got to hell, I don’t believe in this. But it’s whatever. Let live). So please I can’t spread awareness quick enough. Suicide prevention is year around thing for myself. I took a three class on suicide while I was in college. I know how to prevent suicide to a degree but I send people the proper links, hotlines, etc to get proper help cause mental health is so needed nowadays along with all around body health. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. YOU can get through it know matter how hard and shitty the situation is. Life isn’t easy but it is what you make it. Make it a good one. Make your dreams happen. Fight for them. NEVER give in. If you can’t the US hotline to suicide prevention line is: 1(800)-273-8255. The International hotline directory for suicide prevention is here: (http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html) Additional US Suicide Prevention information here: (http://www.afsp.org/).

This song had amazing backing vocals and Andy’s vocals and lyrics were very powerful. Andy has a knack of spreading positive light through a shitty topic. He tackled the subject very kindly and very inspirational. The music upbeats from Jake’s guitar feeding off of Jinxx’s guitar with Ashley’s bass with a dance vibe with CC’s (ONE FOR FUN) drum beats. This song makes one want to dance whilst giving a positive message of “BVB believes in you so dance for “One for fun”, Rise up and celebrate your life”. The lyric that made me cry the most was “Heroes blessed by the fire” cause it struck me deeply that I actually saved 24 people from killing themselves. It’s basically an homage to when indians celebrated their elder and they would have a huge bond fire. In that fire they celebrated their heroes. I live in a very very historical Indian reservation where their culture is celebrated here among other cultures so It’s a fun way to honor such a lyric. Many cultures celebrate their heroes through bond fires. Its awesome. So I give this my “I believe in YOU!” potato seal of an award of A+.

The suicide sign. Held by Biersack  "I believe in you"

The suicide sign. Held by Andy Biersack
“I believe in you” Photo credit: carlitos_n

“The Shattered God”: *(This song can be uni-sexed in interpret into however you please)

This song deals with greed, alcohol and drug abuse, suicide(see “Drag Me To The Grave” for explanation), and crime. They lyrics deeply describe how one can destroy themselves and slowly kill every relationship and friendship the person has ever made. Drugs and alcohol can do major damage to ones personal and business life. I have experienced this among family and friends. It’s sad how people can change. It’s a sad life really. I dealt with addiction myself but its the person whom wants to need to seek the help. A life of crime and addiction gets people no where in life. Life is what YOU make it. If someone choose to do drugs, abuse alcohol, etc that is their fancy. But know YOU are hurting the best person you have in your life and that is YOU. The songs intro is as real as it gets.

“Failure and apathy descend
Success just hasn’t been your friend
You live a lie high as the sky
This taste like iron blood and greed
Tell us of what you’ll never be
I won’t ask why, just let it die”

Let alone this one too : “Your eyes are empty like your bed” Andy you hit right where it hurts don’t you with that old-fashioned response to your “haters” joke that BVB gets ALL the girls. No pun intended their Andy. You made a timeless classic with CC, Jinxx, Jake, and Ashley with this one. Many people go through things but good karma and bad karma weighs itself out in everyone’s life here on the planet. The song reminded me of the Motley Crue “Shout At The Devil” and Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild” meets a new level of its own. The song is just filled with riffs and cords galore. I can tell Jake had fun one with this one getting to shred some on this album in all the song but this song you can really hear it and feel it. Feeds off with Jinxx’s shredding too. With the mixture of Ashley’s bass key tones and CC’s power drumming. Plus to top it off with an angry tones to his vocals with Andy singing its sure a head banger classic. To give the chives, sour cream, bacon bits, avocado, or cheese to this great song Jake unique shredding solo at the end of the song which I gave it a name. Its called “The Slot Machine riff Solo” by yours truly Jake Pitts. I give this song a loaded baked potato award of A+.

“Crown of Thorns”:

This song is an ode to all the 7 and impending years BVB has been a band together. All the lyrics to “Crown of Thorns” hits me hard cause all of them are preaching that even if in thick and thin. We all will be their for each other. YOU all have in the BVB army through supporting them in so many things such as voting, defending the band, through your artwork, etc YOU as a the member of the BVB army show forth. BVB has shown forth their thanks to you through song and special cool things such as merchandise and a film “Legion Of The Black”. It’s all done for you. ” It’s a song for new and old BVB army alike. WE ALL MATTER NO MATTER WHAT ERA YOU JOINED AS A FAN TO BE IN THE BLACK VEIL BRIDES ARMY. No one is higher than anyone else. Were all equal. We all need to love and support each other like Black Veil Brides self-worth and anti-bullying message is. We are one, For we are MANY.

The song references to songs of BVB’s such as “Saviour”, “Ritual”. “Lost It All”, “Done For You”, “Devils Choir”, and “Nobody’s Hero”. The song also has classical Metallica influence to the guitar solo. Its a reference to Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and “The Unforgiven”. Jinxx, Jake, CC, Ashley, and Andy did a great job on this song pouring their hearts out to us fans. It’s very cool and awesome experience music from such amazing, nose to the grind stone, hardworking, talented musician such as them. They each give something unique through BVB to give to their fans. It’s truly great to see such talent on Earth. I will never take for grant these five great guys. To know they went through the thick and thin. Came through for us all is inspirational in itself. This song gets my honorary five potato inspirational potato award of A+.

*”Sons of Night”:

I wasn’t able to review this song cause I don’t have the song legally. Waiting to purchase it. Will post a single review when I get it whenever it becomes available to purchase.

I will explain why I gave BVB the “Potatotastic shit kicker Golden Goddess potato award” and solid A+’s. It’s because all five of them worked their asses off on this album not only materialistic level but on personal level too. While they were creating BVB4. They patched up their inner business relationships and their friendships just as buddies in general outside of BVB. They truly deserve a great award for BVB4. BVB are extremely caring and sweethearts when It comes to their fans. When it comes to making music for us they literally do give us their all. It’s very amazing how I grew with this band in the two years I have known them and can call them my inspirations. BVB truly deserve so much in their careers them as a whole and individually. So I am not trying to be biased cause I am BVB fan really. It’s just the fact that they grew SO MUCH with this album and its respect isn’t heard. All of them deserve all the positive feedback they get from this album I am hoping someday will become a timeless classic with all the rock and roll legends such as Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, KISS, Metallica, The Misfits, Pantera, etc.

