WOLF HOFFMANN – First Album Trailer Released!

WOLF HOFFMANN – First Album Trailer Released!

ACCEPT‘s guitar powerhouse, WOLF HOFFMANN, is set to release his second solo album entitled »Headbangers Symphony«, completely dedicated to the grand classic maestros, on July 1st, 2016 through Nuclear Blast. After the first single, ‘Scherzo’, was released last week, the first album trailer has been launched today, in which Wolf presents details about the creation of the album. Watch it over on YouTube:

Pre-order »Headbangers Symphony« here: http://nblast.de/WolfHoffmannSymphony

»Headbangers Symphony« – Track Listing:

01. Scherzo (L. v. Beethoven)

02. Night On Bald Mountain (M. Mussorgsky)

03. Je Crois Entendre Encore (G. Bizet)

04. Double Cello Concerto in G Minor (A. Vivaldi)

05. Adagio (T. Albinoni)

06. Symphony No. 40 (W. A. Mozart)

07. Swan Lake (P. Tchaikovsky)

08. Madame Butterfly (G. Puccini)

09. Pathétique (L. v. Beethoven)

10. Meditation (J. Massenet)

11. Air On The G String (J. S. Bach)

More on »Headbangers Symphony«:

‘Scherzo’ OFFICIAL TRACK: https://youtu.be/PHlBRrooEH4

Get the digital single here: http://nblast.de/WolfHoffmannDownloads

Wolf Hoffmann has a passion. His life-long love and dedication to heavy metal music is documented in dozens of albums spanning four decades with his long time heavy metal bandACCEPT. But beyond heavy metal, Wolf has an incessant craving for the classics, yes, the ones written decades and centuries ago.

Classical music has always been an influence – albeit limited – on ACCEPT‘s Teutonic approach to rock and heavy metal. However, it wasn’t until 1997 during a extended hiatus from ACCEPT, thatWolf Hoffmann finally had the chance to fully explore and fulfill this interest by recording his first astounding solo album »Classical«, a record filled with his rock guitar driven interpretations of some of classical music’s most loved compositions.

“I have always incorporated classical music in my songwriting with ACCEPT, especially with »Metal Heart«, but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do and I did not want to overload ACCEPT or force it in any way. I always knew I could make a whole record of it and that’s how the first record »Classical« was born. Even today, fans tell me that they are still listening to it, that’s why it is so fantastic now to do another one.”

»Headbangers Symphony« is truly a bold statement by a genuine musician who simply refused to rest on his laurels and continues to push and challenge himself.

“I am just so excited about »Headbangers Symphony«. It has taken a long, long time but here we are, it’s done, finally!” Wolf is just bursting with vigor as he talks about his latest labor of love. But why now? “It’s truly coincidental, after we completed the last ACCEPT tour, I finally had the time to finish it. I started this a few years ago. The early recordings have been sitting in my archives in my home studio for years, almost completed. The reality was that with the continued success of ACCEPT, I was only able to work on it when ACCEPT was not recording or touring.”

The prevalent early challenge was to pick the most suitable compositions. This was an exploratory process that only increased Wolf‘s adoration for the classics. “I always listen to classical music, it’s always playing throughout my house. I have a huge collection of classics and as I listen – often at random, I take notes if something truly strikes me. When I notice that this or that could work in a translation to rock or heavy metal, I remember it and I pursue it! This has been going on for a long time!”

There are several reasons for the necessary experimentations that faced Wolf. Most classical compositions were written to be performed by a full orchestra. The fluid timing, those multiple, complex layers and sections that stretched out for lengthy periods, classical music was simply never designed to be played to the rigid beat so prevalent in rock ‘n’ roll.

»Headbangers Symphony« showcases an overabundance of highly skilled improvisations. Wolftook the main pieces, and then wrote riffs that fit them. Lastly, in the grand hard rock tradition, he layered a guitar solo over it. He shaped the sound into a quite adventurous elegance, but the key themes of the originals remained.

The first volume had a focus on the better known pieces; the second – »Headbangers Symphony« – takes a similar approach. “In general, it does follow the same path,” admits Wolf, “but this time I did try to add a couple lesser known compositions. Mostly though, listeners will say, hey, I know that melody… so it’s pretty much the same path as the »Classical« record. It was my desire to record melodies I like and melodies people recognise.”

