Running Wild is one of a few German heavy metal bands to emerge in the early/mid 1980s (along with Helloween, Gamma Ray, Rage, Blind
Guardian, Grave Digger, etc). 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. On April 17, 2009, Running Wild disbanded with their last show being on July 30, 2009 but eventually
reunited in 2011.