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->''We are prisoners of our time''
->''But we are still alive''
->''Fight for the freedom, fight for the right''
->''We are Running Wild''
-->-- "Prisoners of Our Time"

Running Wild is a [[SpeedMetal Speed]][=/=]Music/HeavyMetal band from Germany. They formed in 1976 as Granite Hearts before changing their name to Running Wild after a Music/JudasPriest song. They used to have occult and satanic imagery on their earlier work, but by the time of the third album of the band the frontman and leader Rolf Kasparek wanted something different, and he chose {{Pirate}}s. This has became the main turning point in the band's career, and they never looked back.

The band was split-up in 2009 and came back in 2011.

Although piracy composes Running Wild's main imagery, they're not as gimmicky as you'd think. The topics of their songs range from [[AncientConspiracy ancient conspiracies]], [[FilkSong literature]], HeavyMeta and environmetal issues to history in general.

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!!Discography:

* 1984 - ''Gates to Purgatory''
* 1985 - ''Branded and Exiled''
* 1987 - ''Under Jolly Roger''
* 1988 - ''Port Royal''
* 1989 - ''Death or Glory''
* 1990 - ''Wild Animal'' (EP)
* 1991 - ''Blazon Stone''
* 1992 - ''Pile of Skulls''
* 1994 - ''Black Hand Inn''
* 1995 - ''Masquerade''
* 1998 - ''The Rivalry''
* 2000 - ''Victory''
* 2002 - ''The Brotherhood''
* 2005 - ''Rogues en Vogue''
* 2012 - ''Shadowmaker''
* 2013 - ''Resilient''
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!!This band provides examples of:

* AfterTheEnd: "Straight to Hell", from ''Blazon Stone'', is about a "stumbling few" trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
* AgeProgressionSong: "The Ghost (T.E. Lawrence)", from ''The Brotherhood'', chronicles Lawrence's life from being a young man trying to get in the army to the Arab Revolt.
* AlienInvasion: "Iron Heads" (from the infamous ''Death Metal'' split-album [[note]]with Music/{{Helloween}}, Hellhammer and Dark Avenger[[/note]] and the ''Masquerade'' remaster). While the chorus shows alien invaders in positive light ("They're coming tonight to make the world alright"), the end result is rather bleak ("Ruins are everywhere, the whole world is empty and dead").
* ArtisticLicenseShips: In the intro of "Under Jolly Roger", it takes only seconds for the pirate crew to man the cannons and fire them after a suitable target for a BoardingParty is spotted.
* TheAloner: While the title of the song "Marooned" (from ''Death or Glory'') suggests a song about, well, marooning, it is actually about being the lone survivor of a shipwreck.
* AshFace: This happened to one of the band's drummers while they were touring in the early eighties; too much fireworks were applied for a stunt, which left his face black and burned a chunk of his clothes away.
* AuthorCatchphrase: The line "Wild and free!"
* BadGuyBar: The eponymous "The Drift" from ''Resilient'' is one, as it features all sorts of miscreants as its regulars.
* BadassCreed: The choruses on songs "Prisoner of Our Time", "Branded and Exiled", "Chains and Leather", "Under Jolly Roger" "Raise Your Fist" and "Unation" are based around this.
* BalladOfX: "Ballad of William Kidd", from ''The Rivalry''.
* BookEnds: The ''Victory'' album begins and ends with a gong sound, which is played in reverse in the first track and normally in the last one.
* BurnTheWitch: John Xenir gets burned at the stake in the intro ("The Curse") of ''Black Hand Inn'', for being guilty of "being in league with the devil and having used heathen and forbidden rituals".
* ConceptAlbum: Part of the album ''Black Hand Inn'' talks about a man called John Xenir, who fights against CorruptChurch and such.
* CoolBoat: "Adventure Galley" from ''The Rivalry'' is about the privateer William Kidd's ship with the same name.
* CoverVersion: Running Wild has covered "Genocide (The Killing of the Buffalo)" by ThinLizzy and "Revolution" by Music/TheBeatles.
* CrystalBall: John Xenir has one which can tell "tales of past and future", in ''Black Hand Inn''.
* DarkWorld: "Realm of Shades", from ''Branded and Exiled''.
* DragonRider: "Dragonmen" from ''Black Hand Inn'' is all about this trope.
* EnthrallingSiren: The eponymous island in "Bloody Island" (''Resilient'') attracts sailors with tales of riches and treasure. It's ruled by a Siren, whose calling ultimately leads them to their doom.
* EpicRocking: "Calico Jack", "The Battle of Waterloo", "Literature/TreasureIsland", "Genesis (The Making and the Fall of Man)", "Ballad of William Kidd", "Fire and Thunder", "Literature/WarAndPeace", "Tsar", "The Ghost (T.E. Lawrence)" and "The War".
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: The intro of ''Death or Glory''[='=]s "The Battle of Waterloo".
* EvilLaugh: "Under Jolly Roger", "Underworld".
* EyepatchOfPower: The band's mascot Adrian has had one since ''Under Jolly Roger''.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Used in ''Death or Glory'' between the title track and "The Battle of Waterloo".
* FilkSong: "Literature/TreasureIsland" and "Literature/WarAndPeace".
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: After a lifetime of searching, the protagonist of the song "Diamonds of the Black Chest" (from ''Under Jolly Roger'') finds the titular chest. And it's empty.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several, few of them are more worthwhile compared to others:
** ''The First Years of Piracy'', which has songs from first three albums remade by the 1991 line-up.
** ''20 Years in History'', which has couple of new songs and little touches of improvement in their past catalog.
** ''Best of Adrian'', which only covers the era between ''The Rivalry'' and ''Rogues En Vogue'', including the live album ''Live 2002''.
* TheGreys: "Sinister Eyes", from ''Pile of Skulls''. The cover art for this single (which was never released) has one holding a key and shedding a SingleTear.
* TheGrimReaper: "Black Wings of Death" from ''Pile of Skulls''.
* HeavyMeta: "Chains and Leather" from ''Branded and Exiled''.
* HeavyMithril: Lots of it, the albums ''Black Hand Inn'' and ''Victory'' being prime examples.
* HotBlooded: Always, with "Riding the Storm" and "Raise Your Fist" being standout examples.
* IAmTheBand: Rolf Kasparek, who wrote the majority of the songs.
* InNameOnly: The song "{{Mordor}}" from ''Branded and Exiled'' isn't related in any way with the [[LordOfTheRings Mordor we all know]].
* {{Instrumentals}}:
** "Final Gates", "Highland Glory (The Eternal Fight)", "Over the Rainbow", "Final Waltz" and "Siberian Winter".
** Some albums open up with an instrumental intro.
* LastChorusSlowDown: Used on "Running Blood" from ''Death or Glory''.
* LaughingMad: At the end of "Diamonds of the Black Chest".