So all in all. BVB is one band that deserves a lot but is only handed so few opportunities in their career and lifespan with BVB. So support them. Buy not download for free. Supporting an artist is so fun though cause you get music that lasts for a lifetime in your soul that relates to you the listener in your own unique way. Each song of BVB’s off of their each individual album hits me personally in its own way. I love that about music on how it has the power to tell a story without it having too. Music never fails me how much it inspires me and makes me feel alive. Never will take for grant the experiences I have had with BVB with the two concerts I have been to and meeting them on Nov 8th, 2014. What I said to BVB is something I will NEVER forget. They each deserved it. They all mean the world to me and I will never take it for grant. So thankful and grateful to have so many best friends through BVB in the BVB army. YOU all are amazing. NEVER give in. NEVER back down. NEVER. Always remember in our times of pain and sorrow. YOU can rise from the ashes and conquer the world. Don’t give up on dreams like BVB did cause “WE ALL WILL RULE THE WORLD ONE DAY AT A TIME!”

-Written by: Mariah L. Hanna 2/18/2015 @PotatoBVBQueen *See my “About” page for sharing info and inquires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legion of the black: If we stand together, we will be unbroken pt. 2(My side of the coin)

I write this as a piece in celebration of International Black Veil Brides day in celebration of the 5th anniversary of “Knives and Pens”. As I reminisce about what Black Veil Brides means to me. I thought I would make this as my side of the coin sort of speak. i hope to celebrate many more years as a BVB fan. BVB has traveled all over the world and helped thousands and thousands of fans over the world. I am just one of those fans sort of speak giving positive feedback to a band that lacks some professional written articles(I love you all who are professional writers who give positive neutral feedback to BVB, give yourself a plate of cheesy tot’s) about them. Here are my thoughts, attributes, and connotations of the first article’s poll questions as I give them self a spin of my own. Enjoy reading my article that was mere of a freelancer. -Mariah L. Hanna 

Black Veil Brides has been a controversial band over the past 5 plus years since “Knives and Pens” made its way through the air waves and through the YouTube stratosphere. Black Veil Brides has been widely known for there rock n roll antics and “I don’t give a fuck nature” Black Veil Brides is consisted of 5 main characters the prophet, mystic, mourner, destroyer, and deviant. These characters being known as Andy Biersack, Jinxx, Jake Pitts, Christian “CC” Coma, and Ashley Purdy.

I spent two years on the other side of the fence hating what Black Veil Brides pride themselves of. That is self-worth, inner strength, courage, empowerment, and everything that Black Veil Brides inspires their loyal fans of being. I didn’t know at the time that change was going to happen. But low and behold it did change happened for a reason. A reason a greater being can only know. Something shifted inside me to a degree that I went on the other side of the fence forever. I bid farewell and riddance to the person I was and became a greater person today. Never thought in a million years I would become a BVB fan but here I am a better person because of them.

You see, people make out Black Veil Brides as villains, evil people, assholes, asses, and every negatory word that has been thrown at them face to face or via social media. People cast them out to be evil demon worshipers or devil worshipers that sacrifice goats to Satan( Andy: “I think I am going to sacrifice some goats today on stage to Satan!”: Said by him never hmm maybe but more of mere comical reference. Lol.) As I said before; LISTEN TO BLACK VEIL BRIDES AND HAIL SATAN!. BVB are nothing more than inspirational people inside and out. They help people find who they are as people. Whether it be an artist, musician, writer, etc. People take their “Image” and think one thing without listening to their music or even doing simple research on them.

Why I hated them? I was led by mere biased assholes in the media who made me believe that Black Veil Brides were assholes which made me think otherwise of them. I did NOT go and make a hate page against them or go to their personal social media accounts and tell them to “Kill themselves” or “You should go die faggot, your music is shitty” I went about my day and didn’t think nothing of it. Which makes me 00.001% rarity of former BVB haters cause I GAVE their music a shot. I didn’t listen to just one song. I listened to 4 songs before making a decision. They just didn’t get me at that time. I am proud to being doing what I am going to do possible on November 8th and that is to apologize to them face to face. I plan on getting VIP and apologize to all 5 of them not only for me but for all the shit they get and thanking them for helping me through some shitty times and plus being their for the rest of the BVB army.

If it were not for a public service like Black Veil Brides and other bands with similar messages through their music. A lot of people would not be here today. I know “Music saves lives” gets glorified and glamorize to a point were its annoying and can become suffocating for a musician to go through. Hence the lyrics to “Nobody’s Hero” but we all have to realize we all did this for ourselves. You can give some credit to the people who helped you along the way but its all you. 😉

I get back to why I hate Black Veil Brides in the past. I believed some biased asshole journalist’s who said “Black Veil Brides is your new band to hate” and that they are scum something inside of me told me that this wasn’t right but I disliked their music at the time but I didn’t hate their music. But I got sucked into some social media debaucheries that spewed hate about BVB I call it the “BVB hater black hole of doom”. So I have to classify myself as BVB hater but I was never one in the first place cause I was set out to be a huge fan in the first place.

I only thank one thing about being a past BVB hater that is my utter closeness I have with BVB and the BVB army/LOTB as a whole. I have never been this close with any band ever. I have been a fan of several bands for nearly a decade and the rest all my life of the music I was raised on. I have never been this close with a band before its crazy. I never felt so close to a band that within a year I have already got myself a small BVB merch collection of the things I have seen in stores of theirs.

What are my feelings and thoughts on Black Veil Brides? I love them. Rather than loathe them like I did. They each carry a special meaning to me personally. I am glad I converted cause this means the world to me to have so much support from people who care and love. I care so much about them it hurts. I love their fan base so much its astronomical. I wish I could give them each a thousand hugs and taters. I am in love with their message and the way the BVB army all supports each other. Its incredible . Everyone rallies around a member if they are in a crisis. I see the same exact thing in other fan bases but nothing at the BVB armies magnitude. None of their love and support could never be erased. Ever.

What does Black Veil Brides mean to me? They mean the world to me. I have never in my life had a band come into my life and impact my life in such a way as theirs did. They fought for their acceptance and love from me. They won it tenfold with lots of taters and gravy. The day that I officially became a fan and let their love inside my soul is something I can’t erase and I will never take for grant. When I surrendered it was the best day and worst day of my life cause I didn’t know I was on the path to my own slow recovery as a pain pill addict and in suicide remission. Bands like Black Veil Brides get torn to shit and pieces in the public eye because of FEAR. Instead they need to be praised for what they do for their fans like me. I am a year and 3 months clean because of a beautiful song of theirs called “Devils Choir” its a song about someone struggling with destroying themselves with addictions and other harmful things they do to themselves. I had a pain-killer addiction cause I have 3 permanent headache conditions for the rest of my life plus 7 minor to major medical conditions. It took all I had in me to break the addict. Its not fucking easy everyday but I make everyday my bitch. Never give in, Never back down is my new motto to live by. So if you’re a hater of BVB. Step back for a moment from the keyboard. You can still have your opinions about them but have in mind they helped thousands of people including me a former hater of them.

BVB mean the world to their fans and supporters. With the anticipation of BVB4 and upcoming tours. I would like to take the time to say that I am posting one MAJOR article maybe even TWO. One being a “Album Review of BVB4” and “Concert Review of November 8th”(I hope I get to go. I praying for healthy roads and nice weather) so stay tuned to my WordPress.

