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Interview with Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext, drummer John Boecklin and local Monster Band integration We Blame The Empire.
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HEAVY TALKS - INSIGHTS INTO THE HARD N HEAVY SCENE

Apr 302020

What is the difference between the local and international hard 'n' heavy scene? In what aspects can newcomer bands learn from the currently most successful metal export? A few months ago, we had the opportunity to shed light on many of these questions.

WE BLAME THE EMPIRE

The local metalcore power We Blame the Empire is considered one of the most promising newcomer bands in the Austrian hard 'n' heavy scene - founded in 2014, they started recording their debut album “These Waves Won't Take Me”. After numerous live performances and growing streaming-numbers, they built up an international fan base.

Their second studio album AERO was released on 13th of April.

"Let the earth breathe. It’s time for an updraft. I scream it into the sky. Nothing so powerful. Sensitive and so divine."

Aero - silence, storm, a hurricane or a gentle breeze. Nothing describes life better than the movement of air. As in the past, the four Upper Austrians take up topics related to environmental protection and social criticism and process personal experiences.

BAD WOLVES

Bad Wolves aren’t just a band, they’re a sonic wrecking ball that’s destroying everything in their path. The act—which is composed of drummer John Boecklin (ex-Devildriver), vocalist Tommy Vext (Divine Heresy, Snot) as well as guitarists Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), Chris Cain (Bury Your Dead) and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment), may seem like they just exploded onto the scene, but the idea has been percolating in both Boecklin' and Vext’ heads since 2015.

The  result  is  of  this  joint  effort  is their debut album Disobey,  an  album  that  music  fans  have  been clamoring  for  and  that  has  already  birthed  a  viral  single  via  their  impassioned  (and seemingly ubiquitous) cover of the Cranberries’ 1993 protest song, “Zombie,” which has racked  up  over  33  million  views  over  Facebook  and  YouTube,  hit  #1  on  Spotify's  viral chart in over 40 countries countries and gone to #1 on the iTunes songs chart.

Since then the band from L.A has been unstoppable.

 

In 2019, they continued that momentum with their sophomore album, N.A.T.I.O.N. which came in at #1 upon its release on the Top Hard Rock, Current Hard Rock and Billboard Hard Rock charts.

 

 

HEAVY TALKS - PODCAST

Monster Energy and radio 88.6 have teamed up to shed light on the local hard 'n' heavy scene. Why do you have the feeling that despite a lively metal scene, less and less successful artists and musicians emerge? We Blame the Empire frontman Sebastian "Borsti“ Penninger hosts 88.6 moderator Sarah Steiner in this exciting podcast format under the title: 88.6 Heavy Talks powered by Monster Energy.

Episode 1:

We met Bad Wolves at their Vienna Stop on 19th February in the Wiener Stadthalle to talk about the past, present, future and much more. Listen in!

 

Many exciting podcasts with current topics and well-known guests come to you. Check our channels regularly and stay up-to-date.

 

Radio 88.6: https://bit.ly/2WfciYj

We Blame The Empire: https://bit.ly/35h1WLX

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