Black Veil Brides Blog Winners Announced!

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Congratulations To Our Winners! Your Goodie Bags Are On Their Way!

We set you guys the challenge of reviewing the awesome new Black Veil Brides IV album and you did a great job, so much so that we could not decide on just one winner and instead have picked two! All of the reviews we received were brilliant but these two really stood out. Enjoy!

When frontman Andy Biersack and bassist Ashley Purdy sat down with Charged.fm to talk about their fourth self- titled studio album, both referred to it as ‘genuine’.

Upon listening to the first release since their heavily based concept album ‘Wretched and Divine’ in 2013, it’s easy to see where the two are coming from.

Here, there is little in the way of a story line or ideas that the band have had to adhere to throughout the writing and recording process. These are honest, open, hard- rock songs that immediately strike a chord with listeners.

With ‘Black Veil Brides’, the band have essentially shied away from the concepts of theatricality that they’ve become known for and gone onto produce what can only be described as a great and compelling rock n’ roll album.

‘Heart of Fire’ and ‘Faithless’ were the first tracks to be released in October and from Biersack’s gritty vocals to the indescribable talent of guitarists Jinxx and Jake Pitts, it’s everything you could expect from a Black Veil Brides song- powerful, engaging and anthemic in many respects.

Throughout the album, the bands consistent progress is visible and it quickly becomes apparent just how beautifully dynamic Black Veil Brides can be.

Where the vocal style in ‘Stolen Omen’ is more reminiscent of the band’s first release, ‘We Stitch These Wounds’ (2010), the integration of strings and piano in ‘Walk Away’ provides a stark contrast with a sound that’s closer to a ballad.

Lyrically, the band remain as eloquent and defiant as ever in the way they write, examples of which are found in every track on the record. ‘Devil In The Mirror’ is particularly hard- hitting, seemingly written with critics of the band in mind. ‘Screaming that my heart is strong. I’m never gonna let you win’ exudes the pride, courage and resilience to adversity that has stayed with BVB (and their fan-base) since their beginning.

Similarly, you can imagine the striking gang vocals heralding the beginning of ‘Drag Me To The Grave’ being a instant crowd- pleaser. ‘Rising up I’m a fighter, young and loud with desire’, seems to be an apt description of the BVB army.

Overall, everything is bigger. The drums are heavier, the guitars more visceral and all blend seamlessly with Biersack’s smooth, baritone vocals.
With the inclusion of orchestras and choirs, the album is constructed in such a way that it wouldn’t be out of place in arenas, compared to the smaller rock venues BVB performed in on their recent UK tour.

Going through Black Veil Brides’ back catalogue, there has been a massive progression since their debut in 2010. No matter how much BVB push themselves on every album, they always seem to go that bit further on the next release. Their sheer talent and drive has taken them to dizzying heights and fans and critics alike are equally excited and intrigued to see what they’ll come up with next.

by Emma Bolland


Being the creator of your own future is an ethos Andy Biersack has always held close. Since beginning Black Veil Brides in 2006 the band has worked hard, amassing a following of dedicated fans by standing up for those who feel outcasted. Often put down for expressing their own taste BVB continue to grow an army, or legion, of supporters encouraging them to face the fear of existence head on and embrace their own uniqueness. Holding onto the idea that you should believe in yourself because being happy comes from doing the things you love, is exactly the individual spirit and pure rock joy that new self titled album Black Veil Brides IV represents.

Although each Black Veil Brides record has shown changes in sound and style, no band would want to sit still, IV is Black Veil Brides at their technical best. They’re writing has grown in confidence as much as their fan base. Having faced their demons they’re charging forwards together. IV is the sound of true friendship; often dark and heavy but equally blindingly bright and wonderfully exuberant. Black Veil Brides are a force of nature that just can’t be resisted. Once you give their infectious metal the time it deserves you’ll be hooked; proved by the band’s merch becoming Grindstore’s biggest seller of 2014!

Continuing the stripped back makeup of 2013’s ‘Wretched and Divine’ IV takes a step away from the mask of characters. With no strong storyline to cling to it feels even more personal. Filled with emotionally open lyrics, and Andy’s religious imagery, which relates to picking yourself up from pain and moving on, the album has an honesty and vulnerability bound to resonate. Tracks like the slower tempo ‘Walk Away’ will break hearts with survival sentiment just as much as pure BVB energising with a bitter tongue: ‘Drag me to the grave’ and ‘Devil in the Mirror’s dark yet uplifting pounding drums, mixed with delicately sharp guitar solos, will rock the foundations of every house on your road.

