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Band
Running Wild
Title
Rapid Foray
Type
LP/EP
Company
SPV/Steamhammer
YOR
2016
Style
Power
9/23/2016 - Review by: Eric Compton
A motherload of German power and nostalgia
Hard to believe at one point I wrote my German big three off. I was convinced Grave Digger could stand to retire. I thought the same about Rage. Running Wild had followed my intuition and actually did retire...for a short while. Let's face it, the 00s weren't exactly the best productivity from the three giants. Now this year alone we've had a solid Rage comeback just two years after Grave Digger experienced one of their finest moments with 'Return of the Reaper'. Now we have Running Wild with their third album post-retirement party, and what a record it is.

'Rapid Foray' marks release number seventeen and sees Rock 'N Rolf displaying his formulaic success of mid-tempo speed surrounding anthems upon anthems of pirate sing-alongs. Other than AC/DC and Jackal, Running Wild makes my list for forgiveness for making the same record over and over. It's okay after all these years. I've come to accept, if not cherish it. Like the previous two albums Rock 'N Rolf does just about everything vocals, guitars, writing, photography and producer. Peter Jordan once again comes in for guitars and the band is joined in the studio by drummer Michael Wolpers (Victory) and bassist Ole Hempelmann (Dreamtide).

Fans of the band's 90s period should find plenty to like about this new offering. "Black Skies, Red Flag" is the standard Running Wild song with its quick picking tempo, heavy cymbal use, and Rolf's addictive chorus. It's more pirate fare from there with "Warmongers" (a single released as a split with Sodom) slowing down a bit to ease into steady rocker "Stick to your Guns". "The Depth of the Sea" is a really nice atmospheric addition, almost eerie with its moody bass and percussion. The album's highlight is epic closer "Last of the Mohicans", a building track that erupts in a fast and charging rhythm that Maiden would appreciate.

This is just another solid effort and marks two in a row in terms of success and triumph. The band isn't for everyone and lyrically you'll always find better choices. But if you have love Running Wild, appreciate German power metal, and can soak up the nostalgia...it's a motherload.
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ALL REVIEWS FOR: RUNNING WILD
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
Rapid Foray
2016
SPV/Steamhammer
Eric Compton9/23/2016
4
Rogues En Vogue
2005
Gun Records
Stygian Steel12/11/2005
-
Shadowmaker
2012
SPV/Steamhammer
Eric Compton7/12/2012
2

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