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Hamburg, Germany (1976 – 2009, 2011 – present)

Running Wild is one band from a wave of German Heavy metal bands to emerge in the early/mid 1980s (along with Helloween, Rage, Blind Guardian, Grave Digger, etc). The music they play is a mixture of heavy and speed metal. 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. The band played their farewell show at the Wacken Open Air 2009, for which setlist fans voted for. In October 2011 Rolf officially announced the comeback including a new studio album called “Shadowmaker”. It was released April 2012.

In 1976 a new school band called Granite Heart was established in Hamburg, Germany under the command of Rolf Kasparek alias Rock’n’Rolf. Granite Heart consisted of: Rock’n’Rolf (lead vocals, guitar), Uwe Bendig (guitar), Michael Hoffmann (drums) and Jörg Schwarz (bass), who was replaced by Carsten David (bass) shortly after.

Around 1979 the band was renamed as Running Wild and in 1983 they released their first demo-tape with the following line-up: Rock’n’Rolf (lead vocals, guitar), Uwe Bendig (guitar), Matthias Kaufmann (bass) and Hasche (drums).

Running Wild astonished their hometown Hamburg, Germany with heavy speed Metal and a flashy leather image, so that finally the songs Iron Heads and Bones to Ashes were published on the Death Metal compilation by NOISE in 1984. Under the same label their debut album Gates to Purgatory was released in the same year and sold not less than 20.000 units in the first three months. The record climbed the german metal-charts and with the 12” maxi Victim of States Power there was a nice little metal goodie thrown onto the market.

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  • tntmk

    Captain Adrian will ride you to the diamonds of the black chest!

    11 Jan 7:34pm Reply
  • Sodomizerr666

    GATES TO PURGATORY IS THE BEST !!!!!!!! [2]

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    GATES TO PURGATORY IS THE BEST !!!!!!!!

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    If it's ever been Australian slang, then it has fallen into disuse quite a while ago. I'm pretty sure it's still used in the UK though. Still, I'll never be able to take the line seriously because of all this.

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    I don't know if it is. More likely Rolf'd just heard it somewhere else and decided to use it because it rhymes with "bad". :P Oh, and "flag", too: "I have to sign on under every flag / If I want to live, I have to fag". :D What makes this thing interesting is that I always thought it was an Australian slang word, and you seem to be from Australia according to your profile... :o

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    Lionheartattack, that had occurred to me but I wasn't sure if the term 'fag' was used for cigarettes in Germany in the 80's. Always seemed like a British thing to me, but I'm most likely way off the mark. Cheers anyway.

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • astralprison

    Gates of Purgatory is so damn good.

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    BTsGraveland: cigarette? Daily a sailor dies of smoking. But I like your interpretation better! :D

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    So what's the context of the word "fag" on Mutiny? I can't help but laugh whenever I hear the line "Daily a sailor dies by fag". I just get visions of a captain in his big hat fucking a sailor so hard he drops dead the next morning.

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • calthor

    25 years of Death or Glory!

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Lyrici17

    I'm through "The Rivalry". Incredibly consistent catalog. Rolf is my dude.

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • conqbl

    True Fans of RW !!! pls check my Running Wild - best solos video ... http://youtu.be/QBC6s1dvlGc

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Raku92

    GATES TO PURGATORY IS THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111111111

    23 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Lyrici17

    Just now got around to checking these guys out. Clearly, I missed the boat.

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • lanatordia

    class,,class,,,

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Gates To Purgatory!!

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Scaab

    WACKEN 2015!!!

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • labidamees

    Sadly this great band is very underrated!

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Liafev

    I just discovered that band and I have to say they are amazing. The combined greatness of Heavy and Power Metal at its best !

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Stroke-Mister

    they deserves the same respect as Iron Maiden

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
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