I Interview the Legendary pirate metal band Running Wild’s main man Rolf Kasparek. We talk about Running Wild’s new album Resilient, possible touring, the bands evolution over time and what Rolf hopes fans will take away from his music over the years.
Available: October 7th, 2013
Running Wild! A band I can claim are one of my top 5, if not top 3 favourite metal bands of all time. Since I first listened to Black Hand Inn I was completely hooked with the bands ability to write songs that invoked such imagery in their lyrics, had great riffs and worked the pirate theme like no other. After Black Hand Inn I made it a point to go out and grab whatever other albums I could possible find. Keep in mind this was in the mid-90’s, in Tennessee, when I first discovered the band in college. If not for the internet emerging as vehicle to really bring heavy metal back into people’s consciousness I would have never discovered the band. So from Black Hand Inn, to Pile of Skulls to Blazon Stone and all the other in between, after and before I was a hooked on Running Wild and so were my friend whom I introduced the band to. I even tracked down a digital copy of their concert during the Death or Glory tour in Germany right before the Iron Curtain fell. Continue reading Music Review: Running Wild Album: Resilient
German power metallers RUNNING WILD will release their new album, “Resilient”, on October 4 in Germany and October 7 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. Continue reading RUNNING WILD: Complete ‘Resilient’ Album Details Revealed
Last year we were treated with a new album from Running Wild in the form of Shadowmaker, which was a nice surprise since Running Wild called it quits in 2009. It seems Rolf is eager to give the fans a new RW album this year as well. Below is a statement from the Running Wild Facebook page.
“Rolf finished working on a few songs for the upcoming RUNNING WILD album already and is currently working on a few more ideas. What stories and themes will be available this time? What do you expect from the new album?”
As for what I would like from a new RW album, as I have been a big Running Wild Fan for many many years, is that we have more energetic songs, memorable riffs and melodies throughout the album. The last few albums such as the Brotherhood, Rouges En Vouge and Shadowmaker all had a few tracks that had the classic RW sound but were outnumbered by the songs that lacked an indentity. I think instead of writing 10-12 songs with only maybe 3 being true classics, as a fan I would e happy with 8-9 well written songs Rolf can take his time with since he and Peter Jordan are the only two members that work with the band. So in other words, don’t spread yourself so thin Rolf!
Also it would be nice to see…A TOUR!!!!!
CD review: I
By: Tj Fowler
GIANT X “I”
Release Date Europe: January 21st, 2013
Release Date Germany: January 18th, 2013
Release Date USA/Canada: January 22nd, 2013
Label: Steamhammer / SPV
I recently was given the opportunity to review a CD of the side project of Running Wild’s frontman and founder Rolf Kasparek and fellow collaborator Peter Jordan, who has also worked with Rolf since 2005 in Running Wild and another side project of theirs, Toxic Taste.
I have been a big Running Wild fan for many years and actually consider them one my favorite bands. When Rolf decided to call an end to Running Wild in 2009 (Though, Rolf just released a new RW album ‘Shadowmaker’ in 2012 and a new album is planned for 2013), I was a bit sad but also I could understand his reasoning. It seemed like he was ready to try some new things and that maybe the subject matter of the songs in Running Wild was running its course for him at the time.
So what did Rolf and company have up their sleeves outside of Running Wild during this time span? The first offering was a band called Toxic Taste with their CD Toxification which consisted of songs that were very punk rockfish/glam party tunes. Which was a big departure from Running Wild pirate songs. Next up in early 2013 we have Giant X with their debut album ‘I’.
So the questions here are, ‘Is it good?’, ‘Is it bad?’, ‘Is there anything that Running Wild fans have to look forward to here?’ and the all important question, ‘Is it hotter than Megan Fox?’. Well the good news is, is that it’s not a bad album. The bad news is, that it’s not hotter than Megan Fox…actually…maybe that’s good news too. I don’t want to think of Rolf as Megan Fox. Read on for my review!
‘I’, as an album, is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of what works and what doesn’t. You have songs that range from more of a hard rock serious tone, to songs that are more party oriented and two songs that are blues based. There is even a ballad thrown in for good measure. How does it all work? Well let’s start with the Hard Rock tunes shall we!
The opening track of the album after the intro is ‘On a Blind Flight’. To me this is by far the strongest of the hard rock tunes on the album, and one of the best songs overall on the album. The guitar sounds good and Rolf’s voice has a bite to it that makes the tune stand out and grabs the listener’s attention. This also is probably the closest song that would resemble a Running Wild song in terms of how Rolf is singing and the speed/heaviness of it. This is also how I wished Rolf continued to sing on the rest of the album’s more hard rock tracks. There is something in his voice on this track where he seems more energized in how he is singing. In the other songs he by no means is singing poorly but it also seems like he is in more of a relaxed mood or his voice hasn’t got that same kind of bite and meanness to it as it does in this song.
Some other of the hard rocking tracks such as ‘Now or Never’ and ‘Friendly Fire’ have a good driving guitar and ‘Now or Never’ has a good upbeat chorus to sing along to also.
Now on the flip side of the coin we have the party anthem songs. The album sports about 3 to 4 of these. These songs is where I don’t mind Rolf having a bit of more relaxed and fun feel to his voice as it suits the songs well. The song, ‘Don’t Quit Until Tomorrow’ is very obviously a crowd participation song with the “Oh Oh OH..” parts. It also reminds me something of a song you would hear from a pop rock 80’s band and maybe even in a soundtrack from a movie of that time. The other party songs like ‘The Count’ is a very catchy tune, though when they actually start to count in the song it kind of put me off at first but after a few listens it’s not too bad(Though I don’t want to think I am listening to a Sesame Street episode either). ‘The Count’ is also one of the tracks that could have easily been on the Toxic Taste album as it has a sound that is very similar to the songs on there. ‘R.O.C.K.’ is the closing song on the album and also a tribute/party/nostalgic song that references other bands in the lyrics and is actually a good song to close out with as it is fun to listen to and kind of a sign off.
‘I’ also sports two blues based tunes that according to Peter Jordan was Rolf’s creation musically while Peter said he came up with the more heavier guitar sounds on the album. The two blues songs ‘Badlands Blues’ and ‘Rough Tide’ musically sounds fine, with ‘Rough Tide’ having a heavy Mississippi Blues intro. As for the songs themselves, they are ok not bad but also not my cup of tea as I am not a big into the blues much.
So what does Giant X’s ‘I’ have to offer a fan of Running Wild. Well honestly, if you are looking for a Running Wild offering go pick up 2012’s Shadowmaker and wait for the new Running Wild album in 2013. This is not meant to be a Running Wild album and it shouldn’t be. It’s a Giant X album.
Now, what does it offer someone looking for a hard rock/party album? ‘I’ gives several strong songs for the listener to enjoy such as ‘On a Blind Flight’, ‘Don’t Quit Till Tomorrow’, ‘The Count’ and ‘R.O.C.K’ and a few others. Then it offers up some other decent songs to listen to and pass the time with. The album doesn’t have any BAD songs as they are all listenable, fun and enjoyable. The production on the album is well done, though I do wish it sounded a bit grittier and not so polished in some places.
So if you are looking for something that if a bit of a departure from your normal listening habits, Giant X’s ‘I’ is a nice diversion that won’t disappoint. But it’s no Megan Fox!! Sorry Rolf!