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Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext Credits Zoltan Bathory & Five Finger Death Punch With Helping Revitalize The Rock Genre


Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext had a chat with Loudwire recently which discussed the band’s newly released album “N.A.T.I.O.N.“, homelessness, addiction and more. During the chat Vext also spoke on how the band had originally worked on some covers for their aforementioned sophomore album, but decided not to release them:

“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. I think all in all, my experience of making the record with everybody, it was way more focused.

I think that we had defined a sound. John really buckled down on the first record to define the sound he wanted to achieve. Then after touring and doing 200 shows in 13 months or 14 months, I think we realized what we’re about and what goes over live. So we went in and made a record that we felt was what we would want and what we want to do now.

They say the sophomore record is the hardest record to make, but this one was much easier than the debut. Much easier.”

Bad Wolves of course initially found fame with their cover of The Cranberries‘ “Zombie“, which went on to go platinum in the United States. If you’ve caught the band live over the past few years however, there’s a good chance it was alongside Five Finger Death Punch. There’s a good reason for that as that band’s guitarist Zoltan Bathory has taken Bad Wolves under his wing in addition to managing them.

Speaking of the relationship himself and the rest of Bad Wolves have with Bathory, Vext commented:

“To describe my relationship with Zoltan is to understand the dynamic between someone like Dr. Dre and Eminem. 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.

It’s almost like kinda militant the way that we approach the business aspects. He connected us to 10th Street and into Eleven Seven, which we’re on a Rolls-Royce of record labels. We came onto the scene like the little baby brothers of all these great bands like Papa Roach and Mötley Crüe, Nothing More, Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames. We were embraced by all those guys and given a leg up.

Now there are new bands coming onto the label like Islander and Fire From The Gods that Zoltan is helping move along, as well. 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.

They care so much about the meaningfulness of the music. It’s like they go beyond the responsibility of making sure their own records are great and now they’re at a level where —it’s kind of like how Metallica traditionally have taken bands out to expose them — and they take it a step further than that [to] taking bands and getting them record deals.

That’s right in line with where I want to be. I hope that our band becomes that level where we can come to the table and decide, ‘Hey, we played with these guys one time in a bar and they’re really great and they’ve been working on this stuff. I think this could be the next band,’ and then help them the way that Zoltan helped us.

I think that’s really the difference. It’s how artists help other artists. We’re music fans and there is essentially a way better meter for an artist to look at another artist and understand what has connectivity. Even all those parts and components of a label and management are absolutely necessary, but what’s going to happen?

I see people who would not normally get a chance getting a chance because they’re getting this thumbs up from an artist that has the capability to push them to the next level. There’s unmentioned bands that have been signed that I’m really excited about, because I’m on the inside track, so I know all that stuff that’s going on. But I can’t say any of that stuff.

You’ll see there’s going to be an onslaught of new records coming out from some new artists and from some artists that are already familiar. And it’s really cool to be a part of Eleven Seven. It’s a really exciting time to be a part of that team, and it’s a really exciting time for rock.

I remember when Korn and Limp Bizkit came out and things just blew up. There was a little bit of a lull and everybody was really into pop and R & B and grunge and gone away. There were boy bands and all these teenage girls and then, here comes Korn and the Deftones and Incubus and Limp Bizkit blew up and P.O.D. and the rap metal thing happened. It really is about rock and we’re looking forward to seeing that happen again.”

The band have the below fall tour booked Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace and Fire From The Gods, get tickets here:

10/25 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion (‘Freakers Ball‘)
10/26 Oklahoma City, OK – The Official Zoo Amphitheatre (‘KATTfest‘)

With Fire From The Gods:

11/04 Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
11/14 Dothan, AL – The Plant
11/21 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
11/25 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

With Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace and Fire From The Gods:

11/01 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint @ Hard Rock
11/02 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint @ Hard Rock
11/05 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Arena
11/07 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Arena
11/09 Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center
11/10 Beaumont, TX – Ford Park Center
11/12 Baton Rouge, LA – Raising Cane’s River Center Arena
11/13 Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center Arena
11/15 Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Bay Center
11/16 Ft. Meyer, FL – Hertz Arena
11/18 Jacksonville, FL – Vystar Veterans Arena
11/20 Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
11/22 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Arena
11/23 Chattanooga, TN – McKenzie Arena
11/26 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
11/27 Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
11/29 Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
11/30 Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
12/02 Norfolk, VA – Ted Constant Convocation Center
12/03 Allentown, PA – PPL Center
12/05 Toledo, OH – The Huntington Arena
12/06 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
12/08 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
12/09 Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
12/11 Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
12/12 Duluth, MN – Amsoil Arena
12/14 Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
12/15 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

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