- Product Code: NOISE2CD031
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Remastered re-release of the seventh full-length studio album by legendary German Heavy/Power/Speed Metal band.
The last album with guitarist Axel Morgan. Following the return of Accept’s Stefan Schwarzmann to man the skins and the recruiting of ex-Axel Rudi Pell’s Thomas "Bodo" Smuszynski, taking on the bass strings, “Pile Of Skulls” was set into the wild. And the monumental Teutonic heritage was well protected! "Pile Of Skulls" is one of Running Wild's strongest efforts, and combines the band's trademark pirate subject matter. Putting aside the Wild West and a measure of the history, the band back to the sea - the ship was waiting for its privateers to return to their posts, ready to set sail and engage the might of the blue, with dangers roaming in every turn, on the way for a treasure hunt. Although something else had been bothering Rolf Kasparek, as he went on board vessel. So why not take a focus on it as a pirate. Therefore, “Pile Of Skulls” isn’t merely a Pirate Metal album, yet also dealt with the concept of corruption and the dishonorable abuse of power throughout mankind’s history. Within this remastered version’s booklet, there are interesting insights of both music specialist Malcolm Dome and the interviewed Kasparek regarding the true essence of the theme behind the album.
Pretty much similar to the musical ongoing of “Blazon Stone”, Running Wild remained consistent with the style, for second time barraging the early 90s with nothing other than pure Metal decisiveness. The band’s convergence of riffs, which combine undying animated heaviness and tantalizing harmonious licks, pounding hammered slow tempos to energetic fast-paced racing and roaring melodic vocals remained steady, ever powerful and far-reaching in influence. The songwriting preserved the decors and arrangements of the last two albums, maintaining the perennial quality that was further enhanced with skillfulness.
This remastered version includes a second CD, featuring the recordings that accompanied the “Lead Or Gold” Single along with new versions of some of the best songs out of Running Wild’s 80s ventures. And like on every new version, there are reworked guitars featured on actual album’s songs.
Deluxe Expanded Edition includes 12-page booklet and second disc with six bonus tracks.
Noise Records/Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, 1992/2017 (NOISE2CD031). Made in EU. Pressed in Austria.
1. Chamber Of Lies 2:22
2. Whirlwind 4:52
3. Sinister Eyes 5:07
4. Black Wings Of Death 5:18
5. Fistful Of Dynamite 4:06
6. Roaring Thunder 5:57
7. Pile Of Skulls 4:40
8. Lead Or Gold 5:07
9. White Buffalo 5:17
10. Jennings' Revenge 4:18
11. Treasure Island 11:15
Running time: 58:19 min.
Disc Two (Bonus Tracks)
1. Beggar's Night ('92 Alternative Version) 5:01
2. Hanged, Drawn And Quartered 4:38
3. Win Or Be Drowned 4:17
4. Uaschitschun '92 4:53
5. Whirlwind (Reworked Version) 4:52
6. Treasure Island (Reworked Version) 11:14
Running time: 34:55 min.
Total playing time: 93:14 min.