Review by Mike Korn
In the history of heavy metal from Germany, Running Wild is a major player, with a history stretching back to the early 80s. They first emerged in that great period when Accept and The Scorpions achieved mass popularity and which gave birth to bands such as Helloween, Kreator and Sodom. The first couple of Running Wild albums were well received, but it wasn't until the classic Under Jolly Roger that the band really started to make a mark. That was the album when the band dumped their leather-and-studs Satanic look and instead took to the high seas as the very first "pirate metal" band!
Under the leadership of their "captain,” Rock N' Rolf Kasparek, the good ship Running Wild released a ton of pirate-themed metal albums in the 90s and early 00s before taking a brief hiatus in 2009. Luckily, Rock N' Rolf has returned to the metal wars with Shadowmaker, an album that functions as a tour through the entire history of Running Wild, ranging from speed metal to singalong pirate metal anthems to commercial rock n' roll. I can't say it is the best album by the band, as it seems a little too clean and neat, but it does stay true to the history and concepts of Running Wild. It's also a great introduction to the band.