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Releases : 35     Total votes : 55     Reviews : 5
Submitted by level Eagles (2006-09-16)
Last modified by level Eagles (2016-04-01)

Running Wild

a.k.a.ex-Granite Heart
CountryGermany
Formed1979, Hamburg
GenresHeavy Metal, Power Metal
LabelsNoise Records, GUN, SPV GmbH

Line-up (members)

  • Rock 'n' Rolf : Vocals, Guitars (1979-2009, 2011-), Bass (2004)
  • Peter Jordan : Guitars (2005-2009, 2011-)

Former members

  • Manfred Bünning : Pyro-technics
  • Matthias Kaufmann : Bass (1979-1982)
  • Hasche : Drums (1979-1987)
  • Uwe Bendig : Guitars (1979-1982)
  • Stephan : Bass (1982-1987)
  • Preacher : Guitars (1982-1985)
  • Majk Moti : Guitars (1985-1990)
  • Jens Becker : Bass (1987-1992)
  • Stefan Schwarzmann : Drums (1987-1988, 1992-1993)
  • Iain Finlay : Drums (1988-1989)
  • AC : Drums (1990-1992)
  • Axel Morgan : Guitars (1990-1993)
  • Thomas "Bodo" Smuszynski : Bass (1992-2000)
  • Jörg Michael : Drums (1994-1998)
  • Thilo Hermann : Guitars (1994-2001)
  • Angelo Sasso : Drums (1999-2002) (R.I.P. 2007)
  • Peter Pichl : Bass (2001-2008)
  • Matthias "Metalmachine" Liebetruth : Drums (2002-2009)
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Running Wild Discography

Album titleTypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
Running Wild - Gates to Purgatory preview CollectionWish List Studio 83.3 31
preview CollectionWish List EP - 00
preview Demo - 00
preview CollectionWish List Split - 00
Running Wild - Branded and Exiled preview CollectionWish List Studio 80 21
preview CollectionWish List Split - 00
Running Wild - Under Jolly Roger preview CollectionWish List Studio 95 10
Running Wild - Port Royal preview CollectionWish List Studio 90 82
preview CollectionWish List Live 85 10
Running Wild - Death or Glory preview CollectionWish List Studio 88 111
preview CollectionWish List EP - 00
preview CollectionWish List EP - 00
Running Wild - Blazon Stone preview CollectionWish List Studio 84 30
preview CollectionWish List Compilation 85 10
Running Wild - Pile of Skulls preview CollectionWish List Studio 90 20
Running Wild - Black Hand Inn preview CollectionWish List Studio 90 10
Running Wild - Masquerade preview CollectionWish List Studio 89.2 50
preview CollectionWish List Compilation - 00
preview CollectionWish List EP - 00
Running Wild - The Rivalry preview CollectionWish List Studio 90 20
Running Wild - Victory preview CollectionWish List Studio 85 20
Running Wild - The Brotherhood preview CollectionWish List Studio 85 20
preview CollectionWish List Boxed set 70 10
preview CollectionWish List Live 80 10
preview CollectionWish List Video - 00
preview CollectionWish List Compilation 80 10
Running Wild - Rogues En Vogue preview CollectionWish List Studio 85 10
preview CollectionWish List Compilation - 00
preview CollectionWish List Video - 00
preview CollectionWish List Live 85 10
Running Wild - Shadowmaker preview CollectionWish List Studio 85 10
Running Wild - Resilient preview CollectionWish List Studio 76.7 30
preview CollectionWish List Compilation - 00
Running Wild - Rapid Foray preview CollectionWish List Studio 72.5 20
preview CollectionWish List Split - 00

Running Wild Photos

Poisoned Blood lyrics
Poisoned Blood lyrics
Dancing On A Minefield lyrics
Dancing On A Minefield lyrics

Running Wild Top Songs

Song titleAlbum titleRatingVotes
1The Phantom Of Black Hand Hill preview (1994) 1001
2Genesis (The Making And The Fall Of Man) preview (1994) 1001
3Lead Or Gold preview (1992) 1001
4Conquistadores preview (1988) 1001
5The Privateer preview (1994) 951
6Fight The Fire Of Hate preview (1994) 951
7Dragonmen preview (1994) 951
8Treasure Island preview (1992) 951
9Port Royal preview (1988) 951
10Riding The Storm preview (1989) 951
11Bad To The Bone preview (1989) 87.52
12Black Hand Inn preview (1994) 901
13Sinister Eyes preview (1992) 901
14Black Wings Of Death preview (1992) 901
15White Buffalo preview (1992) 901
16Jenning's Revenge preview (1992) 901
17Marooned preview (1989) 901
18The Battle Of Waterloo preview (1989) 901
19Freewind Rider preview (1994) 851
20Powder & Iron preview (1994) 851
21Fistful Of Dynamite preview (1992) 851
22Roaring Thunder preview (1992) 851
23Pile Of Skulls preview (1992) 851
24Renegade preview (1989) 851
25Evilution preview (1989) 851
26Running Blood preview (1989) 851
27Highland Glory (The Eternal Fight) preview (1989) 851
28Tortuga Bay preview (1989) 851
29Death Or Glory preview (1989) 851
30Soulless preview (1994) 801
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Additional notes
Formed in 1976 as Granite Hearts, the band agreed to change it to Running Wild in 1979 - the name was taken from the Judas Priest song with the same name.

Granite Hearts line up:
Rolf Kasparek - Vocals, Guitars
Jörg Schwarz, Carsten David, Matthias Kaufmann - Bass
Uwe Bendig - Guitars
Michael Hoffmann, Hasche - Drums

On April 17th, 2009 Kasparek announced that he was bringing Running Wild to an end. The last show was at Wacken Open Air, July 30th, 2009. Then, on October 21th, 2011 the official website published information that Running Wild had reformed.

It's generally suspected that a drum computer was used on both the Victory and The Brotherhood albums with Angelo Sasso being a fictional name used in an attempt to cover this up. This is denied by Rolf Kasparek who claims that Angelo Sasso is a pseudonym used by a friend of his who didn't want to be credited under his real name. This became sort of a running gag in the German metal scene with other bands crediting their drums to Angelo Sasso (see: Chalice of Blood, Kings of völlige Durchness), which literally means "Angel Stone/Rock" in Italian. Moreover, in the two Running Wild releases after their break-up and reforming, namely Shadowmaker and Resilient, no drummer or bass player is officially credited.

The hellhound pictured on the early Running Wild releases, and again on Resilient, is named "Adrian" after the "Adrian S.O.S." track on Gates to Purgatory.
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