Following a report that Tommy Vext was no longer in Bad Wolves (sourced from an Instagram live video from Vext that is no longer accessible), the LA-based metal band has now confirmed the news to be true; they released the below statement.
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 this moment but to send love and gratitude to the fans who have supported Bad Wolves from day one. We would not be here without you.
All the best,
Chris, Doc, Kyle, and John
Rumor has it that Vext’s conservative political views played a huge roll in his departure from the band, and it’s still not clear if it was an amicable split. As MetalSucks points out in their initial report on the matter, Vext felt leaving the band was his only option and that he plans to launch a solo career. Vext also reportedly claims to have written all or most of Bad Wolves’ new record himself (though it’s unclear if he was referring to the band’s 2019’s album ‘N.A.T.I.O.N.’ or a new, unreleased LP).
According to Vext’s official Wiki entry, he formed Bad Wolves in 2016 with drummer John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), with guitarists Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid) and Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead), and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment) being recruited into the fold shortly after. Together, the quintet released two full-length albums and three EPs, and their 2017 cover of “Zombie” by The Cranberries still remains as the band’s biggest hit to date.
Vext has also previously performed with Divine Heresy, Snot, Westfield Massacre and even filled-in for Five Finger Death Punch during a European trek in 2017 when singer Ivan Moody left the tour to check into rehab.
Vext has yet to release an official statement regarding his exit from Bad Wolves, and there’s still no word on who will replace him.
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