On Die About It, Bad Wolves circumvent convention by stretching the boundaries of hard rock with earthquaking heaviness, enigmatic experimentation, and enthralling melodies.
In 2018, Bad Wolves came together with a unique vision for heavy music, combining soaring hooks with powerful riffs and intricate rhythms, often throwing in unexpected twists. Their debut album, Disobey, made it to the Top 25 of the Billboard 200 chart and included both a platinum and a gold single. Following that success, they released N.A.T.I.O.N. in 2019 and achieved another No. 1 hit with "Lifeline" in 2021. Critics praised their diversity and musical evolution, and they gained a massive online following resulting in nearly one billion streams. They also sold out headline shows worldwide and shared stages with notable bands like Papa Roach, Hollywood Undead, and Volbeat.
Now, Bad Wolves have reinvented their sound with their fourth full-length album, Die About It. On it, they pushed their boundaries to experiment while maintaining a heavy edge, ensuring that each song had its unique character. This album represents a fresh start for the band, a rebirth of sorts.
DL, who joined the group before their previous album, Dear Monsters, played a significant role in the creative process for the album. The band drew inspiration from diverse sources like the 1975 and Meshuggah.
“Nobody is against any idea in the studio,” remarked DL. “That’s the most beautiful thing about this. There’s no limitations. We went to the far ends of the really soft and the extreme. We made it a point to separate ourselves from the past and make this our own.”
The band's creative process was open and unrestricted, allowing them to explore both soft and extreme musical elements. The opening track and first single, "Bad Friend," is a prime example. It begins with a delicate melody and clean guitar, only to transition into a heavy, catchy chorus, exploring the theme of betrayal.
"Legends Never Die" builds towards a monumental refrain with harmonies and a gripping riff. DL incorporates rap into the bridge before a soaring solo and a piano outro. The song conveys the idea that loved ones remain with us even after they've passed. "NDA" meanwhile, introduces tension and anxiety in its chorus, with a surprising saxophone solo. The song captures the band's emotions at the start of the album's creation.
"Savior" boasts a bold and infectious hook, and the title track, "Die About It," summarizes the new era. DL delivers an intense performance, countering with distorted guitars, double bass drums, and guttural screams. The song serves as a defiant response to those who have tried to hinder their progress.
The album is a statement of self-assertion, challenging victim mentalities and negative influences. Bad Wolves are moving forward on their own terms, demonstrating their hunger, drive, and resilience in the face of criticism and adversity. This record is the product of their unwavering dedication.