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Wolfgang Album Coming in December | August 22, 2008

Dropping hints in his MySpace and Friendster accounts via strategically placed cryptic graphics on his profile, Wolfgang vocalist and frontman Basti Artadi has given Wolfgang fans around the world a reason to rejoice-a new Wolfgang album is in the works! This would be the latest album for the group since Black Mantra which was released in 2001 and shortly thereafter, the band quietly disappeared from the Philippine rock scene.

For the unitiated, Wolfgang is a hard rock/metal band from the Philippines which was the most popular local band in the Philippines in the 90s to early 2000s. Wolfgang produced five critically acclaimed albums in is heydey. Heavily influenced by Metallica and grunge, Wolfgang was an anomaly for the Philippine music scene which has been traditionally dominated by sugary-sweet pop acts. Along with The Dawn, Juan de la Cruz, Razorback and the Eraserheads, Wolfgang is often cited as one of the most influential bands in the history of Philippine rock music. Here is their Wikipedia page to give you a bit of history and background .

Wolfgang quietly disbanded around 2002. Drummer Wolf Gemora and Vocalist Basti Artadi immigrated to the U.S. and joined American musicians in other projects (Basti in San Francisco with Kitaan and Gemora in Los Angeles with the original lineup of Lokomotiv). Bassist Mon Legaspi and guitarist Manuel Legarda remained in the Philippines. Legaspi briefly played bass for The Dawn before moving on to Hong Kong. Legarda played with DRT and Razorback as well as worked in audio production companies.

Most serious Pinoy Rock and Wolfgang fans know how the next few years developed:

  • Former Razorback guitarist David Aguirre joins Gemora in Lokomotiv around 2004.
  • Also in 2004, the shocking announcement was made that Basti Artadi has joined Gemora and Aguirre in Lokomotiv making the band a quartet (with bassist Danny Gonzalez) and prompting the exit of the original singer.
  • The foursome became regulars in the Los Angeles club scene, eventually recording and releasing Lokomotiv’s debut album “Rock N Roll Death Toll” in 2005.
  • RNRDT was eventually released in the Philippines and a tour was planned. Pinoy rock fans were eager with anticipation
  • In 2006 the shocking news dropped that Basti has left Lokomotiv due to “musical and creative differences” and is retiring from the music business. The listservs were abuzz with speculation and discussion.
  • Lokomotiv holds auditions for a new singer and lands Oklahoma native Ryan Hudson. Hudson tours the Philippines in early 2007 with Lokomotiv. The band was featured in a lot of TV shows and rock venues. The album went on sale in the Philippines, but with Basti’s voice in the vocal track-the band toured without remixing the album.
  • At the same time Lokomotiv was touring the Philippines, Wolfgang and Razorback hold two sold-out reunion shows in Manila, with the original members sans Gemora and Aguirre who were touring with Lokomotiv at the time.
  • A DVD and live album of the shows, titled “Alive 2007,” was planned for release later that year but copyright issues kept the project from going forward.
  • Wolfgang (Artadi, Legarda, Legaspi with Razorback drummer Brian Velasco manning the drums tracks) release four demo tracks through Yahoo for digital download.
  • After the Philippine tour, the Lokomotiv web site goes through several makeovers and releases teasers for the new album, including the single “Flaunt” which featured a music video. Gemora starts a blog on the Pinoy Rock scene and appears to be mentoring the band Kastigo.
  • The Lokomotiv web site quietly goes down in April 2008. Hudson’s MySpace page shows him as having joined a new band in LA called Dog Zebra. Aguirre and Gonzalez resurrects Aguirre’s solo project A.D.D. with drummer Aaron Ascano and they start gigs in the LA area. No official announcement has been given to date by any of the members as to the status of Lokomotiv and whether they will release the second album with Hudson’s vocals on the tracks.
  • In late 2008, strange graphics start appearing in Basti’s Friendster and MySpace sites that seem to suggest a new Wolfgang album in the works. Superfan Aleck Pulido pulls together a timeline and Philmusic.com confirms the project. Wolfgang’s “Villains” is slated to drop in December 2008. No word yet on whether this will be independently released or through a major label.

Whew! So there you have it. A mini-chronicle of the various twists and turns of the story of Wolfgang and its members. I am a huge Wolfgang fan (I discovered them in 2002 after they have already disbanded). Since then I have built up a respectable collection of all their albums including several bootlegs, Kitaan’s demo, Lokomotiv’s RNRDT album and the four Yahoo tracks released by Wolfgang in 2007. I am curious how the new Wolfgang album sounds and whether or not Wolf Gemora will be a part of the project. I guess we will just have to wait and see!

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8 Comments »

  1. can’t wait! thanks for the info :) do update me if when in december they’ll be launching the album.

    -shali

    Comment by shali — September 4, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  2. Bout freaking time, i’ve been playing all their album chronologically this past years. I really want to hear something new from them, I thought it was just wishfull thinking, then this came up. Oh! by the way please post again if and when there will be concert to lunch said album, kudos and more power. All new bands after Wolfgang just plains sucks, except for those with a litle bit of wolfgang inside them.

    Comment by Anakinryu — October 20, 2008 @ 3:57 am

  3. Ladies and Gentlemen mark your calendar, its DEC. 10, 2008 @ Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City
    … Finally the legend will rise again!!

    Comment by jay — November 14, 2008 @ 3:36 am

  4. december 12! wolfgang will drop by cebu for the villains tour and for Bite Magazine’s 2nd anniversary party. yes its true the gods are back.

    Comment by agtangsipat — November 25, 2008 @ 5:30 am

  5. Does anyone know Wolfgang’s antithesis band name?

    Comment by totoy — November 27, 2008 @ 9:27 am

  6. Anyone lucky enough to score tickets at any of their gigs in the Philippines feel free to e-mail me with a report. I’m closely following the Wolfgang Facebook page for news on ordering copies of Villains for international fans. Of course you know I’m gonna have to write up a review of the latest album when I get my hands on it!

    Comment by Liberal Arts Dude — November 27, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

  7. Wolfgang have there next gig on March. lets all watch and support them. Manuel Legarda best guitarist in asia. :)

    Comment by Miguel Legarda — January 11, 2009 @ 12:00 pm


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