Why Do So Many People Hate Black Veil Brides?

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When we interviewed Black Veil Brides lead singer Andy Biersack last week, ahead of their performance at Warped Tour on Thursday, lots of fans -- from in and out of town -- wrote in to talk about how much they loved the band. A smaller, very vocal contingent, though, wrote in to talk about how much they hated the band. That's not an uncommon occurrence in music, but it got us wondering: Why do so many people hate Black Veil Brides?

The majority of this hate, I'm convinced, stems from misunderstanding and jealousy. Now, before you stop reading this, don't get me wrong -- I'm not a Black Veil Brides fan. As much as I've tried, I'm just not enthusiastic on any level about their music. It's kind of like Lil Wayne, for me . . . I want to understand why these people are so loved and famous and revered, but no matter how much I listen to the music, it just doesn't compute.

Which is completely fine. It's not my place to understand certain bands, just as the Black Veil Brides -- consisting of Biersack (lead vocals), Ashley Purdy (bass, backing vocals), Jake Pitts (lead guitar), Jinxx (rhythm guitar, violin) and Christian "CC" Coma (drums) -- don't care whether everyone accepts their music.

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People tend to get subconsciously jealous of those who brag about a party lifestyle -- they covet the experience of people who are doing what they love for a living; they're envious when they think one of the members has a record-producer father. There's been controversy over negative comments made about the band by people as well-known as Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody and All That Remains' Phil LaBonte, who've hinted that Black Veil Brides are anything but metal.

Granted, Black Veil Brides' lyrics deal with typical heavy metal topics. They are aimed at those who feel like outcasts in society, the underdogs and disenfranchised. They like to embrace the weirdos, and they constantly tell their fans to believe in themselves and make the most of their lives. However, I finally figured out that my problem with Black Veil Brides has nothing to do with the argument over whether they are or are not metal. They clearly are.

The problem here seems to be that the band edges a little closer to the "emo" tag than the world of old-school metal fans would like -- that's all. Their name even tells all: Black Veil Brides is a Roman Catholic term used for when a woman marries into the church, giving up all the pleasures of life in order to devote herself to God. It's both positive and negative, a wedding and a funeral.

Combine that dark, heavy (nowadays deemed as "emo," in a lot of cases) with music that reaches a younger generation and a fuck-you attitude, and the older generation of metalheads -- pretty much the largest -- gets rubbed the wrong way. And the band has also evolved immensely. Each new record is quite different from the previous one, and those changes in influences, style, and attitude have also affected their physical appearance as well. Sometimes, that makes it hard to take a band seriously when A) they're so young and B) they demand respect for their "consistent" music.

After the jump: Three things I do appreciate about the Black Veil Brides.



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buen_nn
buen_nn

If u think ur strong and have guts to do things. Andy Biersack whent on tour with 3 broken ribs, and he still performed for his army! I still love u BVB army because u give Black Viel Brides lots of suport♡♥♡♡♥♡♡♥♥♡♡♥♡♥♡♥♥! And they help us when we r haveing a bad life!

buen_nn
buen_nn

And I don't fucking care what u say to me. The thing is if u mess with bvb then ur going to get it from me! BVB army I love u guys! I just hate all them haters because they are acting like gay rats right now! Tell me what ever u whant because u know I will not care what ur saying( not u bvb army, I will love all the suport u give me and BVB♥♡♥♡♥♡♡♥)

BIE

-♥blade biersack♥

buen_nn
buen_nn

I love bvb. But I hate when people say "oh they are fags & gay" , all I got to say to u people is that u have no life...... but they do. They are on tour right now with millions of fans whaching them, and ur a stupid person that has no job, house, money, and especially no LIFE! They have all those things but u, thier job is to make music and help fans on Twitter that ask them questions, but there not just regular questions...... some of their fans go throgh a bad life...... like me. Everyone at school and at my house thinks I'm going emo (no I'm not emo). Me and my friend are 12 year old girls that have a dream.......our dream is to have a day with bvb to get to know them better. Well I'm done, I don't whant to say any more to all u gay rats ( not u bvb army only the people that say those mean things to bvb& & their army)!

Bie

-blade biersack

buen_nn
buen_nn

I love bvb. I hate when people say they are gay or fags(and yes this is coming from a 12 year old girl that has a dream to meet bvb). I going through a bad life, everone at my school and home think I'm going emo ( no I'm not emo) and I listen to there music to calm me down when I'm crying. And if u people keep on saying those mean things about them..... just think this ur not famous like them, I bet u people don't know how to play guitar! I bet u ur just siting there without a job, house, and money like them. They r going tour with lots of people whaching them, and ur just stupid people with no life!

shalizamohammed15
shalizamohammed15

It's a rock band.Besides Andy said you can label his music anything once it's in the rock category. 

rshane5150
rshane5150

I've been in the metal scene since the early 80's and I'd call them metal.  Their riffs, musicianship and chops certainly would put them in that category.

That said, I'm one of the few members of the older metal generation that I know that actually likes them.  Personally, I appreciate the fact that their evolution and growth from album to album is apparent.  I don't quite get what there isn't to like about them, unless it's just that there's always got to be that one band that is unfashionable for the metal community to like.

Robert
Robert

Lol.  I wouldn't call it 'hating'...as every band's entitled to do their own thing.  But this is clearly not metal at all.  I guess you could see the reference with some of the picking guitars, but this is more like popular rock.  Brings to mind bands like Staind, or that Doughtry dude.  Pretty funny, guess they're trying to dress that part, but I would never see metal there at all.  Btw I'm not a metal fan, but still funny.

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