Interview by Alex Stojanovic
It goes without saying that Accept have been one of the most important metal bands for the last four decades ever since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1979. Following a string of highly acclaimed records in the 80s like Balls To The Wall, Breaker, Restless & Wild and Metal Heart, the band split up in 1989, then reunited again in 1992 until 1997.
The band's classic lineup reunited for a short European tour in 2005, which turned out to be a huge success, but split again once the tour was over. The band announced another reunion in 2009 with new vocalist Mark Tornillo, and have since then released four studio albums (Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad, Blind Rage and The Rise Of Chaos).
Accept's latest release is the live album Symphonic Terror, which was recorded during the band's headlining appearance at the 2017 Wacken Open Air, which also features the band performing with an orchestra. The show was split into three sets. It starts off with the band performing songs off The Rise Of Chaos, which just came out at the time, along with a couple of classics. The second set features Wolf Hoffmann performing songs off his latest solo album Headbangers Symphony, and the third set features the band playing several classics and newer songs with orchestral accompaniment.
We had the great pleasure of speaking to Wolf Hoffmann over the phone about the new live release, his work as a photography, the status of the next Accept album, and more. Check out the interview transcribed down below.