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Andy Biersack and Z2 Comics Join Forces For ‘The Ghost Of Ohio’ Graphic Novel

Andy Biersack and Z2 Comics Join Forces For ‘The Ghost Of Ohio’ Graphic Novel

Coming on the heels of the recent release of Apocrypha: The Legend Of BabyMetal, Z2 Comics is pleased to announce their next title is a collaborative partnership with musician Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides/Andy Black). The Ghost Of Ohio is a graphic novel based on an original story idea created by Biersack alongside the creative team of Z2 Comics: Josh Frankel and Sridhar Reddy. Scott Tuft, known for his work on the Severed and Swamp Thing titles, is writing the comic with Biersack. Artist Eryk Donovan, best known for his Batman creations, created the cover that was unveiled at a gathering in New York City on October 4th. The Ghost Of Ohio is scheduled for release in mid-2019. Pre-orders for The Ghost Of Ohio will be announced in the near future and fans can go to https://www.z2comics.com/ for more information.

“I am so excited to finally be able to share the news about ‘The Ghost of Ohio’ graphic novel and upcoming solo record of the same name and inspired by the comic book story. The truth is that I would never have discovered my love of rock music without my passion for comic books and characters like Batman and Spawn, which ultimately lead me to larger than life bands like KISS and The Misfits. To be able to combine my love of the graphic novel medium with a concept record is a dream come true and something I have wanted to do for many years. Working with the Z2 Comics team and alongside Scott Tuft and Eryk Donovan to bring this dream to reality has been an incredible process. The story takes place in southwestern Ohio and spans across historical eras from the 1800’s to modern day. ‘The Ghost of Ohio’ is a tale of loneliness, redemption and strength and I hope both the album and book capture that tone while giving people some fun entertainment to escape into!” explains Andy Biersack.

The release of the graphic novel will coincide with the sophomore release from Biersack’s Andy Black persona via Lava/Republic Records. The album, which shares the same name as the comic, will serve as a companion piece as they will both be released around the same time.  The comic marks another career first for Biersack who has been known for his work outside of music through his performance in the film American Satan and as the host of The Orange And Andy Black show on WEBN every Sunday, a show dedicated to his beloved Cincinnati Bengals and rock music. Biersack will also participate in the 2018 New York Comic Con panel, From The Stage To The Page: Musicians Creating Comic Books on Friday October 5th alongside Steve Aoki, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Lights.

“We are very excited to join forces with Andy Biersack to publish his first-ever graphic novel in tandem with his next solo record. This further cements Z2 Comics’ reputation as the premier home for artists, musicians and their exclusive graphic novel projects,” states Josh Frankel, CEO of Z2 Comics.

About Z2 Comics: Z2 Comics have made a name for themselves releasing quality graphic novels in to the marketplace since 2012. In 2016, Z2 began collaborating with musicians to create graphic novels centered on unique stories and exclusive music. That ideal led them to work with the likes of Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), DJ Paul Oakenfold, jazz trumpeter Dave Chisholm and others. 2018 marked another landmark year as Z2 partnered with Japanese metal band BABYMETAL on Apocrypha: The Legend Of BabyMetal, which is one of the biggest selling graphic novels Z2 has released. With the upcoming release of Andy Biersack’s The Ghost Of Ohio in 2019 and other soon-to-be-named partnerships, Z2 Comics continues to push the envelope with their music and comics integrations. 

About Andy Biersack: A living, breathing, walking tale of ambition and perseverance, the man behind ANDY BLACK (who fans around the world already know as Andy Biersack) grew up in the Midwest and moved to Hollywood at 18 to pursue his passions in the creative arts and the art of rock n’ roll. Biersack has graced the covers of Alternative Press, Revolver, and multiple other relevant publications around the globe as frontman for the band he founded, Black Veil Brides. Across four well-received albums and countless tours, BVB has flown the flag for aggressive hard rock, earning multiple Kerrang! and Golden Gods awards, to boot. Created in Southern California with mega-producer John Feldmann, Biersack’s adventurous debut under the ANDY BLACK moniker features a rogue’s gallery of hitmakers and alt-rock icons, all united in substance and spirit upon a singular line of melodic assertiveness and stylistic daring.

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John Bradley On Pushing His Creative Limits In Ash Avildsen’s ‘American Satan’

John Bradley On Pushing His Creative Limits In Ash Avildsen’s ‘American Satan’

John Bradley exploded onto the pop culture landscape with his breakout role as Samwell Tarly on HBO’s incredible hit series, ‘Game of Thrones.’ A true fan favorite, we’ve watched his character grow by leaps and bounds of the course of the series. However, a quick look at John Bradley’s work outside the world of ‘GoT’ proves that the young actor isn’t one to rest on his laurels. One of his latest and most captivating projects is ‘American Satan’ from the mind of director Ash Avildsen (Creator of Sumerian Records). The film focuses on a young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. In the film, Bradley plays Ricky Rollins, who is the brains of the operation that is The Relentless. He may not look the part or always walk the walk…or even talk the talk…but what Ricky has in spades is dedication and a willingness to do whatever it takes. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it’s too late?

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with John Bradley to discuss his journey as an actor, his passion for bringing unique tales to the screen, sharing moments on set with the legendary Malcolm McDowell and more!

Over the past few years you’ve become a familiar face in film and on television so I want to start at the beginning. What made you pursue a career in the arts?