I hope you all celebrate “International Black Veil Brides Day” in style today. Rep BVB today in numbers today. Wear your merch and blast your music with pride today and everyday.

I end this article on a high note. I only wish my lovely readers the best in life in whatever endeavors they seek. Life is not easy. But always know that Black Veil Brides, you’re friends, family, and even colleagues will back you in whatever you do. Plus any other band you listen too as well. Just don’t believe what you read out their. Trust your heart and soul. Believe in yourself. Always eat your potatoes. Cause they kick heart disease right in the ass. But I digress and get back on topic. “Never give in, Never back down” and “Rise up and celebrate your life:” Cause you never know when your time card is up. Enjoy your one life the best you can. Make your dreams like your hero’s did come a reality and never stop being who you are. YOU are your own hero. Go forth and conquer.

Written by: Mariah L. Hanna Copyright @PotatoBVBQueen 6/17/14 *See About page for aestrick note

 

Andy BLACK: “They Don’t Need to Understand”

Artist: Andy BLACK( Andy Biersack ) 

Song: “They Don’t Need To Understand” 

Andy Biersack is the front man of the band Black Veil Brides. Andy BLACK is a passion project that he will be doing on the side. He has told the BVB army not to fret that this side project of his won’t interfere with Black Veil Brides as Black Veil Brides is his main priority. In my eyes. A musician can’t be placed in a box only to be restrained from creativity. A musicians mind is like a universe filled with endless possibilities sometimes some of the material they right is suit fit for the many project in their lives and branching out is the way to go without interfering with the many love in their lives. I am so happy, thrilled, and over the moon about Andy’s side project.

My thoughts on “They Don’t Need To Understand”. It’s absolutely marvelous. To seeing old home videos of Andy growing up as a kid to the man he is now is breath-taking and inspiring. He is tell his fans that even a kid like him from Ohio can make it. This was an extra treat in while waiting for Black Veil Brides 4.

The raw talent and growth Andy Biersack presents in all endeavours he does is an attribution of his years of working his ass off is paying of for sure. If he can convince me a former hater of his music to love and care about his music in a way that I can’t describe then his job is only getting better and stronger. His strength and power of a vocalist is one for the taking. He says he may not be the best vocalist out their to a point but I sure idolize him for being true at heart and being  true rock and roll musician. The world needs more Andy Biersack’s and BVB’s.

I love the fact that he writes his music based on experience and personal things he has gone through to empower a nation that is a legion of his fans known as the “Legion Of The Black” I am so proud of him. No amount of words can tell people how much Andy and his band mates mean to me. I am so grateful, thankful, and honored to be apart of his army he and his band mates worked so hard for.

The raw emotion, the feelings, the joyful tears, and the powerful connection that I feel with “They Don’t Need To Understand” is something that speaks on levels I can’t explain. To know I already am speechless with Black Veil Brides music and what it has helped me with. But to know that Andy’s other musical endeavors does the same exact thing to me as well. I fell in love with his side project head over potatoes. So in that Andy BLACK earns my special cornucopia of golden tater’s award. I don’t give that one out to often. Bless amazing music such as Andy BLACK’s and Black Veil Brides cause the world needs more of em.

To anyone out their who DON’T GET IT. You don’t need to understand. To those who understand. I am proud of you that you do and keep listening to the music you want to including BVB’s and Andy BLACK’S.

Be proud of who you are and what you become. “Cause they don’t need to understand” Never. Never give in, Never back down.

-Written By: Mariah L. Hanna 5/26/2014 Copyright @PotatoBVBQueen *See About Page

Simply to Understand: A Black Veil Brides Army call to arms(Setting the world on fire to the lies that are untrue about BVB)

This week I asked the BVB army through my twitter two questions on my behalf of What there thoughts were of ex-BVB haters and BVB converters? Plus I thought I would go into detail with this article and bust out all the misconceptions people have against BVB by me asking what the BVB army has dealt with in there stay as a BVB fan and there experiences with people who were of the judgmental or not open-minded about BVB’s music at all. I asked what were people’s misconceptions that they have faced? In this article as your about to read I did four days of research. With statistics and things measuring everything in the positive for BVB’s sake. So let’s get to business and let me explain to why I think BVB should be listened to ever young kid in the world, every adult, and the elderly. I will be stating the BVB army’s opinions at the end of my lengthy article and I would like to make a huge thank you to those who did give me an opinion on the matter cause “WE” are what made the BVB army why not give everyone a voice not just me the amateur journalist. -Mariah L.Hanna

Black Veil Brides has been deemed “One of the worlds most controversial” bands of the world. People have various misconceptions about them. I fell vulnerable for “Media Assholes” who wrote of the biased misconceptions that I am going to tackle in this article. I am glad I became a fan of the band sooner rather than later. Again I will bring up the “Lazy Ass syndrome” that some people posses nowadays by just judging a band by its looks and not listening to the lyrics and music of the band they just dissed. “ALL” bands fall under that bullshit the “Lazy Ass Syndrome” people who have internet access are these supposed “Keyboard Warriors” and sit there and troll bands message boards. There are search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask, and other generic search engines that with keyword searching a band’s name will lead you to anywhere the band is found on the internet. Its common sense people. I am fortunate enough to oblige to tell people who I wasn’t the “Average Ex-BVB hater”  I actually listened to four tracks. But I did fall victim of “Media Assholes” ones that are supposed to write truthful and neutral articles about any band they are writing about regardless if they have biased opinions on them or not. Well I got links to the asshole blogs about BVB and I for two years was on this transfixed notion they were this way quote on quote “Assholes” when truly they were these five incredibly kind natured soul men who may look like a sight for sore eyes in one persons eyes but an apple in the eye of others. As I will demonstrate to you the reader that simply “Lazy Ass Syndrome” can be cured by a little research or a little old-fashioned “Go see it for yourself” as in go to BVB’s concerts or a band you’re giving that “Ahhh what is this jumbo mess about?” thoughts. It doesn’t hurt to give things a “Second Chance or how many chances you will give it.” So let’s get to business shall we.

