JULY 10th 2016

Review by Metal Mom

Record Label: Nuclear Blast

Release Date: OUT NOW

Track Listing:

1. Scherzo
2. Night On Bald Mountain
3. Je Crois Entendre Encore
4. Double Cello Concerto in G Minor
5. Adagio
6. Symphony No. 40
7. Swan Lake
8. Madame Butterfly
9. Pathétique
10. Meditation
11. Air On The G String

Okay, first off I had to fight to get to review this one, as I am a huge fan of the heavy metal band Accept, which Wolf Hoffman has dedicated his music in dozens of albums over four decades so I just knew this was one I was going to enjoy to the max.

Listening through for the first time, you know that Wolf has an ear and an appreciation for the finer things in life as well, like the classics. In case you are not aware, in 1997 while Wolf had a hiatus from Accept, he found another talent to explore, and recorded his first solo album “Classical” that was filled with rock guitar driven interpretations of some loved compositions.

Now in 2016, guitar powerhouse Wolf Hoffmann has again taken some time away from Accept to once again give us something different, but classical, it’s called “Headbangers Symphony”. I am still in awe as I listen to it. Never in a million years would I expect to like and appreciate the combination of metal and classic symphonies, but I think with Wolf pushing his talent and challenging his work, he has shown that a phenomenal masterpiece can be and has been created. Beethoven,  Mussorgsky, Georges Bizet, Antonio Vivaldi, Tomaso Albinoni, Mozart, Pyotr Ilyich, Tchaikovsky, Ludwig and Bach all come together with Wolf and create something just out of this world, there really are no words to put onto paper to say just how amazing this is. I find myself listening over and over, wondering if there is a spot, or something musical that I don’t like. There isn’t any, every song brings something different something unique to listen to. You can sit back, relax and thoroughly enjoy every one of those 11 masterpieces. Trust me, they truly are masterful. My jaw hangs open as I listen to each one.

I have to say, it takes a whole lot of talent, and expertise to be able to pull these 2 types of music together, creating something that will thrill, amaze, impress and astound you.

Maybe I should have left this one to another reviewer, but just knowing the talent of Wolf in Accept, I knew this was one I needed to listen to and try to review the best I could, but I think this CD has left me speechless, I don’t think I really did this justice, it is just that good. So all I can tell you, YOU NEED THIS, go out and buy it NOW.

Night on Bald Mountain


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