The upcoming tribute to German metal legends RUNNING WILD — which will contain cover versions of songs exclusively from the albums "The Rivalry" (1998), "Victory" (2000), "The Brotherhood" (2002) and "Rogues En Vogue" (2005) — will be titled "ReUnation - A Tribute To Running Wild" and is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall. The artwork (see below) was created by Romanian graphic artist Costin Chioreanu, who has previously worked with such bands as ABSU, CENTINEX, DEMONICAL, NEGURA BUNGET and THUNDERSTORM.
Commented Chioreanu: "I am deeply honored to work for such a big heavy metal legend as RUNNING WILD. I know this is just a tribute album, not a brand-new studio release, but its role is quite important in my opinion. RUNNING WILD was and still is a crucial influence for generations of heavy metal bands, so I think it's very interesting too see how the young blood interprets in their very own way the songs of this legend.
"I know that on the last four RUNNING WILD albums the lyrical themes were a bit different than on the older ones — they were centered more around the political and social side of life — and that's why I wanted from the first place to build up something that should look somehow political, but keeping also the old atmosphere of RUNNING WILD's image. Adrian, their mascot ever since, is now the symbol of the revolt with some damaged flags without identity behind him. He destroys the chessboard where some characters are ruling their game. Right behind Adrian there is a chest full of other pieces, kinda removed from the board from the first place. Maybe some of the fans will recognize some of them...I didn't want to make it very explicit. I felt also that I had to get Adrian older but keeping also his dark and rebel look. I think this artwork speaks by itself regarding the title: 'ReUnation' — it's something like to reunite the differences by destroying who unite them as similarities."
So far the following bands/tracks are confirmed to appear on the set:
CRYSTAL VIPER - "Libertalia"
MAGICA - "Victory"
ORDEN OGAN - "Skull & Bones"
SATANOCHIO - "Siberian Winter"
SKILTRON - "Ballad Of William Kidd"
THUNDERSTORM - "Welcome To Hell"
5TH SONIC BRIGADE - to be announced
SUIDAKRA - to be announced
WARHEAD - to be announced
WILD KNIGHT - to be announced
RUNNING WILD released a "best of" compilation, entitled "Best of Adrian", in November 2006 via G.U.N. Records. The set includes selections covering the previous nine years of the band's recording history (while they've been signed to the G.U.N. label).
RUNNING WILD's last collection of new material, "Rogues En Vogue" (2005), entered the German album charts at position No. 39. The CD was produced by RUNNING WILD mainman Rolf "Rock'n'Rolf" Kasparek and features the lineup of Kasparek (vocals, all guitars), Peter Pichl (bass) and Matthias Liebetruth (drums).