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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]][=/=]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", which has appeared on every album from ''Blazon Stone'' onwards.
* 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 as a pirate (what else?).
* CoolBoat: "Adventure Galley" from ''The Rivalry'' is about the privateer William Kidd's ship with the same name.
-->Adventure Galley, proudly she's staying her course
-->Adventure Galley, the magical force, wild and free!
* CoverVersion: Running Wild has covered "Genocide (The Killing of the Buffalo)" by Music/ThinLizzy and "Revolution" by Music/TheBeatles.
* CrystalBall: John Xenir has one which can tell "tales of past and future", in the title song of ''Black Hand Inn''.
* DragonRider: "Dragonmen" from ''Black Hand Inn'' is holy dragonmen who ride the nightskies, ridding the world from evil.
* DressedToPlunder: The band mascot Adrian has appeared in pirate regalia (a longcoat and a tri-corner hat) on the covers of ''Port Royal'' and ''Lead or Gold'' single, and on the covers of tribute albums ''Revivalry'' and ''Rpugh Diamonds''.
* 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: The band has a lot of songs that go over seven minutes, but "Genesis (The Making and the Fall of Man)" from ''Black Hand Inn'' takes the cake for being over fifteen minutes long.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: The intro of "The Battle of Waterloo" from ''Death or Glory'' opens with bagpipes, backed by marching.
* EvilLaugh: The last song of ''Masquerade, "Underworld", ends with [[{{Satan}} Redcoat]] telling how humanity is deaf and blind to the machinations of evil, and caps it off with an evil laugh.
* 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" are based on their respective books.
* 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. He goes insane on the spot, and the song ends with him [[LaughingMad laughing madly]] while imagined riches rain down.
* 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, including "Walpurgis Night", which at the time was only available on the band's first EP, ''Victim of States Power''.
** ''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: Featured in "Sinister Eyes", from ''Pile of Skulls''. They reveal secrets to the protagonist through his dreams, and haven't contacted mankind due to the all hatred it is infested with. The cover art for the song's single (which was never released) has one holding a key and shedding a SingleTear.
* TheGrimReaper: "Black Wings of Death" from ''Pile of Skulls'' is about the psychopomp, who spreads his terror of inevitable death.
* HellbentForLeather
** Significant part of "Chains and Leather" from ''Branded and Exiled'', along with other [[HeavyMeta metal goodness]].
-->Even Satan wears leather, our souls do it forever
-->So let us pray our rules tonight!
** "Raise Your Fist" from ''Under Jolly Roger" makes a mention of dressing in "shiny leather like a second skin".
* HeavyMithril: Fantasy subjects like a precognitive ghost pirate and wars between good and evil between do crop up, ''Black Hand Inn'' and ''Victory'' being prime examples.
* IAmTheBand: Rolf Kasparek, who writes the majority of the songs. As of TheNewTens, he is the only doing it.
* InNameOnly: The song "Mordor" from ''Branded and Exiled'' isn't related in any way with the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings 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''.
-->They left a sea of running bloo-ooo-oood!
* 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''.
* MadScientist: "Dr. Horror", from ''The Brotherhood'', who spreads chemical warfare around.
* {{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'', is about a ship crew who go against their cruel masters.
* NobleSavage: The Native Americans are portrayed in this way in ''Port Royal''[='=]s "Uaschitschun".
* NonAppearingTitle: The title of the album ''Gates to Purgatory'' doesn't appear on any of its songs.
* TheNounAndTheNoun: Used on the songs "Fire and Ice", "Fire and Thunder", "Chains and Leather" and "War and Peace".
* NumberOfTheBeast: Mentioned in "Satan".
-->Six sixty six is his number, he takes the crown of earth
* 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 [[TheDragonslayer the dragon slayers]] and serpents as evil.
* PerformanceVideo: The videos for "Branded and Exiled", "Bad to the Bone", "Prowling Werewolf" and "Conquistadores".
* {{Pirate}}: Band's main image. Also, all albums from ''Under Jolly Roger'' onward, except ''Victory'', have at least one song based on pirates and seafaring.
* {{Portmantitle}}: Used on "Evilution" (evil + evolution) from ''Death or Glory''.
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* ReligionOfEvil: Both "Preacher" and "Walpurgis Night", from ''Gates to Purgatory'', are based on a happening of Black Mass.
* 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: Kasparek has his own peculiar style of starting guitar solos, 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 on 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: Featured in "Tear Down the Walls" from the ''Wild Animal'' EP.
* 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 outro melody of "Tsar" (from ''Victory'') is taken from an old Russian silent film.
* TrainSong: "Locomotive" from ''Shadowmaker''.
-->The railway's gonna squeaking hard, wheels are dragging over
-->Red hot grease is on the steel, oiling all the bars
-->Rhythm's gonna pounding hard, the monsters own thunder
-->The whistle-pipe is blowing strong, foretelling what to come
* UpdatedRerelease: Albums from ''Death or Glory'' to ''Masquerade'' have remastered rereleases with additional bonustracks.
* WarIsHell: "Literature/WarAndPeace" and "The War" deal with this theme.
-->You're dying in war, but you even can't live in peace.
* WitchHunt: "Bones to Ashes", from the ''Death Metal'' split-album and ''Masquerade'' remaster, depicts witches being burned to ashes on the stake, and the angel of death collecting their remains.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: "The War" from ''Rogues en Vogue'' recounts the events of the war, backed by various marching tunes.

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