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ACCEPT – Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann

July 12th, 2017

WOLF HOFFMANN

INTERVIEW AND LIVEPHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

The German metal legend Accept is releasing its 15th album THE RISE OF THE CHAOS on August 4th. The band’s guitarist and founding member Wolf Hoffman visited Helsinki in early June to promote the new album. Here’s what he had to tell us about THE RISE OF CHAOS and various other topics including the current Accept line-up and the upcoming Wacken spectacle in August.

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DIRKSCHNEIDER – New Live Video from upcoming DVD

June 24th, 2017

DIRKSCHNEIDER present the first live video from their upcoming DVD “Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!” (out in the US on August 18th/ EU on August 4th):

Watch Udo and his band performing their asses off, bringing back that 80s vibe and good memories of Udo’s time with Accept!

 

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ACCEPT Reveal Cover Artwork for The Rise of Chaos, To Be Released August 4th

May 13th, 2017
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Accept – The Rise of Chaos

Heavy metal pioneers ACCEPT are back in the game with a new studio album! The record entitled »The Rise Of Chaos«, will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The band’s 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – »Blood Of The Nations«,»Stalingrad«, and »Blind Rage« – with grandeur and precision.

Today, the band has unveiled the cover artwork of the new record, which was created by Gyula Havancsák (GRAVE DIGGER, DESTRUCTION a.o.)

“THE RISE OF CHAOS is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go – there is some hidden as well as  some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know.  What was there today – can be gone tomorrow and it’s kind of irritating, because it happens  on   so many levels and no one knows what comes next.  The cover is our last stage set – but now clearly destroyed –  like…..  after a catastrophe!” explains Wolf Hoffmann.

And if this wasn’t enough, ACCEPT will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts, which represent the band’s creative power:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits.

Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album »Headbangers Symphony«, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: ACCEPT will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s »Night To Remember« which makes it even more special. The »Night To Remember« is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

Wolf Hoffmann stated: “It’s always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organising team put into their work to get a varied result. It’s a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that ACCEPT has never done before, we hope we can give something really special to the fans.”

“ACCEPT have been and are still a very important part of Germany’s heavy metal scene. We’re really looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure,” stated Thomas Jensen, organiser of Wacken Open Air.

ACCEPT at Wacken 2017

Get your tickets for W:O:A here: https://www.metaltix.com/wacken-tickets-4969.html#tour466
More info: www.wacken.com

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More on »Restless And Live«:
Stampede [Live]
Restless And Wild [Live]
Pandemic [Live]
Fast As A Shark [Live]
Shadow Soldiers [Live]

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Sabaton with support on The Last Tour Scandinavian leg 2017 – leg 1 – Sparbanken Skåne Arena Lund,Sweden

May 4th, 2017

Sabaton

The Last Tour Scandinavian leg 2017 – leg 1
Accept – special guest
Twilight Force – support act

Sparbanken Skåne Arena
Lund
Sweden
22/3 – 2017

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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The new ACCEPT album is coming

April 16th, 2017

The new record is entitled »The Rise Of Chaos« and will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – »Blood Of The Nations«, »Stalingrad«, and »Blind Rage« – with grandeur and precision.

And if this wasn’t enough, we will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic set, packed with new and old hits. Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album »Headbangers Symphony«, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: This will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s »Night To Remember« which makes it even more special. The »Night To Remember« is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

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ACCEPT – Live at Ice Hall, Helsinki

March 14th, 2017

ICE HALL, HELSINKI

24.02 2017

REVIEW AND LIVE PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

The German metal veterans Accept returned to Finland once again, this time as “a special guest” for Sabaton. The concert was held at the Old Ice Hall of Helsinki, and the venue was completely sold out with approximately 7000 people in the crowd. The band doesn’t have a new studio album to promote, but they just released their first live album, RESTLESS AND LIVE, in January 2017. Maybe this tour is more or less an escape from the studio tour since the band is currently working on its next record which is coming out sometime in the fall. But on the other hand, touring with bands like Sabaton surely helps older groups reach a lot of potential new fans who are not familiar with the legends.

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ACCEPT: Classic album “Platinum Editions” out April 14th!

