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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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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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Track Listing Announced For Running Wild Tribute

Chicago black metallers Withering Soul have issued the following statement about the final track list for the upcoming Running Wild tribute album:

"The final track-listing for 'ReUnation - A Tribute To Running Wild', scheduled to be released in fall 2009 via Remedy Records, is as follows:

CD1:
01. POWERWOLF - Riding The Storm
02. FATE - Soul Vampires
03. ORDEN OGAN - The Battle Of Waterloo
04. ESENIA - Resurrection
05. 5TH SONIC BRIGADE - Angel Of Mercy
06. SATANOCHIO - Siberian Winter
07. DEADLOCK feat. Jürg Theiler - When Time Runs Out
08. SKILTRON - Ballad Of William Kidd
09. MOTORJESUS - The Rivalry
10. SUIDAKRA feat. Axel Römer & Matthias Zimmer - Marooned
11. THUNDERSTORM feat. Preacher - Welcome To Hell
12. WITHERING SOUL - Firebreather
13. WARHEAD - Faceless
14. WILD KNIGHT - Tsar

CD2:
01. JOSÉ JUAN GALLEGO - Draw The Line
02. MAGICA - Victory
03. CHINCHILLA - Conquistadores
04. HELLISH WAR - Return Of The Gods
05. OVERTURES - Pirate Song
06. BURNING POINT feat. Majk Moti - Gods Of Iron '09
07. CUSTARD - Under Jolly Roger
08. SEVEN SEAS - Detonator
09. HALOR - Little Big Horn
10. THUNDERBLAST - Timeriders
11. CRYSTAL VIPER - Libertalia
12. EVERTALE - Blazon Stone
13. WINTERS DAWN - Into The Fire
14. HEAVENLY - Masquerade
15. SOLEMNITY - Dr. Horror
16. WITCHTRAP - Victim Of States Power
17. RAVAGE - Fight The Fire Of Hate

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Orden Ogan Posts Music Video Online

Germany's Orden Ogan has posted a video clip of "We Are Pirates" at this location. The song comes off their upcoming record, "Easton Hope," which features MAJK MOTI (ex-RUNNING WILD).

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Withering Soul To Appear On Running Wild Tribute

Chicago black metallers Withering Soul have issued the following statement about appearing on a Running Wild tribute album:

"Withering Soul in conjunction with Jens Pohl, Jörn Rüter of Remedy Records and Tim Anders of Pitch Black Productions are proud to announce that Withering Soul will be recording a track on a new tribute album dedicated to Germany’s legendary pirate-themed metal band, Running Wild.

"The album to be entitled 'ReUnation – A Tribute To Running Wild' is set to be released in the fall of 2009 by the well-known Hamburg-based label Remedy Records. The album will be released as a limited 2-CD set for the price of a normal CD.

"Running Wild released their first record 'Gates To Purgatory' in 1984 and has since released twelve additional albums. The band recently announced that this years Wacken Open Air Festival would be the band’s last live performance of their career.

"Commented Jens Pohl, the webmaster for German Metal-Legends Running Wild: 'This album will not be just an ordinary tribute to anyone, this is going to be a farewell gift to one of the most influential bands in Heavy Metal, paying homage to Rock'n'Rolf as a musician and - due to the current situation - to many of his latest songs but not solely. I am really happy, proud and grateful at the same time that this tribute album features some legends as well as some of the most promising and uprising Heavy Rock- and Metal-Acts you should not miss! My deepest appreciation to everyone being involved. Thanks.'"

The complete track listing - in alphabetical order - is as follows: More...

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Running Wild Issues New Tribute Album Details

German metallers Running Wild have issued the following update about a new tribute album being released:

"ReUnation - A Tribute To Running Wild makes great progress: The songs I heard so far are really wicked and I am sure you'll love them!

"But before I will announce more bands taking part in this tribute-album I would like to thank Valgorth from Hammerblaze for his brilliant work on the official "ReUnation" MySpace: If you want stay up-to-date and get to know the latest details about this project, that's the place to be.

"In addition I am very proud to announce that you will find the first and extremely thrilling album-trailer featuring some music from the upcoming album on myspace.com/reunation now. Enjoy!"

The trailer can also be viewed below. More...

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Running Wild Set to Release Second Tribute Album

A second tribute album to the German metal band Running Wild, which follows the first tribute album, is in the works, according to the webmaster of their official website. "It's been already almost four years since "The Revivalry - A Tribute To Running Wild" hit the light. Soon after that, its success began to grow progressively and it significantly led to the idea that a tribute album brought to a different level should come out, especially by bringing cover songs from the newer albums by Running Wild. And this time it is going to be like this!" The new and currently untitled tribute will contain songs from "The Rivalry" (1998), "Victory" (2000), "The Brotherhood" (2002) and "Rogues En Vogue" (2005). It will be released in fall of this year with graphic art done by Costin Chioreanu, who has worked for bands like Absu, Centinex, Demonical, Negura Bunget, Thunderstorm, and more. One of the first confirmed bands for the new tribute is Polish heavy metal band Crystal Viper, who will record their own version of "Libertalia." Other confirmed bands are Magica, Orden Ogan, Satanochio, Skiltron, and Thunderstorm.

