In a brand new interview with Chile’s Radio Futuro, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of reformed heavy metal legends ACCEPT revealed that the band is planning to enter the studio soon to begin work on the follow-up to 2012’s “Stalingrad”. “We’re currently gathering material,” he said. “We’re writing stuff actively, so give us a few more months, and hopefully, by the end of the year, we ‘ll have enough material to actually start working on a new studio album. But it won’t be long. I can’t guarantee when exactly it’s gonna be happening, but we wanna definitely go back to the studio as soon as we can.”
Hoffmann also spoke about ACCEPT‘s decision to have its April 12 concert at Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile professionally filmed for the band’s forthcoming DVD.
“We haven’t done many live DVDs in our career, as most people know, so this is gonna be a very special occasion for us,” he said. “And we chose that city, or that country, because your fans are some of the best in the world and we wanted the best possible audience.”
Speaking to Sweden’s Metalshrine last November, Wolf stated about the band’s plans to release a concert DVD: “A lot of fans are asking for it and they feel that ACCEPT is so strong now and they’ve seen us live. They think, ‘They’re on fire! Where can I get proper recorded DVD from?’ We’ve already recorded some shows and it’s actually quite challenging. Everybody’s doing these live DVDs at festivals, because that’s the easiest thing because the cameras are already there… I think it’s almost a discrepancy, because at the live show, you really have to focus on the audience at that moment and you’ve got to play the greatest hits and maybe two or three songs from the new one, where on a DVD, I always wanna see more obscure songs that might not work so well at the concert while you’re there. I’m always thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be better if we had a sort of a special occasion where we recorded some stuff that we don’t normally play live?’ I’m not sure. I haven’t debated that all the way through to the end, but I always think, ‘If we just record a show, maybe that’s not enough? Maybe we should have a special event where we just set aside for filming and look at it that way.'”
“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, 2012 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”.