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Friday, October 21, 2011

Running Wild is back - new album "Shadowmaker" at 2012

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Thats right! Main man of german heavy metallers Running Wild - Rolf Kasparek - has decided to bring Running Wild back in business. Rolf had stated earlier at 2009 that Running Wild would be officially disbanded due the 2009 Farewell Show at Wacken Open Air Festival. This show was filmed and released as CD and DVD under title "The Final Jolly Roger" as late as June 2011 by label called Golden Core/XYZ. Rolf stated that:

"my comments in spring of 2009 about Running Wild calling it's quits were serious at the time - I really needed time out and to be honest, couldn't imagine even in Jan 2011 that I would ever feel like recording new album again. But when I had the inspiration for a best-of-album, to which I wanted to contribute four new numbers, I rediscovered how much I enjoy composing. From then on it was only a small step to record a full new studio album."

Rolf has written ten new songs for upcoming album - which will be called Shadowmaker - and is to be released in April 2012 via SPV/Steamhammer under the banner of Running Wild. Some of the songs include midtempo opener "Piece of The Action", the uptempo number "Shadowmaker" (which according to Rolf will be roughly same pace as "Angel of Mercy") and more epic eight-minute long "Dracula" which will be based on Bram Stoker's novel and Christopher Lee movies.

Rolf states that the new deal with Steamhammer/SPV is "a real stroke of luck and ideal partnership - the label is a long-established with an experienced team, so I know that Running Wild are in good hands. Besides, my band and the record company are based in the same German city (Hannover), which can't be a disadvantage for a smooth cooperation."

Olly Hahn (The A&R representative at SPV/Steamhammer) states that "Style-defining act such as Running Wild signed with us comes close to an accolade - band leader Rock'n'Rolf is one of the metal scene's last originals, and we at SPV are unbelievably proud that his choice fell on us."

More thoughts about the new Running Wild album and band's past can be seen on a video attached to below.


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