Running Wild
Death or Glory


5.0
classic

Review

by warlordfun USER (7 Reviews)
August 13th, 2013 | 37 replies | 1,942 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rich treasure for every pirate out there!

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

If beauty lives in the eye of the observer then power metal is 100% at the listener’s ear. Power metal is for sure a very solid and unique genre of music. In an attempt of separation from the rest of the pack, each band aims for a unique sound, mainly by adjusting the proportion of melody to heaviness in the end result. Besides, it is not a strange fact that we have the euro power, the progressive power, the american power, the technical power, the teutonic power metal and many other subgenres, making the homogenization of the genre an impossible job. Bands like Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian or Rage are so different, yet still creative and entertaining in their own way. Speaking of which, Running Wild could not be an exception.

Running Wild are the pioneers of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene alongside with Rage and Helloween. They possess a special discography, which consists of an incredible array of successful records from 1984 to 1994 and they have a lot of great hymns in their catalogue. Being a band that experimented with its sound, Running Wild started their promising career as a heavy metal act until the release of Under Jolly Roger, where they started to blend their own fusion of heavy and speed/power metal with Rolf’s fascination about pirate stories and hidden treasures, so the band with the release of Death Or Glory linearized their sound with the addition of a more specific and original pirate metal formula.

Rolf the band’s singer and rhythm guitarist is a charismatic musician and he has a real knack for writing catchy riffs and memorable choruses. That is easily proved from the album’s opener song, Riding The Storm, which starts with an amazing guitar interlude, where the band’s talents as musicians are clearly evident. After a couple of spins you will find yourself singing the chorus: “Face in the wind we’re riding the storm, we stay our course whatever will come, wandering souls in the sea of the damned, death or glory, oh, oh we are riding the storm” Amazing isn’t it? The next songs, until the instrumental Highland Glory follow a more standard heavy metal style, which of course is not a disadvantage by any means. On the contrary, the chorus of Renegade and the intro’s bass line of Running Blood will stick in your mind for a long time. The true colours of the album emerge from the song “Marooned” and the songs that follow it. Bad To The Bone, one of Running Wild's greatest anthems, presents itself as a welcome deviation from Rolf's pirate thematics, as its political oriented lyrics are a rant against the corrupt leaders of our world. Tortuga Bay is everything late 80s heavy/power metal should be. A killer riff, cool lyrics and a chorus that makes you want to pump your fist and start your exploration to exotic islands with a pirate ship. In the eponymous song, the tension this band's famous for, is being excellently escalated towards the epic chorus, one of the best ever conceived by the outfit. The Battle of Waterloo is the obligatory epic and can probably stand out next to Treasure Island as being some of Rolf’s finest compositions.

Worth noting here that the production is really fantastic and all the instruments sound loud and clear, especially the bass which is audible in songs such as the instrumental Highland Glory. At this point, I would like to mention that the voice of Rolf is mostly kept in a high pitch, but not that high pitched as Kiske for example, although he sounds really aggressive at times. Death Or Glory and Port Royal are the only records to feature the high-pitched vocals, on other albums Rolf's vocals are rawer. I forgot to mention that Majk Moti and Rolf are a very good guitar duo. They are not as virtuoso as, for example, Criss Oliva from Savatage or John Petrucci from Dream Theater, but they play in a melodic and recognizable style that defines the songs and is a big part of the songs’ identities.

Death Or Glory is an essential release that every classic metal fan should look for and if you are a fan of the Hamburg’s heavy/speed/power metal scene, then this is the ideal record for you. Running Wild is one of the most underrated metal bands of all time and Death Or Glory prove that this band has nothing to be jealous of other great metal acts of the 80s metal scene. In conclusion, Death Or Glory is the pinnacle of fantasy and rebellion. Now sit back and imagine a world, where fantasy, happiness, naivety and optimism have taken the place of misery and suffering. This is what this record and power metal represent in general.

Recommended Tracks:
-Riding The Storm
-Renegade
-Marooned
-Bad To The Bone
-Tortuga Bay
-The Battle Of Waterloo



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warlordfun
August 13th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Death Or Glory is a classic heavy/power metal record. Let me know what you guys think. Any (constructive or not) criticism is welcomed!

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SitarHero
August 13th 2013



4603 Comments


So english is obviously not your first language, but did you translate it from google from the original language?

warlordfun
August 13th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well yeah english is not my native language. No i don't use google translate. I would appreciate it a lot if you could mention some grammatical mistakes. Thanks a lot.

TheNotrap
August 13th 2013



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Port Royal is better in my opinion, nevertheless Death or Glory is pretty interesting and remains one of their most successful releases.

Props for reviewing this, have a pos.

warlordfun
August 13th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Notrap, Death Or Glory isn't Running Wild's greatest release. But this is a classic record for the genre

TheNotrap
August 13th 2013



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty underrated band.

warlordfun
August 13th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh yeah. I never understood why.. I mean look at their discography man..

aggelosm
August 13th 2013



470 Comments


Decent review friend. Pos'd

TheNotrap
August 13th 2013



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Insufficient label support I guess. Their pirate imagery didn't help also....it's a cool concept for a teenager fan but it's also a constraint.

warlordfun
August 13th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@aggelosm, it's great to see you around! How are you man? You should really check them out! They have a pretty solid discography!

warlordfun
August 13th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@TheNotrap, yeah i guess so..

aggelosm
August 13th 2013



470 Comments


hey dude. i'm fine...and bored. I'll give it a spin. promise!

warlordfun
August 13th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha i see man.

KILL
August 13th 2013



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yea

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manosg
August 13th 2013



5719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah, album kills! People on here should take more notice of these guys.

Review is very well written, have a pos.

I'm off to play some Monkey Island now.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2013



5915 Comments


Decent-to-good review overall, pos, I would suggest that you should read as many reviews as you can in here, in order to improve your syntax.

Haven't heard this RW album, but your review reminded that I should in due time.






Some suggestions:

Each band that deals with power metal manages to adapt it in their own style, while they also add their own unique twists and turns to separate from the pack, such as experimenting with a higher dosage of melody or heaviness

In an attempt of separation from the rest of the pack, each band aims for a unique sound, mainly by adjusting the proportion of melody to heaviness in the end result.



They posses a special discography

possess



that experimented with their sound

with its sound



and the next songs that follow

and the song that follows it.



Bad To The Bone is one of Running Wild’s greatest anthems and as a song, it is more politically oriented lyrically and at this point “Bad To The Bone” works as a breathing point for the songwriting approach of Rolf, as he basically calls out world leaders for the lying, corrupt bastards they are

Bad To The Bone, one of Running Wild's greatest anthems, presents itself as a welcome deviation from Rolf's pirate thematics, as its political oriented lyrics are a rant against the corrupt leaders of our world.



Death Or Glory seems to constantly build up to the chorus, which is so good they actually make it work well

In the eponymous song, the tension this band's famous for, is being excellently escalated towards the epic chorus, one of the best ever conceived by the outfit.



on other albums Rolf sound rather raw

Rolf's vocals are rawer



that every listener should dig

that every classic metal fan should look for



in general represent

represent in general

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warlordfun
August 13th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Voivod thanks a lot, i appreciate your advices. You should check out Death Or Glory, it is an enjoyable listen.
@manosg haha rock on man!
I'm going to steal the diamonds of the black chest right now!

BallsToTheWall
August 13th 2013



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Legendary

warlordfun
August 13th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@BallsToTheWall absolutely!

BallsToTheWall
August 13th 2013



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Running Wild and Warlock, fuck the rest.



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