Bad Wolves @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 7th October 2018

After being in hospital with a severe viral bronchial infection, singer Tommy Vext returned to the stage to join his bandmates for their show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in what was a hugely triumphant return. Unless you had known about his recent hospitalization I don’t believe you would have been able to tell. Without messing up the vocals or stumbling for breath he delivered an amazing show alongside the rest of Bad Wolves.
With an explosive kickoff into Officer Down the band gets the crowd riled up and ready to go for the rest of the evening before Three Days Grace. A personal favourite other than their final song of the
evening was Better The Devil. With exhilarating drum fills and a strong bassline the band demonstrate just how heavy metal should be done. Filled with passion and crowd interaction – from getting mosh pits and a wall of death going – it was truly entertaining to watch. On a more relatable note to get the audience amped up Vext asks them who hates their job, who hates school and who wants to Run For Their Life – a fitting title for the song and for their sets interaction.
A very special end to the set started with Dan Waite (works for the record label Eleven Seven), coming out to award them their European certified diamond records (ten million or more albums sold). A huge achievement, Vext takes the microphone to thank the everyone and emotionally opened their last song of the evening Zombie. With lighters and phone torches in the air, The memory of Dolores O’Riordan is stronger than ever. Every member of the crowd sings along, either in Bad Wolves’ modern take or with O’Riordan’s unique singing style. I began to feel quite emotional as I was a fan of The Cranberries having been raised listening to them. The tribute itself was beautiful and as the song nears its close Vext collapses to the ground in tears for the fallen artist that left us in January. An emotional end to what was the highlight of the evening for me. All in all, Bad Wolves know themselves and what they do already in their early infancy. I think that this is a band to be closely followed in the future. They are going to push boundaries and go far.

Words: Courtney Solloway

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