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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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Wacken Open Air Live Streams Available

Metal will descend upon Schleswig-Holstein, Germany for the annual mecca of all festivals. 80,000 are expected at the long sold out event, which features - among many - the return of Savatage and Running Wild to the live stage.

Once again, select acts will be streaming live from the internet and German TV (also through the net) via ARTE concert at this location and 3sat at this location.

As usual, the schedule is subject to change, but as of press time the following acts will be broadcast (all times CET so deduct 6 hours for EST and so on):

VIA ARTE Concert:

July 30th:

17h45 - In Extremo
19h20 - Grailknights
20h10 - Mambo Kurt
21h00 - New Model Army
22h10 - Uli Jon Roth

July 31st:

15h30 - At The Gates
16h45 - Queensryche
18h00 - Opeth
19h30 - Dream Theater
21h00 - tba
22h30 - In Flames
00h00 - Running Wild
01h45 - The BossHoss

August 1st:

14h30 - Amorphis
16h00 - Danko Jones
17h30 - Rock Meets Classic
18h55 - Dream Theater
20h15 - tba
21h15 - The BossHoss
22h00 - Sabaton
23h30 - In Flames
00h15 - Cradle of Filth
01h45 - Subway to Sally More...

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Running Wild Announces Wacken 2015 Lineup

German metal pioneers Running Wild announced the live lineup for the band's performance at the legendary Wacken Festival this year. The performance will mark the first live show since the Wacken 2009 performance, which at the time was to mark the end of the band. However, band leader Rolf Kasparek resurrected the band in 2011 and released the albums "Shadowmaker" (2012) and "Resilient" (2013) via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

For the upcoming Wacken performance on July 31, 2015, in addition to Kasparek and long time colleague and guitarist Peter Jordan, the band will feature ex-Thunderhead bassist Ole Hempelmann and Victory drummer Michael Wolpers. Rolf confirmed that there will be a new studio release, as the set list will feature a new album from the untitled release.

The announcement reads: "Dear Rrunning Wild fans, surely you are keen to know about the line-up, which will play the show at this year's Wacken Open Air. Of course that's P.J. and me, and our new additions Ole Hempelmann (bass, Ex-Thunderhead) and Michael Wolpers (drums, Victory). We're looking forward to rock Wacken with you on July 31. Exclusively for you we will also play a brandnew song from the forthcoming studio album. See you on board!" - Rock'n'Rolf"

More information on the new album is expected soon. More...

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Sunday Old School: Running Wild

Disclaimer: MetalUnderground.com does not support piracy of any kind and strongly encourages readers to buy their music and not plunder the seven seas. We do however, fully endorse any metal band who wants to base their image or lyrics around pirates, and there are a few. Pirates have become a popular topic amongst people over the past twenty years, thanks in part to successful franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean and the Monkey Island games, so it’s no surprise that the drunken, debauched world of piracy found its way to the drunken, debauched world of heavy metal. It did so before either of the aforementioned franchises in fact and before bands such as Alestorm and Swashbuckle performed under the Jolly Roger, and most people would give full credit for the invention of pirate metal to a band from Hamburg, which were appropriately named, Running Wild.

The seeds of the band were sown in 1976 when members of the bands Granite Hearts and Grober Unfug began jamming together, eventually decided to form a new band with a new name. It seemed to be a relatively lengthy search as they didn’t settle on the moniker, Running Wild, until 1979, taking its name from the Judas Priest song of the same name. They released their first demos in 1981 and soldiered on for a few years this way, certain that their hard work would pay off. As luck would have it, it did, and they were eventually picked up by Noise Records, who released their debut album, "Gates to Purgatory" in 1984. Lyrically, the album was based more in fantasy and Satanic themes than the historical topics they would later adopt, though the record did feature a song entitled, "Genghis Khan." More...

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Tribute To The Lesser Played Halloween Classics

So its Halloween yet again….and for some reason it just doesn’t seem as scary and wonderful as it used to be. Maybe its age….maybe it’s the state of the world….perhaps it’s just desensitization or my state of mind. Though its still my favorite time of year, Halloween used to be "special," mainly due to the fact that I bought into this notion that Halloween is the “world holiday of metal.” Not unlike horror films, metal used to have a creep factor in the 80's that seems all too polished and mechanical in 2014. For me, it's the only time when severely under-produced records can have a massive shock value.

On the topic of special Halloween memories over the years, I distinctly remember 1986 – when Slayer had just released what is arguably the greatest thrash metal album of our time just 24 days prior to Halloween. I begged my parents for money to buy it just around a day or two before Halloween…and it literally scared the crap out of me as a 15 year old kid. Every Halloween in that time, back when more people used to celebrate it with open doors, family, friends and I used to walk 5-7 miles – filling multiple pillow cases with candy…only to return home and dump it on the floor before switching costumes to go out for another 2-3 miles before all the lights went out in the neighborhood precisely at 8:30pm. 1986 was particularly memorable because the topic of discussion was “Reign in Blood.” My friends and I gasped in terror conjured by the album mostly because it was so "rebellious" and clashed directly (and indirectly) with our Roman Catholic upbringing. These were days before we reached the age of reason. More...

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Savatage Reunion Show Set For Wacken 2015

Promoters for the Wacken Open Air Festival announced that Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing live on stage at Wacken 2015, followed immediately by a Savatage reunion gig that will mark the band's first live performance in over a decade. Furthermore, these appearances are the only live appearances for both bands in Europe during 2015.

Guitarist Chris Caffery proudly proclaimed in his Facebook post: "I am extremely happy to make this post! Today our friends at the Wacken festival announced that Savatage will be finally playing again! Wacken 2015! Both Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will make an appearance! Savatage will close the festival that night following #TSO's first ever European festival appearance! I have been waiting for then to announce this for a a few weeks! It was hard to keep it a secret! Yes Legion...our patience has finally paid off...Savatage will play again next summer!"

In addition, Running Wild will return to the stage after playing the farewell performance in 2009 before recently returning with two studio releases ("Shadowmaker" and "Resilent").

Other band named in the first wave of acts are: In Flames, In Extremo, U.D.O. (Special Orchestra show), Sabaton, Amorphis (Special "Tales from the Thousand Lakes" show), Death Angel, Powerwolf, Ensiferum, Kataklysm, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura and Thyrfing.

The pre-sale starts in the night from Sunday, August 3rd to Monday, August 4th at Midnight (German time) (6:00pm EST) – exclusively at Metaltix.com. As always, the first offer is the 10,000 limited X-Mas Tickets. The X-Mas tickets will be available for 150€ + 10€ pre-sale fee and will be delivered together with one of the limited W:O:A X-Mas T-Shirts! Every customer can order up to 2 X-Mas tickets. More...

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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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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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