I will tackle “BVB is Gay, are Faggots, etc” misconception. How can you through a whole group of people under the bus when insulting and bullying men who are straight. There is a former member of BVB who is gay. Why infringed on her personal life and sexuality also. It’s a big insult. If it makes you “BVB hater” feel great about yourself that you just called music “Gay” when music is not human but made by humans or nature when clearly its an organic made substance made through sound waves that generate noise in decibels through PA systems/headphones that drives people nuts cause “We” can’t live without music. So calling music “Gay, Faggoty, etc only makes you look stupid. By the way I am huge LBGT supporter so what have you. “Faggots” mean many different things in different languages. I am not a meatball nor a cigarette. lol

Lets tackle the wannabe, poser, and ripoff misconception “Ulterior”. It has been known that BVB has attributed their looks from Motley Crue, KISS, LA Guns, W.A.S.P, Ratt, Billy Idol, Marilyn Manson, The Damned, Misfits, etc. What makes me “ROFLMFAO(Roll on the floor laughing my fucking ass off) is the lack of research people DONT do behind why BVB dresses in the fashion they do and the way they portray their music. I have read countless upon countless “KISS ripoff” “Motley Crue wannabes” etc in message boards when I study people’s trolling habits when a music media sites posts something about BVB that is of importance the trolls pour in with said comments plus with the occasional “BVB are faggots” as said above. Who doesn’t want to be like their idols in their own fashion and in their own style. BVB didn’t rip off any artist at all. Influenced much. “BVB haters” or people who don’t understand at all its purely “Them”, trademark and all. It’s who they are as people. Even some of the bands who they supposedly ripoff from are their friends and support BVB. Use your noggin before you look silly on the internet(A worldwide database that millions of people can gain access to your stupidity boo hoo BVB hater)

The whole BVB “Copies and pastes” their music from other bands misconception. In other words BVB DOES NOT STEAL MUSIC FROM SAID ARTIST’S SUCH AS AVENGED SEVENFOLD. There are laws that strictly prohibit such uncanny to do such thing. BVB are quite knowledgable musicians that have a “Jinxx: Classical man of the musical arts with a pinch of metal” ,”Jake: A shredder who knows how to metal or two”, “CC:Who just destroys things by just drumming” ,”Ashley: the banger of all with metal chic” ,”Andy: the screamer who can sing like an angel” All of them have had musical training and education growing up. So how can five gifted men with musical talents think “Yeah lets steal from another artist and call it our own”, “NOT”. It tickles me pink when I read stupid blunt shit like that. Have your opinion but don’t make it so stupid that BVB steals from other musicians. Read their lyric books, Watch the Wretched and Divine making of documentary, and read the correct databases on the internet. Don’t trust some random asshole who says “Those faggots stole from Avenged Sevenfold.” I love both bands to be honest. Been a huge Avenged Sevenfold fan for nearly a decade. Listened to ALL their songs a million times. I am huge supporter of them. I am also a huge supporter of Black Veil Brides. So to put two bands at the mercy of unneeded drama when clearly they went on tour with each other is very fucking stupid. “Get a life” folks of BVB hater side.

The “BVB are assholes and dickheads and don’t care about their fans” misconception. This a big fat false. BVB wouldn’t be caring about their fan so much right now if they were in the studio making #BVB4. Plus I have read countless blogs postings, tweets, and interviews of the BVB guys appreciating and thanking the BVB army. I also have watched several meet and greet videos and to see their nice and kind nature towards their fans is breath-taking and very much-needed “Faith in humanity restoration”. All the stories, the tears that were and constantly shed, and the strength and inner power that BVB gives the BVB army is what is needed in life for people of all ages. BVB is one of those bands that whether you hate them or love them. They will always be their to help you. Yes you BVB HATER. I am a testament to that. So don’t sit their behind your computer screen and say “Won’t happen” It may or may not. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. I jinxxed myself. I told myself I WOULD NEVER become a BVB fan. Pfthahaha laughing at the stupid person I was two years ago. Their are other bands like BVB other that get similar hate but they will always be their if you need them. Open minds are a beautiful thing to have on this earth. I love to share joyful conversations with people who have them. The links I will provide down below are to debunk what I all said. BVB is a band that helps one find their true sense of self, inner strength, and love for who you are. They preach this through every lyric which gets deemed “Shit’ by BVB haters. How do you find “Rise up and celebrate your life” and “Never give in, Never back down” shitty. Not the case. So to wrap this up Andy, CC, Jinxx, Jake, and Ashley ALL care and love about their fans just as much as “We” the BVB army care and love about them.

The “They look satanic and look like they sacrifice goats” misconception. I try not to bring religion in ANY of my journalistic writings but I will touch up on my views on this in the most “Secular” fashion possible. Black Veil Brides came from a catholic term of a dumb down word that all the world knows by a “Nun”. A “Black Veiled Bride” is a woman who gives up all her connotations(sex, marriage to a man, etc) and marries the church in special ceremony. You get the picture now. Without bringing too much religion bs into this. I would like to exhibit some links down below a part from the misconception I debunked above to really tell you the hater or confused heated religious pissant that a band with a positive limelight for their fans is NOT satanic in nature. Satan to me comes in two forms. 1)mythical 2) religious form. BVB can’t be deemed satanic cause they aren’t mythical nor a religious form. By the way: Christwire is a satire asshole religious account that trolls people into thinking these sort of people are these monster people when really they are kind and caring individuals with hearts and feelings. One more thing to piss off the religious folks “LISTEN TO BLACK VEIL BRIDES AND HAIL SATAN,” Nothing like mocking the source of asshatery and ignorance.

The whole “Scene, Emo, Hot Topic Jewelry” misconception. BVB have been put into that category of “Scene”, “Emo” or “Hot Topic Jewelry” what is with the labeling nowadays. Why must people be put into a box and have written on it who they are. People should be an out of the box sorts. Unique, different, nothing like that damn washing machine cycle. To put bands and people into groups or genres is silly to me. Just let music be “Free” like that damn song “Freebird”. Whether you are metal, metalcore, hardcore, punk, grindcore, glam metal, rock and roll, etc. “At the end of the day” it’s just music that we enjoy listening to. It’s what keeps us going through tough times and through good. So quit labeling people with that damn labeling machine or I will label you. Its only fair.

The “They are robots and don’t have feelings” misconception. Yes they are human. Humans have feelings so their for BVB and their members do have hearts again. The bullying of calling them garbage, shit, assholes, dicks, douchebags, and whatever it is really has to be annoying and hurtful at times. I would hate to work so hard for something and be called those names. So “GIVE IT A BREAK FOLKS” put down the mobile device and computer. Go outside and breathe some sunshine. Plus apologizing goes a long way too. Actions speak louder than words.Being positive is better than a negative black hole of doom.

