Bad Wolves’ debut album, Disobey, is delicious and packs a punch. For me, this outcome is due to the alluring combination of smart vocals and heavy instrumentation. The album is not perfect; however, it is definitely worth listening through.
Analysis and Thoughts
According to iTunes, Bad Wolves is classified as a heavy metal band. Most of this record is worthy of any headbanger’s collection. However, the band offers more than just heavy songs. The highly addictive track “Zombie” is a clear example of why the band is more than just another heavy metal group. They can record slower songs bursting with emotion. Besides “Zombie”, there are other tunes on the record that feature a moderate tempo and radio friendly sound, such as “Remember When” and “Hear Me Now”.
Speaking of “Zombie”, this was the track that introduced me and countless others to the band. Originally done by The Cranberries, this song ties in well with the rest of the album. It weaves an anti-war message with catchy lyrics. If you have yet to listen to this tune, here is the music video on YouTube. Be warned that the chorus will remain in your head long after the song has finished.
The album has spawned four singles, according to the band’s Wikipedia page: “Learn to Live”, “Toast to the Ghost”, “Zombie” and “Better the Devil”. Seemingly, these are good places to start when you listen to the record. In addition to these, the first track on the disc is both good and heavy: “Officer Down”.
There are already several music videos for this album floating around on YouTube. The video for “Hear Me Now” is worth checking out more than the others. The version of this song that comes on the disc is different than the one in the music video. Sadly, this was a poor choice. The music video version has a guest singer, DIAMANTE. Her voice meshes well with Tommy Vext’s, adding another unique layer to the song.
Lyrically, the album brings forth issues that rip through society. Some of the rather weighty, though overused, threads are war, violence, confrontation with police officers. Bad Wolves tackles these issues with tracks like “Officer Down” and “Zombie”.
The song “No Master” carries an anti-authoritarian vibe and seems to be the source of the album’s title. The chorus reads: “So take these/Chains from me/Break these bastards/There’s no masters here”. Other songs offer the theme of repetition and getting stuck in a cycle, which brings up the idea of addiction and working a dead-end-job.
Disobey is an enjoyable metal album. It is not perfect, as there are some filler tracks. However, the album is worth investigating and listening through. The future looks bright and promising for Bad Wolves.