Album Review: Disobey - Bad Wolves
Artist: Bad Wolves
Genre: Heavy Rock/Metal
Released: 11 May 2018
Review by Jeremy Edwards
Imagine having a video with collectively over 100 million views, being #1 on Spotify, #1 on iTunes, #1 Billboard Rock Song and going Gold in The U.S and Canada all before you release your debut album!
Bad Wolves have managed to accomplish all of that and more, although it’s not entirely surprising. They’re an L.A-based super group featuring vocalist Tommy Vext (Divine Heresy, Snot), drummer Joe Boecklin (ex-Devildriver), bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment and guitarists Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid) and Chris Cain (Bury Your Dead). They’re also managed by Zoltan Bathory of Five Finger Death Punch.
The band has been together for about four years now and in 2016 they went into the studio with producer Mark Lewis (Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder) and put together two EPs, False Flags, Vol 1 and False Flags, Vol 2. They also released two singles that appear on the album during 2017, ‘Learn to Live” and ‘Toast To The Ghost’. The third single on the album is the cover of The Cranberries ‘Zombie’ released in January this year. ‘I Swear’ is the only song from the two EPs that didn’t make it to the album.
Watch the video for 'Zombie' below:
Their debut release Disobey contains 13 tracks that effectively showcase the talents of the musicians involved. Straight off the bat we have to mention track 4, the cover of The Cranberries ‘Zombie’. This is the track that has drawn all the attention so far. In a heartbreaking turn of events, The Cranberries’ singer Dolores O’Riordan had agreed to do the vocals on the cover, having described it as ‘killer’ according to one publication. On the day she was meant to record, however, she was found dead in her hotel room. She was 46. The band was undecided about what to do with the song and eventually finished it and will give all proceeds to O’Riordan’s three children.
When you combine accomplished artists such as these gents, there is so much experience and influence on show that putting the music into a single genre doesn’t do it justice. They really do display fine musicianship by being able to perform crushing, riff filled heaviness as displayed in the opening track ‘Officer Down’ and then oppose this ferocity in the near-power-ballad ‘Hear Me Now’. Without taking from the impact of this music, I want to call it ‘easy listening’. The mainstream appeal of the ‘Zombie’ cover shows that people are open to heavy music and by ‘easy listening’ I mean every one of the songs on this album would be a great example of why people should broaden their tastes. Bad Wolves certainly play an approachable, accessible brand of heavy music. Disobey is a bit of a marathon listen, it’s around an hour long, but it is immensely engaging for the duration.
A great example of what can be achieved with a wealth of talent and combined industry assets. Bad Wolves are guaranteed to have a great career ahead, and will play a huge part in converting more people to heavy music and bringing it to the mainstream. Bad Wolves will be taking Disobey across America in a 32 date tour with Five Finger Death Punch, and fingers crossed they extend that to Australia as well.
9 out of 10.
Disobey is out now via Eleven Seven/Sony Music Australia.