Bad Wolves
Disobey


1.5
very poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (268 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2018 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bad Wolves indeed.

For what it’s worth I haven’t always listened to metal. Having grown up on my father’s collection of typical dad orientated rock in Talking Heads, U2 and Bon Jovi often blasted out of your average backyard shed to the point where the whole suburb could hear. Often, it left me looking beyond the world of classic rock (and let’s face it, my mother’s world of Shania Twain was probably not going to cut it). It wasn’t until my final years in Australia’s educational system where I started to push away from the sheltered listening of my parents and into the world of System Of A Down, Mudvayne and Korn. It’s these bands that shaped my musical growth across a spectrum of heavy rock to bleak blackened funeral doom and as much as I wouldn’t seem it relevant, the likes of U2 are the bedrock.

It’s clear a little back story goes a long way and as far as history goes, there are those that need little explanation. A slight jogging of the mind will normally do the trick. And while the names, Doc Coyle (God Forbid) and John Boecklin (ex-Devildriver) May be instantly recognisable amongst mainstream metal, the likes of Tommy Vext leaves a hanging question mark. Better known for his exploits carrying Snot’s legacy forward in the forms of live shows (as inconsistent as they are publicized), a rather unknown solo effort under the moniker of Vext, infamously as an ex-vocalist for Dino Cazeras’ Divine Heresy, and a small stint in Westfield Massacre after the falling out with Cazeras before fronting his new project, Bad Wolves. Despite the controversy of firings, quittings, legal issues and ego issues (either his or someone else’s), Vext has always looked forward, moving on to wherever his career takes him. But here’s the rub: while quite talented, the guy has burnt out, becoming a detrimental feature to the music he so proudly stands for, providing yet another dose of filler to the mainstream masses.

Let’s take things back a notch.

Lighting the way for Vext’s newest project is metal’s flavour of the year. If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last couple of months, there’s a fair chance you’ve heard Bad Wolves play The Cranberries’ “Zombie” on your local radio station. The track, most noticeably famous for its strong lyrical motif, carries a socio-political theme of war and death is both Bad Wolves’ leading single and their newest record’s biggest selling point. Unfortunately, Vext and co. add very little in the way of individuality and creativity, simply using the track as a well produced marketing tool. For all the merits of covering such a well known track, it’s Bad Wolves taking it as far as it goes, milking it for all it’s worth without any thought of bringing their original flair to the music. Despite the fact that covers have been around longer than music has been an industry, the frequency of more pop-oriented tracks lending themselves to the make or break of a new band is tiring to say the least.

Eventually, we’ve got to come to the realisation that Disobey isn’t all bad. The expectations that come from any supergroup formation weigh particularly heavy on the shoulders of Bad Wolves. These moments, (as few and far between as they exist) tease at the unused potential shown throughout Disobey. The main riffs used in “Learn To Live” speak strongly of Doc Coyle’s expertise behind a set of strings. Tie that in with Boecklin and Konkiel’s (In This Moment, Scar The Martyr) rhythmic spine and Bad Wolves show promise in the songwriting department. Other tracks simply flesh out the album’s overall runtime, adding neither excitement or quality to Disobey or the Bad Wolves name. The opening track, “Officer Down” has the initial hard-hitting energy that is typical of the alternative metal/metalcore genre but fails to maintain the steam found instrumentally. Resorting to half-arsed “woah’s” and raspy, ill-defined rapped verses, Vext puts a stop on all of the group’s initial momentum found within the album’s opening moments. Another clarifying example comes in the form of “Remember When” which directly nods to Vext’s touring time in Five Finger Death Punch and the likes of Chris Daughtry simultaneously. The rock ballad style doesn’t really suit the roots of mainstream metal Bad Wolves are built on, nor does it execute a rather simplistic song structure. It’s a let down, albeit an unremarkable one.

