Accept interview with Wolf Hoffman
Having been around in some form since 1968, Accept are heavy metal archons par excellence, whose influence on the genre is indisputable. Originally formed in 1968 as Band X, the band languished in the shadows of amateurism, making sporadic appearances at festival concerts until 1976, when the lineup gained a certain sense of cohesiveness, and the rest is history. One of the key influences on, and imperative to the shaping of the speed and thrash metal styles, Accept, alongside many of their peers were the essential turning point in the history of heavy music where they let go off their blues-rock roots and instead went in for something far more boisterous and audacious, with a certain boozy menace that was achieved by few, while still retaining the exuberance that characterized this type of music.
Accept has been subject to a slew of lineup changes since their formative days, and the zenith of their career too was subject to the same, with their latter era seeing the departure of one of their sound-defining and key members, vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. However, despite all these trying circumstances, the revamped avatar of the band (now consisting of Wolf Hoffman, Peter Baltes, Herman Frank, Stefan Schwarzmann and the newest member and vocalist, Mark Tornillo) continues to go strong since their reformation in 2009, releasing some of the most fantastic, catchy and compositionally sound heavy metal albums the new millennium has seen, as is attested to by records like Blood of the Nations and Stalingrad.
With new album, Blind Rage, everything from the chunky, harmonics-infested guitars, to the vocals that sound as if someone had drunk a cup of acid; everything sounds great, heavy, anthemic, chaotic – and original. Not many metal bands can do that. Blind Rage is about as good as heavy metal gets in my eyes. You can really tell that Accept is a band that cares about every little detail, because there is hardly any filler material.
Gearing up for the world tour, Metalholic writer and Metal Wani’s Editor-In-Chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi had a chat with Accept’s Wolf Hoffmann. He discusses new album Blind Rage,(read our review here), songwriting, why Accept is yet to deliver their best album, the challenges he faced in his musical journey, his drive to achieve more, his upcoming solo album and much more.