"Gates to Purgatory" is the first album by "Running Wild". It predates their piracy themes and mostly has satanically influenced lyrics.
This album "RUNNING WILD Gates To Purgatory" includes the original custom made inner sleeve (OIS) with album production details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos
Collector's notes ( detailed background information on the persons working on this album)
|Album Fact Sheet: RUNNING WILD Gates To Purgatory|
|Music Genre: Heavy Metal|
|Album Production information:
The album: "RUNNING WILD Gates To Purgatory" was produced by: Running WIld
Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Horst Muller
This album was recorded at: Caet Studio, Berlin, Germany, June 1984
Caet Studios, Berlin is a popular sound recording music studio used by many German Heavy Metal bands. During the 1980s "Caet Studios" has been used by "Celtic Frost", "Running Wild", "Destruction", as well as many other bands.
Album cover photography: D. Magnussen
Information on the people working on the production of "Gates to Purgatory"
Horst Mueller - a sound engineer from Germany and has engineered the records of several German Metal bands, notable Destruction, Running Wild, Warrant and the Swiss Celtic Frost band, as well as many others. He has used several different aliases/pseudonyms, aliases used by Horst Mueller include: Horst "Hoddle" Muller, Horst H.I.F. "The Crazy Frog" Muller, Horst "The Only One" Muller, "Mad" Horst Muller
|Record Company / Catalog number / Label: Noise N 0012|
|Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
|Year & Country: 1984 Made in Germany|
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: RUNNING WILD Gates To Purgatory
Complete Track-listing of the album "RUNNING WILD Gates To Purgatory"
The detailed tracklist of this record "RUNNING WILD Gates To Purgatory" is:
Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).
Photo of the "Running Wild" band on the original custom inner sleeve
Lyrics of all the songs on the album "Gates To Purgatory" printed on the original custom inner sleeve
"Gates to Purgatory " Record Label Details: Noise N 0012
Record Label Details: Noise N 0012
Running Wild is a heavy metal band that originated in Hamburg, Germany, in 1976. The band is known for its unique sound, which combines elements of traditional heavy metal with pirate-themed lyrics and imagery. Over the course of their career, Running Wild has released 16 studio albums, several live albums, and numerous EPs and singles, making them one of the most prolific and enduring bands in the heavy metal genre.
The founding members of Running Wild were guitarist and vocalist Rolf Kasparek, bassist Stephan Boriss, and drummer Wolfgang Hagemann. The band's early sound was heavily influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which was popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, it wasn't until the release of their third album, "Under Jolly Roger," in 1987, that the band fully embraced their pirate theme and began to gain widespread recognition.
"Under Jolly Roger" marked a turning point for Running Wild, both musically and lyrically. The album featured catchy, anthemic choruses, blistering guitar solos, and lyrics that celebrated the freedom and rebellion of pirates. The band's signature "yarr" chant, which is still a staple of their live shows, was first introduced on this album. The album was a commercial success in Europe and helped to establish Running Wild as one of the leading bands in the German heavy metal scene.
Following the success of "Under Jolly Roger," Running Wild continued to release a string of successful albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s. These albums included "Port Royal" (1988), "Death or Glory" (1989), "Blazon Stone" (1991), and "Pile of Skulls" (1992). Each album featured a mix of fast, aggressive tracks and slower, more epic songs, with lyrics that often revolved around historical events or legends. The band's live shows were known for their energetic performances, which often included stage props and pyrotechnics.
In the early 2000s, Running Wild experienced a decline in popularity, as the heavy metal genre fell out of favor with the mainstream music industry. The band's 2002 album, "The Brotherhood," was criticized for its lack of originality and failure to capture the energy of their earlier work. Despite this, Running Wild continued to release albums throughout the decade, including "Rogues en Vogue" (2005), "Shadowmaker" (2012), and "Resilient" (2013).
In 2009, Rolf Kasparek announced that Running Wild would be going on an indefinite hiatus, citing personal reasons. However, the band reunited in 2011 for a series of live shows and subsequently released new material. In 2020, the band released their sixteenth studio album, "Blood on Blood," which was well-received by fans and critics alike.
Running Wild's influence on the heavy metal genre cannot be overstated. Their unique blend of heavy metal and pirate themes has inspired countless bands, both in Europe and around the world. The band's commitment to their image and their high-energy live performances have made them a favorite among metal fans. Despite their ups and downs over the years, Running Wild has remained true to their roots, and their legacy as one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time is secure.
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