Realistically, the standards to which Disobey is measured could be considered unfair. The fact of the matter is that this “supergroup” just doesn’t meet the expectations. For thirty-six minutes listeners are left scratching their heads as they hear one of the year’s most unfocused and over-hyped records of 2018 thus far. Filled to the brim with mediocre to average instrumentation and a lacklustre vocal effort from one of metal’s up and coming singers, Disobey neglects to build on the hype, missing out on some truly undeniable talent just waiting dormant. Bad Wolves have a lot going for them… just none of it’s here.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2018


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Wonder what band Vext will be in next year.



https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9XaS93WMRQQ





https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LewUgNvsfWQ




Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2018


15071 Comments


Bad. Wolves. Let that sink in.

Good read, Rob, thanks. This was the band that got Dolores to record voices for the Zombie cover but she passed away in the hotel before going to the studio ):

Digging: Deafkids - Metaprogramao

Kusangii
May 22nd 2018


2235 Comments


God that cover of Zombie is so terribly overplayed, makes me sick

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2018


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This was the band that got Dolores to record voices for the Zombie cover but she passed away in the hotel before going to the studio ):




Yeah, didn’t really want to address that in the review since it bears nothing on the end product. Being a little shallow though... her death is probably helping boost streams/sales on that single. It’s also hard to speculate what actual effect she would’ve had for that particular track. Best guess is she would’ve sounded like she was featuring on her own single which is whack.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2018


11673 Comments


Filler? I barely know her.

Good review dude, I've seen a few of their singles floating around lately for no apparent reason. Didn't mind them tbh but it's nothing I would go out of my way to hear again.

Digging: Tyr - Hel

Toondude10
May 22nd 2018


13740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I honestly didn't think this was that bad tbh

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2018


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thank you Scuro : ]

Toondude10
May 22nd 2018


13740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

also, one review per front page! >:-(

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2018


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

honestly didn't think this was that bad tbh




I had the distinct pleasure of listening to this over and over again



also, one review per front page! >:-(




Really? Also, the Alkaloid review was yesterday. It’s also been a (somewhat) slow review week. If I wanted to I could fill the front page...

Wildcardbitchesss
May 22nd 2018


2706 Comments


I swear to god that cover is playing every time I turn my car on. Why do radio stations have to play every new song to death to the point where every time I hear it I'm annoyed?
And good god that album cover is rough on the eyes.

Toondude10
May 22nd 2018


13740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"Really? Also, the Alkaloid review was yesterday. It’s also been a (somewhat) slow review week. If I wanted to I could fill the front page..."



bruh I was making a joke :-/

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2018


24963 Comments


“Learn to Live” and “Toast to the Ghost” are my fucking bops

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William21
May 22nd 2018


398 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That cover is indeed way overplayed. It does't help that unlike most radio rock singles which I can either enjoy or put up with on end for a while, I got sick of this one after like the fifth time.

Toondude10
May 22nd 2018


13740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I guess it's a good thing I don't listen to the radio anymore, I honestly thought the cover was decent tbh.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2018


11673 Comments


"And good god that album cover is rough on the eyes."

I was going to disparage the art because it looks like a PlayStation game and something a 10 year old would find cool, but I started finding it kinda cool too the more I looked at it and I'm 11 so...

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2018


24963 Comments


i have to ask Rob .... how does that first paragraph really fit into the narrative of the review as a whole? It's very autobiographical and then by the next paragraph just ditches that introspective tone in favor of going over the band history.

Hellscythe
May 22nd 2018


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

as big an ego as he's got, I'm lowkey rooting for Vext here. I've always liked him as a vocalist and he's had so many failed projects that I'm kind of glad he's finally found something that might have some staying power.



review is really good and I agree with it for the most part, even if I don't agree with the rating. this is inconsistent and has some pretty serious lows, but there's enough to enjoy and it shows some potential.

bentheREDfan
May 22nd 2018


497 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Seeing them with FFDP, Breaking Benjamin, and Nothing More in August.









Least excited about seeing them. Between the virtue-signaling of "Officer Down" and the total overplay of the "Zombie" cover, I'm about done.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2018


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

how does that first paragraph really fit into the narrative of the review as a whole?




It’s a play on filler. Needless information boosting the overall length under the guise of fitting in as a whole.

Wildcardbitchesss
May 22nd 2018


2706 Comments


Ben that sounds like torture




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