Metal has very many genres; you got black metal, thrash metal, traditional heavy metal, doom, etc., but only one band has been the reigning champion of their own style…that band…is Running Wild.With the release of their third studio album "Under Jolly Roger", Running Wild created a style that was unique and energetic. Also, it was the first album to introduce their signature "Pirate Metal" image and sound. Taking influences from historic events and literature, Running Wild frontman Rock ‘n’ Rolf Kasparek’s charismatic stage presence, and phenomenal writing prowess made Running Wild the band to see for many years.In 2009, Rolf announced the end of Running Wild. Thankfully, that didn’t last for long.Now, Running Wild is back! and with a new album to boot.Their fifteenth studio album "Shadowmaker" was released last April, and thanks to Metal-Rules, I had the opportunity to chat with one of my all-time heroes about it.
Original German pirate metallers RUNNING WILD are back! To the delight of his countless fans, Captain Rock’n’Rolf has announced the release of the new album, Shadowmaker, seven years after Running Wild’s last studio album, Rogues En Vogue.
“My comments in spring 2009 about the demise of Running Wild were absolutely serious at the time. I really needed time out and, to be honest, couldn’t imagine even in January 2011 that I would ever feel like recording a new album again,” says Rolf. “But when I had the inspiration for a best-of album, to which I wanted to contribute four new numbers, I rediscovered how much I enjoy composing. From then on it was only a small step to record a full new studio album.”
Rock’n’Rolf has written ten new tracks for Shadowmaker, among them are the midtempo opener ‘Piece Of The Action’, the uptempo number ‘Shadowmaker’ (“roughly the same pace as ‘Angel Of Mercy’”) and the monumental eight-minute track ‘Dracula’, based on Bram Stoker’s novel and the Christopher Lee movies. “To me, Shadowmaker is a very special album because there was no pressure, timewise or otherwise. I feel it’s clearly audible that this relaxed attitude helped me to write one of the strongest Running Wild recordings of all time.”
Rock N´Rolf recaps his thoughts about the new album, the past and the future in a video message for the fans:
Shadowmaker will be released worldwide on Steamhammer/SPV in April 2012, a cooperation which the Running Wild captain refers to as “a real stroke of luck and ideal partnership”. Rock’n’Rolf: “SPV/Steamhammer are a long-established label with an experienced team, so I know that Running Wild are in good hands. Besides, my band and the record company are based in the same German city (Hannover), which can’t be a disadvantage for a smooth cooperation.”
Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer/SPV, is equally delighted: “That a style-defining act such as Running Wild signed with us comes close to an accolade. Band leader Rock’n’Rolf is one of the metal scene’s last originals, and we at SPV are unbelievably proud that his choice fell on us.”