I think I wanted to be an entertainer from the start, long before I wanted to be an actor. I wanted to be some kind of entertainer before I even knew it was a job and certainly before I knew what it took to become an actor with the technical specifications or the classes where you learn to be an actor. I just wanted to entertain people! I think that came from watching comedy on TV as a child. We weren’t a family who went to the theater very often. We weren’t a family who even watched a lot of high-brow drama on TV. Actually, we started off by watching comedies. We watched things like “Monty Python” and even American stuff like “Married With Children.” I really liked “Married With Children” as a kid. I obviously didn’t understand all of it at the time but there was something about watching those comedy performers that made me feel very, very happy for some reason that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I didn’t know that it was a job! [laughs] I didn’t know that John Cleese had written this down on paper and was performing it on camera in front of an audience to be broadcast on TV. I didn’t know how that happened! All I knew was that I wanted to make people feel the way he was making me feel. I wanted to have that reaction from people and to make people as happy as he was making me. It was only later on that I discovered what an actor was and how you became an actor through things like drama school. I suddenly decided it was an option for me. I had never considered it as an option in the past because where I come from, and in the sphere of people around me, there was no one who had done it before. There was no blueprint for somebody like me to follow and go into that world with no contacts, experience or anyone to turn to. I didn’t think it was an option but I was desperate to entertain in some way. It was only later that I discovered it was an option, went to drama school, got into “Game of Thrones” and started to do it professionally when I fulfilled that ambition. At the start, it was just about trying to elicit a similar feeling that I was made to feel by my heroes when I was a kid and somehow it managed to happen! It was a pie in the sky when I was a kid experiencing all of that. I still pinch myself to this day that it’s managed to come true!

In addition to becoming a fan favorite on “Game of Thrones,” you continued to take on interesting projects along the way. “American Satan” is a great example! How did you get involved with this unique project?

The great thing about being on a project like “Game of Thrones” is that you have your annual schedule set out for you. Most of the time we know that the last six or seven months of the year are going to be set out by “Game of Thrones” and we have to commit to the series for the second half of the year. Usually, the fall part of the year is yours to do whatever you want with. What is handy and a luxury about that is, in terms of schedule but also in terms of relative financial security, we know the first half of the year can be taken up by projects that are slightly risky or maybe not quite as financially lucrative but are interesting projects. You can take on these projects to feed some kind of artistic views within you or maybe go into slightly uncharted territory as far as your acting is concerned. When the “American Satan” script first came through and I was told about this character of Ricky Rollins, the first thing that captured my attention about it was that it was just such a different character from anything I had been able to do before. I’ve played so many characters, especially Samwell, of course, who tend to live in quite a dark place. They inhabit quite a dark mental space. If you take Samwell for example, he sort of carries around a lot of damage with him and psychological scars from the abusive childhood he suffered. Those experiences inspired a lot of darkness in his life and he’s plagued by low self-esteem and crippling self-doubt. You really see, in the first season, he doesn’t have a shred of belief in himself and that is quite a dark place to inhabit for what is essentially seven years now. What I liked about this character of Ricky was that he is the polar opposite of that! He is brimming with self-confidence and brilliance. He never goes into a situation thinking he isn’t going to get on top of it or that it isn’t something he can’t handle. He goes in and takes over the situation with experience, grabs it by the scruff of the neck and has total belief in his abilities. It’s almost misguided a lot of times. He’s not quite as able as he thinks he is. He’s a lot more inept than he suspects he is but he still lives in a very bright space of extreme self-confidence. That was quite a nice change of pace to play somebody who has that much contrast to the roles I have played before. He has so much spark about him and so much get-up-and-go, that it was nice to inhabit a slightly brighter, more positive mindset for a change.

When it comes to the project in general, you do worry when you are attached to something about the rock world, the music industry or the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, that it’s going to be told by people without much experience in it. You fear it’s going to be written and performed by people who have never been on the road with a band or someone who may have messed around with a band in high school but have no real knowledge of that landscape or the world we are trying to portray. The thing about this one is we have Andy Biersack and Ben Bruce and this world has been their life since they were very young men. They have lived that life, existed in that landscape and they know all of these characters. Ash [Avildsen], the director, owns a record company and is very well-versed in that language and very familiar with that world as well. What I knew you would get is a very authentic account of what it’s like to live that life and to exist in that world. You can always tell when you have a project that has been directed by people who know what they are speaking about. They have that confidence about them and you know there is not going to be anything plastic or synthetic about it. It allows you to provide a very faithful account of what it’s like to be a touring rock band at the start of your career. I like the authenticity of that and I knew they would have a certain amount of credibility because of that, which is another thing that definitely drew me to “American Satan.”

Ben Bruce, John Bradley and Andy Biersack on the set of ‘American Satan.’

In addition to working with real-life rock stars like Andy Biersack and Ben Bruce, you also worked with a cinematic icon. What was it like sharing the screen with the legendary Malcolm McDowell?

