• Sun. May 26th, 2024

Wolf Hoffmann – Accept Guitarist Returns with Headbangers Symphony!

Wolf Hoffmann will always be known as the legendary, classic Accept axeman whose guitar you hear on anthems  like “Balls to the Wall,” “Fast as a Shark,” “Restless and Wild,” and “Metal Heart.” These songs are all heavy metal classics for the ages, all across the globe. But, what if Mr. Hoffman took his musical talents in another direction?

Headbangers Symphony is the latest solo release from Wolf Hoffman, following his solo debut from 1997 which was simply entitled Classical. It has been two decades since Hoffman attempted a solo album in this more classically driven direction, but how does the legendary Accept guitarist hold up on his second attempt?




Personally, I love seeing hard rock and heavy metal takes on classical music; a popular meme on the Internet states that “classical music is just heavy metal before electricity.” When being interviewed regarding the then-forthcoming record, Hoffmann claimed that his second solo album, while also classically driven, would be harder and heavier than his previous effort. One thing that is for certain that audiences will likely agree with here:

Mr. Hoffman’s take on the classical world ROCKS. In every sense of the words.

Combine the hard rocking electric guitar riffs of Accept’s iconic axeman with symphonic sounds, and the results speak for themselves. Some time ago, I did a review of a similar album from former LA Guns guitarist Stacey Blades trying his hand at something similar, creating heavy metal versions of old classical pieces. Hoffman’s fusion of symphonic elements and heavy metal riffs makes Headbangers Symphony far more than a mere novelty.


A look at the tracklist for the record.
A look at the tracklist.


Even if you are not familiar with classical music, rest assured; you have heard these pieces in their “traditional” form at some point in your life. Throughout the record you will instantly recognize compositions you likely did not know the name of before, and be awed by the Accept guitarist’s new take on it all. The album is diverse throughout its instrumental duration; you are not likely to be bored here!

It is good to hear Wolf Hoffmann trying his hand at something that can satiate the fans as they wait for the inevitable next Accept record; Headbangers Symphony rocks hard, bringing listeners the best of two unique yet similar musical worlds. Needless to say, the release gets a solid recommendation.



By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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