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Review: Running Wild - Pile of Skulls
Running Wild
Pile of Skulls

Label: Noise Records
Year released: 1992
Duration: 77:17
Tracks: 15
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: January 20, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.47/5 (89.47%) (76 Votes)

Arrrrrh me hateys. This here be another Running Wild CD, eighth in their discographie, if ye must know. What be there for an old sea-dog like me to say about these fellers? If ye love their brand of hearty Pirate Metal then this be another fine disc ye will devour with fork and cutlass. There's some as will claim this be the finest Running Wild album, but these fools clearly ha' not 'eard the true masterpiece "Black Hand Inn", as this fine album falls a bit short o' that one.

Ahhhhh, but there be some mighty good songs 'ere though. "Whirlwind", "Black Wings Of Death", "Fistful Of Dynamite" – all tunes to sing along with as ye load the cannon and ready the muskets for boarding. And shiver me timbers if "Treasure Island": isn't one of the best songs ever laid down by these buccaneers. A ten-minute epic that all men should hear before they go to Davey Jone's Locker. Aye!

Oh indeed, there be some filler here, like "Roaring Thunder" and "Jenning's Revenge", and too many songs be about politics instead of properly celebratin' the life o' piracy we all love. Arrrrrh! Who cares about lyin' governments? That's what PIRACY is for me lads! In truth, the bonus tracks be as good as anything on the album proper, and not be wasted space.

So fear not lads, this be a fine Running Wild album, not their best, but worthy to be called the name. Hoist the Jolly Roger and set all sails to the wind! The trade winds are blowin' and the Spanish Main awaits!

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