Supergroups seem to be dime a dozen these days, but every now again one will come along with that perfect blend of musical personalities that produces a blistering effort for the ears of the masses. Meet Bad Wolves, an American metal group featuring vocalist Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy), guitarists Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid) & Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead), bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment) and drummer John Boecklin (ex-Devildriver), and they’ve got something they want to say with debut album Disobey.
The album begins with the ferocious Officer Down, whose verses are reminiscent of L.D. 50-era Mudvayne but with a chorus more attuned to that of modern day rock stalwarts such as Breaking Benjamin. Lead single Learn To Live quickly follows and keeps up the pace with its djent-like guitar work and pummeling drumbeats. It’s a vibe that’s held reasonably steady throughout the entire album, lapsing only for a brief moment with the band’s killer rendition of The Cranberries seminal 1994 hit Zombie, which holds the somber tone of the original whilst adding a modern hard rock edge.
But this lapse in aggressiveness is quickly washed away by the Iron Maiden-esque intro of Run For Your Life, a song that delivers an epic sing-along chorus and brilliantly showcases Vext’s vocal range. The entirety of Disobey is riddled with these kinds of soaring choruses making for a set of songs that will translate extremely well in the live arena and ensure crowd participation of the highest caliber.
At 16 tracks it is a long listen but it’s a good listen made all the more worth it when the soft guitar work of closing tune Blood N Bone casually sidles back into the djent-like guitars and smooth-vocal verses before ramping it up into yet another astounding chorus to pump your fists to.
In an era of over-saturation by otherwise mediocre bands trying so desperately to grab their 15 minutes of fame, Bad Wolves bring a sense of early 2000’s metal nostalgia to those who fondly remember it and they do so with pride. Whether it’s on tracks such as their punishing second single Toast To The Ghost or the more subdued ballad-y types like Hear Me Now and Zombie, the band prove themselves a force to be reckoned with. Keep your eyes on these guys.
Bad Wolves – ‘Disobey’ will be released May 11 via ELEVEN SEVEN / SONY MUSIC AUSTRALIA