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Running Wild

Running Wild is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s. Over the course of their career, they have released fifteen studio albums, three live albums, five compilation albums, and six singles/EPs. Although their earlier releases contained Satanic themes and imagery, Gerald "Preacher" Warnecke, the guitar player of the band, was studying theology at the time and is now a vicar in Cologne.

In 1987, the band released the album Under Jolly Roger, which was a switch to pirate-based and histo ...read more

Running Wild is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s. Over the course of their career, they have released fifteen studio albums, three live albums, five compilation albums, and six singles/EPs. Although their earlier releases contained Satanic themes and imagery, Gerald "Preacher" Warnecke, the guitar player of the band, was studying theology at the time and is now a vicar in Cologne.

In 1987, the band released the album Under Jolly Roger, which was a switch to pirate-based and historical themes, creating and influencing the later named Pirate metal subgenre of heavy metal in the 2000s in the process. While the historical lyrics were very superficial at first, the lyrics for later albums were intensively researched, by Rolf Kasparek in particular.

After this album, from 1988 to 1992 (for the albums Port Royal, Death or Glory, Blazon Stone and Pile of Skulls), Running Wild mainly wrote historically based lyrics. In addition to lyrics about pirates like Calico Jack, Klaus Störtebeker, or the little-known Henry Jennings, the band also addressed subjects like the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Waterloo, or the colonization of the New World by the Conquistadors. On 17 April 2009 Rolf announced that Running Wild had split up. Their intended last show was at Wacken Open Air on July 30, 2009. It was recorded for CD and DVD release and appeared as The Final Jolly Roger on June 24, 2011.

As of 21 October 2011, Running Wild have reformed. Their most recent album, titled Resilient, was released in October 2013. Running Wild played live for the Wacken Open Air festival in July of 2015. « hide

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LPs
Rapid Foray
2016

3.3
7 Votes
Resilient
10/04/2013

3.3
30 Votes
Shadowmaker
04/20/2012

2.5
31 Votes
Rogues en Vogue
2005

2.9
25 Votes
The Brotherhood
2002

3.5
29 Votes
Victory
2000

2.9
35 Votes
The Rivalry
1998

3.7
45 Votes
Masquerade
1995

3.8
46 Votes
Black Hand Inn
1994

4.1
98 Votes
Pile of Skulls
1992

4
60 Votes
Blazon Stone
1991

4
49 Votes
Death or Glory
1989

4.2
102 Votes
Port Royal
1988

4.3
111 Votes
Under Jolly Roger
1987

4
92 Votes
Branded and Exiled
1985

3.7
55 Votes
Gates to Purgatory
1984

3.8
71 Votes
EPs
Victim Of States Power
1984

3.5
4 Votes
Live Albums
The Final Jolly Roger
2011

3.9
4 Votes
Live
2002

4.3
2 Votes
Ready For Boarding
1988

3.9
10 Votes
Compilations
Riding The Storm: The Very Best Of The Noise Years
2016

2.7
1 Votes
Best of Adrian
2006

20 Years in History
2003

4.3
2 Votes
The Story of Jolly Roger
1998

The First Years of Piracy
1991

4.3
3 Votes

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