RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger Noise Records 12" Vinyl LP Album

This is world's first Pirate Metal album.

"Running Wild" is one of the German power metal bands to emerge in the early/mid 1980s (along with Helloween, Gamma Ray, Rage, Blind Guardian, Grave Digger, EdGuy, etc). The band has carved its niche in the metal world as the first "pirate metal" band, a theme which took off with the release of this album "Under Jolly Roger"


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Album Fact Sheet: RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger
Music Genre: Heavy Metal / Pirate Metal 
Album Production information:

The album: "RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger" was produced by: – Dirk Steffens, Maze Music

Dirk Steffens is a notable figure in the German music industry as a record producer. He has worked with several prominent bands and artists, particularly in the hard rock and heavy metal genres. Here are some details about Dirk Steffens and the artists and recordings he has produced:

1. Accept: Dirk Steffens collaborated with the German heavy metal band Accept, which rose to fame in the 1980s. He produced their albums "Breaker" (1981) and "Restless and Wild" (1982). These albums are considered influential in the development of the speed metal and power metal genres.


2. Running Wild: Dirk Steffens worked with the German pirate metal band Running Wild. He produced their album "Branded and Exiled" (1985), which is known for its energetic and aggressive sound.

3. Pink Cream 69: Dirk Steffens collaborated with the German hard rock band Pink Cream 69. He produced their self-titled debut album "Pink Cream 69" (1989), which helped establish the band's melodic hard rock sound.

4. Sinner: Sinner is a German heavy metal band, and Dirk Steffens has produced some of their albums. While I couldn't find specific details about the albums he produced for Sinner, his involvement likely contributed to the band's sound and production quality.

5. Zed Yago: Dirk Steffens also worked with the German heavy metal band Zed Yago.

It's worth noting that Dirk Steffens' production work was mainly active during the late 1970s and onwards, as you mentioned. He played a significant role in shaping the sound of various German heavy metal and hard rock acts during that era.

This album was recorded and mixed at: Soundhouse Studio, Hamburg

Album cover painting: Ertugrul Edirne

Record Company / Catalog number / Label:  Noise N 0062 / SPV 08-4425 
Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  
Year & Country:  1987 Manufactured in West-Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Rock 'N' Rolf" (Rolf Kasparek - Vocals, Guitar
  • Stephane (Stephan Boriss) - Bass
  • Hasche (Wolfgang Hagemann) - Drums
  • Majk Moti (Michael Kupper) - Guitar
Complete Track-listing of the album "RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger"

The detailed tracklist of this record "RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. Under Jolly Roger 4:42
  2. Beggars' Night 5:05
  3. Diamonds of the Black Chest 3:07
  4. War in the Gutter 3:19
  5. Raise your Fist 5:30
  6. Land of Ice 4:56
  7. Raw Ride 4:39
  8. Merciless Game - 3:45
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Riding the Waves of Heavy Metal: Exploring Running Wild's Epic Vinyl Discography

Running Wild Band Information:

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.