Black Veil Brides Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    In this lesson I cover the style of Black Veil Brides, American rock band formed in Ohio featuring Andy Biersack (lead vocals), Ashley Purdy (bass, backing vocals), Jake Pitts (lead guitar), Jinxx (rhythm guitar, violin) and Christian “CC” Coma (Drums).

    Music Style:
    They are known for their use of black makeup and body paint, very influenced by Kiss and Motley Crue as well as many other 80’s glam metal bands. Their music is a combination of glam metal, hard rock and shock rock with modern metalcore sounds. The metalcore influences make them sound modern, but their image and sound is very much connected to the bands cited previously. In this lesson I recreated their style combining powerful metalcore riffs with chord progressions and guitar phrases inspired by 80’s metal bands. You will hear influences by their most popular songs like “Fallen Angels”, “In the end” and “Perfect Weapons”, among many others.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    This tune is in D minor and that’s the scale used, with the variation of D harmonic minor when the 5th chord of the tonality appears major (A major). This variable is often used in metal music to give more tension to the 5th chord. The chord progressions used are mostly around Im – Vi – III – VII. The chords are the ones popularly used in glam metal songs as well as classic heavy metal music. You will find all the chord progressions used over the tabs and in the main video. Check out the following video parts for more info.

    This lesson combines metal rhythm with some melodic phrases so it is a good lesson to work on metal riffing, palm muting, timing but also alternate picking, vibrato, legato and bending.

    Tuning: I used drop D tuning for this one.

    Tempo:180 BPM

    I used LePou plugins to create the guitar tone. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is Poulin LE456.

    Click HERE to learn more about the used plugins.
    Click HERE to download the patch used.

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