PopKorn Music conducted an interview with guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of reformed heavy metal legends ACCEPT before the band’s November 24 concert at Rolling Hall in Seoul, South Korea. You can now watch the chat below.
ACCEPT‘s new album, “Stalingrad”, sold around 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Blood Of The Nations”, opened with around 2,900 units back in September 2010 to land at No. 187.
“Stalingrad” was released on April 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was once again helmed by British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY), who worked on the band’s critically acclaimed comeback effort, “Blood Of The Nations”.
In a recent interview with Sweden’s Metalshrine, Wolf was asked if it is easier or more difficult writing songs these days. “No, it never gets easier,” he replied. “I think most artists would say… especially if you’ve already done 15-20 records and that’s some 150 songs that you’ve already published, you always run the risk of repeating yourself. It’s a very fine line that you have to walk, because you want it to sound like you, you want it to sound familiar but you don’t want it to sound like it’s a rip-off of yourself, so that’s where the challenge is. It’s not so much writing something — that’s always easy — but that something better be as good as the things you’ve already done but not too much as something you’ve already done, and that’s where the challenge is. Maybe that’s why bands and artists take longer and longer to come up with new studio albums. Maybe they feel at a certain point that they’ve done everything they can do and if it’s something you haven’t done already, maybe it’s so far away from what you’re known for and there might be nothing left for you to do. Right now we don’t have that problem, but it’s been going through my mind sometimes. You don’t wanna repeat yourself but you want it to be typical you.”