Black Veil Brides ‘Black Mass Tour’ 2014 – Orlando Florida – 12.04.14

In the past eight years, Black Veil Brides fan base, who refer to themselves as the ‘BVB army’, has grown to over four million people. When a band has almost as many fans as there are residents in the country of New Zealand, you can be sure there’s no question whether they deserve to headline their own tour. The Black Veil Brides were accompanied by Drama Club, Set It Off, and Falling In Reverse on their most recent escapade, The Black Mass Tour.  When I arrived at House of Blues in Downtown Disney, Orlando, I wasn’t expecting to be completely blown away by the musical talents showcased by the 17 talented musicians that make up the four bands that stole the night Thursday, December 4th.


Someone had to stimulate the anxious crowd, and who could get the crowd started better than the duo EDM DJ act, ‘Drama Club’? Judging by the wardrobe of the two energetic lads, known as Andromeda and Zero, they seem to live by the words in their hit song ‘Halloween 365’ where they proclaim that ‘every day is Halloween’. They each wear an ivory-white  mask; one mask has cracks on it that make it look like the face of a broken, porcelain doll. The other’s mask has the words ‘NO H8’ on the cheek, a nod towards the ‘No H8 campaign’ for human equality, no matter their sexuality. They had a rather unique set up with television screens all over stage and on the front of a rectangular box, behind which they appeared to be controlling their musical renditions of rock songs. They invited the crowd of cheering fans to get their feet off the floor and dance with them to their remixes of rock-hits such as ‘If You Can’t Hang’ by Sleeping With Sirens. After their first song, a woman’s voice echoed in a bohemian-style, as she wordlessly sang them into their next EDM rock mix, ‘They Don’t Need To Understand,’ sung by Andy Black, better known as Andy Biersack, lead singer of headliners Black Veil Brides. The talented performers ended their time in the spotlight with their most popular song, ‘Halloween 365’ that boasts dubstep vibes from the EDM scene that they’ve broken off from slightly in their successful attempt at remixing pop rock into a new genre of music: Electro Shock Pop.

“Be human with us and show us your true duality,” pop-punk band Set It Off proclaims in light of their new album ‘Duality’ released 2014. On the Black Mass Tour, the band hailing from Florida mixed it up with a number of their newly released songs ‘The Haunting’ and ‘N.M.E.’ among others, while still pleasing devoted fans with a few of their older hits, namely, ‘Nightmare’ and ‘Dream Catcher.’ The crowd shook in a frenzied approval of the band’s originals mildly tantamount to popular bands Fall Out Boy and All Time Low. They bowed out after their catchy up-beat song, with a music video that debuted October of 2014, ‘Why Worry.’ Set It Off boasts a taste of symphonic rock mixed into their pop-punk beat, creating a unique vibe that kept those who were new to their music on their toes with open ears.

Falling In Reverse, a popular band with over 2 million fans, took the stage next as fans screamed ‘Ronnie,’ the name of the lead singer who was previously in another well-known band known as Escape the Fate. The post-core ensemble played a number of songs from their 2013 album ‘Fashionably Late’ including ‘Rolling Stone,’ ‘Fashionably Late,’ and ‘Bad Girls Club.’ Their often humorous lyrics kept listeners hooked as well-versed fans sang along to every song. Halfway through their set, lead singer Ronnie Radke asked if any concert-goers were fans of Escape The Fate- and yelled ‘F— you!’ to the cheers he got in response. But then he smiled as Falling In Reverse covered a song from the singer’s past, with much of the band lending Ronnie their voices to accompany his as they performed ‘ Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliché.’ At the end of their set, the band invited a few fans to play basketball with them, challenging them to throw a soft blow-up basketball into one of the two basketball hoops on stage, in exchange for a t-shirt. As the band ended their set, and their unexpected ball game, the whole room was drowned in streamers that fell from the ceiling onto the mob of fans, beautifully accompanied by the backdrop of smoke that filled the stage.

With a full set list of 17 songs, new and old, Black Veil Brides took over the House of Blues’ stage and waited for the curtains to open so they could begin their headlining act.  ‘Coffin,’ a song never before played on tour, was one of the first few songs to be played to the animated crowd by the self-proclaimed rebels. Black Veil Brides is well-known for their many of their older songs, most notably ‘Knives and Pens,’ ‘Rebel Love Song,’ and ‘Fallen Angels,’ all of which were played that Thursday night. Many fans have proclaimed that their songs, such as hit ‘Knives and Pens,’ helped them through depression. Courtnie (age 23), confided in me that, “Black Veil Brides is the reason [she is] still here today.” When the band got to their song, ‘Shadows Die,’ guitarist Jinxx walked on stage with a violin in tow. The violin added so much to the song that it changed the playing field drastically; the rock and roll sound was slightly diluted by the hauntingly beautiful voice of his violin. After Jinxx switched back to his guitar, the band continued on with their impressive show full of guitar riffs, gothic undertones, and an extremely impressive drum solo by the drummer known as CC. If the crowd wasn’t already on their feet, CC would have been greeted with a standing ovation at the end of his impressively quick yet stylized drum solo. Black Veil Brides released a new album, Black Veil Brides IV, in 2014. They were excited to show off their new rock masterpieces, including ‘Last Rites’ and concert-goer Lindsay’s (age 21) favorite song from the new album, ‘Devil In The Mirror.’ After their sixteenth song, ‘Fallen Angels,’ Black Veil Brides waved goodbye to their fans and left the stage, but not for long. Amidst the crowd’s chants begging for an encore, the band stepped back onto the stage to officially end the concert with their final song, appropriately titled ‘In The End.’ The band’s members formed a line and bowed out for the final time, threw t-shirts into the jubilant crowd, and left the stage.