The misconceptions of BVB’s lyrics “Death, Suicide, etc”. I read from tons of kids on twitter that their parents think BVB’s music is satanic as said above and is making them have thoughts of depression, suicide, death, etc. When merely its the exactly opposite. BVB’s music is meant to help struggling teens, adults, and even elderly through everyday bullshit that isn’t right to go through. It concerns me that these parents to have “The lazy ass syndrome” of not looking up who BVB is by a simple keyword search. I even read a few times that these kids had their music and things by them taken away. I can only think about that scene in Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the wall” were all the kids are turned into robots and mush. These poor kids. I then think about the other music these kids parents kids taken away. Its like the 80’s all over again with the “Ferocious Fifteen” the way these parents are acting. With the way the internet has a loads of data to access this information for them to know what their kids are listening to. Education goes a long way and I am a “Pro self” educator. It’s very puzzling when there is all this access to the internet via community colleges, public libraries, and I have even seen homeless shelters with them to help people gain knowledge of how to use and run a computer for jobs and such. So all these parents have the “Lazy Ass Syndrome” indeed. I even seen a panhandler yesterday. He gave me more hope than all the parents who think BVB are this and that combined. He had a cardboard that said “Smile everyday like its something worth beautiful” People at that are panhandle a lot so he indeed made me smile. Haha I digress with this topic because it’s not worth my time talking about it. Its sad really when you take positive messages and think they are subliminal messages. The mere problem is a much bigger subject that is too touchy to get into. Like family issues and bullying matters. I am anti bullying and other things. So my thoughts and wishes go out to these teens, adults, and elderly that face tough battles everyday. I feel your pain. I easily understand. Never give in, Never back down.

I will conclude this article on some positive light. BVB has been their for me for a year and four months. I plan on being a fan for life. They struck a nerve in me so deep that it can’t be changed. I wrote this as mere of understanding to YOU the BVB hater, reader, non fan, fan, or curious bystander of what BVB is. It is simple. Google holds all the answers. Bing. Yahoo!. Ask?. Any generic search engine will do. Don’t become a “Lazy Ass Syndrome” person who become’s a “Take it to the next level” version of a “Keyboard Warrior troll” Listen to your heart and let your mind do the talking second. I did that when I let BVB have another try “A second chance” at you will and guess what happened. They came into my life as the BVB hater in me exited the door to never show her face again. Her ship has sailed to be long forgotten as BVB and the BVB army party on as they have successfully received a new shipmate for good. “Never give in, Never back down.”

Now it has come to the opinions that I have asked all week:

Question: What are your thoughts on ex-BVB haters and BVB converters?

Anyone can change. For good or bad. But I do love when people think for themselves and give things a fair chance- @MandyJames1979

You know you are my favorite ex-hater. 🙂 Seriously, it’s ok if people change their mind if it makes them happy-@dy_cinn

@1Purdy_Gurl Was happy knowing I transferred to the dark side. 

What are the biggest misconceptions you have heard about BVB?

I think the most common misconception of them of them would be their that their satanic? Or maybe that they are just ripoffs of Kiss? -@ReccaBVB

Probably that they are satanic which is not true also have heard someone say they are fake which is rather disturbing-@TheScaryElf

It always amuses me when people say their music is “Depressing” when BVB are all about strength, solidarity, and empowerment. Also that “They are asses and don’t care about their fans”-@MandyJames1979


Not an opinion on the matter but one BVB fan replied to me telling me: I thought that they were not gonna make it in the music business but they did so yeah-@brokengothkid21 ( Side note: this is sad really but I am glad to know “US” in the BVB army made them happen fair and square. Be proud of a little piece of knowing you helped BVB out in their dream, plus this goes for any band really) 

Some people just don’t listen to the lyrics-@BVBpinafan

That apparently they don’t care about their fans which is wrong because they do-@CourtPurdyBVB

I’ve heard people call Andy a “Marilyn Manson wannabe” and that BVB are a bunch of posers-@Kat_grab

Every time I show my friends a song, they always say “Oh they’re not what I expected, I it’d be about death.”-@BlackVeilVamp

You can’t even like a band without being labeled as “Scene” aka I smell shallow minded people-@beckikn0x 

Garbage, ridiculous make-up, hot topic jewelry, hahahaha All righty then!-@Livingveil (Side note: this was depicted to a screenshot I  got that was RT’d on the my twitter timeline and she responded with a quirky and awesome response. The BVB army never seizes to amaze me and makes me smile on how well you handle all the hate hence forth what your reading right now.) 

These are some awesome interviews I have read:

http://npollard.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/interview-black-veil-brides/

http://www.iconvsicon.com/2011/08/07/black-veil-brides-frontman-andy-biersack-talks-set-the-world-on-fire-and-more/

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/feb/28/black-veil-brides-makeup-10-minutes Very comedic. 

The links to Youtube videos debunking that BVB are not assholes and important things on the matter:

The fun part of the statistics I found on Google and what an Average BVB hater said on a message board

-Google has about 823,000 hits for “BVB misconceptions”

-Google has about 183,000 hits for “BVB conspiracy theories”

Black Veil Brides pretty much epitomizes generic music intended for dumb, uneducated, self-entitled kids. Said by a BVB hater (Well BVB hater you can have your cake and eat it too but I must pick a part your opinion 1) The kids are entitled to their opinion dumb dumb as you are too, 2) you contradicted yourself by saying dumb and or uneducated. 3) You don’t know what type of education they are receiving. 4) Get a life enough said.) 

Written by: Mariah L Hanna 4/5/2014 Copyright@PotatoBVBQueen

P.S. THIS article can be written for ALL bands. Don’t trust what you read out their unless it’s from the band or a bands PR or management company. Best of wishes. I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

My life begins: A Thank You to Black Veil Brides and the BVB army!

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They say a picture or in this instance a screenshot is worth a 1,000 words. Well this is worth a million. Just them saying this to me has inspired me for a lifetime. I am thankful and honored to have the Black Veil Brides guys to have read my article(s) and approve of my writing. I also have to say thank you to the BVB army for always supporting me, backing me, and loving what I write. I am very appreciative, grateful, supportive, respect, honor, and love each and everyone the people who has given me positive feedback of my articles. I am over the moon at the moment.

I have so much love and respect for Black Veil Brides it’s not even funny. They changed my life on three separate dates 1/27/13, 10/3/13, and 12/11/13. This year has been a big year for me. Its funny. I came into 2013 with NO New Years Resolution and now I will end 2013 on a big note that being said, I found my person, I found the career I want to do for the rest of my life, and one being able to breath in my own skin again and loving the person who I am.

Black Veil Brides is not just a band. It’s a community of belonging. Where outcasts, disenfranchised, and not so popular youth, adults, and the elderly. Black Veil Brides help lost souls find their belonging in the messed up society. A society where life’s dredgers are at times cruel to good people. Black Veil Brides help those in the BVB army find who they are as people. People who are lost, don’t know where they are going in life, and just need guidance in life. I have seen the beauties of this band inspire a lot of people through artwork and through their own writing either through journalism, story writing, or wanting to become a musician.

Black Veil Brides is the greatest thing to ever happen to me in my life. I have never felt this way about any band before. They carry something rare and magical about them that people can’t recreate. Their meaning and power behind their lyrics is empowering and inspiring for 3 million plus BVB army members. I am just one of them to have been touched very deeply by their music and lyrics.

