Interview conducted February 02 2011
Interview published February 04 2011
German legends Accept have got a
new and fruitful start with a new singer and their recently released album
Blood Of The Nations has got good reviews all over the world. They are
currently touring the world in promotion of the album, and Metal Covenant
was not late to approach guitarist Wolf Hoffmann
with a few questions when the opportunity arose.
Tobbe: Blood Of The Nations is a strong
album with positive reviews from all over the world. If you listen to
it today, about five months past its release, is there anything you wish
you had done different?
Honestly. With many critics giving you a hard time for continuing without
Udo, did you expect Blood Of The Nations to be such a success and such
a critically acclaimed album when you were done recording it?
Wolf: It is pretty confusing when you think
about it, that someone who has his own band for over 20 years is EXPECTED
to leave his band to join another band - no matter the artists name.
What we do understand is, that there are fans - and we totally respect
that - who love to remember the past. But , you know, we all move
to somewhere and is it not the most important thing, that an artist
is where he feels most creative, most happy and most comfortable.
Have we not proven, what we can do, if we feel at the top of our creativity?
I guess, we have. Blood Of The Nations is the result of several miracles
- miracles we have never even dreamed off.
Tobbe: This spring you will be touring Europe
and North America and then you will play a couple of summer festivals.
Are you taking some time off then, or are there plans for a second leg
in Europe playing countries you don't visit now, or perhaps touring other
Tobbe: This brings us to future recording
plans of Accept. It's been one year since Blood Of The Nations was recorded.
Have you started writing stuff, or do you have a couple of ideas or riffs
Tobbe: The latest album was recorded in
England with well known producer Andy Sneap. Are you willing to continue
your work on that location with him, or would you prefer a fresh start?
Wolf: Andy Sneap is more than a producer for
us and the right question would be: can you ever imagine to record
anything without him? And the answer is: no! Never! No, this is a
match made in heaven! Of course anything can happen, but we will always
be family. Mark Tornillo came into our life and set us free ad Andy
Sneap set us on the right track. No one could have foreseen any of
the developments of the past 20 month. Since May 2010 we played in
living room size clubs, did 2 shows with AC/DC in front of 160 000
people, headlined Sonisphere Festivals and and and ... we are already
setting up the next tours for 2012 - we are truly overwhelmed and
more speechless than anything.
The guys in the band resides far from each other. Is that positive or
negative for the survival of Accept?
Tobbe: Last question. If you could delete
two songs from Accept's catalogue. Which two songs would that be, and
Wolf: Well, there are always songs you think
- may be, this or that could have been different. But, I see every
album as a final chapter of a period in my life. And each is very
different. The time you lived in, the people around you, your own
state of mind - all I can say is, that Accept has always been a band
with high expectations and I am sure the worst critique anyway. But
Peter and I always agreed that for us standing still is the worst.
Not being able to experiment or follow wherever your talent takes
you - would be devastating. Yes, there are obviously songs, who did
not stand the test of time, but the moment they were written, they
meant something, I believe. Actually with Blood Of The Nations everything
was different. We were free as birds, we did not have and where not
looking for a record deal - we had no one forcing us to do anything
- we were like kids in a candy store and Andy picked that up right
away and we all enjoyed every minute of it. It was a very happy time
and the result reflects that, And nothing could have prepared us for
that what as happening when everything was done. Nothing, So - for
us this success is the most amazing thing in our entire life as a
Tobbe: Thank you very much for sharing a
bit of your time with us, Wolf.
also: review of the album