Now that the album is done, Wolf is proud looking back and is pleased with this true labour of love; something he has wanted to do since the first record »Classical« came out almost 20 years ago. While ACCEPT‘s Peter Baltes added several impressive bass lines, and other notable guest musicians made an appearance as well, the bulk of the work was completed by himself and Italian musician and arranger Melo Mafali.

“There are two major categories,” Wolf elaborates. “First the heavier stuff like Beethoven, the bombastic, full force epics on which you can simply shred along. Of course then there are the ballads, slower compositions that bring out the deeper feelings in each listener.”

The highlights on »Headbangers Symphony« are plentiful and easy to pin point. The album kicks off with ‘Scherzo’ from the well-known ‘9th Symphony’ by Ludwig v. Beethoven. Many listeners might recognise the opening riff from the ACCEPT song ‘Teutonic Terror’. “Back in 2009,” Wolf explains, “when we started working on the songs for the »Blood Of The Nations« album, I played the classical demos to our producer Andy Sneap. He liked that riff a lot and insisted on using it for the album. So we wrote ‘Teutonic Terror’ using this “borrowed” riff.”

Other highlights follow in rapid succession: ‘Night On Bald Mountain’ by Russian composerModest Petrovich Mussorgsky is a very dramatic dark song on the theme of a witches’ Sabbath, a perfect fit for Wolf‘s “metal treatment”. ‘Symphony No. 40’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be immediately recognisable. “It’s a little more up-tempo, pretty happy, typical for Mozart. Not mean and heavy as most of the other stuff,” Wolf points out. Additional highpoints include Wolf‘s interpretations of such masterworks as Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Pathétique’also from Ludwig v. Beethoven, ‘Méditation’ from the opera »Thais« by French composerJules Massenet, and of course the aforementioned ‘Madame Butterfly’.

All in all, the eleven compositions on »Headbangers Symphony« paint the perfect portrait ofWolf‘s life-long passion for the classics and his adoration for heavy metal. “I worked so much and so long on this until I felt it was ready. Now it is and I am thrilled and proud. This is my baby, my labor of love, ready for me to set it free.”


SABATON Announce First Dates Of THE LAST TOUR In Europe 2017! Very special guests are none other than heavy metal legends ACCEPT.

SABATON Announce First Dates Of THE LAST TOUR In Europe 2017! Very special guests are none other than heavy metal legends ACCEPT.

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Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON have announced the first dates for their massive European tour 2017. THE LAST TOUR is the biggest tour of SABATON yet and scheduled to kick off January 7th at König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Very special guests are none other than heavy metal legends ACCEPT.

Says SABATON‘s bass player Pär Sundström: „We have just finished our new album, which is titled THE LAST STAND and we know we have done a great album, which all fans of SABATON can appreciate for many years. If it is the best album of us, time will tell… But what we can tell for sure is that THE LAST TOUR will be the biggest and best tour of SABATON ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!“

Added ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann: „Accepting a tour with SABATON is the result of a very cool relationship we have with the band. It was a great pleasure to tour with them in USA and we followed their career with respect over the years. We have not seen a band who has such a clear vision where they want to go and it is rare that bands can translate their visions into real action. SABATON are a hard working band and are a serious role model for aspiring musicians and young bands. We are looking forward to have an exciting tour – especially after we have been in the studio for a while and sure feel some kind of cabin fever…“

SABATON w/ Accept

  • 07.01.2017 DE – Oberhausen, Konig Pilsener Arena
  • 08.01.2017 BE – Antwerp, Lotto Arena
  • 10.01.2017 IE – Dublin, Vicar Street
  • 11.01.2017 UK – Glasgow, o2 Academy
  • 13.01.2017 UK – Manchester, o2 Apollo
  • 14.01.2017 UK – London, o2 Brixton Academy
  • 28.01.2017 DE – Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
  • 29.01.2017 NL – Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall
  • 31.01.2017 DE – Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle
  • 01.02.2017 DE – Saarbrucken, Saarlandhalle
  • 04.02.2017 DE – Bamberg, Brose Arena
  • 05.02.2017 DE – Munich, Zenith
  • 15.03.2017 DE – Berlin, Columbiahalle

Tickets for all shows will be available on May 31st at 10:00am CET and can be purchased here: http://www.sabaton.net/tour 

Additional shows to be announced at a later date.

SABATON‘s highly awaited 8th album THE LAST STAND will be released worldwide on August 19th through NUCLEAR BLAST.


