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Bad Wolves Reveal “Dear Monsters” Release Date, Accuse Ex-Vocalist Tommy Vext Of Abusive Behavior


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Bad Wolves have announced an October 29th release date for their new studio album “Dear Monsters“. That album will be their first since parting ways with their former vocalist Tommy Vext earlier this year and enlisting Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz of LGND/ex-The Acacia Strain as his replacement. The group have also announced that their first single with DL on vocals, “Lifeline“, will be out this coming Wednesday, September 08th.

The group shared the news yesterday, September 05th in the below statement, which also refutes several claims made by Vext about his former bandmates since his departure, while also accusing him of abusive behavior. Here’s what the band had to say:

“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.

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Vext appears to have since refuted the matter on Instagram, offering the following:

 

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A post shared by Tommy VEXT (@tommyvext)

The tweet Vext mentioned can be found below:

Since departing Bad Wolves this past January relations between Vext and his former bandmates took a dramatic turn for the worse, with Vext making a number of accusations against the band and their label Better Noise Music as well as their manager Allen Kovac, who heads up the latter.

Both Vext and Bad Wolves‘s label Better Noise Music have since filed lawsuits against each other with Vext accusing Kovac, Bad WolvesJohn Boecklin and co. of breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and more. He is said to be seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages. The next hearing in that case is currently scheduled for March 10th, 2022. You can read more on that suit here.

Vext has previously claimed that Better Noise Music and several other related parties had been holding his unreleased music hostage unless he signs over his own rights to the Bad Wolves name.

Better Noise Music and related parties have responded with a countersuit against Vext that finds them alleging that he infringed upon the label’s copyrights by posting unreleased videos and music without expressed permission.

Prior to his exit from the band, Vext was shown to have become increasingly expressive of his various political opinions and conspiracy theory beliefs on social media. He was also taken to court by an ex-girlfriend for domestic violence allegations and was hit with a two-year domestic violence related restraining order against her as part of the ruling handed down in December of 2020.

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