ACCEPT’s Wolf Hoffmann talks about the songs ‘Die By The Sword’, ‘Hole In The Head’ and ‘The Rise Of Chaos’

Heavy metal pioneers ACCEPT are back in the game with a new studio album! The record entitled »The Rise Of Chaos«, will be unleashed this upcoming friday, on August 4th, 2017! This will be the band’s 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast and continues the tradition of its three predecessors – »Blood Of The Nations«»Stalingrad«, and »Blind Rage« – with grandeur and precision.


Today, ACCEPT reveal their first track-by-track trailer, in which Wolf Hoffmann talks about the songs ‘Die By The Sword’‘Hole In The Head’and ‘The Rise Of Chaos’.


Recently, the band has released their second digital single ‘Koolaid’, off their new album »The Rise Of Chaos«. Check out the lyric video for the track, here:


Wolf states: “‘Koolaid’ is a well known flavored drink and has been mixed with Cyanid by a cult leader who made his congregation drink it: men, women & children. Everybody to get to heaven. Since then, the phrase ”drinking the Kool-Aid” is referring to a person or group holding an unquestioned belief, argument, or philosophy without critical examination. That common fact, that people believe everything, when sold right, has intrigued me all my life. For me, being critical and alert all the time, is the key to every decision one makes. That is the main message!” 


Get ‘Koolaid’ digitally, here:

Listen in NB Novelties playlist:


“»The Rise Of Chaos« is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go – there is some hidden as well as some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know. What was there today – can be gone tomorrow and it’s somehow irritating, because it happens on so many levels and no one knows what comes next. The cover portrays our last stage set-up – but now clearly “destroyed” – like… after a catastrophe”, explainsWolf Hoffmann.


You can purchase the limited edition 7inch vinyl single of the title track ‘The Rise Of Chaos’ in different colours here:

Get the digital single, here:


Vinyl single tracklist:

A: The Rise Of Chaos

B: Dark Side Of My Heart (live @ BYH 2015)


»The Rise Of Chaos« is available in the following formats:



BOX (DIGI, 2LP PIC, slipmat, poster, photo card)

2LP 180g (black) in gatefold



2LP 180g (red) in gatefold

2LP (orange+red splatter)

2LP 180g (NB anniversary green) in gatefold

2LP Gold vinyl (framed)

Silver Mirror Board BOX


Pre-order the new album:

Get the digital version of the new album, here:


Below is the track list for »The Rise Of Chaos«:

  1. Die By The Sword
  2. Hole In The Head
  3. The Rise Of Chaos
  4. Koolaid
  5. No Regrets
  6. Analog Man
  7. What’s Done Is Done
  8. Worlds Colliding
  9. Carry The Weight
  10. Race To Extinction


The cover artwork of the new record was created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák.


And if this wasn’t enough, ACCEPT will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts, which represent the band’s creative power:


Part 1 will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits.

Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album »Headbangers Symphony«, released in 2016, with theCzech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: ACCEPT will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.


This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s »Night To Remember« which makes it even more special. The »Night To Remember« is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.


Wolf Hoffmann stated: “It’s always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organising team put into their work to get a varied result. It’s a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that ACCEPT has never done before, we hope we can give something really special to the fans.”


“ACCEPT have been and are still a very important part of Germany’s heavy metal scene. We’re really looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure,” stated Thomas Jensen, organiser of Wacken Open Air. More info:




German Dates presented by Rock Hard, Rocks, Rock it, Musix, Start, Piranha, & Wacken Radio:


12.01.18    DE    Hamburg – Mehr! Theater

13.01.18    DE    Filderstadt – Filharmonie

14.01.18    DE    Munich – TonHalle

16.01.18    DE    Leipzig – Haus Auensee

17.01.18    DE    Berlin – Huxleys

19.01.18    DE    Geiselwind – Eventzentrum

20.01.18    CZ    Zlín – Euronics

21.01.18    HU    Budapest – Barba Negra

23.01.18    IT     Milano – Live Music Club

24.01.18    CH    Zurich – Komplex 457

26.01.18    ES    Barcelona – Sala Razzmatazz

27.01.18    ES    Madrid – La Riviera

28.01.18    ES    Bilbao – Santana 27

30.01.18    FR    Saint-Étienne – Le FIL

01.02.18    FR    Lille – L’Aéronef

02.02.18    DE    Saarbrücken – Garage

03.02.18    CH    Lausanne – Les Docks

04.02.18    DE    Frankfurt – Batschkapp

06.02.18    NL    Eindhoven – Effenaar

07.02.18    BE    Antwerpen – Trix

08.02.18    UK    London – Koko

09.02.18    DE    Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle

11.02.18    DK    Copenhagen – Vega

12.02.18    NO    Oslo – Rockefeller

14.02.18    SE     Gothenburg – Trädgår’n

15.02.18    SE     Stockholm – Cruise

17.02.18    FI      Turku – Logomo

18.02.18    FI      Helsinki – The Circus


More on »The Rise Of Chaos«:

‘The Rise Of Chaos’ (video clip):

‘Koolaid’ (lyric video)

Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 1:

Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 2:

Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 3:

Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 4:

Album Trailer 1:

Album Trailer 2: h

Album Trailer 3: