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Running Wild - 2013 Resilient

ARTIST: Running Wild
ALBUM: Resilient
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Rolf 'Rock'n'Rolf' Kasparek - vocals, guitar * Peter 'PJ' Jordan - guitar * Peter Pichl - bass * Matthias 'Metalmachine' Liebetruth - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Soldiers Of Fortune * 02 Resilient * 03 Adventure Highway * 04 The Drift * 05 Desert Rose * 06 Fireheart * 07 Run Riot * 08 Down To The Wire * 09 Crystal Gold * 10 Bloody Island



Led by maverick leader 'Rock 'n' Rolf' Kasparek, Running Wild dates back as far as 1976, with the German metal veterans often overlooked in favor of their country's more illustrious metal greats. Then again Kasparek has been the only constant member in that time, the sole survivor of every Running Wild album since their 1984 debut 'Gates To Purgatory'. The band became well known for their pirate themed imagery and albums, hence Kasparek's somewhat ludicrous moniker. I'll be honest, the only album I've ever consumed by Running Wild is 1987's 'Under Jolly Roger' so I'm hardly a subject matter expert on their form of traditional metal. The band actually disbanded in 2009, but unsurprisingly Rolf reformed the band in 2011, comprised of himself apparently and released a much derided album 'Shadowmaker' in 2012. With 'Resilient' the style is very much in the 80's mold, if slightly worn out and repetitive.

The Songs
'Soldiers Of Fortune' is very much a galloping opener, with a nod to early Iron Maiden and overall this is mired in the mid 80's, heard thousands of times yet melodically capable and heavy. I could easily imagine the title track on any Music For Nations Euro metal album from 1984, with the excellent production separating it from those relics. 'Adventure Highway' is undeniably catchy and faster, with some worthy guitar work and to be honest 'The Drift' is almost identical, with a return to the pirate themes of old. There's a melodic hard rock tinge to 'Desert Rose' which doesn't do much for me, more Bonfire than Accept and easily shoved aside by the muscular 'Fireheart' with its vague boogie riffs. 'Run Riot' isn't a Def Leppard cover, but the huge chorus isn't too far off their English counterparts. This one is hard rock based also, probably alienating the fading headbangers who relished the 80's version of the band. 'Down To The Wire' is remarkably dull, standard riffs and melody lines and I'm not convinced 'Crystal Gold' is any better, with recycling of previous ideas on earlier tracks. The ten minute pirate romp 'Bloody Island' is somewhat of a trek to complete, especially with endless guitar solos and this could have been cut by six minutes easily.

In Summary
Although this isn't terrible by any stretch, it's also very mundane and lacking in memorable riffs and overall excitement. Anytime an album feels like a mission to complete listening through the whole way then it's obvious there's something missing. Perhaps Rolf has exhausted himself over the decades and is struggling to come up with something new. I could probably verify that by examining the bands catalogue but that isn't the most appealing task at this stage of my life.

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