Wolf Hoffmann Music Video for ‘Night On Bald Mountain’ Revealed; Headbangers Symphony out now!

Wolf Hoffmann Music Video for ‘Night On Bald Mountain’ Revealed; Headbangers Symphony out now!

“The perfect symbiosis of Teutonic metal and pure classics!”
ROCK IT! (D), Andreas Schöwe

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“Classical music meets metal with a killer sound:
»Headbangers Symphony« is simply a strong record made with all of Hoffmann’s trademarks!”
ROCK HARD (I), Andrea Raffaldini

“Soul-touching blend of the great masters of classical and a brisk metal guitar.
Wolf Hoffmann is one of a kind.”
SPARK (CZ), Tomáš Vítek

ACCEPT’s guitar powerhouse, WOLF HOFFMANN, releases his second solo album today throughNuclear Blast, entitled »Headbangers Symphony«, completely dedicated to the grand classic maestros. To mark the occasion, the brand-new music video for ‘Night On Bald Mountain’ has been revealed today.

Wolf commented on the video:
“Some ideas devised in a split second can work like a charm, and originally it was like – there’s no way you can do that… but I thought WHY NOT?! We had so much fun and it was party time from the first second onwards! I hope that the fans get it: a very hot summer night with friends and music and going a bit over the top… I wish you all could have been there!”Order »Headbangers Symphony« now: http://nblast.de/WolfHoffmannSymphony
Get the digital version here: http://nblast.de/WolfHoffmannDownloads»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
Trailer #1: https://youtu.be/89qA_VgP5GM
Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/Ox4w573o5VU

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, ‘Meditation’ 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 labour of love, ready for me to set it free.”

 

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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


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:

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 band ACCEPT. But beyond heavy metal, Wolf has an incessant craving for the classics, yes, the ones written decades and centuries ago.

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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.”

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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


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.