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Running Wild

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

Latest Running Wild News

Below is our complete Running Wild news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Running Wild Posts Fan Interview Video Part One

This week, Running Wild's new album "Resilient" drops in Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. Ahead of the release, the band has posted part one of a fan interview video series, where Rolf Kasparek answers questions submitted to the band via Facebook and the band's website. The album is scheduled for a North American release on October 22nd (see review here).

The track list for "Resilient" is:

1. Soldiers Of Fortune
2. Resilient
3. Adventure Highway
4. The Drift
5. Desert Rose
6. Fireheart
7. Run Riot
8. Down To The Wire
9. Crystal Gold
10. Bloody Island
11. Payola & Shenanigans (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
12. Premonition (Limited Edition Bonus Track)

Check out the video here: More...

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Running Wild Posts New Song Snippet

Captain Rock'n' Rolf of Running Wild - the original pirate metal band - has come up with twelve storm-proof numbers for the new studio album "Resilient," ten of which are scheduled for release on the regular CD on October 7th, 2013 (October 8th in the US).

Two additional bonus tracks and a poster will be included on the limited version of the album. The double gatefold LP version comes with printed innersleeves, blue marbled vinyl, and the CD in cardboard sleeve.

A snippet from the new song "Bloody Island" plus footage of a listening party is now avialalbe online and can be heard below. The album's track listing is as follow:

1. Soldiers Of Fortune
2. Resilient
3. Adventure Highway
4. The Drift
5. Desert Rose
6. Fireheart
7. Run Riot
8. Down To The Wire
9. Crystal Gold
10. Bloody Island
11. Payola & Shenanigans (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
12. Premonition (Limited Edition Bonus Track) More...

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Running Wild Unveils New Album Artwork

Running Wild will release new album "Resilient" in Europe this coming October 7th, 2013. The band has now revealed the cover artwork, available below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Soldiers Of Fortune
2. Resilient
3. Adventure Highway
4. The Drift
5. Desert Rose
6. Fireheart
7. Run Riot
8. Down To The Wire
9. Crystal Gold
10. Bloody Island
11. Payola & Shenanigans (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
12. Premonition (Limited Edition Bonus Track) More...

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Running Wild Reveals "Resilient" Track Listing

German metal pioneers Running Wild revealed the track listing for the upcoming new album "Resilient." The album will be released in Germany on October 4, 2013, Rest of Europe on October 7, 2013. The US/Canada date has not yet been announced, but it will be in October.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Soldiers Of Fortune
2. Resilient
3. Adventure Highway
4. The Drift
5. Desert Rose
6. Fireheart
7. Run Riot
8. Down To The Wire
9. Crystal Gold
10. Bloody Island
11. Payola & Shenanigans (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
12. Premonition (Limited Edition Bonus Track)

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Rolf Comments On New Running Wild Album

Now things are really moving: while Captain Rock'n'Rolf Kasparek is working full throttle on the final details of his latest Running Wild album, Steamhammer/SPV have already announced the official release date: "Resilient" will be out on October 4th, 2013 in Germany and on October 7th, 2013 in the rest of Europe.

The exact date of the U.S. release will be revealed soon, but the album has definitely been scheduled for release in America this October. "I really love working at the moment and am currently getting down to business on the overdubs. I can hardly wait to present the new material to the many Running Wild fans worldwide," says Rock'n'Rolf.

His followers can look forward to a total of twelve brand-new numbers, ten of which will feature on the regular CD, and two more on the limited edition. The album's opener will be called "Soldiers Of Fortune," and the title track, "The Drift" and "Run Riot" will be three typical Running Wild numbers. The track "Bloody Island" however, with an almost ten minute playing time, will be one of the longest tracks in Running Wild's career to date. More...

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Running Wild Pushes Back New Album

The original pirate metal outfit Running Wild was planning on releasing a new album this September, which follows 2012's "Shadowmaker" (reviewed here).

The band has now announced however that the as-yet-untitled new release is being pushed back. These are the current release dates:

Germany: October 4, 2013
Europe: October 7, 2013
US/Canada: TBA

Further details will be announced as they become available.

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Running Wild Streaming "Shadowmaker" In Full

German pirate metal pioneers Running Wild are streaming the band's latest LP "Shadowmaker" in full over at AOL Music at this location. The album is due out in Europe today in Europe and in the US/Canada on April 24, 2012 through SPV/ Steamhammer.

For a full review of the release, head over to this location.

