by: Peter Laursen, April '05
Label: Gun Records
Style: Heavy Metal
favourite pirat RockīnīRolf and his band Running Wild is back with a
brand new album called: "Rogues En Vogue". As a fan of
Running Wild it's without doubt very hard for me to be very objective
here, but I will do my best.
En Vogue" kicks off with "Draw The Line" - a mid tempo
song, and in my opinion not a very strong opener. However this song
has a great rolling rhythm and some nice guitar licks from 'Rolf'. But
then again, not a very strong opener.
It gets way better with track number two, "Angel Of Mercy" -
a very strong effort, with a very catchy chorus. This track is pure
Running Wild. One of the best songs on this release.
Next up is "Skeleton Dance" - a mid tempo track. Not as
strong as track two, but still a lot better than track one in my
Number four is called "Skull & Bones". Again a mid tempo
track. Great stuff. Pure Running Wild here. Great rolling rhythm
with tempo changes. And again a very strong chorus - a great pirat
"Born Bad, Dying Worse" is up next. This song contains a
great, great riff, however this track bore me a little. Not that this
song is bad, no ... it's quite enjoyable, but it's not quite up with
the last three songs.
"Black Gold" is next. Again a very typical Running Wild
track with a great pre-chrous.
Then we have "Soul Vampires". Great track in my opinion.
Hypnotic rhythms and a very memorable chorus. More of that, please!
The titel track "Rogues En Vogue" and "Winged &
Feathered" are next. Rock'n'Rolf seems to have run out of ideas
with these two songs. Okay songs, but not that great.
"Dead Man's Road" is next and I like the guitar here, and
it's a quite enjoyable track.
Track eleven is called "The War". The longest song here
(10:38). Some will say that the military feel is overdone and in truth,
it can come across as dull. But not to me. I really like this track. Huge and
epic. One of the best on this album in my opinion.
The Limited Edition comes with two bonustracks: "Cannonball
Tongue" and "Libertalia" - and especially "Libertalia"
is fantastic. To me, one of the best Running Wild songs ever. A real
"Pirat Hymn". If you don't like this song ... there must be
something seriously wrong with you!
the strongest Running Wild album ever, but certainly not the weakest
Recommended tracks: "Angel Of Mercy", "Skull &
Bones", "Soul Vampires", "The War" and "Libertalia"