In a world where many metal bands come and go, Bad Wolves, the Los Angeles-based group formed in 2017, have set themselves apart with their latest full-length LP, Die About It. The band initially gained fame with their cover of The Cranberries’ iconic hit, “Zombie”. However, with their fourth album, it’s evident that Bad Wolves are on a mission to find their own distinctive sound within the heavy rock genre. Is this the band’s rebirth? It very well could be.
The albums kicks off with the opener and first single, “Bad Friend”, which introduces us to a softer side of Bad Wolves. The track begins with a lilting clean guitar, underlining a delicate melody by Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz, only to take a dark turn into a downright, trudging guitar groove. It’s a captivating start that sets the tone for the rest of the album, ending on a crushingly catchy chorus with the line “My hands are bound, I’ll see you around, ‘cause bad friends die alone”. This song encapsulates the dichotomy of being blindsided by a bad friend’s betrayal.
“Legends Never Die” is a track that builds towards a catchy refrain, boosted by hypnotic harmonies and a head-nodding riff. The starry-eyed piano outro adds a fitting touch, leaving listers with a sense of closure. The song’s message is a reminder that our loved ones live on in different forms, whether it’s in the stars or as part of the cosmic dust, emphasizing that it’s never truly goodbye, but rather a “see you later”.
A surprising turn comes with “NDA”, a track with a chorus that conjures a flurry of tension and anxiety. This song takes an unexpected twist, featuring a swooning saxophone solo by Saxl Rose. It’s an element that showcases the band’s willingness to experiment and push boundaries.
The album reaches its climax with the closing track, “Set You On Fire”. It starts off slower than the previous songs but gradually builds, exploding with intense drums and guitars. It’s a fitting conclusion, leaving listeners with an electrifying ending that lingers in your mind.
Die About It makes it abundantly clear that Bad Wolves are a band unafraid to evolve and challenge themselves. They’ve delivered a no-holds-barred performance that sends a defiant message: they won’t be stopped or deterred by anyone who stands in their way. The album is a gem, a testament to their unwavering commitment to making the best music possible.
In this album, Bad Wolves have carved out a unique space in the heavy rock genre. With its blend of haunting melodies, powerful riffs, and unexpected twists and turns, Die About It is an impressive statement from a band that refuses to conform to expectations. Bad Wolves have set their own path, and it’s a journey worth taking with them. This album is a must-listen for fans of heavy rock, a testament to Bad Wolves’ enduring spirit and artistic vision.