It was interesting timing-wise when I found out Malcolm was going to be part of this project. About 12 months before we started “American Satan,” I had become a very absorbed Stanley Kubrick obsessive! [laughs] It all came about from watching the film, “Room 237,” which is about all the hidden meanings in “The Shining.” I watched that and became obsessed with Kubrick, his methodology, his working methods, how he has become synonymous with perfection and his obsessive attention to detail. The way he works with actors is so unique and interesting. It’s so uniquely his own methodology, so it was interesting to find myself working with someone who had experience with that. Not only was he in a Kubrick movie but was the lead in a Kubrick movie and is someone who’s worked with him very closely all the way through the making of “A Clockwork Orange.” I felt it was just written in the stars that I happened to be working with Malcolm McDowell just when my Kubrick obsession had reached its peak. Then, I thought, “Maybe Malcolm wants to get away from that. Maybe he sees ‘A Clockwork Orange’ as one movie in an entire career. Maybe he feels he has spoken enough about Stanley Kubrick.” I didn’t want to press the issue in case he didn’t want to talk about it. As it turns out, Malcolm will talk about Stanley Kubrick all day if you want to! He is so forthcoming about talking about that period of his life! He is so proud of that movie, as he should be, and he is so proud to have worked with Stanley, as he calls him. It was such a wonderful thing to sit around and listen to a guy talk with such insight and a rich personal experience about something you are so fascinated and absorbed by! It was a real treat to have him among us, especially for me, as I’m such a fan of his performance in “A Clockwork Orange.” It was a real thrill to work with him! He’s exactly the kind of actor I like! There is something about him that is very dangerous — even now as an older man, he still has it! The same danger and unpredictability he had about him in the ‘60s is there today. You can’t watch Malcolm McDowell act and be comfortable! There is something about him that is really unsettling and it makes you feel on edge and quite nauseous. I don’t know what it is but there is something about this dangerous, charismatic attitude that he has about him on screen that is so absorbing. It has a visceral effect on you. When you see Malcolm McDowell on screen, you’re instantly nervous because you don’t know what he’s going to do next. We associate him with all of these twisted, psychological parts that he has portrayed so beautifully over the years and there is something that is so powerfully unsettling. As you can tell, he is one of my favorites and working with him was a dream come true!

John Bradley opposite Malcolm McDowell in ‘American Satan.’

How do you take on a new character and what were your biggest challenges on “American Satan?”

In terms of playing a character like Ricky, it’s the same as you approach every character, which is as a completely blank canvas. I try not to bring any of my tricks or methodology that I’ve used to play Samwell Tarly in the past into Ricky because it’s a completely different character, completely different rhythm and pace. Sam is very low-key, he talks to himself quietly and speaks slowly. He has a kind of doing about him but it doesn’t appear on the surface. He barely moves, Samwell, his movements are so small and subtle that sometimes you can miss them if you’re not too careful. With Ricky, I had to approach it really differently. I had to attack every single thing with so much energy and a hyper kind of friendly energy that I’ve never really played before. Ricky is the kind of person who instantly lights up the room, picks everybody up who’s in there and tries to be a source of positive energy for the people. I’ve never played a character like that before so it was about conserving my energy so when I arrived on camera I was able to hit the ground running and attack it with all the exuberance I have in my performance. It was interesting to try and maintain that level of energy throughout the piece.

One of the things I found so interesting was how the film almost starts off as a buddy comedy and not as a satanic psychological thriller. It’s starts as a buddy comedy with a bunch of guys coming from England, meeting up with a bunch of American guys, trying to have fun, starting to make a band and having all of the laughs and fun and games that a young band has in their early days. When I was playing those scenes, we couldn’t think about how it would end up. We couldn’t think about, SPOILER ALERT, they were going to make a pact with the Devil and everything was going to go wrong. We couldn’t have that in our mind! All we could have in our minds was the fact that these are actually good times for these guys and it was exciting. We couldn’t let ourselves foresee what was going to go wrong because they couldn’t foresee what was going to go wrong. So, that’s how it goes from a buddy comedy for the first part to a psychological satanic thriller for the second part. We just had to concentrate on keeping those two bits separate. The change is going to happen when it happens, so our challenge for the first half of the movie was to get our chemistry right and make sure our friendship and energy as a group of young men came across. I think that was easy because we all got on as a cast very well. We had that friendship off the bat and kept maintaining that and tried to light up the screen with it in the early stages with the joyful, youthful fun and games! Keeping those two halves of the movie separate in our minds was a challenge.

Andy Biersack and Jon Bradley living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

Our time is short, so I have one more question. You are building a great career and it’s inspiring to see you put in all the hard work. What is the best lesson we can take away from your journey as an artist?

The best lesson you could take is to always be aware that what you consider to be your shortcomings, imperfections or what some may say are your failings could be exactly what people are looking for. I’m somebody who, prior to “Game of Thrones,” struggled with my weight. I had all kinds of weight issues and I was trying to lose weight, manage it, get on top of it and solve a lot of the problems that I had which I thought were connected to my weight. As it turns out, that’s what people were looking for. What you consider to be an imperfection or something you don’t like about yourself may prove to be exactly what somebody else is looking for and that sort of thing can project you and give you a springboard into a career. I’m not necessarily saying that it’s good to be overweight because there are health issues associated with it. All I am saying is that the one thing I considered to be the thing that would hold me back in my life turned out to be my unique selling point in my early days and got me my first job. It’s just really about not beating yourself up about the things you consider to be wrong with you because they may be what makes you unique. If you think you have a big nose or that you have big ears or are overweight or going bald, you have to remember one thing — they are casting characters of every shape, size and description! If you want to be an actor, embrace what makes you unique and don’t try to iron yourself out to be like everybody else!