March 7th, 2017

 

Metal history gets an upgrade! The legendary first four classic albums by ACCEPT (“Accept”, “I’m A Rebel”, “Breaker”, “Restless And Wild”) will be available as CD re-releases (in Digipak format) on April 14th.
These re-issues were compiled in close collaboration with original Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider (official) (U.D.O./ DIRKSCHNEIDER). The booklets include the song’s lyrics, old photos from the archives and liner notes by Udo*; “I’m A Rebel”, “Breaker” and “Restless And Wild” in addition come with exclusive (live) bonus tracks, performed by Dirkschneider.
* The “Accept” album instead of written liner notes includes an audio-recorded interview with Udo in which he gives insight on the foundation of the band.
These “Platinum Edition” re-issues will only be available in North & South America, Asia, Russia, Turkey and the Baltic Countries.

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Sabaton + Accept + Twilight Force @ O2 Academy Brixton, London

January 22nd, 2017

Sabaton + Accept + Twilight Force

@ O2 Academy Brixton, London

January 14, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Fabiola Santini

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ACCEPT – Reveal “Fast As A Shark” Live Clip

January 5th, 2017

On January 13th, heavy metal titans ACCEPT will deliver their new live package calledRestless And Live. This set will not only include the entire show that ACCEPT played atBang Your Head!!! Festival 2015 on DVD, but also two live CDs with different recordings from their most recent European tour. Today, ACCEPT release a new live clip to give you a last taste of Restless And Live – watch “Fast As A Shark [Live]” here:

 

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Accept: Release Second Trailer For Restless And Live

December 2nd, 2016
Accept - Restless and Live

Accept – Restless and Live

Metal icons, ACCEPT, recently made the release of their new live package called Restless And Live,public. This package will include the entire show ACCEPT played at Bang Your Head!!! Festival 2015on 2 CD/DVD.The release will be available in stores from January 13th, 2017 (Nuclear Blast). To provide you with a taster of this new masterpiece, the band led by axe man Wolf Hoffmann presents their first trailer for their upcoming 2 CD/DVD today. In this clip, Wolf and ACCEPT producer Andy Sneap talk about the setlist and about new as well as old classics from ACCEPT. Today, the band presents their second trailer: In this clip, Wolf and Andy discuss the recording of the show at Bang Your Head!!!. Check it out here:

Wolf explains: “It was actually never really planned, it sort of just happened. At Bang Your Head!!! they always record their shows so we just thought: ‘Yeah, let them film it!'”. After Andy praises their stage show as being crucial for the great atmosphere, Wolf continues: ‘Yes, as well as the crowd. We’ve been there before so it felt familiar to film it and see what happens. Then we got the footage and we thought: ‘Wow, it’s pretty good!'”

Have you missed the first trailer of the DVD? Then make sure to watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc-Iytw2Zko&feature=youtu.be

Pre-order Restless And Live now: http://nblast.de/AcceptRestlessLive

Pre-order Restless And Live digitally and receive “Restless And Wild [Live]” and “Stampede [Live]” instantly or stream these songs now: http://nblast.de/AcceptDownloads

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Restless And Live – Tracklisting:
DVD
01. Stampede
02. Stalingrad
03. London Leatherboys
04. Restless And Wild
05. Dying Breed
06. Final Journey
07. Shadow Soldiers
08. Losers And Winners
09. 200 Years
10. Midnight Mover
11. No Shelter
12. Princess Of The Dawn
13. Dark Side Of My Heart
14. Pandemic
15. Fast As A Shark
16. Metal Heart
17. Teutonic Terror
18. Balls To The Wall

CD1
01. Stampede
02. Stalingrad
03. Hellfire
04. London Leatherboys
05. Living For Tonite
06. 200 Years
07. Demon’s Night
08. Dying Breed
09. Final Journey
10. From The Ashes We Rise
11. Losers And Winners
12. No Shelter
13. Shadow Soldiers
14. Midnight Mover

CD2
01. Starlight
02. Restless And Wild
03. Son Of A Bitch
04. Pandemic
05. Dark Side Of My Heart
06. The Curse
07. Flash Rockin’ Man
08. Bulletproof
09. Fall Of The Empire
10. Fast As A Shark
11. Metal Heart
12. Teutonic Terror
13. Balls To The Wall