The Black Mass Tour proved to be an amazing showcase of four well-known bands from all over the nation. House of Blues, and every other venue on the tour, should be proud to have hosted such an amazing performance on their stage.

Review by Hannah Hodge
Photos by Roxy Faith Alexandria



Black Veil Brides has been one of the most discussed Rock-n-Roll bands over the past five years.  Love them or hate them, these guys provoke a reaction.  Coming off the massive success of 2013 concept album Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, the band is back a year later with their self-titled follow up and fourth overall album.  Conjuring a new buzz, on top of it all they announced  The Black Mass Tour earlier this year prior to the album release.  Teaming up with Falling in Reverse, along for the ride is Set It Off and Drama Club as the tour makes its way across North America.  With the holiday season just about to kick off, with Thanksgiving days a way, on Sunday November 23rd they arrived at Best Buy Theater in New York City for a packed house of anxious fans.  With both Black Veil Brides and Falling in Reverse having sold out shows at this venue on previous respective headlining tours, this was a sell out without even batting an eye, and the mood certainly fell like it.

The show opened with DJ duo Drama Club.  An electronic powerhouse of remixes, Drama Club definitely got the crowd moving with their sample choices which were interesting to say the least.  Most of the songs they sampled were newer Alternative Rock tunes; however, they did pull out a blast from the past with The Cure’s “Love Song.”  It is understood that a lot of DJs nowadays wear masks or some sort of headgear to establish their identity, and Drama Club’s pseudo disguises were creepy to say the least.   They were definitely worth arriving early to take a glimpse at and should have a promising future.

Tampa, Florida’s Set It Off kept the party going with a fun-filled, high-energy set with positive vibes from start to finish.  Mixing Pop, Rock, and Metal, this band knew exactly how to strike interest in the audience.  Every band member was full of smiles, interacted with the crowd, and made sure everyone was having as much of a good time as they were. Seeming to have a pretty large following attending, most of the crowd sang along with almost every song in their set from “The Haunting” to set closing single “Why Worry” which had everyone dancing.  It would not be a surprise if they ended up with a spot on 2015′s Vans Warped Tour.  Their sophomore album Duality is out now.

Next up was the highly popular Falling in Reverse.  Formed in 2008 with vocalist Ronnie Radke at the helm, after departing from Escape the Fate, it has been a steady climb to the top for Falling in Reserve.  Releasing their second albumFashionably Late in 2013, they spent most of 2014 on the road, including the summer long trek on Vans Warped Tour.  Now returning to Best Buy Theater for the first time since February 2014, they were ready to put on another great show.

Playing an even-keeled set of mostly old favorites from their 2011 debut The Drug in Me Is You, with only a few selections from their most recent release, including “Bad Girl Club” and “Alone,” Falling in Reverse had everyone screaming in excitement.  While the band did have energy, they almost seemed subdued, which is certainly not the norm for frontman Radke.  Perhaps due to the very brief arrival and departure of bassist Max Green, Falling in Reverse could be finding their stride again with Jonathan Wolfe (vocalist of The Hollowed) doing a fine job filling in on bass. Radke did take a moment to remind the crowd of one of the most important rules of Rock shows: If someone falls, pick them up.  With an interesting set design featuring full size basketball hoops stage left, center, and right, the band also had a short game of free throws for a t-shirt giveaway.  All-in-all, Falling in Reverse did not play a bad set by any means. Taking a more relaxed approach did not seem to worry anyone at Best Buy Theater who devoured each moment until closer “The Drug in Me Is You.”

The time had come for the main event of the evening and that was none other than Black Veil Brides.  Leaving their fans starving for more, after a break from the road to work on the new record, looking around Best Buy Theater, one could feel the tense anticipation.  Having had a little over a month to dig into the new album, the audience pondered what Black Veil Brides would have in store for them with the set list this time around.  With that said, as the lights went down a roar came over the room and so it began.

Opening with new song “Heart of Fire,” the set was impressively varied from there, including other newbies like “Faithless” and “Last Rites,” but also the beloved anthems “Perfect Weapon,” “Knives and Pens,” “Rebel Love Song,” and “Wretched and Divine.”  Perhaps the biggest set surprise was “Sweet Blasphemy,” a track from 2010′s We Stitch These Wounds, which has not been heard live in years.  As an army of one on stage, vocalist Andy Biersack, bassist Ashley Purdy, drummer Christian “CC” Coma, along with guitarists Jinxx and Jake Pitts were as high octane and on point as ever.  Jinx himself was on fire throughout the set, putting on a intriguing visual display no one could keep their eyes off of.  Labeled “The Mystic” and usually keeping a low profile, Jinxx was more of a madman than fans had previously seen.  Running around to literally ever inch of the stage, using every riser, dancing behind his microphone, any reservations were completely gone.  A welcomed change by the audience, Biersack sang his heart out, performing at a high level all night long until the closing number of “Fallen Angels.”  Begging for more, the emotion pouring out was matched when the band came back out for an encore of “In the End.”

Black Veil Brides proved why they are still one of the hottest acts in all of Rock-n-Roll.  They not only dazzle with their catchy heartfelt anthems, but they know how to bring each song to life on stage.  The Black Mass Tour has sold out shows left and right this entire run.  With only a little over a week left in 2014′s cycle, fear not as Black Veil Brides will continue on in early 2015, so do not miss out.