Release Date: 25 August 2017
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Running Wild Masquerade Limited 180gram Vinyl 2LP Set
German heavy metal band Running Wild were formed in 1976 in Hamburg, but shot to fame during the emergence of the German metal scene in the early to mid-1980s. Over the course of their career, they have released sixteen studio albums, three live albums, five compilation albums, and six singles/EPs. Although their earlier releases contained Satanic themes and imagery, they later invented the pirate metal subgenre after the band released their third album in 1987, Under Jolly Roger, which was a switch to pirate-based and historical themes, creating and influencing the later named Pirate metal subgenre of heavy metal in the 2000s in the process. While the historical lyrics were very superficial at first, the lyrics for later albums were intensively researched, by frontman Rolf Kasparek in particular. After this album, from 1988 to 1992 (for the albums Port Royal, Death or Glory, Blazon Stone and Pile of Skulls), Running Wild mainly wrote historically based lyrics. In addition to lyrics about pirates like Calico Jack, Klaus Störtebeker, or the little-known Henry Jennings, the band also addressed subjects like the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Waterloo, or the colonization of the New World by the Conquistadors. They have sold over 1.8 million albums globally making them one of Germany's largest exports.
Running Wild’s ninth album ‘Masquerade’ was released in 1995 and was their most ambitious to date. The first instalment in a trio of concept albums this marked the episode one in a tale of good versus evil that continued across the following two albums ‘The Rivalry’ and ‘Victory’. The thirteen tracks on ‘Masquerade’ were Running Wild’s signature, classic heavy metal storytelling at its finest as the tale unfolds through songs like ‘Lions Of The Sea’ and Soleil Royal’.
1.The Contract / The Crypts of Hades
5.Lions of the Sea
6.Rebel At Heart
7.Wheel of Doom
10.Men in Black