ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann was recently interviewed on the "Focus On Metal" podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Asked which is his favorite ACCEPT album from the Mark Tornillo era of the band, Wolf said: "You always tend to say the last one is. I'm not sure, but there was something very magical about 'Blood Of The Nations' , the very first one — mainly because it is the first one. Here we found Mark, and we were working with him for the first time together ever, and there was a certain energy in the room that was kind of unique. And I think that sort of somehow translates on to the album as well. And there's always one time as the first one — it's almost like first love or whatever. When you first get together, there's something very special about it."
Hoffmann went on to say that he was surprised by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to "Blood Of The Nations". "Especially since, before people had heard the album, there was a lot of negative vibes in chatrooms and online and everywhere," he explained. "Everybody had an opinion. You know, like it is nowadays with social media and such, everybody had some idea of what ACCEPT's gonna be like or what Mark is gonna be like, and why it will work or will not work. People were just gossiping like crazy. But then when the album came out, all that went away and people were super excited and everybody was… yeah, uniformly praises everywhere."
Late last month, ACCEPT's founding bassist Peter Baltes announced his exit from the band. A replacement bassist has not yet been announced.
ACCEPT's latest studio album, "The Rise Of Chaos", was released in August 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Blind Rage" was the first ACCEPT album to feature the band's latest additions, guitarist Uwe Lulis (GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) and drummer Christopher Williams.
ACCEPT has just released a live set, "Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017", via Nuclear Blast. It features a unique ACCEPT show, shot on August 3, 2017 at the legendary Wacken Open Air festival, where the band played the biggest and most extraordinary show of its career in front of 80,000, on top of thousands more fans watching via a live stream.