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X-Wild - Savageland (8,5/10) - Germany - 1996

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Tricolor Music
Playing time: 61:34
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Savageland (Intro)
  2. Braveheart
  3. Savageland
  4. Born For War
  5. Murder In Thy Name
  6. Children Of The Underground
  7. Dragonslair
  8. Die Like A Man
  9. Field Of Blackbirds
  10. Clash Of The Titans
  11. Hunting The Damned
  12. Chaos Ends
X-Wild - Savageland

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)

Chris Kraemer



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