Bad Wolves

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Bad Wolves
Bad Wolves live at Rock am Ring 2019
Bad Wolves live at Rock am Ring 2019
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2017 (2017)–present
  • Tommy Vext
  • John Boecklin
  • Doc Coyle
  • Chris Cain
  • Kyle Konkiel

Bad Wolves is an American heavy metal band formed in 2017. Initially finding fame from their first single, a cover of the Cranberries' 1994 hit "Zombie", the band proceeded to find further success with a number of songs topping the Billboard Mainstream Rock songs chart, including "Remember When", "Killing Me Slowly", and "Sober". To date, the band has released two studio albums, Disobey (2018) and N.A.T.I.O.N. (2019).


Lead vocalist Tommy Vext live at Rock am Ring 2019

Formation and Disobey (2017–2019)[edit]

The band consists of vocalist Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy, ex-Snot, ex-Westfield Massacre), drummer John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), lead guitarist Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), rhythm guitarist Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead, ex-For the Fallen Dreams) and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment, ex-Scar the Martyr, Vimic).[4] They are managed by Zoltan Bathory of Five Finger Death Punch.[5]

In 2015, Boecklin started writing the music that would become the band's debut album and during 2016 entered AudioHammer Studios with producer Mark Lewis.[6] The band announced that they will release their debut studio album, Disobey, on May 11, 2018.[7] In May 2017, Bad Wolves released their debut single, "Learn to Live".[8] In November 2017, Bad Wolves released their second single, "Toast to the Ghost".[4] On January 18, 2018, they released a third single, which was a cover of "Zombie" (originally by the Cranberries), which charted on multiple Billboard charts.[9][10] The song peaked at number 23 on the Billboard 200, and reached number 9 in Australia.[11] It topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. The Cranberries singer, Dolores O'Riordan, was supposed to have performed the song with the band, but died prior to recording it.[9] The night of her death, on 15 January 2018, Dolores O'Riordan left a voice message to her friend, Managing Director of E7LG-Europe, Dan Waite, where she offered to "sing on it", on the cover that Waite had previously given O'Riordan to listen to and accredit. TMZ published this voice message on April 05, 2018.[12] A music video was released on February 22.

The band toured with Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, and Starset in the first half of 2018.[13] In October 2018, the band launched a crowdfunding campaign to create a documentary about their formation and rise to fame. The film would be called "Breaking the Band". By the end of the campaign, they had raised under $15,000 of their $65,000 target. Despite this, the band received all the donated money and still intend to create something for the project.[14]

Since their inception, the band has shared the stage with the likes of Five Finger Death Punch, Nickelback, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach and Nothing More. They also recently had their cover of 'Zombie' nominated for the iHeartRadio's Rock Song of the Year.[15]

N.A.T.I.O.N. (2019–present)[edit]

On July 26, 2019, the band released a new single titled "I'll Be There", followed by another single titled "Killing Me Slowly", a third single titled "Sober", as well as a fourth single titled "Crying Game" and announced their new album, N.A.T.I.O.N. which was released on October 25, 2019.

Two unreleased singles were released on April 10 on Patreon. The two singles include a cover of "Heart Shaped Box" by Nirvana and a new song called "Shanghai".

Band members[edit]

  • Tommy Vext – lead vocals
  • Doc Coyle – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Cain – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Kyle Konkiel – bass, backing vocals
  • John Boecklin – drums


Studio albums

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Bad Wolves". AllMusic. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  2. ^ McGreevy, Ronan (March 23, 2018). "Bad Wolves - from metal hardcore to global success with tribute to Dolores O'Riordan". The Irish Times. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Bad Wolves Release 'Zombie' Cover, Promise Proceeds to Late Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan's Children". Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Hill, John (November 3, 2017). "Bad Wolves 'Toast to the Ghost' in New Song, Announce Debut Album". Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "ZOMBIE has OFFICIALLY gone Platinum in the USA 🇺🇸". Facebook. August 16, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "BAD WOLVES Feat. Former DEVILDRIVER, GOD FORBID, DIVINE HERESY Members: Debut Album Due In Spring". Blabbermouth. November 2, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "Bad Wolves Share Acoustic Cover Of "Zombie", Detail Debut Album "Disobey"". March 23, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "BAD WOLVES Feat. Former DEVILDRIVER, GOD FORBID, DIVINE HERESY Members: 'Learn To Live' Video Released". Blabbermouth. May 1, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Rutherford, Kevin (January 31, 2018). "Bad Wolves' Cover of The Cranberries' 'Zombie' Roars Onto Rock Charts". Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Bad Wolves' Cover of The Cranberries' ZOMBIE Goes Global". Broadway World. January 30, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Klancnik, Urban (November 4, 2019). "The Power of New Blood: Newcomer Rock Tours of 2020". Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  12. ^ "Voicemail from Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Emerges". September 19, 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Starset & Bad Wolves Tour Announced". February 6, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  14. ^ "Bad Wolves Starts Crowdfunding Campaign For Documentary". Ghost Cult Magazine. October 2, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  15. ^ "Rock Award Winners From iHeartRadio Music Awards | Bodhi | BIG 100". Bodhi. Retrieved May 29, 2019.