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YMMV: Running Wild

The band:

  • Awesome Music: "Under Jolly Roger" is a good place to start.
  • Double Entendre: Not one, not two, but three songs from the album "Rouges en Vouge" have a certain line that I won't dare talk about.
    • Hint: They're in the songs; "Skull & Bones", "Rouges en Vouge", and "Libertalia"
  • Epic Riff: "Under Jolly Roger" is the main one, but there're several of them in all the albums.
  • Epileptic Trees: Due to the plastic drum sound in Victory, The Brotherhood and Rogues En Vogue, fans claimed that the drummer Angelo Sasso didn't really exist, and the drumming is actually done by a computer program. Rolf denied these rumours and told that Angelo Sasso is actually a guy using a stage name.
    • This controversy was lampshaded by some bands crediting drums to Angelo Sasso when they really used a computer program.
  • Face of the Band: Rolf Kasparek, natch.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Running Wild fans versus X-Wild fans.
  • Narm:
    • "Port Royal" starts off with one of the most awkward Metal Screams put to a song.
    • Like many other German metal bands, RW weren't really good at English at the start of their career, as exemplified by "Genghis Khan" from their first album:
      The flame of badness burned inside him
      That was the only thing he had got
    • The tradition of poorly worded English is just as prevalent in Resilient's title track:
      We gonna stay resilient!
  • Signature Song: "Under Jolly Roger".
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Ballad of William Kidd" has some riffs resembling "Crazy Train".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Common complaint about the albums from The Brotherhood onward, which are mid-tempo offerings which clash with the speed metal output featured in the rest of the discography.
    • Fans of the earlier material felt this way when RW picked up the pirate image.

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