After a brief hiatus from Running Wild to do Giant X (which was really a Running Wild album under another name) with guitarist Peter Jordan, Rock 'n' Rolf Kasparek returns with Resilient. The title tells the tale: this is the irrepressible Kasparek's fifteenth Running Wild album.
It's pretty much the Running Wild fans know and love, producing melodic metal with a rock groove. Actually, the work with Giant X seems to have stuck to Kasperek. Most of the songs on Resilient sound more like edgier melodic hard rock than heavy metal. Certainly Adventure Highways, The Drift, and Desert Rose.
Kasperek bumps up things a notch or two with Fireheart and Run Riot, two of the heaviest songs here. They're both charging like power metal, but the latter adds that aforementioned rock groove. Down to the Wire moderates the tempo some, then becomes mostly a heavy piece that merely thumps along. The key song here is likely the closing Bloody Island. At nearly 10 minutes, it's one of the longest Running Wild songs. It's also the more familiar Running Wild sound longtime fans will remember: traditional melodic power metal. This song could easily fit on Under Jolly Roger or Pile of Skulls. Also typical, Kasperek delivers his raspy, but melodic, pirate vocal style across the entire album. Bottom line: if you're a fan of Running Wild of any decade, you'll like Resilient.
If you're a fan of Running Wild of any decade, you'll like Resilient.
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