Saturday, 29 June 2019

Wolf Hoffmann "Headbangers Symphony" (2016)

There is not much for me to say on this record other than commending it on being a stellar execution of an idea many have flirted with over the years. Given the musical similarities between Heavy Metal and Classical music, not aesthetic of course, It is not to uncommon to see these worlds collide but what Wolf Hoffmann of Accept has done is tastefully unite crunching guitars and battering drums with its symphonic counterpart in a way that relishes the common ground. It will undoubtedly be more appealing to Metal fans as the aggressive instruments have a habit of dominating the synergy but the string arrangements and orchestra get to have a say in how these songs land.

The line up is impressive, not the most best known Classical songs but certainly ones from big names... Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Vivaldi and Beethoven to name a few. Most adaptations work on the darker leaning of Heavy Metal aggression but Swan Lake and the closing Air On The G String yield a classy uplift from his burly distortion instruments. Its actually what I would like to of heard more of as the likes of Night On Bald Mountain and Double Cello Concerto In G Minor lend themselves all to easily. Either way its a fantastic record, well produced with clarity in mind as the two worlds collide in style. A must listen for fans of both genres.

Rating: 7/10

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I'm not sure how much Wolf Hoffmann will do with this kind of genre in the future, but there will be a live album out sometime in the future (with Accept) where they played with a violin soloist and did 4 new covers:
    Swan Lake (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky cover)
    The Moldau (Bedřich Smetana cover)
    Arabian Dance (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky cover)
    Aragonaise (Georges Bizet cover)
    It sounded great when I saw them play live, I hope that the soloist will be more hearable in the recording though.