Bad Wolves welcomes rabid Lexington metallers to their Wolf Pack with locals Despite The Fallen, Massive Cult & City Awake.
Last year Bad Wolves were touring The US with Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin and Nothing More. On one of the off-tour day’s Nothing More and Bad Wolves dropped into Lexington and fans took notice. There is so much good coming from the Bad Wolves camp right now – they are set to drop their second album later this year, they are days away from kicking off a European run of shows, and when they return to the US they will Join Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria on one of the most anticipated tours of the summer.
Tonight it was all about Lexington and the Bad Wolves were certainly up to the task. As the house lights dropped the guys were greeted with an enthusiastic roar as everyone took their places. Almost instantly the band launched into “Learn To Live,” “No Masters,” and “Jesus Slaves” with fiery energy. Frontman Tommy Vext was uncontrollable on stage, jumping from the drum riser and spinning, pouring out seemingly every ounce of energy he had.
Even though the new album is done, fans will have to wait until the Papa Roach tour to see live performances of new songs but that didn’t mean the guys didn’t have a couple of surprises up their sleeves. First, a little bit of trickery as Tommy had the entire front of the stage walking in a circle, only to have that become the start of a raging circle pit as the guys tore through “Run For Your Life” and a ripping medley of covers which included Queens of the Stone Age “No One Knows” and System of a Down’s “Chop Suey” had the whole house jumping.
Unfortunately, all great things must come to an end and tonight was no different. Everyone had phones out and the house lights were off as the guys closed the evening with a stirring performance of the Cranberries song “Zombies” creating an indelible memory for everyone lucky enough to witness it.
Bad Wolves is vocalist Tommy Vext (Westfield Massacre, ex-Divine Heresy), guitarist Doc Coyle (Vagus Nerve, ex-God Forbid), drummer John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), guitarist Chris Cain (Bury Your Dead), and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment),
It’s always great to see local bands getting a chance in the spotlight and local promoter Terry Harper always seems to get the perfect local groups together. Providing the main support this evening was Bowling Green, KY-based metallers Despite The Fallen. With a solid set of riff-heavy original songs, Despite The Fallen certainly grabbed the attention of everyone in the venue. Despite The Fallen is Johnny Walker with vocals, guitarists Dustin Bow and Mason Kesslar along with bassist Brandon Miller and drummer Todd Hogan.
Lexington, KY-based rockers Massive Cult (Tab Caudill, Nolan Mason, Billy Duncan, Andrew Hibpshman and Andrew Beauvier) and Georgetown, KY-based hard/Alt-rockers City Awake (Justin Freeman on vocals, bassist Aaron Bowling, guitarists Shawn Caudill & Justin Tackett along with drummer Ian Dozer) opened the evening in fine fashion with all too short sets of original songs