* TheLegionsOfHell: "Soldiers of Hell", from ''Gates to Purgatory''.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: A limited edition of ''Masquerade'' came in a wooden box which featured the album, the ''Death or Glory'' VHS, and a treasure map. There was also an even rarer edition which came with a bottle of rum.
* LoudnessWar: The album ''Rogues en Vogue''.
* LovableRogue: "Billy the Kid", from the "Little Big Horn" single, and the ''Blazon Stone'' remaster, portray the eponymous gunslinger as such.
* MadScientist: "Dr. Horror", from ''The Brotherhood''.
* {{Mascot}}: Captain Adrian, who is an [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead werewolf pirate who is also a son of Satan.]]
* TheMenInBlack: "Men in Black", from ''Masquerade'', portrays them in villainous light.
* MetalScream: In "Diabolic Force", (from ''Gates to Purgatory'') every verse ends with a [[CarefulWithThatAxe high-pitched]] "Tonight!"
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They belong to level 7.
* TheMutiny: "Mutiny", from ''Port Royal''.
* TheNeidermeyer: The titular character in "Evil Spirit", from ''Branded and Exiled''.
* NoExportForYou: Many albums are unavailable in USA, as well as the rest of the world.
* NobleSavage: The Native Americans are portrayed in this way in ''Port Royal''[='=]s "Uaschitschun".
* NonAppearingTitle: ''Gates to Purgatory''.
* NothingButSkulls: On the cover of, well, ''[[http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/4/5/7/1457.jpg Pile of Skulls.]]''
* TheNounAndTheNoun: "Fire and Ice", "Fire And Thunder", "Chains and Leather" and "War and Peace".
* NumberOfTheBeast: Mentioned in "Satan".
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: "Angel of Mercy", from ''Rogues en Vogue'', is about a sole angel rescuing the world from darkness. (Or, perhaps, a divine mecha)
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: In "Return of the Dragon" (from ''The Rivalry''), the dragons are portrayed as benevolent beings, and {{The Dragon Slayer}}s and serpents as evil.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Just check out the Mascot example above.
* PerformanceVideo: The videos for "Branded and Exiled", "Bad to the Bone", "Prowling Werewolf" and "Conquistadores".
* {{Pirate}}: All albums, except ''Victory'', have at least one song based on pirates and seafaring.
* {{Portmantitle}}: "Evilution"
* RatedMForManly
* ReligionOfEvil: Both "Preacher" and "Walpurgis Night", from ''Gates to Purgatory'', are based on a happening of Black Mass.
* RuleOfCool: "Firebreather", from ''The Rivalry'', is about a plane that fights against [[ALoadOfBull minotaurs]], genetic beasts and their [[BlackHelicopter black helicopters]] from Hell.
* SatanIsGood: "{{Satan}}", on the "Victim of States Power" single and the ''Gates to Purgatory'' re-release, portrays the titular character as a rebel who destroys the worst of the mankind ("Nazis, moralists and conservatives") and brings "liberty and peace to the good".
* SelfPlagiarism: The solo section in "Timeriders" is very similar to the one in "Merciless Game".
* SignatureStyle: As heard in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzvCiMcQMzY this video]].
* TheSomethingSong: "Pirate Song", from ''The Brotherhood''.
* SpokenWordInMusic:
** ''Port Royal'': Album intro and the trial on "Calico Jack".
** ''Death or Glory'': A doctor diagnosing the title character of "Renegade".
** ''Black Hand Inn'': Opening track "The Curse" and ending track "Genesis".
** ''Masquerade'': [[{{Satan}} Redcoat]] recruiting his agents of evil in "The Contract" and giving the ReasonYouSuckSpeech at the end of "Underworld".
* SubduedSection: "Chains and Leather" and "Prisoners of Our Time" have moments where the chorus is backed only by drums.
* TakeThat: The song "Purgatory" on the ''Ready for Boarding'' live-album was a hard hit for the PMRC.
* {{Taps}}: "Little Big Horn" ends with "Taps" playing, signifying the senseless loss of General Custer's men.
* TimeTravel: "Land of Ice", from ''Under Jolly Roger'', talks about a group of people travelling to the future to find powerful weapons. Instead, they find a world caught in nuclear winter and its mutant inhabitants.
* TitledAfterTheSong: The name Running Wild was taken from a Music/JudasPriest song.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Tear Down the Walls" from ''Wild Animal''.
* ToTheTuneOf:
** The main riff of "Little Big Horn" (from ''Blazon Stone'') uses the main melody of old american folk song "Girl I Left Behind Me".
** The main melody of "Chamber of Lies" (the intro for ''Pile of Skulls'') came from TheNineties' ''[[Film/TreasureIsland1990 Treasure Island]]'' movie.
** X-Wild, the aforementioned band which consisted of Running Wild's ex-members, based their song "Skybolter" on an unused Running Wild song called "Skulldozer".
** The outro melody of "Tsar" (from ''Victory'') is taken from an old Russian silent film.
* TrainSong: "Locomotive" from ''Shadowmaker''.
* UpdatedRerelease: Albums from ''Death or Glory'' to ''Masquerade'' have remastered rereleases with additional bonustracks.
* WarIsHell: "Literature/WarAndPeace" and "The War", deal with this theme.
* WitchHunt: "Bones to Ashes", from the ''Death Metal'' split-album and ''Masquerade'' remaster.
* WorldWarOne: "The War" from ''Rogues en Vogue''.
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