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In The Mood: Power Metal Rockers Accept Cover Edvard Grieg's 'Morning' on Latest Release

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Aug 15, 2014 01:30 PM EDT

A resurgence of the power metal band Accept has gone over the heads of most listeners. A new release, however, stems away from the metal-ocalypse (slightly) and introduces an old tune we know and love: Edvard Grieg's "Morning Mood."

Metal may not be a recurring theme in the Classicalite desk reference. I mean, there have been some collaborations (i.e. Lang Lang and Metallica at the Grammys) but that's the most you'll find--until now.

With soaring vocals that could turn an opera singer green and guitar lines that could be runs in a classical concerto, Accept really throws it against the wall and perhaps even the fan.

What's interesting to note, though, is that Accept pulls inspiration from quite a large pool. As they like to state, they are no strangers to the classical realm of music (the group references Beethoven and Tchaikovsky in songs like "Metal Heart").

Per NPR, Wolf Hoffmann, guitarist, writes his love for classical music, stating "When I write a song, it mostly starts with a riff. A riff sets a mood, a mood sets my emotions in motion and then ... a bridge evolves between that mood and the most wonderful pieces written by the Old Masters."

"I do not have to search for what would make it into a song. I seem to have an endless pool of remembrance .... It is always there when I need it," he concluded.

The album Blind Rage comes out August 19 on Nuclear Blast. But in the meantime, check out an allusion to Grieg in the song "Final Journey" below.

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TagsEdvard Grieg, Metallica, Lang Lang, Metal Heart, NPR, Accept, Final Journey, Blind Rage, Nuclear Blast