Tommy Vext is out as the singer of metal band Bad Wolves. The group reported the split on Saturday in a statement that read, “It is true that Bad Wolves and vocalist Tommy Vext have parted ways. The four of us plan to continue making music and a new album is planned for later this year. Tommy has been a big part of Bad Wolves and we are grateful for his contributions. There is not much else to report at the moment but to send love and gratitude to the fans who have supported Bad Wolves from day one. We would not be here with out you.”
The band that formed in Los Angeles in 2017 is best known for their hit cover of the Cranberries’ “Zombie” as well as the originals “Sober” and Killing Me Slowly.” Former hardcore punk singer Vext, began his career as the leader of New York hardcore band Maniacal Disciple before joining Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares in the band Divine Heresy and briefly fronting a reunited version of Snot and then the group Westfield Massacre. Before forming Bad Wolves in 2016, Vext also briefly filled in as the vocalist for Five Finger Death Punch after singer Ivan Moody dropped off the band’s 2017 tour to check into a rehab facility.
Bad Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle followed up a short time later with his own statement, which didn’t address the split directly, writing, “I believe in US. I love these guys with all my heart. Succeed or fail. It’s all that matters. More than money, fame, platinum records, songs on the radio, or how many Instagram followers I have.” A spokesperson for the group had not returned requests for comment at press time.
After releasing a pair of singles, Bad Wolves scored their first hit in January 2018, shortly after the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, when their version of “Zombie” hit No. 23 on the Billboard 200. Their sophomore album, N.A.T.I.O.N., dropped in Oct. 2019 and Vext (born Thomas Cummings) said in an interview in late 2020 that a third full-length was nearly complete.
While Vext had not released an official statement at press time, the singer did post a video on Sunday honoring Law Enforcement Appreciation day, in which he spoke to an officer from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department to talk about a charity project he worked on with Bad Wolves to donate $9,000 to two LASD officers who were ambushed and shot during an incident in Compton, California, in September.
On Friday, Vext also announced that he’d written a new song her wrote called “What American Meant to Me,” which he described as “a retrospective look at how most of young adult life I took this country for granted. It wasn’t until I started traveling internationally as a sober man that I could observe the acute contrasts between what we as Americans were simply afforded by being born in the United States. Sadly my story is the popular one. Most people do not know what they have or what they are loosing until it’s gone. Loss is too often the measure of something’s worth.”
The post came just days after an angry, unmasked mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., trashing the nation’s seat of democracy while parading through the halls displaying confederate flags and anti-Semitic slogans while trashing the offices of elected officials. Vext continued, “So to all the people cheering that Trump is out, congratulations. I’ve said this before, You are people clapping on a plane that hasn’t landed and may in fact be hurdling toward all of our demise. I truly pray I am wrong for all our sake. The rest of us who saw the writing on the wall DO NOT LET ANGER OR FEAR OVERTAKE YOU. FEAR TURNED INWARD IS DEPRESSION, FEAR TURNED OUTWARD IS HATRED. Now is not the time for fear or hate. Now is the time for courage, preparation, education and new leadership. Perhaps we need a dismantling of the duopoly that consistently fails to serve the needs of the people. Any liberal will agree how Biden is incompetent and only won because ‘anything but Trump.’ Instead of fighting amongst ourselves can we start the conversation of ‘why is this who we have to choose from’… TRUMPS greatest success was he WOKE UP EVERYONE. Wether you loved him or hate him he single handled made you have to look into what the f–k has been going on the past 20 years in Washington.”
See the band’s statement below.
— Bad Wolves (@badwolves) January 9, 2021
— Bad Wolves (@badwolves) January 11, 2021