When the music of a band transcends from great to legendary, that serves as the cue that there’s a good story to be told about the existence of the group. As deep as that may have sounded, the reality that music is always rooted on emotions and real-life stories is something that can’t be discounted. One local rock band that rose to prominence and legendary status back in the early 90’s is Wolfgang, and their history is as remarkable as their hard-rocking music.
Not too many young Filipino music fans are familiar with the backstory of Wolfgang, and why they matter so much, not just to the local rock band scene, but to the entire Philippine music industry as well. Their group serves as one of the many representations of an era that saw an influx of local rock bands entering the music scene, and creating a loud noise for OPM.
In 1992, Wolf Gemora found the inspiration in forming a band of his own after attending a number of shows by another famous Filipino rock band, Razorback. Gemora invited guitarist Manuel Legarda to form a group, and they found vocalist Basti Artardi soon afterwards. Rounding up the band was bassist Mon Legaspi, who was recommended by the Rizal Underground bassist Angelo Villegas.
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Originally, the band called their selves Wolfpack, but Razorback’s David Aguirre suggested they change the name to Wolfgang. The group obviously heeded the suggestion, and since then, they started playing magnificent music. In 1995, they released their first ever and self-named album “Wolfgang.” The album includes some of their most famous hits such as “Halik Ni Hudas” and “Cast of Clowns,” and went on to become Platinum less than a year after its release. As an added trivia, it was Artadi who created the cover art for the album.
In the following years, Wolfgang enjoyed enormous commercial success by releasing five more albums namely “Semenelin,” “Wurm,” “Serve In Silence,” “Acoustica,” and “Black Mantra,” before going on a hiatus in 2002. Five years later, the group came back albeit with a different roster. In 2008, Wolfgang released another album called “Villains,” before making their seventh album in 2012 entitled “Ang Bagong Dugo Sa Lumang Ugat - Unang Kabanata.”
Throughout their more than two-decade career thus far, Wolfgang maintained their hard rock identity that gave Filipino music fans a hardcore sound that they could go back to again and again. At the moment, the band – most especially its iconic vocalist Artadi – faces a difficult challenge. But whatever the future holds, nothing can change the truth that Wolfgang’s legendary “howl” will forever hold a special place in Philippine music history.
Check out Wolfgang's live performance of "Halik Ni Hudas" in the YouTube video below.
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