Well said, John! Thank you so very much for your time today! I really appreciate it and I wish you continued success! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come!

Thank you, Jason! It’s been lovely talking to you! Take care!

Ash Avildsen’s ‘American Satan’ hits select theaters on Friday, October 13th! Get all the latest info and screening info for the film via the official website — www.americansatanmovie.com.

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AMERICAN SATAN: New Trailer Unleashed, More Theaters Added To Theatrical Release!

AMERICAN SATAN: New Trailer Unleashed, More Theaters Added To Theatrical Release!

AMERICAN SATAN, the Rated-R supernatural rock & roll thriller from SUMERIAN RECORDS mastermind ASH AVILDSEN, continues to make waves in the music and film industries with their latest official trailer.

Starring ANDY BLACK, (Black Veil Brides), JOHN BRADLEY (Game Of Thrones) and Golden Globe Nominee MALCOLM McDOWELL, best known for his iconic role in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and currently on Amazon’s Mozart In the Jungle, AMERICAN SATAN opens on the big screen Friday the 13th of October in 50 US cities, many of them already on sale at AMC theaters. Internationally, cinemas in Canada, UK, Australia and Mexico are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

AMERICAN SATAN introduces BEN BRUCE (Asking Alexandria) and OLIVIA CULPO (Miss Universe) to the screen, as they star alongside an ensemble cast that includes Disney’s BOOBOO STEWART (The Twilight Saga, X-Men: Days Of Future Past), MARK BOONE JR, (Sons of Anarchy, Batman Begins), DENISE RICHARDS (Starship Troopers, Wild Things), WWE’s BILL GOLDBERG, BILL DUKE (Predator) and DRAKE BELL.

In the summer of 2015, while director ASH AVILDSEN was working on the AMERICAN SATAN script, he met his father for the first time, Oscar-winning director JOHN G. AVILDSEN (ROCKY, THE KARATE KID, LEAN ON ME). As fate would have it, they collaborated on the movie together and formed a very close bond. John gave crucial notes on the script and some great tips to Ash during production. John also has a cameo in the film, playing a CNN news anchor. This would go on to be the last finished film John worked on before he passed away in June of 2017.

Already a winner of several awards on the festival circuit including Best Picture and Best Director at New York’s Peekskill Film Festival as well as Best Feature at California’s Oceanside Independent Film Festival, AMERICAN SATAN is set to play this Friday, September 22nd at the 33rd Annual Boston Film Festival.

About the release of AMERICAN SATAN, Ash Avildsen said:
“This story comes from a very real place. I dropped out of college to pursue a career in music. I’ve toured as both an unsigned and a signed artist. I’ve been a promoter, a booking agent, a manager, a producer and am an active record label owner. With the exception of a physical manifestation of the devil and an angel, everything in the film is based on real events that either myself or the producers of the movie have experienced in our careers working with bands. I’m excited for our music community to go on this ride and understand why we chose the Neil Young quote, ‘Rock & Roll is where God and the Devil shake hands,’ to be put on top of the poster at theaters.”

The music-centric film features an original score by composer JONATHAN DAVIS of KoRn, debuting two unreleased tracks from Davis. Additionally, songs from Deftones, The Pretty Reckless, Skid Row, Crosses, In This Moment, Meg Myers, Circa Survive, Dorothy, After The Burial, Barns Courtney, Palaye Royale, Animals As Leaders, Slaughter and more.

Some of the AMERICAN SATAN producers Ash references are: Andy Gould, best known for producing Rob Zombie’s Halloween & The Devil’s Rejects and co-managing Pantera & Linkin Park.; John Reese, former tour manager and band manager for Guns N’ Roses as well as concert festival producer for Knotfest meets Ozzfest and Rockstar Mayhem Festival; and Jeff Cohen, entertainment attorney best known in the public eye for handling Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial in the Czech Republic.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it’s too late?

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First Theatrical Trailer and Poster Released For ‘American Satan’ Starring Andy Biersack Unleashed!

First Theatrical Trailer and Poster Released For ‘American Satan’ Starring Andy Biersack Unleashed!

The first teaser and official poster artwork for the upcoming dramatically charged Rock & Roll Thriller—AMERICAN SATAN—have just been released. The movie featuring Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), John Bradley (Game of Thrones), BooBoo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Ben Bruce(Asking Alexandria), Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy) along with Denise Richards, Bill Duke, WWE’s Bill Goldberg, Drake Bell, Larry King, Olivia Culpo and more, is slated for a theatrical release in the late summer of this year. Written and Directed by Ash Avildsen,

Produced by Sumerian Records & Films, AMERICAN SATAN follows the journey of a group of young men hailing from the US and England who drop out of college and move to Hollywood’s infamous Sunset Strip to pursue their dreams of becoming a Rock & Roll sensation. A full trailer will be released in the coming weeks, meanwhile the teaser can be below or via the official site for the film HERE.

For those of you in Southern California, there will be 250 tickets available to the public for the private industry screening of AMERICAN SATAN on April 18th at The Arclight in Hollywood.

Tickets can be purchased at the following link: http://americansatanmovie.com

The Arclight Hollywood is located at: The Dome Entertainment Centre, 6360 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028



About Ash Avildsen: Ash Avildsen is a producer and writer, known for American Satan (2017), What Now (2015) and Asking Alexandria: Through Sin and Self-Destruction (2012).

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THAT METAL SHOW: Andy Biersack, Taime Downe & Mark Slaughter Guest On This Week’s Show!

THAT METAL SHOW: Andy Biersack, Taime Downe & Mark Slaughter Guest On This Week’s Show!


Episode 11 of season 14 of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show” is the second-to-last new episode of the current season. Returning to the show this week is Faster Pussycat’s Taime Downe and making their TMS debuts are Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack and Slaughter’s Mark Slaughter. The guests sit down together with hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine in a roundtable type setting; something the show has done a couple of times this season and has found to generate great conversations. Taime discusses his time in Faster Pussycat, working on a new album, and getting Eddie drunk on the recent Monsters Of Rock cruise. Andy talks about his love for “That Metal Show”, their recent appearance opening for Ozzy at Monsters Of Rock in Brazil, and unveils the new artwork and release date of their first-ever live DVD. Mark talks about being a member of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion and of course his band, Slaughter, as well as the release of his first solo album. Mark actually gives the entire audience a download card of the new release.  The all-new episode of “That Metal Show” airs this Saturday at 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT on VH1 Classic.

The episode also features the debut of Mike Orlando from Adrenaline Mob as the guest musician. Mike has appeared as a guest in the past but this is the first time he has played on the show. Mike talks about being on tour with Adrenaline Mob, the recent passing of drummer AJ Pero, the latest benefit show for AJ’s family, and a completed album he has in the can with AJ on drums.

Taime, Andy, and Mark “Put It On The Table” and realize when asked what the first song they ever learned was they all have a serious Kiss connection and appreciation. Eddie struggles through “Stump The Trunk” this week marking the return of Ms. Box Of Junk Jen after he went three for three last week. This week’s “Take It Or Leave It” centers on the recent trend of band’s airing their grievances in public evidenced by the recent statements from Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward of Black Sabbath. They all agree that social media, and the ease for artists to share their sides of the story, is best for the fans.

Checking in via “Metal Modem” this week is founding Judas Priest member, KK Downing. KK fills the panel in on what he’s been doing since leaving Priest, talks about some upcoming projects, and unveils his new cologne line, “Metal for Men”. This week’s “Throwdown” pits the legendary Judas Priest releasesBritish Steel against Screaming For Vengeance. When the panel deadlocks, they reach out to KK on the modem to give the definitive answer. No one argues with one of the creators of both albums when KK makes his pick.

“That After Show” this week talks about everyone’s pre-show rituals and warm-ups as Mike Orlando joins the panel. They reminisce about the most hammered they have ever been while performing and Andy recounts the time he broke his ribs during a promo performance in Los Angeles. Fans can watch all previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app as well as the new “That After Show” segment.

Season 14 has showcased some of the biggest names in music. This season featured Rush’s Geddy Lee, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Frank Bello/Charlie Benante/Scott Ian of Anthrax, John 5, Chris Jericho, Kerry King of Slayer, Dave Lombardo formerly of Slayer and now with Philm, Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker, punk rock legend Marky Ramone, rap icon Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless, Max Cavalera, Ace Frehley and Mark Farner. Next weeks’ final episode of Season 14 welcomes Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of Overkill, Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot, and Billy Sheehan from The Winery Dogs/Mr. Big as the guest musician.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week, Season 14 was no exception showcasing the talents of Alex Skolnick of Testament, John 5 of Rob Zombie/John 5 Trio, Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Frank Hannon of Tesla, the berserker Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, double-neck shred-master Michael Angelo Batio, Rich Ward of Fozzy, Damon Johnson of Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders, Nita Strauss from Alice Cooper, and Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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Black Veil Brides To Unleash Self-Titled 4th Album On October 28th

Black Veil Brides To Unleash Self-Titled 4th Album On October 28th

Black Veil Brides

Black Veil Brides

Los Angeles based rockers Black Veil Brides are back with their fourth studio album. The self-titled release, Black Veil Brides, will be released on October 28th via Lava Records/Repubic Records. The new album was produced by studio-legend Bob Rock, known for producing some of rock’s most successful albums including Metallica’s Black Album and Motley Crüe’s Dr. Feelgood. The 11 track album features some of the band’s most aggressive and diverse songs to date. The album opener and debut single “Heart Of Fire” is an upbeat rocker that showcases the band’s singnature dual-guitar attack and driving rhythm section all behind a positiive lyrical message the band has become known for. The single will be launching at radio in the US on September 10th. Pre-orders for Black Veil Brides begin on September 16th. The album cover was designed by longtime friend and previous album cover illustrator, Richard Villa.

The track listing for Black Veil Brides is:

1. Heart Of Fire
2. Faithless
3. Devil In The Mirror
4. Goodbye Agony
5. World Of Sacrifice
6. Last Rites
7. Stolen Omen
8. Walk Away
9. Drag Me To The Grave
10. The Shattered God
11. Crown Of Thorns

Black Veil Brides will be hitting this road this October in support of their new album. The Black Mass 2014 headline tour kicks off on October 21st in Niagara Falls, NY and runs through mid-December. The 37 date trek will be making stops in Los Angeles, Kansas City, New York and Orlando to name a few before it wraps up on December 15th in Albuqueque, NM. The band will be playing a special Halloween show in Tempe, AZ. Falling In Reverse, Set It Off and Drama Club have been tapped as the support bands for The Balck Mass 2014. Tickets and VIP packages for the our are currently on sale and links can be found at www.BlackVeilBrides.net.

Black Veil Brides have been continually building momentum and expanding their ever-growing “BVB Army” since the release of their first album We Stitch These Wounds. The debut song “Knives And Pens” has been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube. The band has also released the critically-acclaimed albums Set The World On Fire and Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones respectively. Their last release landed at #7 on the Billboard 200 selling over 42,000 copies its first week and soared to the #1 Spot on the iTunes Top Album Chart and the iTunesRock Chart. Black Veil Brides recently won an award at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Award in Cleveland for Most Dedicated Fans. This award goes alongside their numerous Kerrang awards and three Revolver Golden God Awards.

Black Veil Brides is Andy Biersack (vocals), Jake Pitts (guitars), Jinxx (guitars/violin), Ashley Purdy (bass) and Christian “CC” Coma (drums).

 Black Veil Brides Upcoming Tour Dates:

Oct 21st Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theater
Oct 22nd Columbus, OH The LC Pavilion
Oct 24th St. Paul, MN Myth
Oct 25th Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
Oct 27th Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
Oct 30th Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Oct 31st Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre
Nov 1st Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
Nov 3rd San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Nov 5th Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Nov 7th Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Nov 8th Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
Nov 9th Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
Nov 10th Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Nov 12th Kansas Coty, MO Uptown Theater
Nov 14th Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Nov 15th Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov 16th Cleveland, OH The Agora Theater
Nov 17th Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Nov 19th Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory
Nov 21st Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
Nov 22nd Worcester, MA Palladium
Nov 23rd New York, NY Best Buy Theater
Nov 26th Portland, ME State Theatre
Nov 28th Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
Nov 29th Silver Springs, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring
Dec 2nd Louisville, KY Expo Five
Dec 3rd Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
Dec 4th Orlando, FL House of Blues Orlando
Dec 5th Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
Dec 6th Norfolk, VA The NorVa
Dec 8th Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Dec 9th St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Dec 11th Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
Dec 12th Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
Dec 13th San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
Dec 15th Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre

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Black Veil Brides Frontman Andy Biersack Talks ‘Set The World On Fire’ and More!

Black Veil Brides Frontman Andy Biersack Talks ‘Set The World On Fire’ and More!

If you like your rock n’ roll with a little more personality and style, look no further than Los Angeles’ newest export, the Black Veil Brides. This talented group has just made it’s major label debut with, Set The World On Fire. Serving as the band’s sophomore album, Set The World On Fire is the follow-up to their 2010 album, We Stitch These Wounds, which made an impact when it landed at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Independent chart. The excitement and buzz about the band continues to grow and they were recently awarded the “Best New Band” title at Revolver’s Golden Gods Awards and rolled out a powerful new video for “Fallen Angels,” the first single from ‘Set The World On Fire’. With a legion of dedicated fans behind them, positive reaction for the rock and metal communities and an outstanding presence and work ethic, it won’t be long before these guys are blasting from speakers nationwide! Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack to discuss his musical roots, the making of ‘Set The World On Fire, misconceptions about the band and much more!

We wanted to start off to give everybody who may not be familiar with ya a little bit of background.  I was curious to find out how did music first come into your life?

I think I was about – I mean, there’s different ways, but I think in terms of the most basic way, I was about three – four years old, and I was wandering around in the basement of my parents’ house and found like an old shoebox full of the 1977 Kiss “Love Gun” trading cards.  And, obviously, being only like four you have no real idea of what things are, but I saw the visuals and was immediately incredibly excited, and proceeded to find all of the leftover Halloween makeups and tried to make my face look like any one of them; and then finding out that they weren’t just superheroes, but that they played music and that I liked music.

Maybe that was the first way.  And, ultimately, through like – my Mom has always been very much into music and showing me Bruce Springsteen and people like that.  But, yeah, as you – ultimately, it was probably a combination of my mom’s folk music interest and my dad’s rock and roll music interest.

What made you pursue music as a career as opposed to splitting off into a different route?

I think it was that experience at such a young age.  I never wanted to do anything else. Like when I was a young kid I played hockey on a pretty competitive level, but to me it was always just like it was preparation for the inevitable career in music.  I mean, I don’t really have any other skills, so this is really it.  This is all I’ve really prepared myself for.

Well, it seems like it’s working out for you so far.

Yeah, yeah. [laughs] I mean, I think it was a good move.

You mentioned Kiss.  I was curious who some of your influences were, but also some influences that may be surprising.

I think in terms of songwriting I’m more influenced by, like I said, people like Springsteen or Dylan or Simon & Garfunkel, and even bands like The Psychedelic Furs, and vocally Sisters of Mercy and those kind of things.  I think I’m obviously very influenced by punks bands like The Damned, or The Lords of the New Church and Dead Boys, those kinds of bands.

What can you tell us about the writing process for ‘Set The World On Fire’?

It’s pretty smooth.  Going into that record, we wanted to do something perhaps different in that I’m very passionate about the idea of doing every song – writing the song and tracking it that day, trying to get – trying to do one song a day.  So in terms of keeping fresh, genuine and honest lyrically, that would be the best way to do it.  So every song that’s on the record is really written and recorded in a day, and then we kinda make tweaks the following day, and then you’re back to writing another one.  Because we didn’t really have any material going into that album; we kinda wanted to just make it 100 percent new and fresh, and it kept it more exciting in that regard.

How many songs did you write for the album?  Did you end up leaving anything out?

We did about 13 songs, 11 of which made it onto the record.  And the other ones – not because they weren’t great songs or the songs weren’t right for the album.  But we’ll wind up probably releasing them soon, but we didn’t really have time.  The crunch time – we made that record and recorded it in three weeks, so that was broken up by an English tour and a Japanese tour.

Obviously, time was an issue there, but what was the biggest challenge for you putting this record together?

I think that was it really, honestly, would just be time, because everything else was smooth and a great experience.  I mean, we enjoyed who we were working with and we enjoyed the production team; and the writing process was really cool and it was a good time.  But having those tours that break up – you know, you’re in writing mode and you’re in making this record, and then you have to go to Japan and then you have to come back, and then you have to go to England and come back.  And then we had a headlining tour that sort of cut off our whole recording time, so, literally, the song “Fallen Angels” was tracked like, I think less than 24 hours before we had to leave for tour. That was when we had to deliver the record.

You talked a little bit about your live performance.  What do you guys do to keep it exciting for yourself as well as the fans, and is that something you still feel like you’re still honing in at this point, kind of finding your niche?

Yeah.  I think more than anything, in terms of live performance, it’s always about trying to convey the emotion that you felt when you wrote the song, how you feel about the stage performance of the song.  So I don’t know.  I think that we try to work hard to put on a good show and hopefully we’re successful at that.  Obviously, we’re not blowing up pyrotechnics and shit, but I think that what we lack in maybe the crazy stage show we try and make up for in just kinda kickass passion on stage.

And you guys have been doing  some Warped Tour dates.  What’s that experience been like for ya?

It’s great.  It’s great.  It’s hot. [laughs]

No doubt.  How have the fans been reacting to your new material?  Has it been a positive experience for you so far?

Yeah, completely.  I mean, you know, there’s a bit of a, I think, an evolution of sounds from our first record to the second record, so the fans have really enjoyed it and have nothing but positive things to say.

Now you’ve already done some videos.  What do you have in the works as far as video releases go?  Anything coming down the chute for that?

We’ve got two videos out for the record so far: “Fallen Angels” and “Legacy.”  And then our third video is for a song called “Rebel Love Song,” which we’ll be doing, hopefully, soon.

I realize this album just is pretty fresh, but have you guys been working on any new material while you’re out on the road?  

We wanna try to get back into a studio about April.  I’ve recently become very inspired by certain events in my life and I think I wanna write about them.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about the band at this point in its history?

How much time do we have? [laughs] I mean, literally everything.  You list – some genre things: they’re just silly.  Just the constant weirdness about the fact that we’re theatrical in our image.  I mean, there’s so many things that at the end of the day it doesn’t matter to us.  We are what we are, and I think that the easiest way to clear up a misconception is for someone just to fucking listen to the band or see the band play.  But most people don’t wanna do that; they’d rather pretend that we’re, I don’t know, gay or whatever it is they wanna call us.  That’s fine.  We’ll be whatever they need us to be if it makes them comfortable or happier in their masculinity or something.

It’s been a long road for you in your music career, and you’re still moving forward.  What’s the biggest career-defining moment you felt you’ve had at this point so far in your career?

You know, I can’t really say one specific thing.  I think it’s just always the growth of the band, seeing the first time – certainly that you have the milestones: first time we were on the cover of a magazine or the first time I saw a billboard of ours.  Those kind of things are things that are very nice to see.  But in terms of the band, that’s all – I think that’s all on fire creatively, but the best thing – I know the best thing I’ve ever done in my life was starting the band.

I think one of the cool things about the band that I’ve been seeing through your tweets and Facebook and everything is how you’ve been embraced by a lot of these legendary rock acts from the past, like a Sebastian Bach or Mötley Crüe.  What’s the best encounter or best piece of advice someone who’s had these major careers has given you along the way?

Interesting.  It may not be necessarily advice, but I think it may be the fact that someone agrees or believes.  When we were at the Kerrang Awards, when Alice Cooper accepted his award he was very complimentary and sort of said that we were the only band that was keeping going something that he thought had died, which was very nice.  And then we were very drunk and excited I think jumped on our table and started cheering for our own name.  I think hearing our own name was what was most exciting, hearing Alice Cooper say our name.  But, yeah, I mean obviously, people like Sebastian and Dee Snider and these other people there.  They’re very complimentary, very nice, and, if anything, they just tell us to keep doing what we’re doing. That has been very rewarding.

As one of the key members of this band, looking to move this band forward, what do you think the future holds for you short term?  What are your plans?

Just continued growth.  I mean, we wanna – we just wanna keep touring and doing what we do.  I never look at things in terms of specific goals.  I think that when you do that, if you don’t reach your mark then you wind up – you start to doubt things, and I never let doubt seep into my mind.  So it’s always just about continued success and growth and knowing that every step you take is the next step in the right direction. I think, if anything, be confident in every move you make.

What advice would you give to someone who’s looking to make their career in music as you have?  Is there something you could point them in the right direction with?

I always just think that as long as you – this is your passion and this is what means most to you in the world, then you’ll always gonna steer yourselves in the right direction.  If you have other things that – like, “Oh, well, I do wanna play music, but I might wanna go become a doctor,” then you’re never gonna do it, at least the right way anyway.  So if it is your passion this is all that can exist in your life. I’m enjoying my life.

How big of an impact do you feel that social media has had on the growth of the band?

Oh, huge.  I mean, it’s paramount to the idea of – you know, first time we toured in Europe, having people there that know every word to our songs, that’s not because – I mean, that we can owe that completely to things like social media and networking and those kind of things.  We came along at a time, especially early on, that it was sort of at its height; and then things like MySpace and those other things are really doing well.  So, I mean, we were able to reach out our music to the larger audience.

Is there anything you’d like to tell your fans before I let you go?

We love them and thanks for their overwhelming support!

Thanks for your time, Andy! All the best to you and the band!

Thank You!

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Review: Black Veil Brides Power Up With ‘Set The World On Fire’

Review: Black Veil Brides Power Up With ‘Set The World On Fire’

If you like your rock n’ roll with a little more personality and style, look no further than Los Angeles’ newest export, the Black Veil Brides. This talented group has just made it’s major label debut with, Set The World On Fire. Serving as the band’s sophomore album, Set The World On Fire is the follow-up to their 2010 album, We Stitch These Wounds, which made an impact when it landed at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Independent chart. The excitement and buzz about the band continues to grow and they were recently awarded the “Best New Band” title at Revolver’s Golden Gods Awards and rolled out a powerful new video for “Fallen Angels,” the first single from ‘Set The World On Fire’. With a legion of dedicated fans behind them, positive reaction for the rock and metal communities and an outstanding presence and work ethic, it won’t be long before these guys are blasting from speakers nationwide!

The initial (and expected) criticism from the uninitiated around our office was that the band’s look is a blend of KISS meets Motley Crue. A valid point but it must quickly pointed out that all the aforementioned bands had music that was able to stand on it’s own, beyond the glammed out look. We have all heard the saying it isn’t about what the car looks like, it is what is under the hood that counts! This is the perfect analogy for the blossoming Black Veil Brides. They are a band that have the potential to rock relentlessly and as an added bonus, they come in a pretty package. You can’t begrudge them that. With that out of the way, let us move onto the music… ‘Set The World On Fire’ is a bit of a departure from the band’s last record, which I was also a fan of. With the new record, BVB move forward with leaps and bounds. ‘Set The World On Fire’ is a more melodic and sonically precise album. The more gravely vocals and roaring screams from ‘We Stitch These Wounds,’ have been toned down to focus on a smoother side of vocalist Andy Biersack’s pipes. After only on listen, clearly Black Veiled Brides are much more polished on this album and their new found confidence shines though.

This time around, it seems that the band have their sights set on stadium success and for good reason as songs like “Fallen Angels” and “Die For You” will surely one day serve as arena anthems.An even more robust song such as “God Bless You” boasts riffs tastier than anything else you will currently encounter on rock radio and will hopefully aid the band in kicking down the doors of Middle America. Other standout tracks include “New Religion”, “Set The World On Fire”, “Rebel Love Song” and “The Legacy”. Black Veil Brides are a young band a with a long road ahead of them in an ever changing music industry, however the seem to have the talent, foresight and power to adapt which should allow them dazzle crowds worldwide for years to come.

Black Veil Brides are Andy Biersack (vocals), Jake Pitts & Jinxx (guitar), Ashley Purdy (bass) and Christian “CC” Coma (drums).

Check out the brand new video for Black Veil Brides‘ “Fallen Angels” and weigh in with your thoughts!


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Black Veil Brides Unleash Video For “Fallen Angels,” Album Due June 14th!

Black Veil Brides Unleash Video For “Fallen Angels,” Album Due June 14th!

Summer 2011 just got a little hotter as the Los Angeles’ newest rock sensations, the Black Veil Brides, continue their musical takeover with their major label debut, Set The World On Fire. The band’s sophomore album is slated for release via Lava Music/Universal Republic Records on June 14 in the US.  Set The World On Fire is the follow-up to their chart-topping debut album released in 2010.  We Stitch These Wounds came in at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Independent chart.

“Everything is bigger — more songs, more vocals, more melodies. And it all came naturally; it’s not an attempt to try to outdo our first record, but we wanted to show how we had naturally grown as a band and as songwriters.  This is my favorite record I’ve ever made — and most importantly, the best album anybody’s ever made” proclaims front man and founder Andy Biersack.

“Fallen Angels,” the first single from Set The World On Fire, arrived as an early present to fans on May 3rd via iTunes.  With its arena-sized intro to its anthem chorus, the song is a mantra for anyone who has ever felt outside the norm and sure to become the battle cry of the band’s devoted fan base, affectionately referred to as the BVBArmy.  The video, shot in Los Angeles last month, was directed by Nathan Cox (Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, DevilDriver, HIM).

The band just wrapped up The AP Tour 2011 and appeared at this year’s Bamboozle Music Festival in New Jersey. Next up for Black Veil Brides is Rock on the Range in Ohio before heading out on Warped Tour at the end of June.

Black Veil Brides are Andy Biersack (vocals), Jake Pitts & Jinxx (guitar), Ashley Purdy (bass) and Christian “CC” Coma (drums).

Check out the brand new video for Black Veil Brides‘ “Fallen Angels” and weigh in with your thoughts!


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