The track listing for "Shadowmaker" is as follows:

1. Piece Of The Action (4:25)
2. Riding On The Tide (4:18 )
3. I Am Who I Am (4:51)
4. Black Shadow (5:13 )
5. Locomotive (4:35)
6. Me & The Boys (5:00)
7. Shadowmaker (4:25)
8. Sailing Fire (4:14)
9. Into The Black (4:57)
10. Dracula (7:29)

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Running Wild Posts New Album Teaser

German metallers Running Wild have released a video for the track "Riding On The Tide" from their new album "Shadowmaker" (reviewed here) featuring photos and info about the configurations, release dates, new merchandise and the signing sessions and release parties in Germany. Check out the video clip below.

"Shadowmaker" will be released in Germany on April 20th, in Europe on April 23rd and in the US/Canada on April 24th through SPV / Steamhammer.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Piece Of The Action 4:25
2. Riding On The Tide 4:18
3. I am Who I am 4:51
4. Black Shadow 5:13
5. Locomotive 4:35
6. Me & The Boys 5:00
7. Shadowmaker 4:25
8. Sailing Fire 4:14
9. Into The Black 4:57
10. Dracula 7:29 More...

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Running Wild Posts "Riding The Tide" Teaser Clip

Running Wild posted a teaser clip from the track "Riding the Tide" (heard below), which appears on the comeback album "Shadowmaker." The album is expected for release on April 20, 2012 (EU) and April 24, 2012 (North America) through SPV Records.

In other news, a message was posted by Rock 'N' Rolf Kasparek (shown below), as the Running Wild mainman will conduct three record store appearances in Germany for the release of the "Shadowmaker." The appearances will be as follows:

Friday, April 20, 2012 @ HOT SHOT Records, Hannover (5:30 pm)
Monday, April 23, 2012 @ HOT SHOT Records, Bremen (5:30 pm)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 @ SATURN, Hamburg (5:30 pm)

In the remaining part of the message, Kasparek indicated that apparently a national socialist website is using the band's "Riding the Storm" song as a theme and that he did not give permission for the use of the song nor is affiliated in any way with the site. Long time Running Wild fans are well aware of Rolf's vehement stance against national socialism. The song "Bad to the Bone" from the 1989 release "Death or Glory" is a testament to that stance.

Check out the statement here: More...

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Running Wild Announces "Shadowmaker" Complete

German power metal band Running Wild announced that the comeback album "Shadowmaker" is complete and sent off to SPV Records for pressing. Mainman Rolk Kasparek posted a message to the fans on YouTube announcing the completion of the album as well as the scheduling of a listening party for the press on February 13, 2012. "Shadowmaker" is expected for release on April 20, 2012 (EU) through SPV Records.

Check out the video here:

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Running Wild Reveals Track Listing And Album Art

Resurrected German power metal legends Running Wild revealed the track listing and unveiled the album art for the upcoming "Shadowmaker" LP. The album is expected this April through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The album artwork is described as "the most unusual in the history of the band, but when you listen to the title track and read the lyrics, you will understand the meaning of it." The cover was by vocalist/guitarist Rock N' Rolf in collaboration with artist Jens Reinhold (Evergrey/Freedom Call/Virgin Steele).

The official "Shadowmaker" track listing is as follows:

1. Piece Of The Action
2. Riding On The Tide
3. I Am Who I Am
4. Black Shadow
5. Locomotive
6. Me & The Boys
7. Shadowmaker
8. Sailing Fire
9. Into The Black
10. Dracula

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Headline News

Running Wild Returns With Comeback Album

Rock 'N' Rolf of German power metal band Running Wild announced that he will resurrect the defunct band. Running Wild played a final show in 2009 at Wacken Open Air and subsequently issued show as a live album and DVD release entitled "The Final Jolly Roger." Rolf announced that the new album, the first studio release since the 2005 album "Rogues En Vogue," will be entitled "Shadowmaker" and will be released in April of 2012 through SPV Records.

The announcement from the band's official website reads:

"RUNNING WILD are back! To the delight of his countless fans, Captain Rock'n'Rolf has announced the release of the new album, 'Shadowmaker', seven years after RUNNING WILDs last studio album, 'Rogues En Vogue'. 'My comments in spring 2009 about the demise of RUNNING WILD were absolutely serious at the time. I really needed time out and, to be honest, couldn't imagine even in January 2011 that I would ever feel like recording a new album again.', says Rolf. 'But when I had the inspiration for a best-of album, to which I wanted to contribute four new numbers, I rediscovered how much I enjoy composing. From then on it was only a small step to record a full new studio album.'