I am so happy to have this wonderful band in my life. They get so much hate and I just don’t get it. I have put the past behind me now, I have the future and present to look forward too. I can’t wait to go to college to see my options on what I can do to jump-start my journalism career. I can’t wait to show the world what I am capable of cause all my life I was told I could not through doctors and bullies. I have believers now that believe in me that I can do this. I WILL. I have stay strong this far. Their ain’t no stopping. I can do more and more. I have more things I want to do. Music is such a beautiful thing to ever happen to me. Because of music I can live my life in such a way that I can not be bothered with what people negatively say about me(LOL do not pay attention to them any ways, screw them). I have so much respect, appreciation, and love for music.

Bands like Black Veil Brides deserve a lot of recognition in the world but the world can be cruel at times cause they do not understand Black Veil Brides message and what they stand for as band for who they are. It pisses me off at times that they are not getting the level of recognition they deserve and it was seen at the Golden Gods Awards 13′ when they did win an award that us lovely BVB army voted for them. I want to see a room full of standing ovations instead of boos. I have so much respect and support for what Andy and Ashley said at the GG 13′. People have seem to lost respect any more. So I wish for further award shows that BVB attends they do get at least an applause or standing ovation instead of WWE or WCW booing and heckling.

I also want to see in the coming year of 2014 “Some” BVB haters repenting. Not all of them are going to like BVB. They can have that opinion all they want. I am entitled to my opinions and they are entitled to theirs. Some BVB haters might have been led wrong and read things that are not true about the band. So that is something I would like to see.

I would like to end this little article on a thank you note. I never got to do this before but its a special shout out and honoring those who have my back. I love you all. It means the world to me that you all support, believe, and love my writing. I only wish you all the best in life and best of wishes.

Special shout out and thank yous too: My main family, Black Veil Brides them being Andy, Jake, CC, Jinxx, and Ashley, Mandy, Pippy, Marc, Rachel, Amy S, Chris and Amy Biersack, Mark Pitts, Mia, Adrianna, Amy M, Elle, Chase, Taryn, Jessica, Court, Emily, Liss, Meagan, Becki, Courtney, Sammi, Sarah, Marine, Vicci, Ash, and many others on twitter that have very lovingly supported me and loved my writing. I know I am forgetting to mention a lot

I still have no words as to what happened on 1/27/13.10/3/13, and 12/11/13. I will forever love, respect, admire, support, be grateful, thankful, and honor what Black Veil Brides does for their fans and still does this very second. To know one band does truly care and makes the lives of their fans that much better including mine is greatly needed in the world. Rock and Roll may be anemic but it’s not dead. I hope Black Veil Brides puts the iron in the influx into this dying music scene. I love you Black Veil Brides. Words can not express my love for you all. I only wish you all the best in the happenings of Black Veil Brides endeavors and to you all individually. I hope one day you can dominate the world and be the biggest band in the world.

I want to express my gratitude and thank you to Black Veil Brides again for helping me rise my writing from the ashes. Giving me the tools to be creative again. Be comfortable in who I am creatively wise. Because you guys my future career is set and I am going to master it and work my ass off for it. Thank you for inspiring me so much so that I can not be voiceless person in the crowd. I am going to stand up and tell people what I believe in. I am grateful for the fact that such inspiration has been given to me in this screwed up world we are in. It’s very beautiful in fact. I have not written a thing creatively wise in 5 years. You guys showed up in my life and revamped my creativity so much so that It jumped to me wanting to start a career out of it. No amount of thank you’s can be said enough. Best of wishes to you BVB. I love you all.

NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER BACK DOWN, NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER BACK DOWN, WHEN YOUR LIFE FEELS LOST(FIGHT AGAINST ALL ODDS!) NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER BACK DOWN… AND…RISE UP AND CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE.

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Written By: Mariah L. Hanna

Journalists Note: You can share my words to various social media sites but please give me proper accreditation with my twitter handle in copyright below. If you don’t give me the proper credit’s. I will track your IP address. Come to your house. Steal all your potatoes and potato made products. Issue you a ban slip from Potatoland forever. Thank you for reading. Have nice weekend. Best of wishes.

Copyright @PotatoBVBQueen 12/14/13

P.S. YOU are all amazing. Just wanted to say that. ❤

Black Veil Brides: The hypocrisy and lies of the internet( A band of extreme hate exposed as great band to society)

I was once a deemed hater of Black Veil Brides. A band known of its wide-spread hate throughout the internet through many hate blogs, hate Facebook pages, and twitter pages. I have been scouring the internet this week to get into the science of what makes a Black Veil Brides hater tick or what fuels there fire. Its simple. Give them what they want. So I decided that reading many, many back logs of posts, tweets, and articles of supposed BVB hater “Bloggers”. What is fascinating to me is there lack of knowledge to back their claims and to start-up rumors about a band they hate so much about. I will give you examples through out the article you are reading(This article was a struggle to produce cause of the fact I want this one to be an epic one). I will say this though. I am proud to be in the BVB army and a apart of something so amazing that “Grinds some gears.” a little. Which makes me giggle cause they are hot and bothered cause BVB has so much success and all they have is computer to type on. Black Veil Brides is one of those bands either they love or hate. I am glad and grateful to have experienced both spectrum’s of being a BVB hater and now a huge BVB fan. But I am truly blessed the order it came in though. Hater before becoming the fan. Becoming the BVB’s fan was one of thee greatest things to ever happen to me. The moment when I let my guard down and let BVB’s music, message, and lyrics pour into my soul, my heart, my life, and let the healing process begin so I can continue living my life in a positive manner and gave me the strength to carry my life on is by far one of thee greatest feelings in the world. I can’t tell you the feeling it feels to let a band into your life especially one you just moments before betrayed with words and disagreed upon. I view this as purgatory karma. Karma at which it made me want to suffer in a beautiful paid back way as in life gave you melons here you get to fall in love with a band you hate(NOW FUCKING LOVE WITH ALL THE POTATOES IN THE WORLD) the weird and cool way how good karma works out that way. What a beautiful thing I have been blessed with. BVB’s music has helped me out so much throughout in 2013. This year has been a big year for me. It’s the first year I gave a “Second Chance” to band that I hated upon. It was the greatest feeling in the world to let BVB’s love through their music go through my heart. soul, and veins. Fuck hating. As you will continue to read on throughout my new article you will see why a band like Black Veil Brides needs all the support, love, and backing up they deserve.

Please note this article took me awhile to create in my head. The vortex of the information I researched for this article was just too great for me. I went on to as much hate blogs, Facebook pages, and twitter pages to better understand what comprises the thoughts, actions, and psychological matter behind a Black Veil Brides hater. It is although sad to read what one has to slander against Black Veil Brides and their hateful actions towards a band of positive manner and major success. It still concerns me at the health and well-being of these really active Black Veil Brides haters. I have found that constantly hating and having negative thoughts/attitudes towards something or in life in general can really badly affect ones health stress wise. Although I could careless about these haters it just concerns me. One can have their opinion about Black Veil Brides. Love them or hate them for all I care but haters are you okay. Laughing out loud.