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Wolf Hoffmann of Accept discusses his addiction to classical music on new CD – Headbangers Symphony

June 25th, 2016
Wolf Hoffmann - Headbangers Symphony

Wolf Hoffmann – Headbangers Symphony

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann has dedicated his life to heavy metal which is well documented in dozens of albums spanning four decades. But beyond heavy metal, many people might not know that he has an incessant craving for classical music! In 1997 he released his first classical CD and now almost 20 years later he is releasing his newest solo CD, Headbangers Symphony due out July 1st on Nuclear Blast Records. Eleven “metaled up” songs by classical composers like Ludwig v. Beethoven, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to name a few.

I caught up with Wolf to talk about this monster endeavor that took almost a decade to create as well as the work that went into it.

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New ACCEPT Book By Author Extraordinaire Martin Popoff Out Now

June 17th, 2016

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German heavy metal heroes Accept have been headbanging their way around the world since 1979, creating along the way three of the finest metal albums of all time in Restless and Wild, Balls to the Wall and Metal Heart, with 1981’s Breaker even serving as a cult favourite of those in the know.

image002.gifFronted by diminutive shrieker Udo Dirkschneider, the band crafted an intelligent and professional sound somewhere along the axis from AC/DC to Judas Priest, which found Accept going gold on the strength of their superlative Balls to the Wall record of 1983.

Acrimony between Udo and the guys caused the shocking ouster of their lead singer for 1989’s Eat the Heat, and a reunion in the ‘90s didn’t last, causing renewed tensions. Now back with Mark Tornillo belting it out, Accept have created a trio of rock-solid records that finds the band back in charge and cranking out anthems new and old on stages the world over.

Come celebrate the career of heavy metal’s beloved Teutonic terrors, in this first book ever on the band in any language. It’s guaranteed that Popoff’s celebrated song-by-song analysis will have you scurrying back to the catalogue screaming for another love-bite, faster than a shark out of the dark and headbanging over the course of many long neon nights.

Price including shipping:
US orders: 33.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $38.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $36.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), especially for US orders.

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, the Accept book won’t be up at the site for another 10 days or so but I am indeed taking orders!).

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Dirkschneider with support on Back To The Roots European Tour 2016 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

April 6th, 2016

Dirkschneider
Back To The Roots European Tour 2016
Anvil – special guest
Rampart – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
25/2 – 2016

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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DIRKSCHNEIDER & ANVIL : Live at Tavastia, Helsinki, FINLAND

March 8th, 2016

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DIRKSCHNEIDER 

with support band ANVIL

The 1st of March 2016

Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

“Balls To The Wall”, “Metal Heart” and a great number of other Accept classic ones have been the most important part of Udo Dirkschneider’s career, life and DNA since year zero. Especially those 80’s metal hymns have belonged to the youth of every teenager’s life back in the day. Even though the German metal icon has done those Accept evergreen on his long solo career until now, when he announced about closing the chapter of the Accept years by doing the specific tour under the Dirkschneider moniker. Back To The Roots/Farewell To Accept had been aimed high to cover nothing, but the Accept songs from the 80’s. Before Udo hit the stage smash the balls to the wall for the last time ever, the Canadian threesome Anvil had obtained the opening slot. The Tavastia club was totally packed, the gig was sold out a long time ago. Obviously the Accept nostalgia trip reached these 80’s heavy metal teenagers who had aged quite a lot. Seeing the younger generation in the middle aged crowd was quite rare.

 

ANVIL

Although the legendary Anvil DVD saw the light of day years ago, the band got the well deserved hype to boost the career to survive, but yet the hype still goes on. Frankly good for them, the 60 year old men got the one last chance to enjoy a bit of some kind of success before it was too late. However Lips appears to be a young naïve teenage hippie kid from the suburban area of Toronto, smoking weed and playing rock’n’roll. However Anvil’s simple and tongue-in-cheek mentality with the serious attitude is bloody cute and endearing in a way. Anvil is Anvil, no doubt about that. The songs off from METAL ON METAL played the major role in the set such as “666”, “March Of The Crabs” and of course “Metal On Metal” concluding the 60 minute set. As for the latest album being played a few songs for example “Die For A Lie” and “Zombie Apocalypse”. However that kind of simple metal seems to appeal to the certain group of the hard core metal fans for sure. Anvil is and presents a bit of comical as well as unintended humoristic aspects. The Canucks pounded and forged the metallic anvil for about one hour and left the stage with the overexcite crowd chanting Anvil, Anvil for a long time.

