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Releases : 35     Total votes : 59     Reviews : 5
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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 title Lyrics Type Release date Rating Votes Reviews
Running Wild - Gates to Purgatory preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 83.3 31
preview LyricsCollectionWish List EP - 00
preview Demo - 00
preview CollectionWish List Split - 00
Running Wild - Branded and Exiled preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 77.5 21
preview CollectionWish List Split - 00
Running Wild - Under Jolly Roger preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 85 21
preview CollectionWish List Live 85 10
Running Wild - Port Royal preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 89.4 81
Running Wild - Death or Glory preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 88.2 121
preview LyricsCollectionWish List EP - 00
preview CollectionWish List EP - 00
Running Wild - Blazon Stone preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 85.5 40
preview CollectionWish List Compilation 85 10
Running Wild - Pile of Skulls preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 90 20
Running Wild - Black Hand Inn preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 90 10
Running Wild - Masquerade preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 89.2 50
preview CollectionWish List Compilation - 00
preview CollectionWish List EP - 00
Running Wild - The Rivalry preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 88.3 30
Running Wild - Victory preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 85 20
Running Wild - The Brotherhood preview LyricsCollectionWish 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 LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 85 10
preview CollectionWish List Compilation - 00
preview CollectionWish List Video - 00
preview CollectionWish List Live 85 10
Running Wild - Shadowmaker preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 85 10
Running Wild - Resilient preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 76.7 30
preview CollectionWish List Compilation - 00
Running Wild - Rapid Foray preview LyricsCollectionWish List Studio 72.5 20
preview CollectionWish List Split - 00

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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 (1994) 1001
2Genesis (The Making And The Fall Of Man) (1994) 1001
3Lead Or Gold (1992) 1001
4Conquistadores (1988) 1001
5The Privateer (1994) 951
6Fight The Fire Of Hate (1994) 951
7Dragonmen (1994) 951
8Treasure Island (1992) 951
9Port Royal (1988) 951
10Riding The Storm (1989) 951
11Black Hand Inn (1994) 901
12Sinister Eyes (1992) 901
13Black Wings Of Death (1992) 901
14White Buffalo (1992) 901
15Jenning's Revenge (1992) 901
16Marooned (1989) 901
17The Battle Of Waterloo (1989) 901
18Blazon Stone (1991) 901
19Lonewolf (1991) 901
20Slavery (1991) 901
21Little Big Horn (1991) 901
22White Masque (1991) 901
23Bad To The Bone (1989) 87.52
24Freewind Rider (1994) 851
25Powder & Iron (1994) 851
26Fistful Of Dynamite (1992) 851
27Roaring Thunder (1992) 851
28Pile Of Skulls (1992) 851
29Renegade (1989) 851
30Evilution (1989) 851
31Running Blood (1989) 851
32Highland Glory (The Eternal Fight) (1989) 851
33Tortuga Bay (1989) 851
34Death Or Glory (1989) 851
35Fire & Ice (1991) 851
36Rolling Wheels (1991) 851
37Soulless (1994) 801
38Chamber Of Lies (1992) 801
39Whirlwind (1992) 801
40March On (1989) 801
41Bloody Red Rose (1991) 801
42Heads Or Tails (1991) 801
43Under Jolly Roger (1987) 801
44Mr. Deadhead (1994) 751
45Over The Rainbow (1991) 751
46Straight To Hell (1991) 751
47Victim Of States Power (1984) 751
48Soldiers Of Hell (1984) 751
49Genghis Kahn (1984) 751
50Walpurgis Night (1984) 751
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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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