Being a huge Running Wild fan, I’m going to have to call this another one of their crowning acheivements right after Death Or Glory (this being my second favorite release from them) and easily one of my top favorite metal albums of all time. This is Running Wild at the very top of their game. There’s so many incredible things about this album, I don’t even know where to begin, but I will try my best to get some points across without simply saying „Just buy it!“
Consistency. Right after the fancy intro that is „The Curse“ (one of the coolest intro’s to boot!), you’ve got an hour of non-stop completely in your face powerful metal here. Often people have complained that Running Wild’s fault is repetition, but there’s no sign of that at all here. Each and every song is distinct, yet connected together perfectly like bread and butter. The riffs on here are some of the most melodic riffs I’ve ever heard, and they never seem to stop coming. Once they grab you, you’re almost forced to start headbanging and you just can’t stop until the album is over. The solo’s are completely over the top and earth shattering as well. Simply put, this is one of, if not THEE catchiest album I have ever heard. You could randomly pick any song on here, listen to it, and instantly get hooked and probably wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from headbanging. There are absolutely no fillers here, not even close.
Rock´n´Rolf Kasparek. Again, Kasparek shows his virtuous skill in both his guitar work, and the vocals. If you’ve heard other Running Wild albums then you know what to expect here, though the power and energy emitted from his voice seems to crack the Earth on this album more than others. He’s got that semi-what raspy voice, along with quite a devastating range. His voice is too perfect for his band, I could see it no other way.
Production quality. This is easily one of Running Wild’s most well-produced albums. Though its not at all too over the top and not too fancy, which seems to drag some bands and albums down for some people. This is still the raw Running Wild from their previous efforts, just more clearer I’d say.
Jörg Michael. His drumwork on this album is the reason I see this album as „Running Wild, injected with Nitrous!“, The drumming speed has been stepped up quite a lot from their previous works. Expect some seriously tough double bass galloping here. Although this seems typical for a lot of Power Metal bands, the drumming by Michael here is so immensely dynamic its not even funny. They’re mixed up quite a bit, and the rhythm’s and patterns he pulls out are just insane. When I think of good drumming, this album always comes to mind. The drumwork on here is hands down some of the best I’ve ever heard. You’ll never get bored of it, you’ll galop your way to the top of the highest mountain with it!
Beyond these perfections, this album sadly marks the end of Running Wild’s true reign. Most noticeably because of the lack of drums. After this, you can only expect the tedious, horrible, repetive drum machines that honestly bring down their later albums quite a bit. This is another reason why I believe I love Michael’s drumwork on here so much. I’m sure you’ll come to respect it just as much.
If you’ve never heard any of Running Wild‘s works, regardless that I prefer Death or Glory by just a hair, I’d say this is the best album to start with. Its the perfect example of their Pirate feel, their unstoppable melodies, off the wall work with the instruments, insanely awesome vocals, and so forth. And as I have said before, along with just about every other person who’s reviewed this, this album is hands down one of the catchiest metal albums of all time!
Line up :
- Rock´n Rolf : Rhythm Guitar, Vocals.
- Thilo Herrmann : Lead and Rhythm Guitar.
- Thomas Smuszynski : Bass-Guitar.
- Jörg Michael : Drums.