As we head into the back half of the year, the fall release schedule just lost a potential big release, but the early part of 2018 just got a little stronger as a result. That's because Black Veil Brides have pushed the release of their fifth studio album to early 2018.

Speaking with the Rock Sound Podcast (heard below), frontman Andy Biersack explained the decision to move away from their proposed September release. "First of all, we took fifteen months to make the record, and so in that way, we really wanted everything to be as perfect as possible. And the original deadline that we gave ourselves while the record was completed and the mixing was completed, we weren't able to get the artwork and assets and all the stuff together exactly how we wanted it. And while listening to it, there were also elements and stuff I wanted to change," said the singer.

He continued, "People don't necessarily understand that when you're on a major label that they determine when stuff is released. And so they gave us the initial deadline that they would have preferred we released the record on the first time, and they were just unable to get the assets together, and also on our end, we just weren't quite done at the original time. So we had a discussion with the label and they were in agreement with us that it seemed like we should try to line it up with something big tour-wise. And we've put together something for the winter that we'll also come to England with. It's gonna be a really big tour and I think something that people have been wanting to see for a very long time."

Biersack says this is the first time in their career the band felt they had the option to take some extra time with their disc. They worked with producer John Feldmann and recorded the effort in three different locations.

As for what fans can expect, the singer stated, "The previous record that we made with [producer] Bob Rock was a much more straight-ahead, hard rock, heavy metal record. I think that this album — and everybody says this, of course, because you want it to be true — but at least for me, I believe that it's a nice combination of many different eras of the band. I think that it represents all the different places that we've been while retaining that Feldmann thing, that thing about Feldy that I don't think anybody else can even touch or come close to; he just knows how to make things huge."

He continued, "I think, all in all, it's a record that's very representative of where we are as a band at this point in our career. I'm not gonna tell you, 'Well, it's our heaviest and most melodic,' or, 'This is the best…' I think that it's just a record that we're really, really proud of and I think it's a great album and I think the fans are gonna like it, and it's a long time coming. At this point, it'll be four years since the last Black Veil record, by the time it's out. So I think it's a long time coming, and I think people are gonna really enjoy it."

As for that winter tour that's being lined up to coincide with the new album release, Biersack reiterated, "It's a tour that, in terms of what the fans have wanted for a very long time, it's something that we have been hearing for years and something that people have been asking us to do, and we were finally able to get it together, and I think it's gonna be really something special."

Stay tuned for upcoming album and tour news from Black Veil Brides.

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