"Rock'n'Rolf has written ten new tracks for 'Shadowmaker'. among them are the midtempo opener 'Piece Of The Action', the uptempo number 'Shadowmaker' (roughly the same pace as "Angel Of Mercy") and the monumental eight-minute track 'Dracula', based on Bram Stoker's novel and the Christopher Lee movies. 'To me, 'Shadowmaker' is a very special album because there was no pressure, timewise or otherwise. I feel it's clearly audible that this relaxed attitude helped me to write one of the strongest RUNNING WILD recordings of all time.'

Rolf also posted a video message to the fans, shown here:

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Running Wild Reveals Live DVD Tracklisting

Veterans Running Wild have revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming live DVD titled "The Final Jolly Roger." "The Final Jolly Roger" will see its long awaited release on June 24 through Golden Core/ZYX Records. The release will be made available in three separate formats; regular edition DVD, as a double CD, or a special three-disc box set. You can view the track listing for the package below.

DVD:
1. Intro
2. Port Royal
3. Bad To The Bone
4. Riding The Storm
5. Soulless
6. Prisoner Of Our Time
7. Black Hand Inn
8. Gates Of Purgatory
9. Battle Of Waterloo
10. Der Kaltverformer
11. Raging Fire
12. Whirlwind
13. Tortuga Bay
14. Branded And Exiled
15. Raise Your Fist
16. Conquistadores
17. Under Jolly Roger

CD 1:
1. Intro
2. Port Royal
3. Bad To The Bone
4. Riding The Storm
5. Soulless
6. Prisoner Of Our Time
7. Black Hand Inn
8. Gates Of Purgatory
9. Battle Of Waterloo
10. Der Kaltverformer
11. Raging Fire

CD 2:
1. Whirlwind
2. Tortuga Bay
3. Branded And Exiled
4. Raise Your Fist
5. Conquistadores
6. Under Jolly Roger

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Wacken Open Air 2009 DVD To Be Released

The Wacken Open Air organizers have issued the following announcement about releasing a three disc live DVD set of the festival's 2009 edition:

"In 2009 Wacken Open Air celebrated it´s 20th Anniversary with a giant party and as usual it was recorded on DVD. With a duration of more than 500 minutes on 3 DVD's it's the biggest Wacken live DVD ever! Included are videos of more than 60 bands, 70 live tracks in 5.1 / 2.0 Dolby Digital and additionally masses of documentations and our world record – the world´s longest DVD credits with more than 17500 participants! The DVD will be available from the 5th of august as an 8 pages digi-pack directly at the festival area and afterwords at the FULL:METAL:SHOP."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Orden Ogan Post Fifth Studio Report

German power metallers Orden Ogan have posted their fifth studio report. This report covers the making of the music video for "We Are Pirates" off of their newest album "Easton Hope," which was released in January of 2010.

The song "We Are Pirates" is an homage to the band Running Wild and Guybrush Threepwood, a fictional character that rose to fame in the "Monkey Island" video game series. Majk Moti of Running Wild guests in the video as contributes guitar solos to the song as well.

The official report video is below, and an outtakes video is after the jump. You can find more Orden Ogan videos on their Youtube Channel.

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Running Wild Comments On Upcoming DVD

Germany's Running Wild has posted a video online explaining the delay in the release of their new live DVD, which can be viewed below. An English transcription of the video can also be found after the jump.


Rock'n'Rolf about the upcoming live DVD

Running Wild | MySpace Music Videos
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Satanochio Posts New Music Video Online

Romanian metal band Satanochio has posted their new music video online for the track "Siberian Winter," which is a Running Wild cover. Watch the video below:

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Running Wild To Release Live Album

Running Wild has issued the following statement about releasing a live CD of their Wacken 2009 performance:

"An eventful and historical year comes to an end: RUNNING WILD's last show forever at Wacken Open Air on July 30, 2009, was recorded for a CD and DVD release. Naturally you're looking forward to see this hitting the stores, but we're still working on some details. The DVD - scheduled to be released tentatively before W:O:A 2010 - will contain a lot of amazing specials you definitely won't miss! RUNNING WILD says thanks for all the wonderful moments and we wish everybody some extraordinary and relaxing days and a happy new year!"

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Suidakra Streaming Running Wild Cover

Suidakra has issued the following statement about streaming a cover of Running Wild's "Maronned" on their MySpace page:

"Finally after the UK tour we have a small surprise for you. We added our cover version of the Running Wild's song 'Marooned' to our profile! We didn't want to simply cover the original song but to make it sound more like SuidAkrA. Check it out and let us know what you think!!!"

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Orden Ogan Streaming Running Wild Tribute

German power metallers Orden Ogan, who recently signed with AFM Records, have recorded a track titled "The Battle Of Waterloo" for "ReUnation - A Tribute To Running Wild." The tribute album is to be released on November 13, 2009 via Remedy Records. The track is now available for streaming at this location.

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