Yes there are the expected empowering singles in the form of ‘Heart of Fire’, a bolt of lightning charged with everything the new album stands for, and ‘Faithless’, which begins with a Metallica style ghostly bell toll slapping across your ears bringing CC’s drums and Ashley Purdy’s bass into blood pressure raising anthemic euphoria, but these are not absent-mindedly shoved into a weak mix of album filler. IV is meant to be listened to from start to finish. A mix of stomping rock classics in songs like, the strong air of Billy Idol, ‘Last Rites’ and faster passed ‘World of Sacrifice’ laced with beautifully poignant tracks reminiscent of Wretched and Divine like the rumbling hope of ‘Goodbye Agony’. These are songs that burn into you like a smouldering fire, erupting in places spitting hot embers deep into your heart. The skill in CC’s drumming and Jinxx and Jake Pitt’s guitar has never had this kind of clarity. With driving arena ready drum clashes and ceaseless rock hooks this is music that will lift you away from worries that are burdening you, stealing you from clouded thoughts and reforming you into a positive reflection of yourself.

All this may seem grandiose but Black Veil Brides have achieved sincerity within IV that is captivatingly addictive. Lovingly crafted with expert hands this album is inescapably, unashamedly good. Working with the legendary Bob Rock has pushed BVB to realize their dream of producing their very own Black Album. Stripping away a little of the bands theatrics could have left some fans dazed and confused but these songs lack none of Black Veils Bride’s heartfelt grit and determination.

IV is threaded with an accepting devotion that will allow it to remain a firm favourite. Although I could cry with how much I love this album IV is Black Veil Brides continuing the fight with smiles on their faces.

by Hayley Miller

Asking Alexandria UK Tour

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Asking Alexandria @ Norwich UEA

Grindstore rocked up to the UEA in Norwich on Wednesday to see the first date of Asking Alexandria’s UK Tour with their American buddies Secrets, Crown The Empire & The Ghost Inside.

We met with the bands management prior to the gig to get some merch signed for future competitions – so watch this space to find out how you can win signed Asking Alexandria goodies very soon! We had to disturb the boys for signatures as they were getting inked…it doesn’t get much more rock n’roll than a quick pre-show tattoo!

We entered the venue as Secrets were ending unfortunately, but the crowd gave them a big send off so they must have made an impression on the Norwich crowd.

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Crown The Empire roared on stage next with dual singer-shouter combo Andrew & David, they smashed through the first few songs before asking if anyone had heard of Crown The Empire, to which they were blown away by screams from the packed out UEA crowd.

As they ended an impactful set on ‘Rise Of The Runaways’ and ‘The Fallout’, it was clear that they had made a lasting impression in Norwich and are sure to pick up many new fans over the next two weeks.

Whilst wrapping up their set, Andrew and David let the fans know they would be hanging out at the merch stand so we went to ambush them for some video footage. Unfortunately, before he even made it to the merch area, David broke his thumb and spent the next hour with the doctors, so we waited for the line of excited teenagers to die down before going for a chat with Andrew.

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Luckily Andrew was more than happy to have a private chat with us and was excited to hear we had new Crown The Empire merch at Grindstore! He recorded a little message for us which you can check out here! http://instagram.com/p/ud8PONl0nE/?modal=true

Asking Alexandria Are Back!

It’s easy to forget that Asking Alexandria are born and bred Englishmen, seeing as they spend most of their time living stateside, but the England flag wrapped around Danny Worsnop’s mic stand suggests that the boys are enjoying being home.

Danny, who seemed to be dressed from the same wardrobe as Axl Rose – but working it better than the Guns N Roses frontman, was in great spirits as he swayed through opening tracks ‘Don’t Pray For Me’ and ‘Run Free’. Though his past reputation may sometimes over shadow his true talent, his voice was on exceptional form. This guy can scream, shout and throw his voice about with ease through melodic tracks such as ‘Moving On’ to heavy hitters like ‘The Final Episode’.

Throwing in snippets of Pantera’s ‘Walk’ and Linkin Park’s ‘One Step Closer’, Danny and Bruce worked the crowd effortlessly, even when jokingly claiming that Asking Alexandria was just a stepping stone for their promising and fictional Stand Up Comedy act.

Before charming the Norwich crowd some more (mainly the females in the front row), Asking Alexandria concluded their opening night in the UK with a triple dose of songs from their ‘From Death to Destiny’ album with ‘Killing You’, ‘The Death Of Me’ & ‘Poison’ before departing for round two in Nottingham.

