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The Bulgarian rock band Herman's Wolf Band was founded in late 1991 in Sofia by Dimitar Filipov - Duhi, Alexander Petkov (guitar), Ilian Penchev (bass) and Teodor Tihin (drums). At the beginning, of course, it was all about profound music concepts born out of heavy drinking, and the earth-shaking base riff of “Keep on Rockin’”.

In early 1992, keyboard player Hristo Namliev joined the band and their twenty newly-created songs got that finished sound, which gradually transformed into the specific Wolf style. The band claimed strong presence on the stage of Club 113 +, a mythical spot for the rock community at the time. The concerts from that period turned Herman's into a big underground phenomenon, greatly contrasted to the impotence of pop music aired on TV in those days.
Ilian, a leading musical drive (force), was summoned for military service that fall and Itso brought his fellow army man, Ivan Nestorov, as a substitute. Ivan introduced lots of funk and a more contemporary sound, but above all, came up with the brilliant idea of recording some of the songs. His suggestion turned to reality in May, 1993. Instead of a number of songs, the band recorded a whole album bearing the not particularly original name "Herman's Wolf Band - I ", yet quite unexpectedly, it turned out to be one of the musical events of the year. “Keep on Rockin’” was a (total) hit, and the music video conquered television. In the same 1993 Herman's Wolf Band took part in the concert of Woodstock legend Alvin Lee, toured the country and inspired by fame, rock and booze actively prepared a new album, whose producer was found in a Barbarian pub. In defiance of common sense, Pavel Vezhinov (son) produced Herman's second album, bearing the monumental title "An Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision" (named after George Berkeley’s work). Shortly before the album recording, drummer Teodor Tihin was replaced by Emil Kostov - Boxing (ex-Cocaine).
The album was as huge as its name – in scope and size – it contained (even) the 30 minute suite "Apocrypha" ("We are not doing stuff like that again" - Ivan muttered in an interview). But it was the semi-acoustic piece "The Wolf ", created almost as a joke the night before the album recording that became a hit.  Being at its peak, the band toured the country.  Most memorable are its appearances at Burgas Blues Fest in August 1994, and the unforgettable 1995 concert held in Students’ Home, “Behind the horse’s tail”, when tickets were sold out an hour before the concert started, and the whole gig was broadcast on radio "Tangra". Herman’s were not invited to the next Blues Fest, though (the reasons (the Comsomol arguments) being - "bad behavior last year"). Their notorious smoking barrel attitude, in addition to their singing (and playing) in English (American) gradually reduced their concert activity. That however, did not interfere with making plans for a new album. It was recorded in October 1995, entitled "Hermaneutics" ("Hermanevtika") and was much harder than the previous ones, although spiced up with lyrics by L. Keral and T.S. Eliot, a quotation from Brahms' Violin Concert and some Indian tunes.

During 1996-97, through participation in various club formations, the musicians contemplated and rehearsed the next project, which was completed in late 1998 and named "Herman's Wolf Band - IV". It was a return to the complex, multi-part compositions characteristic of the earlier years, fired out with deep acoustic emotions and classical quotations, and Boxy was replaced by Yavor Alexandrov.

In 1999 Yavor left the band to join D2 and (in turn) was replaced by Bozhidar Trenkov (ex - Subdibula and Poduene Blues Band), with whom Herman's started recording the fifth album "Wild Things" (which continued close to two years). A realization of a very old idea of Duhi and Itso, the album contained 11 covers of bands from the 60s and 70s, having strongly influenced the music of Herman's, as well as 12 of the band’s own compositions, (greatly varying in style), which sealed in the musical material increasingly better, and the pursuit of volume of the sound lows and highs was shaped with moderate restraint. In the summer of 2000 Duhi experienced his first serious health problems - the result of a reckless lifestyle. "Wild Things" was released the summer of 2001 (by Joker Media), but during a concert in "O Shipka", Duhi literally dropped from the scene after the fifth piece.
This was Herman's Wolf Band’s last concert.
On October 26, 2002 Duhi went to heaven.

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