Soul touching blend of great masters of classic and a brisk metal guitar. Wolf Hoffman is one of a kind.” – SPARK (CZ)

Soul touching blend of great masters of classic and a brisk metal guitar. Wolf Hoffman is one of a kind.” – SPARK (CZ)

“Die perfekte Symbiose aus Teutonen-Metal und Klassik pur!” – ROCK IT (D), Andreas Schöwe

“Classic music meets metal with a killer sound: „Headbangers Symphony“ is simply a strong record made with all Hoffmann’s trademarks”. – ROCK HARD (IT), Andrea Raffaldini

“Did you ever doubt he’s a guitar god? One single axe vs. a full orchestra!” – LA HEAVY (ES), Juan Destroyer

“Soul touching blend of great masters of classic and a brisk metal guitar. Wolf Hoffman is one of a kind.” – SPARK (CZ), Tomáš Vítek

ACCEPT’s most influential lead guitarist, Wolf Hoffmann is set to release his second solo album, ‘Headbangers Symphony’ on July 1st. Pre-order a Limited Edition Gatefold Red Vinyl here: http://bit.ly/WolfHoffmannRed

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Pre-order a Limited Edition Gatefold Red Vinyl of Wolf Hoffmann’s Headbangers Symphony

Pre-order a Limited Edition Gatefold Red Vinyl of Wolf Hoffmann’s Headbangers Symphony

 

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ACCEPT’s most influential lead guitarist, Wolf Hoffmann is set to release his second solo album, ‘Headbangers Symphony’ on July 1st. Pre-order a Limited Edition Gatefold Red Vinyl here: http://bit.ly/WolfHoffmannRed


Wolf Hoffmann Releases Headbangers Symphony July 1st

Wolf Hoffmann Releases Headbangers Symphony July 1st

Wolf Hoffmann Headbangers Symphony

ACCEPT’s Guitar Powerhouse WOLF HOFFMANN, inspiration and role model for generations of new guitar players – his classical handwriting carved a different niche for ACCEPT since the early music labeling of something called HEAVY METAL – is getting ready to release his 2nd solo album entitled »Headbangers Symphony«, completely dedicated to the grand Classic Maestros, on July 1st, 2016 – of course – by Nuclear Blast, the strongest label for SYMPHONIC ROCK MUSIC.

Wolf Hoffmann has a passion. His life-long love and dedication to heavy metal music is documented in dozens of albums spanning four decades with his long time heavy metal band ACCEPT. But beyond heavy metal, Wolf has an incessant craving for the classics, yes, the ones written decades and centuries ago.

Classical music has always been an influence – albeit limited – on ACCEPT‘s Teutonic approach to rock and heavy metal. However, it wasn’t until 1997 during a extended hiatus from ACCEPT, thatWolf Hoffmann finally had the chance to fully explore and fulfill this interest by recording his first astounding solo album »Classical«, a record filled with his rock guitar driven interpretations of some of classical music’s most loved compositions.

“I have always incorporated classical music in my songwriting with ACCEPT, especially with »Metal Heart«, but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do and I did not want to overload ACCEPT or force it in any way. I always knew I could make a whole record of it and that’s how the first record »Classical« was born. Even today, fans tell me that they are still listening to it, that’s why it is so fantastic now to do another one.”

»Headbangers Symphony« is truly a bold statement by a genuine musician who simply refused to rest on his laurels and continues to push and challenge himself.

»Headbangers Symphony« – Track Listing:

01. Scherzo (L. v. Beethoven) 

02. Night On Bald Mountain (M. Mussorgsky) 

03. Je Crois Entendre Encore (G. Bizet)

04. Double Cello Concerto in G Minor (A. Vivaldi)

05. Adagio (T. Albinoni)

06. Symphony No. 40 (W. A. Mozart )

07. Swan Lake (P. Tchaikovsky) 

08. Madame Butterfly (G. Puccini)

09. Pathétique (L. v. Beethoven)

10. Meditation (J. Massenet)

11. Air On The G String (J. S. Bach)

“I am just so excited about »Headbangers Symphony«. It has taken a long, long time but here we are, it’s done, finally!” Wolf is just bursting with vigor as he talks about his latest labor of love. But why now? “It’s truly coincidental, after we completed the last ACCEPT tour, I finally had the time to finish it. I started this a few years ago. The early recordings have been sitting in my archives in my home studio for years, almost completed. The reality was that with the continued success of ACCEPT, I was only able to work on it when ACCEPT was not recording or touring.”