Don’t forget to check out our awesome Asking Alexandria and Crown The Empire merch, available now!

 

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Black Veil Brides Are Back!

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BVB and Friends @ Norwich UEA

As Black Veil Brides have been our best-selling band on Grindstore throughout 2014, we thought we would pop down to see them perform to their army of fans in Norwich. Before we saw the guys, we had three support acts to check out from the ‘Black Mass’ UK tour. Up first were the eccentric duo ‘Drama Club’ who brought head banging, heavy dubstep and an impressive visual screen display to the UEA.

Technically the closest venue to their home town of Beccles – ‘Fearless Vampire Killers’ appeared to a good reception as they proclaimed it was “good to be home”. Initially there were some sound issues but as the singers traded places, things picked up and they played through their crowd favourites, signing off on a triumphant high with ‘At War With the Thirst’.

With an audience of mostly teens and their parents, it was interesting to see how Chris from Attila would go down with the Norwich crowd as he dropped the F-Bombs and middle fingers but the Atlanta natives smashed through some huge riffs in ‘Shots for the Boys’ and ‘Party With The Devil’. Thankfully it seemed his tongue was firmly in his cheek, grinning from ear to ear as he took in the awesome response from the crowd. Frontman Chris must also be admired for his ridiculously fast rapping skills and his questionable dress sense (leggings and leather shorts).

As the crowd waited patiently, everything and everyone was getting a nervously excited cheer from the crowd – the sound technician, the lighting being tested, the screen being turned on, even the guy placing water bottles around the stage – any movement was mistaken for the boys in black appearing on stage. When Black Veil Brides did finally appear, the deafening sound of screams drowned out the opening riff to brand new single ‘Heart of Fire.’ The band in comparison to when we saw them back in 2013 have definitely upped their game and are a real force to be reckoned with! An impressive stage set, smoke cannons, screens and an atmospheric light show added to the catchy hooks of every song on the set list. Before a single song encore, Andy recalled a memory of their last appearance in Norwich when the fans managed to break the door off their tour bus! Chaos was controlled on the floor as they smashed through a mostly fan-sung rendition of ‘In the End’ before disappearing.

Black Veil Brides are growing to dizzy heights and the next time we see them could potentially be in an arena if the packed out Norwich show was anything to go by!

For all your merchandise needs, don’t forget to head over to our BVB page for all our New and Best-Selling products!

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Reading Festival 2014 – Grindstore Day!

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Reading Round-Up!

Last week we went to Reading Festival for what we re-named ‘Grindstore Day’. A whole day of live Grindstore bands (and Macklemore) on a sunny bank holiday afternoon, and we weren’t disappointed.

The Story So Far kicked things off with their bouncy pop-punk to wake up the mostly hung-over crowd at Sunday lunch time. Though they seemed a little overwhelmed by the huge stage and ever growing crowd, the second half of their set got a great response.

This lead nicely into Aussie rockers Tonight Alive. Jenna McDougall’s outfit was the most noticeable of the day – a fluffy black beanie hat, hoodie and bright orange flared trousers, whilst doing her skanking dance moves. The other most noticeable thing about Tonight Alive was Jenna’s voice – the best of the day and a reason why these guys are getting noticed more and more. They ended on ‘Lonely Girl’ – their biggest hit from recent album ‘The Other Side’ which the Reading crowd loved.

Up next was the long awaited return of Young Guns. The boy’s previous album was hugely popular with single ‘Bones’ being a huge success in America, leading to them touring across the pond for months. Now back with new track ‘I Want Out’, Young Guns seem ready to gain more recognition in their native land. They played 3 new songs which showed a new sound – more synth keyboards and heavier riffs but still as catchy as ever. Crowd favourites ‘Dearly Departed’ and ‘Bones’ made their set memorable.

One of the surprises of the day was nu-metal legends Papa Roach with a fiery hour long set of classics from their 15+ year career. Jacoby Shaddix was on top form, seemingly having more energy than any of the younger bands and spending more time down with the fans than on stage. Not to mention mooning the camera, taking control of another camera and rocking out with Shrek. The Reading crowd knew virtually every song, even the latest hits from 2012’s ‘The Connection’ album. The payoff was being a part of the karaoke style sing-along to ‘Last Resort’ at the end of a 10/10 set.

Teen favourites Sleeping With Sirens were up next as frontman Kellin Quinn hit notes we didn’t even know were possible for a man! A response of constant screaming from the young crowd showed that the Orlando 4-piece have a devoted and loyal fan base. Playing a mixture of old favourites and new tracks from last years ‘Feel’ album, Kellin and the gang went down well. Finishing on ‘If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn’, this set was a great warm up for their upcoming World Tour alongside Pierce The Veil.

