Made famous by their rendition of “Zombie,” Bad Wolves have returned to prove they are so much more than brooding rock. With N.A.T.I.O.N., the band successfully raises the bar repeatedly, letting it be known that Disobey (2018) was just a stepping stone for something larger and more dynamic.
“No Messiah,” the second track, properly blends anthemic rock with metal-influenced breakdowns (both vocally and instrumentally) flexing the band’s muscles early on. There’s also the mainstream melody of the single, “Killing Me Slowly”; the addictive group vocals and quick-spitting lyrics of “Friend or Foe”; the radio-friendly smoothness of “Sober”; the pounding upcoming of “Crying Game”; and the well-blended closer, “LA Song,” balanced between chaos and clarity.
Disobey was basically a preview. N.A.T.I.O.N. is really where Bad Wolves prove their worth. It’s a dynamite return with lots to offer.