For Black Veil Brides, their debut ‘We Stitch These Wounds’ left behind an itch that they just couldn’t resist scratching. It was too frayed at the edges for their liking, but now, a decade on, they’ve unpicked it, stitch by stitch, and have rethreaded it with a far steadier hand.
Reviving the ultimate scene soundtrack is certainly a bold move, but on ‘Re-Stitch These Wounds’ it pays off. Black Veil Brides have always remained true to their roots; it’s not as if some existential crisis has sent them hurtling back to the beginning in a bizarre attempt to relive their early years. In fact, it makes perfect sense for them to return to the album that made them and mould it into the record they had originally envisioned now that they have the means and experience to do so.
Andy Biersack‘s vocals have aged like a fine wine, retaining their venom whilst injecting the album with a suavity that the original release lacked. They take a slight step back in the mix, encouraging a greater sense of harmony between all members that manifests itself in the music. In the past, songs were dominated by strained screams and shredding instrumentation that fought it out for the spotlight. However, now that the creases have been smoothed out, an overall more dynamic sound has been achieved.
It would be a stretch to say that this latest offering is a complete reimagining of the original. For the most part, the record remains unchanged aside from the obvious polishing, slight rearrangements and the new maturity that radiates from it. The most drastic alteration is a face lifted ‘The Mortician’s Daughter (Overture III)’, but whether the decision to strip it of vocals and replace guitar strings with keys was a good move depends entirely upon the listener. Devoted fans are unsurprisingly split regarding the bittersweet staple, but the beauty of it is there are now two stunning versions to have and to hold.
Despite the original release being very much of its time, the newly repurposed ‘Re-Stitch These Wounds’ feels right at home in 2020.
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