The band on the Reading line-up who currently has our biggest merch sales is A Day To Remember, who looked to out-do every band on the line-up from the opening song. Circle pits opened everywhere and being such a dry day, dust clouds filled the air as the crowd ran around in circles, smashing into each other. There was something for all ADTR fans, classics like ‘The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle’, new favourites like ‘Right Back At It Again’ and acoustic numbers like ‘If It Means A Lot To You’ to briefly calm the crowd down. There were toilet rolls thrown from the stage, a pink luchador clown firing t-shirts to the crowd from a gun and the infamous zorb ball! Jeremy sprinted across the Reading crowd in the zorb ball creating one of the best moments of the day.

You Me At Six seem to have crossed over from being just a UK rock band, to an arena-filling success. A perfect set from the London 5-piece with an arena sized crowd bouncing along to every song. The first half of the set was purely classics with the boys smashing through songs like Underdog, Loverboy and Stay With Me one after the other. As they hit the half way mark of the set and the first new track of the day ‘Fresh Start Fever’ – All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth joined Josh on vocals to promote their upcoming co-headline tour in 2015. Ending on ‘Lived A Lie’, you can tell this song is going to be huge in an arena, meaning 2015 could be all about You Me At Six being one of England’s biggest and most successful bands.

The crowd were packed in for the headline act – the one and only, Californian legends, Blink 182. Various reviews have said the sound wasn’t the classic Blink 182 we know and love, partly down to Tom Delonge’s interesting vocals. However, when you’re stuck within a crowd of well over 50,000 fans, singing every single word and not standing still for a second, it’s hard to notice, or even care. This band are all about the party atmosphere and that’s what they are 100% guaranteed to bring. Every hit you remember was played, the best of the new tracks were thrown in too and even memorable album treats such as ‘Happy Holidays, You Bastard’ were there for the die-hard fans. It’s hard to be critical if the guys on stage are messing around and having fun, that’s what they are all about and that’s what we love. A great ending to Reading 2014, ‘Grindstore Day’!

Carry on showing your support for these awesome bands with our huge collection of merch, including classic designs and new release products!

 

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Deaf Havana Fans – Watch This!

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We have delved back into our 10 Year Anniversary Vault and pulled out this little beauty from Deaf Havana!

Relaxing before their Norwich gig, the guys were more than happy to join in our celebrations and James even took it upon himself to do a legendary impression! Can you guess who he is trying to impersonate? Check out the video here!

Win Deaf Havana Signed Goodies

Get your hands on some of the signed goodies we got at the gig by entering the competition running in our current summer catalogue.

Best entry wins our Grindstore 10 Year Tee and an ‘Everybody’s Dancing’ Tee, both signed by Deaf Havana.

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How To Enter

Taking inspiration from their album ‘Old Souls’, we want to see pics of the coolest grandparents on the planet! Nominate yours now!

Send your pics to social@grindstore.com

Competition ends Sunday 31st August!

The Grindstore team will choose the best entry and the winner will be announced by Friday, 5th September 2014.

You Me At Six Join The Celebrations!

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The second reveal from our awesome collection of Anniversary video messages is from British rockers You Me At Six!

We met the guys on their UK tour earlier this year and they were more than happy to get involved in our Anniversary celebrations, they also signed some goodies for us to give away so make sure you check out the competition below. Watch the epic video Josh and Max recorded for us here:

 

Win You Me At Six Signed Goodies!

Get your hands on some signed goodies the guys gave us by entering the competition running in our current summer catalogue.

Best entry wins our Grindstore 10 Year Tee and a ‘Sixers’ Tee, both signed by You Me At Six.

 

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How to Enter

After spending the last 10 years by himself, Grindstore’s Skully is in need of a pet! Design him a companion and be in with a chance to win the awesome You Me At Six prizes! Email your pics to social@grindstore.com

Competition ends Sunday 31st August!

The Grindstore team will choose the best pet from all the entries and the winner will be announced by Friday, 5th September 2014.

Grindstore Meets Neck Deep!

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A number of our biggest bands have been sending us awesome messages to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary and we are going to share them with you weekly!

Our first reveal is from Neck Deep! We met the guys backstage at their Norwich gig and not only did they leave us this epic message, they also ensured we did not leave empty handed! Check out the video here:

Get your hands on some of the signed goodies the guys gave us by entering the competition running in our current summer catalogue.

Win Neck Deep Signed Goodies!