In this article I am going to discuss what I have read and learned from these hater blogs, Facebook pages, and twitter pages. One thing is for certain these people want attention and are desperate for it. They get a rise from posting such a portentous tweets, status, posts, or whatever it is they do to get attention. It’s generally sad that I do what I do to get positive feedback they do it to get negative feedback. I write articles, reviews, and rants to express myself in a positive manner. They do theirs for negative manner and to express themselves in a negative way. What is sad though is psychologically they think they are doing it in a positive manner and doing a greater good for society plus doing a service for the world. When in reality its the exact opposite. It’s generally sad when someone is so hateful they have to get a personality and post slander on the internet. I hope I explained that into context for you.

Can a band give you an irreversible sexually transmitted disease. NO. On some of the Black Veil Brides hate Facebook pages I have read that Black Veil Brides music gives people AIDS(Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome) It was truly heartbreaking and really annoying to read something like that posted not on only one hate page but three separate hate pages on Facebook. AIDS is only given to someone who is infected with it. Music is not infected with AIDS. Good grief. Laughing my ass off. Use your noggin and think before you type is what I preach. It’s truly sad to see a beautiful band like Black Veil Brides get such slanderous remarks against them. I do agree there is bad music out their. I won’t name any names because I respect people as human beings. Plus it’s not cool at all to joke about AIDS. AIDS isn’t something someone should joke about. It’s a horrible disease one who gets it. My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone affected with the disease because it’s a death ridden disease I would not want to plague on to even not so on my closest enemies.

Black Veil Brides is NOT gay. All five of them are heterosexual individual meaning they prefer women and only women. Sandra Alva a former Black Veil Brides drummer is an openly gay human being. All of BVB support LGBT equal rights and marriage. I writing this article support all LGBT equal rights and marriage cause I have a few friends who are openly gay, lesbian, transgender, and bi. I am a closet bi myself. I got bullied as a child and throughout my school years with the term “Faggot” cause i wore nothing but black and band t-shirts to school. I have overcome my bullying. But It really pisses me off when I see derogatory terms thrown at BVB. I actually awhile ago on a grocery shopping trip experienced the “Emo Faggot” term to be said to me. I also got the all famous looks for just being myself and just wearing a BVB t-shirt out in public. I was proud wearing that shirt. It makes me feel awesome and grateful to be a part of something so great. I love the message BVB carry’s. But what was said to me in public really opened my eyes of the level of bullying Black Veil Brides gets on a daily influx. Its fucking disheartening to go through such a thing in public. It’s a cry shame that people can’t keep their opinions to themselves without hurting another individual. Bullying is never okay. Period. I hate bullying. I had to go through it all my life. I of course flip them off and walked away cause that is who I am. Made me think for a while about my time of being a former BVB hater and I never wanting to ever go back to being one ever again. BVB is my life now. To get called “Faggot”, “Emo-Fags”, “Emo-Faggots”, and all the amount of derogatory terms in the planet must get tiring on a day-to-day basis. My heart, vibes, and love goes out to the 5 individuals that comprise BVB who receive this amount of hate everyday. I am truly grateful and thankful that the BVB army steps up and tells BVB they are amazing, beautiful, cool, genuine, and bad ass people on a day-to-day basis because they need to be reminded everyday what their music does for us and how much it means to every single BVB army member. It’s truly great how the BVB army outweighs the haters. 🙂

I also have come across some conspiracy theories of these BVB haters. I have never had one of these ever when I was BVB hater. In fact I rarely said my opinion about BVB when I did hate them(NOW I FUCKING LOVE THEM). I just went on with my day as these extreme BVB haters should do. Its preposterous if you ask me. The conspiracy theories are Andy Six sings to auto tune, BVB rip off from other artists, and this one that made me go outside to scream and lol at the same time Andy sings just like that Justin Bieber guy and their music sounds so much like Nickleback. Okay to back up some shit here. BVB DOES NOT USE AUTO TUNE. Andy sings naturally to ROCK AND ROLL music not POP music and uses no programs whatsoever to tune his voice all edgy and out there. BVB writes their own music. I am tired of reading every where they ripped off Avenged Sevenfold and so and so. I tell these haters time and time again. Go purchase Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones deluxe edition and view the DVD of the documentary of the making of Wretched and Divine. Its one hundred percent REAL. One hundred percent not SCRIPTED. One hundred percent ALL THEIR OWN SONGS AND COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL. Go and read their lyric booklets in their you will read a music copyright from each musician of who composed what song and all their entertainment company information from agents, lawyers, etc. Which means they HAVE legitimately written everything ALL themselves with the right copyrights, measures, and legalities. By the way, Andy hates auto-tune he said it in an interview once. I heard him say it. Don’t get me started on the Nickleback and BVB argument. In my opinion BVB is way different musically than Nickleback. BVB has more anthemic stadium or intimate venue songs and pure rock and roll songs that one can have a good time and party too. Nickelback has bar worthy songs in my opinion and is not my personal cup of tea to begin with. Plus in my opinion BVB sounds a hell of a lot better than Nickleback. Have your opinions, I will respect yours. Those were mine, I hope you respect mine as well. Please respect them. Andy does not EVEN come close to singing just like Justin Beaver. Andy has his own signature, unique, angelic, soulful, beautiful, charismatic, and edgy singing voice. The beaver has his. I can listen to Black Veil Brides music all day and never get bored with listening to Andy’s voice, the dual guitars, kick ass drum beats, killer bass, and the guitar solos, bridges, breakdowns, etc. I listen to all their CD’s from WSTW(We Stitch These Wounds), STWOF(Set The World On Fire), and W&D:TSOFW(Wretched and Divine: The Story of the wild ones). I can hear the progression they have made individual that being said with Jinxx, Ashley, Jake, and Andy. CC progression from STWOF to W&D was as he said it best “Take it to the next level” progression. CC stepped in for Sandra Alva when she left the band during the changing period of WSTW to STWOF eras. Sandra went on to another band called Modern Day Escape( A killer band I would urge people to check out). With each member of BVB maturing individually and together musically with each record they produce is phenomenal and ground breaking. I loved hearing with each record their individual and together “Take it to the next level” feats. It’s just insane that people come up with conspiracy theories of a band that writes and records their own style of music for millions of people around the world. There’s Google to back your claims haters. But I guess “Lazy syndrome” gets the best of people enough that stupidity makes these stupid claims above. Stupidity kills.

