For those of you who aren’t familiar with this band, Running Wild are a German heavy metal band that was formed in 1976. They are considered one of the big four of German heavy metal, alongside Helloween, Rage and Grave Digger. They are considered the original pirate metal band and have a massive and very impressive back catalogue of releases in their resume.
Their latest offering is a 10 track album titled “Blood on Blood”. It kicks off with the title track, which is a rousing song that has a memorable chorus chanting “One for all and all for one”, which is no doubt going to entice a crowd to sing along beside their metal brothers and sisters. “Wings of Fire” is by far my favourite song on the album, the minute I heard it, it seized my attention with another anthemic chorus coupled with melodic vocals and thrilling guitar work.
Each track has that familiar Running Wild blueprint, but not one track is the same and this makes the entire album captivating and holds the listener’s attention well.
Guitarist and founding member Rolf Kasparek describes the album as the most varied work of his career to date. It is a collection of songs that demonstrate the essence of heavy metal and is a headbanger’s delight! It’s a rousing album that packs a punch with its spirited, lively feel. The call of “all for one” and standing united is a common theme, and although some may find this cliche, it is exactly what is needed in a metal album in our current world and it works. Running Wild have done justice to their legacy, it is another very impressive notch in their belts.
The song “One Night, One Day” is absolutely stunning, it exudes majesty with its slower, more heartfelt composition. The superb guitar work pulls at your heartstrings and the lyrics and vocal delivery are triumphant and mesmerising.
“Wild, Wild Nights” is such a fun song, it begs for you to get on your feet and party like you’re in the ’80s! It brought a smile to my face.
I can’t say enough about this album, from the first listen it was obvious that this was going to be epic, and yet each listens just gives you something more. It’s another new favourite for the playlist, I could not find any criticism to offer at all.
Fans of Running Wild and their unique brand of heavy metal are in for a treat, this is going to blow your socks off. I tip my hat to the band, they have created something that will stand the test of time.
Thanks, Running Wild for doing what you do, my ears have been delighted.
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Release Year: 2021
Label: Steamhammer / SPV
Reviewed by ForsakenMisery