The prevalent early challenge was to pick the most suitable compositions. This was an exploratory process that only increased Wolf‘s adoration for the classics. “I always listen to classical music, it’s always playing throughout my house. I have a huge collection of classics and as I listen – often at random, I take notes if something truly strikes me. When I notice that this or that could work in a translation to rock or heavy metal, I remember it and I pursue it! This has been going on for a long time!”

There are several reasons for the necessary experimentations that faced Wolf. Most classical compositions were written to be performed by a full orchestra. The fluid timing, those multiple, complex layers and sections that stretched out for lengthy periods, classical music was simply never designed to be played to the rigid beat so prevalent in rock ‘n’ roll.

»Headbangers Symphony« showcases an overabundance of highly skilled improvisations. Wolf took the main pieces, and then wrote riffs that fit them. Lastly, in the grand hard rock tradition, he layered a guitar solo over it. He shaped the sound into a quite adventurous elegance, but the key themes of the originals remained.

The first volume had a focus on the better known pieces; the second – »Headbangers Symphony« – takes a similar approach. “In general, it does follow the same path,” admits Wolf, “but this time I did try to add a couple lesser known compositions. Mostly though, listeners will say, hey, I know that melody… so it’s pretty much the same path as the »Classical« record. It was my desire to record melodies I like and melodies people recognise.”

Now that the album is done, Wolf is proud looking back and is pleased with this true labour of love; something he has wanted to do since the first record »Classical« came out almost 20 years ago. While ACCEPT‘s Peter Baltes added several impressive bass lines, and other notable guest musicians made an appearance as well, the bulk of the work was completed by himself and Italian musician and arranger Melo Mafali.

“There are two major categories,” Wolf elaborates. “First the heavier stuff like Beethoven, the bombastic, full force epics on which you can simply shred along. Of course then there are the ballads, slower compositions that bring out the deeper feelings in each listener.”

The highlights on »Headbangers Symphony« are plentiful and easy to pin point. The album kicks off with ‘Scherzo’ from the well-known ‘9th Symphony’ by Ludwig v. Beethoven. Many listeners might recognise the opening riff from the ACCEPT song ‘Teutonic Terror’. “Back in 2009,” Wolf explains, “when we started working on the songs for the »Blood Of The Nations« album, I played the classical demos to our producer Andy Sneap. He liked that riff a lot and insisted on using it for the album. So we wrote ‘Teutonic Terror’ using this “borrowed” riff.”

Other highlights follow in rapid succession: ‘Night On Bald Mountain’ by Russian composerModest Petrovich Mussorgsky is a very dramatic dark song on the theme of a witches’ Sabbath, a perfect fit for Wolf‘s “metal treatment”. ‘Symphony No. 40’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be immediately recognisable. “It’s a little more up-tempo, pretty happy, typical for Mozart. Not mean and heavy as most of the other stuff,” Wolf points out. Additional highpoints include Wolf‘s interpretations of such masterworks as Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Pathétique’also from Ludwig v. Beethoven, ‘Méditation’ from the opera »Thais« by French composerJules Massenet, and of course the aforementioned ‘Madame Butterfly’.

All in all, the eleven compositions on »Headbangers Symphony« paint the perfect portrait ofWolf‘s life-long passion for the classics and his adoration for heavy metal. “I worked so much and so long on this until I felt it was ready. Now it is and I am thrilled and proud. This is my baby, my labor of love, ready for me to set it free.”

Wolf Hoffmann


ACCEPT are Empowered By Our Fans!

ACCEPT are Empowered By Our Fans!

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The last show in South America, in Santiago de Chile can be called the GRAND FINISH of a fantastic tour  with shows in Argentina & Brazil. After a highly praised performance at the MONSTERS OF ROCK in 2015 ACCEPT came back with a fire in their belly… and a full 2 hour show.

Wolf: THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the packed houses where we marveled in joy:  YOU OUT SANG US – even after we had left the stage already… you did not want to stop… neither did we!   

We will come back and promise you a new album and a very DIFFERENT SHOW – something we have not done before! We feel empowered by our fans around the world – and will go back to write songs with great inspiration in our hearts! Stay tuned… the ACCEPT story goes on! 

The show reviews are stunning and it is obvious, ACCEPT did it again! In Santiago spring floods nearly  jeopardized the event – but, fans came running and ACCEPT delivered.

Powermetal and others gave them a raving feet back – translated like this:  Fearing the Theater would collapse, all jumping to the rhythm of the subject may define itself in this new stage – Accept a band –  simply… devastating. Teutonic Terror is pretty much one of the best modern classic songs , a true axing of German terror.

