Bad Wolves have made it known that they will drop their new album, Dear Monsters on October 29th. “Monsters” has the distinction of being the first release from the band without Tommy Vext in front. The singer and band parted ways amid internal tensions. Steppin in was Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz of LGND and formerly of The Acacia Strain. The first single to feature Laskiewicz will be “Lifeline.”
The band also used the release statement to present its side of the feud with Vext, whom the band claims has been abusive.
“Since Tommy Vext quit Bad Wolves in January, we have all largely stayed silent.
We were prioritizing our search for a new singer, making music and focusing on the band’s future. We have all put a tremendous amount of heart and soul into Bad Wolves, and we owed it our fans to make a third album that is the band’s best yet.
We are happy to share that we’ve accomplished that, and we can’t wait for you to hear it.
The album is called DEAR MONSTERS and it will be out October 29. The first single, called “Lifeline,” is coming out this Wednesday, September 8, with a new music video. It will be the first taste of the next chapter with our new singer DL, who is an incredible talent and welcomed addition to the band.
We think our fans will appreciate the renewed energy and range he brings to Bad Wolves.
It’s unfortunate we must bear witness to Tommy Vext‘s never-ending temper tantrums on social media, filled with fraudulent claims and sad attempts to defame members of our band and our team. The truth is that Tommy was abusive – both emotionally and physically – while in the band, and he continues to be abusive since quitting the group. He has childishly asserted many falsehoods. Refuting them all would be a waste of time and divert our energy from making music, which is our priority.
However we will not stand for our artistic contributions to be diminished, so here are some points that we feel are important to clarify before we move ahead with the next chapter:
Ten of the 13 songs on our first album “Disobey” were musically written and recorded before Tommy ever joined the band.
“Killing Me Slowly” is an example of a song done in collaboration with outside writers. Tommy changed a few lyrics and then publicly claimed to be the mastermind behind the song. That is false, which is why others, including members from the band are credited on the track.
When were shooting the video for “Better Off This Way (feat. Dorothy)” [a song co-written by Doc Coyle, John Boecklin and Brandon Sammons]. Tommy refused to let any other members be in the video. Then, to make matters worse, he illegally leaked it after quitting the band
Bad Wolves is and will remain a creative collective, where no one member inside or outside the band, holds the keys to the group’s success.
– Bad Wolves“
In a since deleted Instagram post, Vext returned,
It’s funny how bad wolves will steal Tommy Vext’s material and release it in the middle of a lawsuit without realizing that dozens of us already heard the original versions of this album 👀
Since the split, Vext and the band’s label, Better Noise Music, have filed lawsuits against each other for a variety of reasons. You may recall we reported on Vext touring under the name Tommy Vext And The [email protected] W8LV3S. Read about that here.