Pile of Skulls

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Pile of Skulls
Running wild pile of skulls.jpg
Studio album by Running Wild
Released November 5, 1992
Recorded 1992
Genre Heavy metal, power metal
Label Noise
Producer Rolf Kasparek
Running Wild chronology
The First Years of Piracy
(1991)The First Years of Piracy1991
Pile of Skulls
Black Hand Inn
(1994)Black Hand Inn1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rock Hard 9.0/10[2]

Pile of Skulls is the seventh studio album by Running Wild, released in 1992. It is their last album with guitarist Axel Morgan. It is the first album almost completely dominated by songwriting from band leader Rolf Kasparek but remains a fan favourite. The album has sold over 350,000 copies worldwide.

The song "Jennings' Revenge" tells about the exploits of pirate Henry Jennings.

The lyrics of "Treasure Island" are based on the book of the same title by 19th century author Robert Louis Stevenson.

Critical reception[edit]

Pile of Skulls was met with mostly positive reviews from critics. Steve Huey of All Music Guide called it one of Running Wild's strongest efforts. While calling it too ambitious, he thought Pile of Skulls combined the group's trademark pirate subject matter with a unifying concept about corruption and abuse of power throughout history.

In a 2013 interview, Rolf Kasparek spoke about the song "Bloody Island" from the 2013 album Resilient and explained that the demo version of the song would've been a great fit on the album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Chamber of Lies" – 2:21
  2. "Whirlwind" – 4:51
  3. "Sinister Eyes" – 5:05
  4. "Black Wings of Death" – 5:17
  5. "Fistful of Dynamite" – 4:05
  6. "Roaring Thunder" – 5:56
  7. "Pile of Skulls" – 4:39
  8. "Lead or Gold" – 5:06
  9. "White Buffalo" – 5:16
  10. "Jennings' Revenge" – 4:17
  11. "Treasure Island" – 11:14
  12. "Beggars' Night" (Rerecording from Under Jolly Roger) (Bonus) – 4:57
  13. "Hanged, Drawn and Quartered" (Bonus) – 4:39
  14. "Win or Be Drowned" (Bonus) – 4:17
  15. "Uaschitschun '92" (Rerecording from Port Royal) (Bonus) – 5:03

(1)-(6), (8)-(12), (15) : music & lyrics by Rolf Kasparek
(7) : music: Axel Morgan, lyrics: Axel Morgan/Rolf Kasparek
(13) : music: Axel Morgan, lyrics: Axel Morgan
(14) : music: Rolf Kasparek, lyrics: Rolf Kasparek/Thomas Smuszynski



Chart (1992) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[3] 54


  1. ^ Pile of Skulls at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kühnemund, Götz (1992). "Review Album: Running Wild - Pile of Skulls review". Rock Hard (in German). No. 66. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Running Wild – Pile of Skulls" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2017-04-10.