Why Do So Many People Hate Black Veil Brides?

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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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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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