ACCEPT: 'Shadow Soldiers' Performance Clip From 'Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017'
November 23, 2018
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT have just released a live set, "Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017", via Nuclear Blast. It features a unique ACCEPT show, shot on August 3, 2017 at the legendary Wacken Open Air festival, where the band played the biggest and most extraordinary show of its career in front of 80,000, on top of thousands more fans watching via a live stream.
The two-hour concert was divided into three parts, showing the full creative power of ACCEPT: The first part featured the premiere of new tracks "Die By The Sword" and "Koolaid", as well as some of the band's most popular songs, such as "Restless And Wild" and "Pandemic". The middle part featured guitarist Wolf Hoffmann accompanied by a symphony orchestra, presenting the best tracks from his recent solo album, "Headbangers Symphony", which includes metal versions of some of the world's biggest classical compositions (e.g. from Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi). And in the last but not least part, fans were able to bang their heads to ACCEPT anthems (also accompanied by the orchestra),such as "Princess Of The Dawn", "Breaker", "Fast As A Shark" and "Metal Heart", as well as to newer songs like "Stalingrad", "Shadow Soldiers" and "Teutonic Terror". The finale was an eight-minute version of ACCEPT's classic song "Balls To The Walls".
A performance clip of the song "Shadow Soldiers", taken from "Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017", can be seen below.
"Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017" is available as:
01. Die By The Sword 02. Restless And Wild 03. Koolaid 04. Pandemic 05. Final Journey
Part 2: Headbanger's Symphony
06. Night On Bald Mountain 07. Scherzo 08. Romeo And Juliet 09. Pathétique 10. Double Cello Concerto In G Minor 11. Symphony No. 40 In G Minor
Part 3: Accept with Orchestra
12. Princess Of The Dawn 13. Stalingrad 14. Dark Side Of My Heart 15. Breaker 16. Shadow Soldiers 17. Dying Breed 18. Fast As A Shark 19. Metal Heart 20. Teutonic Terror 21. Balls To The Wall
22. Making Of: Wacken 23. Making Of: Headbanger's Symphony
"This was a mash-up of intensity and precision," Wolf Hoffmann says about the fusion of heavy metal and classical music. "The fans are extremely open-minded, but I was nervous 'till the last minute before the show anyway. After all, it's still a metal festival! But I think that, after many years of ACCEPT combining both worlds, fans have started to really accept this concept."
After the Wacken performance, Hoffmann told TotalRock's Whitney Alyson Ribbins: "It was phenomenal. We didn't really know what to expect. We did some rehearsals and stuff, but that was the first time we were ever on stage with an orchestra. It was totally different to what we normally do, but it sounded fantastic and it felt great. Everybody was smiling, the orchestra people had a lot of fun, the conductor was in a great mood and everybody was, like, 'This is fun.' It all went really, really smooth and it couldn't have gone better."
He continued: "A lot of preparation went into it — months of talking about it and organizing everything and writing the scores and writing all the sheet music for everybody, because playing with an orchestra, you can't just jam."
What started as a world premiere at Wacken will be continued in early 2019. ACCEPT is planning to tour with an orchestra across Europe in the spring of next year.
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