RUNNING WILD’s storming new studio album ‘Resilient’, released October 7th on SPV

September 10, 2013

***German Power Metal Legends’ Storming New Studio Album ‘Resilient’ Released October 7th On Steamhammer / SPV***

PromoImageGerman Power Metal flagship Running Wild, who invented the unique ‘Pirate Metal’ genre over a quarter of a century ago, are set to release their absolutelystorming new studio album, ‘Resilient’ on October 7th on Steamhammer / SPV. ‘Resilient’, which Captain Rock’N’Rolf Kasparek worked full throttle on from February 2013 right through to late August, packs an even mightier punch than its highly acclaimed predecessor, ‘Shadowmaker’, released in April last year. ‘Resilient’ will be released as a ten track jewel case CD, a digipak CD with two bonus tracks, and as a double gatefold coloured vinyl album with printed inner sleeves + CD (cardboard sleeve).

After the release of ‘Shadowmaker’, Rolf consciously took a break from Running Wild by immersing himself in Giant X, his band with guitarist Peter Jordan, who released their debut album ‘I’, in January 2012. “The break was important and extremely refreshing for me,” he explains. “I felt renewed vigour as soon as I started writing the material for ‘Resilient’; tracks such as ‘Fireheart’ and ‘Soldiers Of Fortune’ just came pouring out of me. The dynamic pace of ‘Soldiers Of Fortune’ in particular kicked off a whole avalanche of creativity in me.”

In terms of lyrics, there are the familiar fusillades that we’ve come to expect from Running Wild: ‘Bloody Island’, (a major, almost ten minute long, glorious highlight of the album), and the bonus track ‘Payola & Shenanigans’ see Rock’n’Rolf criticise the curse of greed that we’ve seen specifically in the European banking crisis of recent years. ‘Crystal Gold’ is about the obviously politically motivated privatisation of drinking water, while ‘Fireheart’ and ‘Run Riot’ are warnings to Running Wild’s fans to have confidence in themselves and be vigilant towards the authorities. Rolf: “For me, that’s the attitude which stands for that true rock’n’roll feeling.”

‘Resilient’ was produced by Rock’n’Rolf himself, ably assisted by Niki Nowy during the mixing and mastering process, as well as Katharina Nowy and Peter Jordan, who contributed a number of guitar solos. For the first time, Rolf worked with precise vocal lines during the demo recordings. “The targeted use of lyrics and vocal melodies during the demo stage was new for me, but it worked out really well and I’ve never gone to the studio as well prepared as I did this time around. I didn’t have to try and test things but only had to put a few finishing touches to my singing at the studio. A definite advantage!”

Running Wild, who were at the forefront of the new wave of power metal (NWOPM) bands emerging from Continental Europe in the early 80’s, debuted in 1984 with ‘Gates Of Purgatory’, swiftly followed by ‘Branded and Exiled’ in 1985, both heavily featuring satanic themes and imagery. A support slot with Motley Crue in 1986 gave Running Wild a leg up on other European metal bands and led to a US tour soon after.

Running Wild then re-invented themselves for 1987’s ‘Under Jolly Roger’ album, adopting an outlandish pirate image in keeping with the title, and injecting jig-like rhythms and buccaneering vocals to massive effect. ‘Under Jolly Roger’ broke the group with metal audiences across the world, and Running Wild went on to release eleven more extremely well received studio albums, focused on historical subjects, conspiracy theories and the fight between good and evil, culminating with 2012’s ‘Shadowmaker’ LP. Powerplay’s Bruce Turnbull awarded the album 8/10, stating that “considering the amount of time it took Rolf to compose these tracks, they are startlingly strong….With plenty of variation, ‘Shadowmaker’ is a captivating listen from start to finish, one that true Running Wild devotees will devour the moment they get their hands on it.”

Now ‘Resilient’, packed with ten awesome, fist waving, chest thumping, riff strewn, pure unadulterated storm proof heavy metal anthems, is set to see the mighty metal galley that is Running Wild win a whole new generation of metal warriors to their pirate cause!

