Wretched and Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones
Label: Lava Music/Republic Records
This black-eyeliner-sporting, Cincinnati-rooted L.A. emo-goth-glam band's third album went top 10 in its first Billboard week, and apparently took some work to get there: This is an ambitious record, a 19-track Kilroy Was Here/Operation: Mindcrime-type concept opera about an organization called F.E.A.R. trying to round up and suppress young rebel deviants, who ultimately foil the Megachurch of Lies. Semi-legit power-to-hair-metal riffs and high-mass chorales uplift the bombast a bit, between piano-schlock and narration interludes. "Days Are Numbered" and "In The End" even manage crunchy hooks.