Bad Wolves have officially confirmed that their new album “Dear Monsters“ will be released on October 29. The effort will be the band’s first to feature new vocalist Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz of LGND, ex-The Acacia Strain). With this news, the group have also responded to various allegations made by their ex-singer Tommy Vext, who they accused of abuse.
Bad Wolves said the following:
“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.
– Bad Wolves“
Vext has since fired back on his Instagram story:
“Bro you guys are out here straight up lying like a hundred people haven’t already heard the album I wrote in 2020”
“Y’all literally stole a song I wrote with Josh Gilbert from As I Lay Dying and are trying to pass it off as your own”
“Y’all have a pedophile in your band which was confirmed by the tour manager who fire him. You’re stealing my work and using the label’s money to cover up your inability to create anything relevant that connects to an audience.”
“Y’all best remember I keep my receipts
I spent today on a 7 million dollar yacht with people who are actually contributing to this country.
You guys are working as cooks and studio hands miserable because you ran out of advance money.
Get your shit straight and release your own music with a new band name it’s embarrassing”
He also added the following in a post that directed people to the aforementioned Instagram story:
“Also I just read that Karma RX leaked the whole original track with my vocals on Twitter for a few million people. Case dismissed.”
This news comes Better Noise Music filed a lawsuit against Vext for copyright infringement after he allegedly posted unreleased music videos and recordings without permission. It also comes after Vext filed his own lawsuit against Better Noise CEO Allen Kovac after the manager allegedly tried to have him removed from Bad Wolves due to his right-wing and conspiracy theory beliefs. Vext also claimed that Kovac tried to purchase the Bad Wolves trademarks from him and that he tried to get radio and streaming services to stop playing the group’s songs in an effort to cancel his music career. He also accused Kovac of using racial slurs. For his part, Kovac denied the allegations saying that “Vext, a self-proclaimed QAnon supporter, has dragged us into a ridiculous, unfounded narrative that falsely paints him as a victim.”