Released on: 2016-07-01
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.
Fast-forward to 2016… Wolf Hoffmann has once again taken time out from ACCEPT to complete the long awaited follow-up to »Classical«: »Headbangers Symphony«. It’s truly a bold statement by a genuine musician who simply refused to rest on his laurels and continues to push and challenge himself.
The highlights on »Headbangers Symphony« are plenty and easy to pin point. The album kicks off with 'Scherzo' from the well-known '9th Symphony' by Ludwig v. Beethoven. Many listeners might recognize 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 composer Modest 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 recognizable. “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. “I came up with some cool riffs that fit this really well. I am becoming a Mozart fan; early on I was more into people like Tchaikovsky, more the dramatic, serious stuff. I go through changes and its fun to discover new things… and Mozart is quite easy to transfer to guitar, not as complex as let’s say Beethoven.” 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 composer Jules Massenet, and of course the afore mentioned 'Madame Butterfly'.
Wolf of course continues with ACCEPT who are readying yet another album later this year. He insists that ACCEPT will remain his priority but can’t hide his delight of finally completing »Headbangers Symphony«. “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.”
|Track list||Total runtime|
|1||- Scherzo (L. v. Beethoven)||5:22|
|2||- Night On Bald Mountain (M. Mussorgsky)||4:22|
|3||- Je Crois Entendre Encore (G. Bizet)||4:17|
|4||- Double Cello Concerto in G Minor (A. Vivaldi)||3:31|
|5||- Adagio (T. Albinoni)||5:45|
|6||- Symphony No. 40 (W. A. Mozart )||4:10|
|7||- Swan Lake (P. Tchaikovsky)||4:45|
|8||- Madame Butterfly (G. Puccini)||3:57|
|9||- Pathétique (L. v. Beethoven)||5:14|
|10||- Meditation (J. Massenet)||4:04|
|11||- Air On The G String (J. S. Bach)||2:50|