Bad Wolves released its sophomore album on Friday (October 25th), titled N.A.T.I.O.N., along with a music video for the song “Killing Me Slowly.” In a new interview with Loudwire, Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext revealed that the band recorded some cover songs for the new record but decided to leave them off.
Vext explained, “I wound up doing a couple of covers, and then we decided to not put a cover on the record because we didn’t feel it necessary, especially coming off the back of the success of ‘Zombie.’ We wanted to focus more on our original tracks.”
Bad Wolves broke through last year with a cover of the Cranberries hit “Zombie.” Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan was supposed to contribute to the track but died the day she was supposed to go into the studio.
Saying that the new album was “much easier” to make than their 2018 debut Disobey, Vext also cited Five Finger Death Punch and its guitarist Zoltan Bathory — who manages Bad Wolves — for creating an environment in which Bad Wolves could prosper.
Vext elaborated, “Zoltan saw in Bad Wolves a level of raw talent and musical capability and the message that we were coming out with and he kind of helped us mold the band into a unit . . . To understand what Five Finger and Zoltan are trying to accomplish, they’re investing time that they don’t need to in finding artists to reinvigorate the rock genre.”
Bathory told us a while back what he saw in Bad Wolves that inspired him to manage them: [“For me, you know, it’s kind of a thing where you listen to a band and you look at them, and you look at the whole picture and you kind of know. There’s a DNA there, you know. There’s something they have and I can see that, you know. So I can help them and guide them so they’re not making mistakes that could be extremely costly later, and definitely slowing down the band and slowing down their progress.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . down their progress.)
Bad Wolves will set out on a North American tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace and Fire From The Gods starting November 1st in Las Vegas.