Lips in Helsinki 2016

Lips and the boys in Helsinki 2016

666
School Love
Badass Rock ‘n’ Roll
Winged Assassins
Free as the Wind
Zombie Apocalypse
Mothra
Swing Thing
Die For a Lie
Metal on Metal

OFFICIAL ANVIL WEBPAGE

 

DIRKSCHNEIDER

All right as stated earlier this is supposed to be Udo Dirkschneider’s farewell tour to his Accept era. The tour is massive and it seems like the demand has been incredible, because some festival has booked Dirkscheider. However the U.D.O moniker is on hiatus for the time being. Udo with the back-up band did the 120 minute set of several Accept songs. The packed club went entirely bezerk when the riff of “Starlight” cut the air and followed by all in all 23 Accept songs in a row. All of them had been picked up from the 80’s albums. Unfortunately the 90’s albums had been skipped completely and so was the Accept debut.  It obvious why Udo concentrated on the well-known classics instead but it would have been great to hear at least a couple of tracks from the bands excellent re-union album at the time OBJECTION OVERRULED (1993). In fact the band then played a sold out show in this same venue and for sure there were many fans now present who witnessed that show.  The album tracks “Objection Overruled”, “Slaves To Metal”, “Bulletproof” or “Protectors Of Terror” could all have been great additions on the set list.  The sounds were excellent. Well as for the band in general, they did a solid work and did the justified work for the old classic material. But Accept is Accept with the full metal heart, therefore comparing the back-up band of Dirkschneider for them is pointless and beyond the absurd. However the guitar duet appeared to be enjoying being at the stage. Even though the most ultimate passion and fire have gone a bit down for Udo to perform the immortal metal hymns, but the metal legend performed all of those songs with the professional attitude and proud for sure. At least this is supposed to be the last time to hear classics like “Breaker”, “Princess of the Dawn” and “London Leatherboys” sung by Udo on the Finnish soil.

It remains to be seen if Udo truly leaves the Accept material out from his U.D.O gigs in the future. To be honest the 80’s metal fans are desperately eager to hear those Accept classic stuff, therefore it is going to be quite interesting how this decision will effect on the ticket selling in the future.

Udo in HElsinki 2016

Udo in Helsinki 2016

Starlight
Living for Tonite
Flash Rockin’ Man
London Leatherboys
Midnight Mover
Breaker
Head Over Heels
Neon Nights
Princess of the Dawn
Winterdreams
Restless and Wild
Son of a Bitch
Up to the Limit
Midnight Highway
Screaming for a Love-BiteWrong Is Right
Monsterman
Losers and Winners
TV War
Metal Heart
I’m a Rebel
Fast as a Shark
Balls to the Wall

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Wolf Hoffmann of Accept – Being in this Band is a Pretty Sweet Gig!

February 29th, 2016

Wolf Hoffmann of Accept

Interviewed by Robert Cavuoto

Wolf Hoffmann

Wolf Hoffmann

Accept’s stature amongst metal heads continues to grow since they left a long-lasting impression with such anthems as “Fast As A Shark,” “Balls to the Wall,” “Princess of the Dawn” and “Metal Heart.” It’s about to be taken to a whole new level, as the group has announced they are going back into the studio to write a new CD right after they finish a string of dates from the Blind Rage Tour. Their last three CDs; Blood of the Nations, Stalingrad, and Blind Rage have left an indelible mark on the metal community and all offers thunderous riffs, intricate melodies, aggressive vocals, and infectious undiluted metal songs with a bite. Accept continues to write new metal anthems that carry on the legendary tradition with a metal attitude.

I caught up with guitarist and foundering member, Wolf Hoffmann, to get his perspective on touring, making new music, and history behind “Fast as a Shark!”

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