We left the theater with the feeling of having experienced something unique with emotions that feed the soul after a precise and demolishing show in sound, bright in the staging, rewarding in delivering live the best of a bygone era, but in the present, going further than ever as ACCEPT are Masters, Lords and Masters of Heavy Metal – just perfect.


ACCEPT Celebrate In Brazil!

ACCEPT Celebrate In Brazil!

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ACCEPT CELEBRATE TODAY IN MANAUS, BRAZIL the 12th of April, the day one year ago, where it was made official that UWE & CHRISTOPHER will be the new GANG MEMBERS! ACCEPT have many reasons to celebrate, as BLIND RAGE rages over South America and the song writing is going great for a new album and a few new surprises are under their belt – what’s not to celebrate!


ACCEPT Was the Highlight at Full Metal Mountain

ACCEPT Was the Highlight at Full Metal Mountain

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by Mangseth

Full Metal Mountain is a great idea! Imagine that you are skiing down the alps, you stop at a bierstube for a beer and there is a band there playing metal……

And at night you are among other metalheads in the main tent drinking beer and listening to your favorite bands. The atmosphere in Tropolach is just electric and everybody I spoke to said it had been an unforgettable week.

I spend two days there and the highlight was of course the ACCEPT concert Saturday night which also was the last show of the festival.

ACCEPT came on stage about 22.30 with the pounding “Stampede” and from there and on the audience was with them. From the new classic Stalingrad through some old classics like London Leatherboys and Restless & Wild they were impressive as always giving 110%. The cool thing about this show is that they played more “new” songs than old and that says a lot about the quality of the new songs for a band with that many classics from the eighties. The show had not a boring moment just a lot of highlights like Peter and Wolf’s “battle” and the solo on Fast As A Shark where Wolf and Uwe are brilliant. And Mark’s voice really fit the songs perfect.

After a short break Christopher fires up the audience to a last effort and when the encores comes with Metal Heart and Balls to The Wall the night is complete.

They thank the crowd as Bound To Fail fades out after a perfect end to a great week in the Austrian mountains.


“He’s a brilliant singer, great front man, love that band Accept” – Rob Halford

“He’s a brilliant singer, great front man, love that band Accept” – Rob Halford

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Discussing the recently published interview with ACCEPT‘s Mark Tornillo, Rob Halford enthused:

“Yeah great, he’s a brilliant singer, great front man, love that band Accept. It was unusual, a call to have a chit chat from two guys that do the same type of work, it was a lot of fun to do. I think there should be more of that ‘cos we love having chit chats with our friends in the business and with journalists like yourself. When you’ve lived the life there’s a lot of common ground, but it’s also an opportunity to pick up on stories that you probably don’t know about, you know, things you wouldn’t know about if you’re kind of outside what it’s like to be in a band.“

Read the Rest!

 


For our Russian Fans: ACCEPT are on VK Now!

For our Russian Fans: ACCEPT are on VK Now!

For our Russian fans: We are on VK now!
Специально для русскоязычных фанатов ACCEPT открыли официальное представительство в крупнейшей русскоязычной социальной сети ВКонтакте: https://vk.com/acceptofficial

Здесь вы найдете всю актуальную информацию об ACCEPT на русском языке, включая даты концертов, последние новости, свежие фотографии и live-видео, а также множество раритетных материалов.

Enjoy!


ACCEPT’s Mark Tornillo Interviews JUDAS PRIEST’s Rob Halford

ACCEPT’s Mark Tornillo Interviews JUDAS PRIEST’s Rob Halford

ACCEPT’s Mark Tornillo Interviews JUDAS PRIEST’s Rob Halford.

With kind permission by Jayne Andrews, Holger Stratmann & Thomas Kupfer.


Four More Shows Added to THE LAST TOUR with Sabaton!

Four More Shows Added to THE LAST TOUR with Sabaton!

Four more shows added to THE LAST TOUR with Sabaton! Check TOUR DATES for details


Happy Birthday, Mark!

Happy Birthday, Mark!

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WE WANT TO CELEBRATE HOW WONDERFUL THIS BAND FEELS NOW!

Happy Birthday, Mark! It is your 6th birthday… we celebrate together! 6 years of great albums, unforgettable nights with our growing fan community around the globe! Not one of us could do it alone – only together… and are we stronger than ever! WE CAME FAR AND OUR FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT! Let’s keep us rollin’ brother! HAVE A ROCKIN’ DAY

Wolf, Peter, Uwe & Christopher