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 sixteen 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 pastor 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, 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.

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Top SongsAlbum
Chains and LeatherRiding the Storm: The Very Best of the Noise Years 1983-19955:42
Mordor (Live in Munich)Ready For Boarding4:24
Lions of the SeaRiding the Storm: The Very Best of the Noise Years 1983-19955:52
SoullessRiding the Storm: The Very Best of the Noise Years 1983-19954:55
Under Jolly Roger (Rerecorded Version 2003) [2017 - Remaster]Under Jolly Roger (Expanded Version) [2017 - Remaster]4:42
Soldiers of Hell (2017 - Remaster)Gates to Purgatory (Expanded Version) [2017 - Remaster]3:24
Warchild (2017 - Remaster)Port Royal (Expanded Version) [2017 - Remaster]3:01
Gods of IronBranded and Exiled4:00
Uaschitschun '92 ('92 Alternative Version) [2017 - Remaster]Port Royal (Expanded Version) [2017 - Remaster]5:01
Chamber of Lies (2017 - Remaster)Pile of Skulls (Expanded Version) [2017 - Remaster]2:22
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