Veteran rock band Black Veil Brides is scheduledto finally release its latest album this week in the form of The Phantom Tomorrow. The band’s sixth album, it was originally scheduled for release June 4. Its release was delayed in order to allow the comic book that will accompany the record to get up to speed with the album. The album stands out in part because of its general presentation, which will be discussed shortly. The record’s musical presentation works with its general presentation to make for more appeal. It will be discussed a little later. The album’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered, they make the album another work that the band’s most devoted audiences will appreciate.
Black Veil Brides’ forthcoming album, The Phantom Tomorrow, is a presentation that audiences will find well worth hearing at least once. That is proven in part through the album’s general presentation. In regards to the general presentation, the album is presented not as just a collection of songs, but rather a concept album. Now while concept albums are typically reserved for the prog realm, this approach is nothing new for this band. The band has already released two other concept records in the forms of Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (2013) and its “prequel,” Vale (2018). In the case of The Phantom Tomorrow, front man Andy Biersack noted in a March 2021 interview with Blabbermouth.net, that the album’s concept centers on essentially the human nature of idolatry. It just takes a bit of a darker turn in this case. Biersack is quoted as saying of the concept, “The story is essentially the idea…In our society, especially now, we have this love of building up heroes and obsessing over other people who often don’t give a s*** about you or anybody else and we kind of have these false idols and heroes. And so the story is about taking this mythological character and the people putting all of this power on to them, and ultimately turning their back on the character because nobody can fulfill the dreams and ideas that you put on somebody else.” He goes on from here to shorten the summary, pointing out that the story centers on humans’ obsession with those in positions of power and celebrity, and the resultant impact of that obsession. It is a timeless theme considering that, again, people have that tendency to idolize, and then react a certain way when they react that those they idolize are not who and what they thought. It makes the story here quite interesting and well worth hearing in itself. To that end, the general presentation is clearly in itself reason enough for audiences to give The Phantom Tomorrow a chance. It is just a part of what makes the album worth hearing, too. The record’s musical presentation builds on the interest and appeal generated through the general presentation to give the album even more reason for being heard.
The musical presentation featured in The Phantom Tomorrow is of note because of its approach. For the most part, the band takes a distinct metalcore style approach. The only real deviation comes in the album’s finale, ‘Fall Eternal,’ which comes across more as an emo type composition. All of this is important to note because the approach taken with the music here clearly shows the band’s continued growth and evolution away from the more glam rock/Motley Crue-esque sounds that made the band famous in its infancy. It shows that continued willingness to take risks and grow, as noted and is something that will appeal, again, to the band’s most devoted audiences and to more casual audiences. Keeping that in mind, it is one more way in which the album proves itself worth hearing at least once. The production of that musical content rounds out the most important of the album’s items and completes its presentation.
The production of The Phantom Tomorrow is important to examine because of how much it plays into the record’s musical content. As noted, the arrangements featured in this record continue to exhibit the growth and evolution of Black Veil Brides as a band and individually. While the album, for the most part, presents a distinct metalcore approach, the songs featured here still boast their own unique identity separate from so many other metalcore acts out there. The record’s production plays into that identity. It serves to accent the arrangements’ melodies, and the nuances therein, even within the vocals, to really bring out the fullest body of each composition. At the same time, the production ensures that no one part of each instrumentation overpowers its counterparts from one work to the next. The overall result of that attention to detail in the production is that the arrangements keep listeners fully engaged and entertained throughout the album. It puts the final touch to the whole and completes the presentation, showing once more why this record is worth hearing at least once.
Black Veil Brides’ new, forthcoming album, The Phantom Tomorrow, is a presentation that the band’s most devoted audiences will agree is another positive addition to the band’s catalog. Its success comes in part through its general presentation. In this case, the general presentation is that of a concept record, something to which the band is no stranger. The concept here will resonate with listeners, too, because of its accessibility. The album’s musical presentation adds to its appeal because it continues to show the band’s development and growth. The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation, bringing everything full circle and bringing out the best in each song. Each item examined here is important in its own way to the album. All things considered, they make The Phantom Tomorrow a record that will have plenty of tomorrows in audiences’ libraries.
The Phantom Tomorrow is scheduled for release Friday through Sumerian Records. More information on the album is available along with all of Black Veil Brides’ news at: