Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, A Review

Jesus A. Lara

Black Veil Brides is an American rock band based in Hollywood, California. The group formed in 2006 in Cincinnati, Ohio and is currently composed of Andy Biersack, Ashley Purdy, Jake Pitts, Jinxx and Christian “CC” Coma.  Black Veil Brides are known for their use of black makeup, body paint, tight, black, studded clothing, and long hair. Which were all inspired by the legendary stage personas of KISS and Möetly Crü, as well as other 1980’s glam metal acts.

On October 8, 2012 the album cover art and album title: Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones were released. Their lead single in this album called “In The End” was also featured in one of the theme songs for WWE Hell-In-A-Cell, winning multiple awards. On October 31, a trailer was released, reveling that Black Veil Brides had planned to reveal a full-length-film, titled Legion of the Black, in 2013. Wretched and Divine is a concept album and the film is a visual depiction of the story within the album. On June 11, 2013 Black Veil Brides released the Wretched and Divine ultimate edition containing three exclusive tracks: “Revelation”, “Victory Call” and “Let You Down” along with the special Legion of the Black DVD.

The plot follows a young girl who is a big fan of the band, but no one understands her (“Wretched and Divine”). When she tries to fight back against everyone, she is placed  inside a mental hospital (“Lost It All”). The next portion of the album takes place in her mind as she tries to escape. A woman is running from a soldier of the organization called “F.E.A.R.” and is caught and killed (“I Am Bulletproof”). Andy, the band’s singer finds the girl and brings her back to his base camp, where “The Wild Ones” and the “Legion of the Black” hide (also “Lost It All”), and, along with the Legion, cremate her remains (“New Years Day”). The following night, soldiers of F.E.A.R. kidnap some of the members of the Legion (“Days Are Numbered”). Finally fed up with F.E.A.R., the group rallies together (“Resurrect the Sun”). Meanwhile someone gives the girl the key to her cell and she escapes to a church (“Overture”). They storm the tower where F.E.A.R. lays and rescue all their captives and defeat F.E.A.R.’s. Biersack tells that F.E.A.R. is an acronym which stands for “For Every and All Religion.”

Personally, many artists who incorporate a story behind their work and in their albums always seem to be much more appealing. Their music seems much more interesting especially with a theme implemented behind their work. This album shows a perfect visual representation of the story of “The Wild Ones.”

Overall I would rate this album a 4.5 star out of 5. Some highlights of this album and personal favorites are songs such as “In The End”, “Shadows Die” and “Days Ae Numbered”. This band is currently touring and will be in Chicago, November 20th, in the Resurrection World Tour. If this album review seems to interest you, check out these other related bands such as Falling in Reverse, Asking Alexandria, and Crown the Empire.

 

Psychology, Simpler Life?

Kre’aja Jackson

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Could psychology help you live a better life? Psychologists all over the world use scientific research everyday to better understand how people learn, interpret events, and make decisions. Think about it. The root of psychology is emotions! Learning how to time manage, control anger, spread positive vibes, and become more social, all could improve your life. Use these suggestions to try improving your emotional health on your own. Change is good and making them can boost your mood and add to your overall enjoyment of life.

Suggestions

  1. Getting more sleep
    Try to get to bed every day at a scheduled time, and practice good habits to get more rest. A very big percent of research has shown that sleep impoverishment has a significantly negative effect on your mood. Shutting off the television, cell phone, etc a hour before bed could be a better way of improving sleep habits.
  2. Exercise
    Exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, and depression. Add small things to your daily routine to increase activity. Like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a walk. Our body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins before and after you work out. So add some activity at least 30 mins out the day as your  daily stress reliever.
  3. Open up to someone
    Finding positive aspects in others, help you become better at finding your own. More trust can increase your emotional well-being and help you think more positively. Research shows that how you think about yourself can have a powerful effect on how you feel.
  4. Meditate
    Not only does meditation teach your brain how to concentrate, it also lowers blood pressure and contributes to peace of mind.See how long you can sustain focus on your breathing and keep out all intruding thoughts. Relax.Breathe.Release.
  5. Listen to music
    As we all may know research shows music helps you relax. Music can put you in all different moods and without it image how the world would be. Music can sooth and uplift the soul. Try playing music when your mood is low or not at its best.
  6. Smile
    It’s no surprise that smiling makes us feel happier. Even though smiling may seem sincere it can be fake. Try not to fake it! Smile  like you mean it. Smiling can uplift your mood and spread positivity throughout your day.
  7. Get your hands dirty
    Breathing in the smell of dirt may lift your spirits, according to a study that found that a bacteria commonly found in soil produces effects similar to antidepressant drugs. So dig in! Get a jest of the environment.
  8. Write down your feelings
    Expressing  how you are feel can release a lot of stress. Often time we our stressed because we have a lot on our minds or a lot we have to get off our minds. Writing is a very powerful tool and expressing your emotions in a journal could reduce explosions in real life situations and stress on daily.
  9. Go on walks
    Exposure to sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D, which increases your level of serotonin in the brain.Plus, time in nature is a proven stress reducer. Go alone with a pair of headphone or tag along a friend.
  10. Forgive
    Even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you off during your commute. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives. Forgive and Forget life is much bigger than what people assume.
  11. OrganizeGetting things in order beforehand is one of the best ways to guarantee that all will work out when the time comes to make your move.Get a planner and make not of  the things you may need for that specific day. Also follow up on it and make sure you go through with it. Being organized is a major key to life.

 

 

 

Sources

Institute, The Seleni. “9 Ways You Can Improve Your Mental Health Today.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 27 Oct. 2015, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/women-s-mental-health-matters/201510/9-ways-you-can-improve-your-mental-health-today.

Brodwin, Erin. “Here Are 25 Habits That Psychologists Have Linked with Happiness.”Business Insider, Business Insider, 4 Aug. 2016, http://www.businessinsider.com/simple-ways-to-improve-your-mood-according-to-psychologists/#5-get-your-hands-dirty-21.

 

The Emptiness: Album Review

Jesus A. Lara

Alesana is an American post-hardcore band from Raleigh, North Carolina. They were formed in 2004 and are currently signed to the Revival Recording and Artery Recordings. They have a musical style shifting between light and heavy sounds. Some of their influences told on one of their interviews are other bands such as The Beetles. Their fan base grew widely after their third album release known as The Emptiness released in 2010.

“The story told by the eyes of a sketch artist”. This album was this bands first concept album and due to their success they decided to keep writing more music like so. This album is considered that of a rock opera because of its in-depth story. This whole concept was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s last poem “Annabel Lee”. The band stated that it’s said on the onset of the 20th century and is expounded greatly.

The central character of the story, a sketch artist known simply as “The Artist” wakes up one day to find his lover, Annabel, dead, lying besides him. Heartbroken and terrified, he buries her in his basement and flees. He wanders aimlessly until he comes to a tavern, where he hears the sound of merriment and laughter. He decides that if he can’t be happy no one can and slaughters everyone in the tavern. After wandering through many places and finding Annabel’s killer, “The Thespian”, at the end of the story The Artist finally comes face to face with him to fight to the death. He is stabbed in his side with a dagger and finds himself in a room with Annabel holding a dagger in hand. From here on the story’s point of view switches from The Artist to Annabel where she explains that The Artist had slowly been sinking into madness all this while, he has become more and more violent. Though she loved him, in the end she had to take his life in the attempt to defend herself from him.

Many will overlook the meaning of these songs and believe that they have no meaning, but what I love about these artists is that they tend to tell a story throughout the whole album that many of us can personally relate to in many different levels. Although this album is telling a story, each individual song has hidden messages we can all relate to.

Overall I would rate this album a 4 star out of 5. Some of the highlights of this album are all around. My personal favorite songs in this album would be The Artist, The Thespian, and A Lunatic’s Lament. If this is an album review you seem to be interested in, maybe you will like other artists such as Silverstein, Blessthefall, Eyes Set to Kill, and Escape the Fate.