Running Wild is a Speed/Heavy Metal band from Germany. They formed in 1976 as Granite Hearts before changing their name to Running Wild after a Judas Priest 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 Pirates. 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 ancient conspiracies, literature, Heavy Meta and environmetal issues to history in general.
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
This band provides examples of:
After the End: "Straight to Hell", from Blazon Stone, is about a "stumbling few" trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Age Progression Song: "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.
Alien Invasion: "Iron Heads" (from the infamous Death Metal split-album note with Helloween, Hellhammer and Dark Avenger 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").
Artistic License - Ships: 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 Boarding Party is spotted.
The Aloner: 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.
Ash Face: 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.
Crystal Ball: John Xenir has one which can tell "tales of past and future", in Black Hand Inn.
Dark World: "Realm of Shades", from Branded and Exiled.
Dragon Rider: "Dragonmen" from Black Hand Inn is all about this trope.
Enthralling Siren: 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.
Epic Rocking: "Calico Jack", "The Battle of Waterloo", "Treasure Island", "Genesis (The Making and the Fall of Man)", "Ballad of William Kidd", "Fire and Thunder", "War and Peace", "Tsar", "The Ghost (T.E. Lawrence)" and "The War".
Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: 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.
Satan Is Good: "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".
Self Plagiarism: The solo section in "Timeriders" is very similar to the one in "Merciless Game".
Subdued Section: "Chains and Leather" and "Prisoners of Our Time" have moments where the chorus is backed only by drums.
Take That: 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.
Time Travel: "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.