“Resilient”

Release Date Europe: October 07th , 2013

Release Date Germany: October 04th , 2013

Release Date USA/Canada: October 08th , 2013

 

Format : CD plus 2 bonus tracks

Packaging: Digipak incl. poster

 

Format : CD

Packaging: Jewel Case

 

Format : 2 LP + CD (cardboard sleeve)

Packaging: Gatefold, printed inner sleeves, coloured vinyl

 

PHOTOCREDITS: All photos by Matthias Reinsdorf

 

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Adrian, the band’s mascot, in his brave battle against the forces of nature – the cover of the new Running Wild album Resilient documents emphatically: this band really is irrepressible. Their current studio production sees the metal galley from Northern Germany sail close to the metal wind again, tougher and more determined than ever. Captain Rock’n’Rolf Kasparek has come up with twelve storm-proof numbers, ten of which are scheduled for release on the regular CD on 7 October 2013 (Germany: 4 October; US: 8 October), two additional bonus tracks will be included on the limited version of the album. There can be no doubt: Running Wild will proudly sail the pirate flag in the 38th year of their existence, effortlessly sailing through the straits of the business.

 

Rock’n’Rolf has been working full throttle on this new album since February 2013. Due to his intense involvement with Giant X, his band with guitarist Peter Jordan, Rolf had consciously taken a break from Running Wild and has now resumed work with the band with zest and lots of new ideas. “The break was important and extremely refreshing for me,” he explains. “I felt that renewed vigour as soon as I started writing the material for Resilient, tracks such as ‘Fireheart’ and ‘Soldiers Of Fortune’ just came pouring out of me. The dynamic pace of ‘Soldiers Of Fortune’ in particular kicked off a whole avalanche of creativity in me.”

 

Rolf explains that Resilient is audibly tougher and more compact than its predecessor Shadowmaker, clearly enjoying his revived zest: “Shadowmaker happened to come about slightly unexpectedly and spontaneously, even for me. The album has brought back the fun I used to have with Running Wild, and my fans will get to feel this fun when Resilient comes out in October!”

 

The album’s opener will be called ‘Soldiers Of Fortune’, and the title track, ‘The Drift’ and ‘Run Riot’ will be three typical Running Wild numbers. The most outstanding song on the album, however, is called ‘Bloody Island’, with almost ten minutes playing time one of the longest tracks in Running Wild’s career to date. Rolf: “As a composer, it’s of course difficult for me to pigeonhole the new material stylistically, but friends who have heard the demo version of ‘Bloody Island’ claim that it would have fitted in on Pile Of Skulls.”

 

In terms of lyrics, there are the familiar fusillades that we’ve come to expect from Running Wild: ‘Bloody Island’ and the bonus track ‘Payola & Shenanigans’ see Rock’n’Rolf criticise the curse of greed that we’ve seen specifically in the European banking crisis of recent years. ‘Crystal Gold’ is about the obviously politically motivated privatisation of drinking water, and ‘Fireheart’ and ‘Run Riot’ are warnings to Running Wild’s fans to be confident of themselves and vigilant towards authorities. Rolf: “For me, that’s the attitude which stands for that true rock’n’roll feeling.”

 

Resilient was produced by Rock’n’Rolf himself, supported by Niki Nowy during the mixing and mastering process, as well as Katharina Nowy and Peter Jordan, who contributed a number of guitar solos. For the first time, Rolf worked with precise vocal lines during the demo recordings. “The targeted use of lyrics and vocal melodies during the demo stage was new for me, but it worked out really well and I’ve never gone to the studio as well prepared as I did this time around. I didn’t have to try and test things but only had to put a few finishing touches to my singing at the studio. A definite advantage!”

 

Remains the question whether Running Wild will present this brilliant album live on stage. Rolf: “We’ve had a lot of festival offers for summer 2014 which we will look at carefully. We’ll know more in a few months’ time and will inform our fans as soon as we’ve made up our minds.”

 

 

Tracklisting Digipak

 

1. Soldiers Of Fortune

2. Resilient

3. Adventure Highway

4. The Drift

5. Desert Rose

6. Fireheart

7. Run Riot

8. Down To The Wire

9. Crystal Gold

10. Bloody Island

11. Payola & Shenanigans (bonus track)

12. Premonition (bonus track)

 

 

 

Tracklisting Jewel Case

1. Soldiers Of Fortune

2. Resilient

3. Adventure Highway

4. The Drift

5. Desert Rose

6. Fireheart

7. Run Riot

8. Down To The Wire

9. Crystal Gold

10. Bloody Island

 

 

Tracklisting LP

 

LP 1

 

Side 1

1. Soldiers Of Fortune

2. Resilient

3. Adventure Highway

 

Side 2

1. The Drift

2. Desert Rose

3. Fireheart

 

LP 2

 

Side 3

1. Run Riot

2. Down To The Wire

3. Crystal Gold

 

Side 4

1. Bloody Island

 

 

www.running-wild.net

 

Irrepressible – Roland Hyams – roland@workhardpr.com / 020 8677 8466 / 07768 156392.
www.running-wild.de
www.spv.de

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