Bad Wolves has a new lead singer.
The band announced on their website and social media Wednesday (2nd) that singer-songwriter Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz, best known as a founding guitarist for The Acacia Strain, will be taking over vocal duties. “We are excited to officially announce that Bad Wolves has a new singer — Daniel ‘DL’ Lasckiewicz,” reads the post, which also gives an update on the band’s new album. “DL is a tremendous songwriter and singer, and we can confidently say that the album we are working on, titled Dear Monsters, is the best Bad Wolves album to date.”
Bad Wolves first worked with Lasckiewicz during the recording of their 2019 album, N.A.T.I.O.N. Lasckiewicz has also worked with All That Remains, Legion and For The Fallen Dreams.
“DL is one of the most talented and hard-working people we have ever had the pleasure to know,” the statement continues. “He is a team player, a creative force, and overall a great human being who fits perfectly with our BW family. It feels incredible to be surrounded with such positive energy and the music we’ve made is certainly reflective of this new-found optimism and collaborative spirit. And this new album shows a more cohesive and unique reflection of the band. There is a lot to prove and expectations are high with a new singer coming in. And we nailed it. The songs speak for themselves, and if you’re a Bad Wolves fan we know you won’t be disappointed.”
Wednesday’s announcement confirms what former frontman Tommy Vext insinuated last week about the band hiring Lasckiewicz to replace him. On May 24, he took to Facebook to both congratulate Lasckiewicz and threaten the band, saying, “Congratulations to D.L. former guitarist of Acacia Strain who’s the new singer of Bad Wolves. Unfortunately the band is going to have to change its name if they don’t pay for the songs I wrote and my trademark ownership but either way with this dude the best I guess.” The remaining members of the band stayed mum on the subject at the time.
Lasckiewicz takes over for Vext, who parted ways with the band in January claiming that he was being forced out by the band and their record label for his conservative political ideology. The band has gone on to deny this, saying that his departure was not because of “cancel culture.” Vext was also recently accused of domestic violence by his former girlfriend, who now has a restraining order against him.
Instead, the band hopes to look to the future. “So much has happened since Tommy publicly quit Bad Wolves a few months ago – and we disagree with the validity of much of what he has said publicly about our parting of ways – but we would prefer to not look back on the past and instead focus on this new chapter,” concludes the band’s statement. “And most importantly, we’d like to let the music speak for itself. Thanks for believing in Bad Wolves and please join us in welcoming DL to the family. We can’t wait for you to hear what’s coming.”
Bad Wolves released their latest album, N.A.T.I.O.N., in 2019. A release timeline for Dear Monsters has not been revealed yet.