“ I don’t feel like 45 years have passed, but they have,
I have the albums to prove it. Metal keeps us young.”
- Wolf Hoffmann
Lets talk about the new
songs on the record. Where
did the origin of “Symphony
of Pain” come from?
WOLF: I have always messed around with
classical ideas ever since I was a teenager
and even in Accept songs ever since 86’ Metal
Heart. Once in a while I have a song that kind
of lends itself infusing a little bit of classical
I was toying around with the idea of a sym-
phony of “pain”, I just liked the way it sounded,
the ultimate pain is a symphony of pain kind
of thing. I thought it sounded quite metal so I
started writing some riffs and before I knew it
I had a chorus idea and it all fell into place and
I thought, if there was ever a place for more
classical bits and pieces it would be this song.
His best known symphony of all is probably
Beethoven’s 5th, so I was able to incorporate a
little snippet into the song and a little bit into the
the song and a little bit into the guitar solo, that’s Beethoven’s 9th.
Then Mark came up with the idea of making the song about Beethoven’s
struggle with deafness.
All of this great music we get inspiration
from is all public domain. What to you is the
most significant change in the industry in
your 45 years?
WOLF: The way we produce, market and sell music has all changed.
We used to go out and tour to support the album sales and now its almost
like we make the album as an excuse to go on tour. It’s all about touring
now. Album sales are dropping every year. Between streaming and ev-
erything it’s really hard to keep track of the changes. It’s crazy. Someone
makes the argument that you can make more money through streaming.
When someone bought an album they owned it and can play it as may
times as they want, but with streaming they can stream it thousands of
times. I don’t know who would actually stream and entire album thou-
sands of times. It doesn’t equate. .00017 per stream as opposed to $12.99
for album purchase/ The answer is.. I don’t know (chuckles), its just
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