Wolfgang is the eponymous full-length debut studio album from Filipino rock band Wolfgang. The album was released in 1995 and went Platinum less than a year after release.
Wolfgang submitted demos of two original compositions, “Darkness Fell” and “Left Alone”, to local radio stations DWRT 99.5 and DWLA 105.9 in 1994, which generated many listener requests. The band signed with Tone Def, the rock label of local independent Ivory Records. Wolfgang released its first album, the eponymous Wolfgang, in 1995. The band flexed their artistic skills recording the album, with Basti Artadi responsible for the cover art, rendering caricatures of himself and the other band members amidst earthy symbols, beer bottles and cigarettes, and Manuel Legarda using an electric fan to simulate an effect he had in mind for the song Cast of Clowns. Wolfgang went Platinum in less than a year. Their songs experienced regular airplay in both DWLA 105.9 and DWNU 107.5.
At the 1995 NU107 Rock Awards, the country’s premier rock awards show, Artadi was nominated for Vocalist of the Year, Gemora for Drummer of the Year, and Legarda for Guitarist of the Year. The band was nominated for Artist of the Year and Best Live Act. Legarda was named co-winner for Guitarist of the Year.
Wurm is the third full-length studio album by Filipino rock band Wolfgang. It is a rock opera concept album and does not contain a Tagalog track.
Wurm was released in late 1997. It reached platinum status (40,000 albums sold). The lower sales figure achieved when compared to Semenelin can perhaps be attributed in part to the downswing of the rock movement, which had started several years earlier. This, however, did nothing to diminish the standard set by Wurm, which was nominated at the 1998 NU107 Rock Awards for Album of the Year, which also saw Artadi winning his second Vocalist of the Year award, Gemora winning his second Drummer of the Year award, and Mon Legaspi also winning his second Bassist of the Year award. Wolfgang also took honors for Listener’s Choice and Artist of the Year.
Wurm, which was recorded entirely in English, was released in early 1998 in Japan, the world’s second-largest market for recorded music, and Wolfgang performed several shows in Osaka and Tokyo to promote the album.
Semenelin is the second full-length studio album by Filipino rock band Wolfgang, this album is also their first release under the Sony Music Entertainment after leaving Ivory Records.
In 1996, Wolfgang left Tone Def and signed with a major label, Epic Records under Sony Music Entertainment Philippines (SMEP). Wolfgang’s first Epic release, Semenelin, reached at least double-platinum status (approximately 80,000 albums sold—Wolfgang would not allow SMEP to release precise figures, but does allow it to state if the album reached gold or platinum status). Wolfgang had become one of the most popular bands in the Philippines.
Semenelin was named Album of the Year at the 1996 NU107 Rock Awards, where Basti Artadi won Vocalist of the Year, Wolf Gemora took the Drummer of the Year award, Mon Legaspi took the Bassist of the Year award, and the band was named Artist of the Year and Best Live Performer.
Semenelin was released in the United States in an all-English version in March 1997, with two songs originally performed in Filipino re-recorded in English. The other tracks on Semenelin were originally recorded in English.
Wolfgang’s fourth album, Serve in Silence, was released locally in March 1999, and saw a return to the style purveyed in 1996’s Semenelin. Though another critical and commercial success, it did not, however, see international release.
Serve in Silence was nominated for Album of the Year at the 1999 NU107 Rock Awards, as well as for Best Album Packaging. Wolfgang was nominated for Artist/Band of the Year, and all four band members were nominated for individual awards: Basti Artadi for Vocalist of the Year, Manuel Legarda for Guitarist of the Year, Mon Legaspi for Bassist of the Year, and Wolf Gemora for Drummer of the Year. In addition, Wolfgang was nominated for Producer of the Year.
Serve in Silence tied for first place for Album of the Year, and Basti Artadi won again for Vocalist of the Year, his third overall win in this category. Wolfgang also won the Listener’s Choice award.