Release date: January 2013
Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones is the third studio album by American rock band Black Veil Brides, released on January 8, 2013 through Lava Records/Universal Republic Records.
Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack said that the inspiration for the album, came to him during a long flight from Germany to Los Angeles. "I started writing this story that had been something I'd been thinking about for a while," he told ABC News Radio. "I literally just wrote this short story that kind of was about this group of leaders among this fringe society and they were kind of fighting against this all-seeing, all-knowing kind of unified church government bad guy."
Biersack added that he chose "Wretched and Divine" as the title track for the album because it reflects one of his core personal beliefs. "I've always been a big believer that everybody is sort of inherently good and everybody has the ability to do bad," he explains. "I think that your surroundings and things that you're affected by tend to make you go one way or the other. I think we all have the capability of being both wretched and divine."
In addition to making Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, Black Veil Brides has also created a film based on the release, titled Legion of the Black, which features eight tracks from the record. The film tells the visual story of the concept presented in the album: "The film follows a group of rebels known as "The Wild Ones" as they defend their hearts, minds and bodies against F.E.A.R".