Wolf Hoffmann - Accept
Accept are about to release their first studio albums in over 14 years in the US, called - 'Blood Of The Nations'. This highly anticipated comeback is produced by Andy Sneap, and it is the first album to feature TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo.
I celebrated the luxury of conversing recently with founding member, main song writer, and mainstay musician - Wolf Hoffmann. I was feeling a bit restless at first, but I put my wild balls to the wall , and overruled my objections; knowing I would not break or bend. With alacrity and sincerity, I spoke from my mettle heart to this Classic Metal mastermind. When it comes to a band like Accept, there are no substitutes!
Enjoy this doggerel metal screed, an esurient for the new world comin', as I still stand gawping, realizing that I spoke with such a key metal figure - a true midnight mover. For soon I will see him live as the rolling thunder of Accept continue to beat the bastards down!
MettleAngel: Hey there Wolf, I am so excited to be speaking with you! Accept are one of my three top bands ever, right after Maiden and Priest, but before Rush!
MettleAngel: Absolutely! I have been a fan ever since I first heard 'Restless And Wild'. One of the very first tapes I purchased was 'Balls To The Wall'. I still recall hearing "Son Of A Bitch" being played on the radio.
MettleAngel: Actually, they did, and "Princess Of The Dawn" too. I will never forget when I first saw the video for "Midnight Mover"! I spoke with Udo Dirkschneider last year and we discussed the Accept reunion.
MettleAngel: No, he was real cool about the whole thing....
MettleAngel: I am aware of this, but he is so busy with his band U.D.O. His only real concern was that he wishes you would change the name to Restless And Wild, like the late, great Dio did with Heaven & Hell.
MettleAngel: I understand, as Accept is the more recognizable name. I actually first saw Accept with Dio in 1986 on the Sacred Heart Tour. You were touring for my favourite album - 'Russian Roulette".
MettleAngel: That summer was so memorable for me, as I also saw Metallica play with Ozzy only days before Cliff Burton was killed. I see that the new album is doing very well in the charts, so congratulations.
MettleAngel: I feel that it is a very solid album. I recently spoke with Ralph Scheepers and Mat Sinner and I told them that the new Accept sounds like Primal Fear and Sinner.
MettleAngel: Sure, and they were impressed, since they are obviously so influenced by Accept. I only have one TT Quick cassette, and nothing on CD, yet. How did you get Mark to sing for the band?
MettleAngel: You mean he did not have to audition?
MettleAngel: I actually liked David Reece's performance on 'Eat The Heat'.
MettleAngel: I know that Udo liked the songs on 'Eat The Heat'. He was especially fond of "Generation Clash", which explains why you wrote a sequel when he rejoined. On one of the Accept Tributes, he covers "X-T-C".
MettleAngel: He felt that Mark was to much of a copycat of his style, but I disagree. Mark sounds more like Bon Scott, and Jason McMaster from Watchtower, Dangerous Toys, and Broken Teeth.
MettleAngel: Just like David helped take Accept to the next level with 'Eat the Heat', Mark's vocal performance on 'Blood Of The Nations' is quite exceptional. He really brings the songs to life. Did you plan to write an album which is totally Accept, but again slightly experimental?
MettleAngel: So, at the heart of it all you still want to create a record which would be recognizable as Accept.
MettleAngel: "Fast As A Shark" was perhaps the first ever Speed Metal anthem.
MettleAngel: You however wanted to write an album that came from your mettle hearts, right?
MettleAngel: Your first single for 'The Abyss' proved this with the killer cut "Teutonic Terror", which was accompanied by an excellent video whetting our appetites for the amazing album to come.
MettleAngel: Oh yes many times! As soon as I received a podcast digital promo, I burned it and have been playing it non-stop. My buddy Mark Gromen of BW&BK was able to see you live at the sold out New York show this summer. I read his song by song commentary, and he actually played a few samples for us at Warriors Of Metal III.
MettleAngel: Well, so am I! I understand that you are very influenced by Classical Music. This is evident by the intro on 'Metal Heart', as well as the song "Pomp And Circumstance", by Elgar, off the 'Death Row' album.
MettleAngel: You have released one Classical album where you take on the great composers like Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bizet, Beethoven, Grieg, etc. Are you primarily influenced by this type of music? I have this and it is quite different from Accept, more like what Alex Masi has done, or The Great Kat.
MettleAngel: Who are you kidding! You are an awesome guitarist! You have created so many easily recognizable trademark Metal riffs, like "London Leather Boys", "Monsterman", "Breaker", "Slaves To Metal", "Losers And Winners", and Guns 'R' Us"!
MettleAngel: I agree, and even the subculture of those times finds its way back into the Mettle Milieu in newer forms. It was bands like Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Rainbow who took their cue from such a great period of music, and thus set the mettle precedent. I also understand that you are a famous photographer.
MettleAngel: Well, you have the right appearance for having one foot in both camps.
MettleAngel: You do not have long hair either. I know one of your more reknown depictions is the cover art of 'Objection Overruled', which features Peter's hands bound behind his back, what else have you done?
MettleAngel: Oh Wow, I was not aware! That is a rather simple cover with the bloody peace fingers making the rabbit shadow puppet.
MettleAngel: Everyone will be able to identify with this cover, for sure. Tell me how you were able to persuade Herman Frank to play on the new album. He released a killer solo album last year called 'Loyal To None' with Jiotis Parcharidis from Euroforce singing.
MettleAngel: This explains why when I saw you tour for 'Death Row', you were the only guitarist. You did such a fantastic job on that album, and definitely, 'Objection Overrruled'. I am still glad that Herman is playing on the album, and will tour with you. Whatever happened to Jörg Fischer?
MettleAngel: That is too bad! I know you are married to Gaby "Deaffy" Hauke. She wrote some crazy lyrics back in the '80s, like with the sexual content of "Head Over Heals", or "Turn Me On".
MettleAngel: Essentially there was nothing wrong with her lyrics, it is just she wrote these songs from a female perspective and Udo sang them, which confused us all as to his sexual orientation. We all knew Rob Halford was gay, and could care less; but some of those amazing Accept songs still make me cringe when I read the lyrics. Hell, "London Leatherboys" is about gay bikers.
MettleAngel: 'Russian Roulette' is still your crowning masterpiece, both musically and lyrically! I really do love the new album, and I am telling everyone about it. I look forward to seeing you in Cleveland live in October with Kings X.
MettleAngel: I know you will impress a great deal of fans with the pre-show coming up at Prog. Power. I have met Peter before, but I sure hope to meet you in person and continue this conversation. I know we are out of time.
MettleAngel: I sure hope you will add some 'Russian Roulette' cuts into the set like "Aiming High", and "TV War".
MettleAngel: Make sure you do not drop "Son Of A Bitch", or "Losers And Winners". As far as new material, how about "Beat The Bastards", "Pandemic", as well as "Teutonic Terror", those all would be awesome!
MettleAngel: Well, since I am a rebel, you can bet on it!