RUNNING WILD

Power Metal / Heavy Metal / Speed Metal • Germany
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Running Wild was one band from a wave of German Heavy metal bands to emerge in the early/mid 1980s (along with Helloween, Rage, Blind Guardian, Grave Digger, etc). The music they play is compilation of heavy, power and speed metal. The band has carved its niche in the metal world as the first "pirate metal" band, a theme which took off with the release of Under Jolly Roger in 1987 (thus abandoning the satanic imagery of their earlier work). The band played their farewell show at the Wacken Open Air 2009, for which setlist fans voted for.

In 1976 a new school band called Granite Heart was established in Hamburg, Germany under the command of Rolf Kasparek alias Rock'n'Rolf. Granite Heart consisted of: Rock'n'Rolf (lead vocals, guitar), Uwe Bendig (guitar), Michael Hoffmann (drums) and Jörg Schwarz (bass), who was replaced by Carsten David (bass) shortly after.

Around 1979
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RUNNING WILD Discography

RUNNING WILD albums / top albums

RUNNING WILD Gates to Purgatory album cover 3.86 | 29 ratings
Gates to Purgatory
Speed Metal 1984
RUNNING WILD Branded and Exiled album cover 3.53 | 25 ratings
Branded and Exiled
Speed Metal 1985
RUNNING WILD Under Jolly Roger album cover 3.71 | 30 ratings
Under Jolly Roger
Power Metal 1987
RUNNING WILD Port Royal album cover 3.91 | 31 ratings
Port Royal
Power Metal 1988
RUNNING WILD Death or Glory album cover 4.15 | 37 ratings
Death or Glory
Power Metal 1989
RUNNING WILD Blazon Stone album cover 3.74 | 20 ratings
Blazon Stone
Power Metal 1991
RUNNING WILD Pile of Skulls album cover 4.06 | 27 ratings
Pile of Skulls
Power Metal 1992
RUNNING WILD Black Hand Inn album cover 4.36 | 28 ratings
Black Hand Inn
Power Metal 1994
RUNNING WILD Masquerade album cover 3.33 | 18 ratings
Masquerade
Power Metal 1995
RUNNING WILD The Rivalry album cover 3.76 | 12 ratings
The Rivalry
Power Metal 1998
RUNNING WILD Victory album cover 2.77 | 13 ratings
Victory
Heavy Metal 2000
RUNNING WILD The Brotherhood album cover 2.40 | 10 ratings
The Brotherhood
Heavy Metal 2002
RUNNING WILD Rogues en Vogue album cover 1.61 | 9 ratings
Rogues en Vogue
Heavy Metal 2005
RUNNING WILD Shadowmaker album cover 2.71 | 8 ratings
Shadowmaker
Heavy Metal 2012
RUNNING WILD Resilient album cover 3.22 | 7 ratings
Resilient
Heavy Metal 2013
RUNNING WILD Rapid Foray album cover 3.93 | 6 ratings
Rapid Foray
Heavy Metal 2016

RUNNING WILD EPs & splits

RUNNING WILD Rock from Hell - German Metal Attack album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock from Hell - German Metal Attack
Heavy Metal 1983
RUNNING WILD Death Metal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal
Speed Metal 1984
RUNNING WILD Victim of States Power album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Victim of States Power
Speed Metal 1984
RUNNING WILD Metal Attack Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metal Attack Vol. 1
Speed Metal 1985
RUNNING WILD Wild Animal album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Wild Animal
Power Metal 1990
RUNNING WILD The Rivalry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Rivalry
Power Metal 1998
RUNNING WILD Crossing the Blades album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Crossing the Blades
Heavy Metal 2019

RUNNING WILD live albums

RUNNING WILD Ready for Boarding album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Ready for Boarding
Heavy Metal 1988
RUNNING WILD Live album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Live
Power Metal 2002
RUNNING WILD The Final Jolly Roger album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Final Jolly Roger
Power Metal 2011

RUNNING WILD demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

RUNNING WILD Rock from Hell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock from Hell
Speed Metal 1981
RUNNING WILD Demo 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 2
Heavy Metal 1983
RUNNING WILD Demo 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 3
Speed Metal 1983
RUNNING WILD Demo 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 4
Speed Metal 1984
RUNNING WILD Sinister Eyes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sinister Eyes
Power Metal 1992
RUNNING WILD Revolution album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Revolution
Heavy Metal 2000

RUNNING WILD re-issues & compilations

RUNNING WILD Heavy Metal like a Hammerblow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Metal like a Hammerblow
Speed Metal 1984
RUNNING WILD The First Years of Piracy album cover 4.43 | 5 ratings
The First Years of Piracy
Power Metal 1991
RUNNING WILD The Story of Jolly Roger album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Story of Jolly Roger
Power Metal 1998
RUNNING WILD Singles Collection 2000 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles Collection 2000
Power Metal 2000
RUNNING WILD The Legendary Tales album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Legendary Tales
Heavy Metal 2002
RUNNING WILD 20 Years in History album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
20 Years in History
Power Metal 2003
RUNNING WILD Best of Adrian album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Best of Adrian
Power Metal 2006

RUNNING WILD singles (4)

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Bad to the Bone
Power Metal 1989
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Little Big Horn
Power Metal 1991
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Lead or Gold
Power Metal 1992
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4.50 | 2 ratings
The Privateer
Power Metal 1994

RUNNING WILD movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Death or Glory Tour - Live
Power Metal 1990
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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Final Jolly Roger
Power Metal 2011

RUNNING WILD Reviews

RUNNING WILD Death or Glory

Album · 1989 · Power Metal
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By this fifth studio album, Running Wild had left their rough around the edges early speed metal releases in their wake, and had successfully claimed the uncharted power metal realm of Pirate Metal Island for their very own. Having done two studio albums and one live album in this full-on pirate-happy style, it's safe to say that by this point they'd settled into this new direction for the band and committed to it wholeheartedly, and it shows here with the confident set of songs.