Get your hands on some of the signed goodies the guys gave us by entering the competition running in our current summer catalogue.

Best entry wins our Grindstore 10 Year Tee signed by the band and a Neck Deep Zoltar 11”x17” screen printed poster!

How to Enter

Zoltar… what would you wish for? Here at Grindstore, we want to know what you would use one wish on and why?

Enter via twitter: post a tweet to @grindstore with your wish and hashtag #zoltar. Competition ends Sunday 31st August.

Check back next week for another awesome instalment from the Grindstore 10 Year Anniversary vault!

Misfits Mayhem! The Assembly, Leamington Spa

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We didn’t know what to expect when we heard we would be meeting the legendary horror punk rockers ‘Misfits’ at The Assembly in Leamington Spa. Misfits aren’t your average punk band…their stage set, songs and look are all horror movie inspired!

After decades of ups and downs, the band’s only original member is bassist and now singer, Jerry Only and we could not wait to meet him. Walking backstage, Jerry was on his mobile talking to a child about their school grades as he shook our hands and signed everything we chucked under his nose. After hanging up, we had a brief chat and mentioned that we stock Misfits merch at Grindstore and had done for many years. In an instant, he had members of his crew rushing off to give us free gifts to use as prizes such as awesome tour posters. We finished our chat and took some photos with him before departing for the gig.

During their set, Misfits smashed through new tracks ‘The Devil’s Rain’ and ‘Vivid Red’ as well as treating us to old favourites like ‘Scream!’ and ‘We are 138’. Barely pausing between the intensely bass filled and fast paced set list, Jerry Only commanded the stage with his huge physical presence and frequently threw his fists into the air. The band ended on the crowd favourite ‘Die, Die My Darling’ before saluting the Leamington crowd!

We must mention that the staff at The Assembly were superb to let us have free reign backstage and allowed us to sit amongst the band after the show. As the guitarist, Dez – who was sick and had lost his voice, was happily showing us photos of his dog on his iPad, it was clear that these horror themed musicians were the nicest of guys. Jerry Only was the last to appear backstage and you could hear him coming as he bellowed out songs as he entered the room. Kebabs were eaten, jokes were shared and equipment was boxed up as we mingled with the Misfits crew. Jerry was on fine form as he chatted with us about anything – from the band, touring, the UK, the eclectic furniture backstage (a bumper car, old fashioned arm chairs, a 50’s decked-out caravan & more) and even being involved in wrestling in the late 1990’s.) He didn’t just sign things for us to give away – he enthusiastically had time for anyone who wanted to speak with him. It was a fantastic experience to meet the band and we look forward to a future UK tour. As Jerry departed, he called over to us that he would save more stories of his past for next time – and we can’t wait!

 

Get all your official Misfits merchandise at Grindstore!

 

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Exhibit A Gallery – Andy Biersack

Make a statement with our awesome new collection of unisex tees from Exhibit A Gallery.

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Established in 2008 by Richard Villa III, Exhibit A Gallery was originally a place for the creative types to get together and exchange ideas. Since then, the artists have worked with some massive names including Shawn Crahan (aka Clown / #6), Gerard Way, Robert Trujillo and Steve Caballero.

We are hugely excited to introduce our new range of t-shirts from the collection which showcases the creative talents of rock’s one and only Andy Biersack! With eight awesome designs currently available, we’re pretty sure you will find something to suit your style.

🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Fuck You Mother Fucker 🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Daggers
🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Trend Killer 🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Starving Artist
🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Death To Hip-Hop 🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Die Posers Die
🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Create or Die 🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Bite Me

Perfect for men and women with an eye for the intriguing and unusual, this sensational Exhibit A Gallery collection is guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing.

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New at Grindstore – Furrybones

If dead cute is your style then we’re pretty sure you’re going to LOVE Furrybones!
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Created by the Tokyo born artist Misaki Sawada, these plush toys are “a little dead and super cute” and guaranteed to put a smile on your face as they stare lovingly at you with their empty eye sockets.

We are currently stocking five of these adorable plush toys which measure 30cm (the perfect size for your desk or bedside table) and they come in the form of Unie, Black Bun Bun, Pandie, Black Mao Mao and Honeybear. So why not get acquainted with these lovely little monsters and discover all of Furrybones’ favourite costumes.

💀 Furrybones Black Bun Bun

💀 Furrybones Unie

💀 Furrybones Honeybear

💀 Furrybones Black Mao Mao

💀 Furrybones Pandie

Treat yourself to one of these lovable Furrybones and brighten up your day the cute way.

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