Black Veil Brides originally came together in Cincinnati, Ohio. Primarily the brainchild of vocalist Andy Biersack (aka Andy Six), the band combines cathartic metalcore/screamo with a dark gothic image to set it apart from its contemporaries. In their first couple of years together, Black Veil Brides went through a number of lineup changes while they gained attention from labels with two EPs, releasing Sex & Hollywood in 2007 and Never Give In in 2008. The band eventually relocated to Los Angeles, settling on a lineup and beginning work on its full-length debut. Bringing together guitarist Jinxx (formerly of the Dreaming), guitarist Jake Pitts, bassist Ashley Purdy, and drummer Sandra Alvarenga, the band began to refine their image and sound, touring with groups like Eyes Set to Kill and From First to Last. In 2010, they released their debut, We Stitch These Wounds, on Standby Records. Later that year, Alvarenga left the band and was replaced by drummer Christian "CC" Coma, who made his debut with the band on 2011's Set the World on Fire, which was released on Lava Records. For their third release, Black Veil Brides channeled their gothic image to create the conceptual punk rock opera Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, which was released in early 2013. Less than a year later, they released their fourth album, the self-titled Black Veil Brides, which debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200. The following year saw the group issue their first concert LP/DVD, Alive and Burning, and in January 2018, they released their fifth full-length, Vale.