DVD review: BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Alive and Burning

BLACK VEIL BRIDES - Alive and Burning

Eagle Vision [Release date 25.09.15]

There is no doubt about it, Black Veil Brides are a great live band, heavy as you like yet melodic throughout. Formed in 2006, and having released 4 acclaimed albums, the band are part Motley, part Maiden and, whisper it quietly, but Is that a little bit of Malmsteen I can detect in that there guitar work?

‘Alive and Burning’ was filmed at Hollywood’s Wiltern Theatre, and featuring some of the band’s best known material, this 17 song set (plus ‘80’s style drum solo- drummer Christian “CC” Coma is straight out of the Tommy Lee school of drumming) is a relative masterclass in taking your musical influences and creating with that some of the best modern rock music around.

Songs including “Heart of Fire”, “Faithless”, “Knives & Pens”, “Rebel Love Song”, “Fallen Angels”, “Sweet Blasphemy” and “In The End” show why the band have been nominated for Kerrang’s Best Live Band award, however, it is a cover of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” that steals the show for me.

Whilst stadium gigs will soon become a thing of the past, as long as there are bands like Black Veil Brides then arena shows will live on.  ****

Review by Nikk Gunns

On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)

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