Third time is a charm for X-WILD when they released their third and last album in 1996. Stefan Schwarzmann wasn't yet in the band and Jens Becker joined GRAVE DIGGER a little later where he is still playing the bass today.
The analogies to RUNNING WILD became less (still present, however) and with "Children Of The Underground", even a ballad found its way to "Savageland" what will propably never happen to Rock 'N' Rolf. A very nice track with a choir of children in the chorus, but Frank's voice is just too harsh for singing a ballad. It becomes very close for Chris Boltendahl (GRAVE DIGGER) in "The Ballad Of Mary (Queen Of Scots)" from "Tunes Of War". There will probably never be a mid-tempo song as "Dragonslair" for the pirates from Hamburg either.
However, "Savageland" is definitely a felicitous closure for the chapter X-WILD. The Album possesses enough power and discreteness in order to make a stand against RUNNING WILD, finally. Sadly, the majority of the scene didn't agree and that's why the band eventually died silently. I don't wanna know how many of those baiters wished X-WILD were back after the last output from RUNNING WILD, "Rogues En Vogue".
(Online November 30, 2006)