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Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann Rejoins Accept

Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (Helloween, U.D.O., Running Wild) has recently become available and will be rejoining legendary German metallers Accept for the 2005 summer festivals. Stefan has performed with the band since the "good old days" when he replaced original drummer Stefan Kaufmann. This officially finalizes the group's summer touring lineup which includes original members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Wolf Hoffmann (guitar), Herman Frank (guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass). Rehearsals are scheduled for March and April in Hannover, Germany.

Upcoming Accept shows:

May 15 Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 04 Bergum, NETH @ Waldrock
Jun. 09 Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 12 Bologna, ITA @ Gods Of Metal
Jun. 24 Belgium @ Graspop
Jul. 17 Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Festival
Jul. 29 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX
Jul. 30 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX
Jul. 31 Osaka, JPN @ Namba Hatch
Aug. 02 Nagoya, JPN @ Diamont Hall
Aug. 4–6 Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13 Spain @ Cumpo de futbol
Aug. Switzerland @ TBA

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Running Wild Hold Album Release Party

Running Wild's new album, "Rogues en Vogue," will be released on February 21, 2005. To celebrate this event, the band would like to invite everybody to join the release party and pre-listen to the whole album together with Rolf and probably his band-mates as well on February 18, 2005 at Headbangers Ballroom, Hamburg. Tickets are available for 5,00 Euro. You can pre-order the album at Amazon.de (delivers outside of Germany as well).

"Rogues en Vogue" tracklisting: More...

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Running Wild Set Album Release Date

The new album "Rogues en Vogue" will be released on February 28, 2005 due through G.U.N./BMG Ariola.

"Rogues en Vogue" will include the following songs:

01. Draw the Line
02. Angel of Mercy
03. Skeleton Dance
04. Skulls & Bones (a 7-minutes epic pirate-song)
05. Born Dead, Dying Worse
06. Black Gold
07. Soul Vampires
08. Rogues en Vogue
09. Winged & Feathered
10. Dead Man's Road
11. The War

The strictly limited edition will contain two bonus-tracks: "Cannonball Tongue" and "Libertalia" (Libertalia was far more than just a haven for pirates. It was a Utopia. Running Wild's is a brave, a just, an innocent, and a noble cause; the cause of liberty.)

Read comments about every song here.

You will get the opportunity to listen to each track before the release. There will be a release-party and a tour in 2005.

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Wacken Open Air Festival DVD Info

Armageddon Over Wacken
Various Artists
Street Date: October 19, 2004
Catalog Number: CMU 61127

Wacken Open Air is a yearly metal festival held in the small farming town of Wacken, Germany.The festival started out 14 years ago and has now amassed an attendance up to 35,000 people and is the largest metal gathering in Europe. Crash Music is proud to release the live concert two DVD set.

The DVD includes performances by many well known metal gods such as Twisted Sister, Saxon, Nile, The Crown, Testament, Vader, In Flames, Gamma Ray and many more. Also includes backstage and behind the scenes footage of the Wacken Open Air festival. The DVD was shot in 5.1 Surround Sound for exceptional audio quality.

Artist & Song Listing: More...

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Paragon Enter Studio This Weekend

Paragon bassist Jan Bunning has posted this message on the band's official website:

"I first want to thank all the Metalheads from the USA which wrote into our guestbook. We really would love to play in the USA but first we still have no professional distributor in the US and second the last time we tried to arrange something there was no booker who really seemed to be reliable. Anyway - we still working on playing overseas as well as on finding a distribution so please give us some more time!

"The coming weekend we are going to enter the studio to record our tribute songs for the Remedy Records Saxon & Running Wild Tribute albums. From Saxon we will cover '20.000 Feet,' from Running Wild we will NOT cover 'Masquerade' but 'Iron Heads' which was on the famous Deth Metal Sampler and was one of the first songs Running Wild ever recorded. We altered both songs the 'Paragon-Way' and we are sure they will both turn out great. This time we will not go into the Powerhouse Studio but the 'Eike-Studio' of Eike Freese, who also sings 6 plays guitar for Dark Age. We will also make some re-recordings of old 'Chalice Of Steel' songs we will use for the rerelease of our second album 'Final Command.' 'Final Command' will be rereleased later this year on Remedy Records as CD and Picture LP."

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