Black Veil Brides haters do just about anything to get attention on the internet. I have come to that conclusion. They either will Photoshop something very horrid of the band of something horrific or write something so hurtful that it’s just too much. I also have come across biased journalist who have a professional job and get real paid money to write for a living when I am sitting here writing this and get diddly shit cause I do this out of the greater good of devotion and love out of my heart and soul I have for music and a band who I think deserves a “Standing Ovation” instead of getting boos at an award show cause BVB won an award for “Song of the year” which marked BVB the first ever band getting three Golden Gods in a row. Bands like BVB who have similar messages and lyrics deserve “Standing Ovations” instead of hatred on a daily basis. It’s just makes me scratch my head on how parents raise their kids now days. Do parents teach their kids to respect others even if they don’t like that individual whatsoever. People can co-exist with one another if people were not so cruel, deceitful, and malicious towards each other. It’s about time the metal community comes as a whole. We don’t have to go “I love you” to each other all the time. Like when was it okay for someone to hate someone else’s music choices because it was not their cup of tea. It’s not fucking okay. Bullying is not okay period. I don’t give a fuck if someone likes Justin Bieber, One Direction, Selena Gomez, or whoever the fuck it is they listen too. I don’t go up to them and say I hate the bands you listen to go die in a corner. That is wrong. Instead people should just ignore people who have different music tastes than other people do and go on with their day. Its simple. Just like I don’t get this shit at all and I experienced it at the BVB concert I went too. I get that if you are a dad and need to go and be their for your kid who wants to see BVB I get that. Go to the bar and have a good time in their instead of just being their and crossing your arms like a badass and half flipping off BVB. I caught three assholes doing this at the October 3rd Black Veil Brides and Bullet For My Valentine concert I went to at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA. I saw these three dudes being all macho and shit. If you don’t like why be their for a band you hate. Go to the bar and have some coffee or water. Go somewhere else besides being there with a hateful appearance. Thank you BVB for ruining these fuckers day cause you guys were doing what you loved doing and that was performing in front of people who truly cares about your music.

BVB haters its simple. Don’t listen to the music or pay attention to it if you don’t fucking like. Best advice I can give to you all. Go live positive lives and don’t be a negative Nancy on the internet. If you are respectful to us we will be respectful to you. Simple as potatoes their.

I am truly proud to be in the BVB army. I know all of us have our faults and shit. We are all not perfect. I am not perfect and never claim to be. It took me 6 days to comprise this article and gather the thoughts into context into a complete article. YOU all are worth it. YOU are amazing to me. YOU all mean so much to me. Every time I get feedback from one of my articles. I have to say this. I go freaking nuts and I cry happy tears cause being at 21 and finally finding my calling in life is blessing. I truly appreciate, love, am grateful, and take all the comments I get in gratitude and stride. YOU all are the world for me. I can’t wait to make this a career some day to kick some ass in the rock and roll journalism field because I am finding that great journalists are lack in this journalism field too as much as there is a lacking for rock and roll music in society. I hope to make it a live someday and make it so that people get excited about reading again the ones who hate reading. Thank YOU. I send nothing but my love and wishes to each and every one of you. I love you all.

Black Veil Brides music does so much for me the list can go on forever. BVB not only inspires me to better myself they also make me believe in myself too. I struggled with that all my life. I never believed that I could do things. But they have opened my eyes and inspired me with much perseverance that if I work my ass of enough my dreams can come true. I can’t wait to lead my own legacy and show people my excellent writing skills. Thank you BVB for being there when I needed someone the most. YOU five lovely individual are amazing, gifted, talented, and beautiful soled human beings. I love you Black Veil Brides so much more than I could scream.

RISE UP AND CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE…. NEVER GIVE IN..NEVER BACK DOWN. NEVER GIVE IN…NEVER BACK DOWN…WHEN YOUR LIFE FEELS LOST(FIGHT AGAINST ALL ODDS!).. NEVER GIVE IN.. NEVER BACK DOWN

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Written by: Mariah L. Hanna

Journalists note: Give me proper accreditation’s for my words if you want to share them on your social media sites with my twitter handle in the copyright. If I see my words out their with no proper credit sourcing. I will do an IP address tracking of your social media. Come to your house. Steal all your potatoes and potato made products. Issue you a ban slip from the island of Potatoland and tell you to “Get off my lawn” if you ever come here. Have a nice day. 😉

Copyright @PotatoBVBQueen 11/30/13

Now the fun part has come to show you the sites, the blogs, the Facebook hate pages, and twitter pages I have come across or was betrayed by in the passed by:

http://www.metalsucks.com

http://www.theprp.com <—– the trolls

http://www.blabbermouth.com <—– the trolls

http://www.loudwire.com <—– the trolls

http://www.gunshyassin.com

http://www. noisecreep.com <—- the trolls

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The twitter hate pages

https://twitter.com/I_HATE_BVB

https://twitter.com/BVBsuckscock <—— Hasn’t tweeted or followed anything but really, really. Okay then. lol.

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The BVB or miscellaneous hate blogs

http://metalmusicblog.com/2013/05/07/black-veil-brides-an-embarassment/

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/shookdown/2011/07/meet_your_new_favorite_band_to.php

http://ihatejulietsimms.tumblr.com/ <—– Towards a girlfriend of BVB. We are all human. Be a grown up. If you don’t like Juliet’s music. Don’t listen to it. Plain and simple. You don’t have to be an ass to someone cause of “Jealousy”.  No need to hate someone.

http://julietsimmshaters.tumblr.com/  ^

http://cateyemetal.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/black-veil-brides-the-justin-bieber-of-metal/ <—– Not a way to go about calling BVB the “Justin Bieber” of metal. Not even close. Not a hater though. Just thought this was really stupid that I needed to share.

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Last but not least the lovely Black Veil Brides Facebook hate pages:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andy-Biersack-The-Satanic-Pedophile/356729294460083?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/AndyBcantsing?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andy-Ballsack/370390153071411?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Hate-Black-Veil-Brides/282141795168335?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/bvbisbasicallyfailedgothictaylorswift?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BVB-and-BOTDF-sucks/304854359620806?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Hate-Black-Veil-Brides/107577412654582?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Hate-BVB/340271832691753?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/BVBisgay?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Veil-Brides-are-a-Disgrace-to-Music/471210306257915?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Veil-Brides-are-shit-and-are-not-metal/248133845197488?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/lolbvb?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BVB-Sucks/155307714506603?fref=ts

Most of those BVB hate pages are inactive to mostly active. I believe the inactive ones come out when something like what happened at the Revolver Golden Gods 13′ happened which I fully back and support BVB on what they did or one of their favorite bands hates the band they hate. It sucks that they have to waste their lives away on a perilous meaningless page instead they could be doing something with their lives. Sad. Their you have it. Mariah’s “Potato Queen’s” TMZ article on everything BVB haters. Now eat some potatoes for me BVB army and have a good one. ❤