Running Wild – Shadowmaker (2012)

Album Review

Shadowmaker is the 14th record by German heavy metal band Running Wild, a comeback album released seven years after their previous effort, Rogues en Vogue (2005), and three years after the band called it quits in July 2009. While working on four new tracks for a compilation album, bandleader Rolf Kasparek felt he enjoyed writing songs again, which led to the band’s reunion in October 2011. Only two of the ten new songs revel in the band’s trademark pirate imagery (“Riding on the Tide,” “Sailing Fire”), while other tracks revolve around topics such as the Apocalypse (“Into the Black,” “Black Shadow”) and Dracula, as portrayed in…Read more on allmusic.com

About the Band

Running Wild is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s. Although the earlier releases contained satanic themes and imagery, Gerald “Preacher” Warnecke, the guitar player of the band, was studying theology at the time and is a vicar in Cologne now.

On April 17, 2009 Rolf announced that Running Wild had split-up. Their last show was at Wacken Open Air on July 30, 2009. It was recorded for CD and DVD release and appeared as The Final Jolly Roger on June 24, 2011.[1][2]

As of October 21, 2011, Running Wild have reformed and have a new album that is due to be released in April 2012. The announcement was made on the band’s website with a video… Read more on wikipedia.org

Tracks

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
Piece of the Action
Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild
4:36
2
Riding on the Tide
Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild
4:25
3
I Am Who I Am
Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild
4:52
4
Black Shadow
Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild
5:19
5
Locomotive
Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild
4:40
6
Me & the Boys
Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild
5:03
7
Shadowmaker
Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild
4:38
8
Sailing Fire
Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild
4:23
9
Into the Black
Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild
4:51
10
Dracula
Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild
7:25