Running Wild's pirate schtick seems to strongly divide audiences - some people love it, some people find their take on the subject cheesy, and some landlubbers just don't like pirates; I'm in the second category, but even so I have to acknowledge that this is a rather fun early power metal album which offers an accessible point of entry into Running Wild's particular aesthetic universe.

RUNNING WILD Rapid Foray

Album · 2016 · Heavy Metal
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There was a time when Running Wild were one of Germany's most unstoppable forces in the power metal scene. Sure, they haven't enjoyed a following anywhere close to that of Helloween or Blind Guardian, but for those who know the scene a bit deeper they are the producers of several well thought of albums including Black Hand Inn (1994), Death or Glory (1989) and Port Royal (1988). Unfortunately Running Wild are also like the Metallica of the power metal genre: their later work isn't thought of nearly as well as their classic period. They've moved away from the genre they're most associated with, power metal, and they've put out a few albums that aren't thought too well of at all such as Rogues en Vogue (2005), Shadowmaker (2012) and Resilient (2013). Now they are back once again with Rapid Foray (2016), their sixteenth full-length album and I'll be honest despite my personal opinion that Resilient was actually the best Running Wild album since Victory (2000), expectations were not too high for it.

Stop press because Rapid Foray is Running Wild in an actually pretty damn solid album shocker!

This isn't a full return to their classic heavy/power metal sound, but with Rapid Foray Running Wild have actually taken a big step back towards it. In fact if I didn't know better I'd say that this was actually some lost album recorded around the time of Victory than a follow-up to Resilient. Song-writing wise it's also got what must be the strongest and most consistent track list of any Running Wild album released in the last two decades. It's not on the level with earlier classics, others about from the aforementioned being Pile of Skulls (1992) and Under Jolly Roger (1987) and it isn't quite up to even Masquerade (1995) and The Rivalry (1998), but it's the closest they've ever come. After the last few albums I'll most definitely take that, and thanks very much. It gives me great hope that there may come a day when I can do longer say that The Rivalry is the last truly great Running Wild album.

And there are even times when Rapid Foray goes beyond being merely solid work. A few favourites of mine are Into the West, By the Blood in Your Heart, Black Bart and of course the album's epic, Last of the Mohicans. The sound production on the album is pretty good too, another factor that I feel has hindered some of Running Wild's more recent albums. Overall Rapid Foray may not be a return to greatness, but it is very much a return to form.

RUNNING WILD Victory

Album · 2000 · Heavy Metal
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666sharon666
Victory is the eleventh Running Wild album from 2000. The last album in their good versus evil trilogy sees the band dropping most of the power metal sound that they'd stuck with since 1987's Under Jolly Roger and becoming, more or less, a straight traditional metal act. There are still a few power metal elements here and will continue to be on further albums, but overall this one marks a new chapter in the band's career. And not one for the better.

Actually that's not fair, as there is nothing wrong with being a traditional heavy metal act. Running Wild always were a heavy metal band along with first a speed metal and then a power metal band. They've made a great number of excellent heavy metal songs over the years. Victory just happens to also be the point where Rock 'n' Rolf and his ever changing crew of bandmates seemed to run out of creative steam. It's not a bad album by any means, just rather bland, but I think it was definitely their weakest at the time it was released, with further releases also proving it to mark a turn for the worse, with only diminishing returns to come until the band's split in 2009. Since reforming in 2011 things haven't been much better either. One day I hope Running Wild manages to reach the heights of their best work again, otherwise starting here their output is like a stain on an otherwise quite excellent legacy. And I find that rather sad.

RUNNING WILD The Rivalry

Album · 1998 · Power Metal
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The Rivalry is the tenth Running Wild album from 1998. Conceptually it carries on with a good versus evil theme that began on the previous album Masquerade. I personally see The Rivalry as both the last rather decent Running Wild album and also their last actual power metal album.

Musically there isn't really a lot for me to write about Running Wild's music that I haven't already done in my run through reviewing their albums. There were never a band to really mess with their formula too much aside from the shift from speed metal to power metal in the late 80's and the shift towards a more dominant traditional heavy metal sound that occurred following The Rivalry. This album is closest certainly to Masquerade and is overall about on the same sort of level in terms of quality. A few standouts including fan favourite Ballad of William Kidd, but largely another typical Running Wild release. I have no problem with that, as it's better than what happened next. 4 stars.

RUNNING WILD Masquerade

Album · 1995 · Power Metal
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Masquerade is the ninth Running Wild album from 1995. Masquerade marks the beginning of a conceptual trilogy for Running Wild, with a theme on good versus evil. Some versions of the album include a couple of bonus tracks taken from the band's early days, namely the ones that appeared on the reasonable well-known Death Metal split from 1984 that also featured Helloween, Hellhammer and Dark Avenger.

While Masquerade has always seemed to be quite a big step back from Black Hand Inn for me, this is still quite a strong release from the band. I find that Running Wild became a bit more modern sounding when it comes to producing power metal with this album, opposed to the distinctly old-school vibes that they'd maintained up until this point. There are several highlights, my personal favourite being Wheel of Doom closely followed by the title track or perhaps Lions of the Sea, but overall it's just another solid release from a band doing what they do best; neither a masterpiece like Black Hand Inn or Death or Glory, but overall more memorable than an album like Blazon Stone. 4 Stars.

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