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Running Wild

Formed: 1979
From: Hamburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Running Wild Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Running Wild.

Interview

Rock 'N' Rolf Talks Running Wild And "Resilient"

Dictionaries define "resilient" as "returning to the original form." For Running Wild, the title "Resilient" is more than just the name of the fifteenth studio album, its a testament to rebounding, staying true and also "returning to the original form." In 2009, as the "final jolly roger" echoed through the small town of Wacken, Germany, fans were left with a lasting impression of one of metal's most beloved acts. The original metal pirates were done...or were they. In October of 2011, the word came out that as mainman Rolf Kasparek was writing bonus track material for what was supposed to be the reissuing of earlier Running Wild releases, the songs seemed strong enough to bring back the legendary band. "Shadowmaker" was born and released in 2012 via Steamhammer/SPV Records (see review here). It was met with mixed views from fans and critics.

After the release of "Shadowmaker," the ideas began to flow like the days of "Under Jolly Roger," "Pile Of Skulls," "Blazon Stone" and "Black Hand Inn." It started with the opening riff of "Soldiers of Fortune," and cascaded into the most fun Kasparek has had since the old days. As a matter of fact, there were so many ideas, the metal pirate couldn't record them all. "Resilient" is a testament to those old days (see review here) with modern production behind it. The album comes out via Steamhammer/SPV within the next week in Europe (Oct. 2nd - Scandinavia; Oct. 4th - Germany; Oct. 7th - Rest of Europe) and North America on Oct. 22nd.

Rolf sat down to discuss the album, the band's legacy as the originators of "pirate metal" and whether we will ever see Running Wild live again. More...

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