Port Royal (album)

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Port Royal
Running Wild (band)-Port Royal.jpg
Studio album by Running Wild
Released 26 September 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Heavy metal, power metal
Label Noise
Producer Running Wild
Running Wild chronology
Ready for Boarding
(1988)Ready for Boarding1988
Port Royal
(1988)
Death or Glory
(1989)Death or Glory1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rock Hard 7.5/10 stars[2]

Port Royal is the fourth album by Running Wild. This release expanded on the pirate theme introduced in their album Under Jolly Roger (1987) and established them as "pirate metal" in the metal community. The album has sold nearly 1.8 million records worldwide.

Songs[edit]

"Uaschitschun" tells about the pollution of nature through a Native American's perspective. "Uaschitschun" is a word that the Native Americans used for white males, the nearest translation is "ghost." This was probably just because of the pale appearance of the conquerors and not for their deeds, since ghosts weren't considered evil by Native Americans.

A music video was made for "Conquistadores" which had some air play on MTV's Headbangers Ball. It is also the first to use a 5-string bass in a metal context. The ending words were originally spoken by filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin in 1972 and were probably inspired by a famous speech made by Chief Seattle to the whites when they came to buy the lands of Seattle.[3]

"Warchild" is not the same song that appeared in the band's early demos.

"Calico Jack" is about an English pirate of the 18th century. He designed the skull-and-bones pirate flag that was later named the Jolly Roger, which gave the title to the previous album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rolf Kasparek, except where noted.

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   0:50
2. "Port Royal"   4:12
3. "Raging Fire" Kasparek, Schwarzmann, Moti 3:28
4. "Into the Arena" Moti 3:59
5. "Uaschitschun"   4:53
6. "Final Gates" (Instrumental) Becker 3:00
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Conquistadores"   4:50
8. "Blown to Kingdom Come" Moti 3:19
9. "Warchild" Kasparek, Schwarzmann 3:01
10. "Mutiny" Kasparek, Schwarzmann 4:28
11. "Calico Jack" Kasparek, Moti, Schwarzmann 8:15
Total length: 44:15

Notes[edit]

  • The 1st press CD release has no barcode. There were two variants of the backcover, one with yellow and one with white Noise logo. SID Codes refer to the French press which has the white Noise logo
  • The Japanese CD release contains the 1987 album Under Jolly Roger

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Karl-U. Walterbach - executive producer
  • Tom Steeler - engineering, mixing
  • Sebastian Krüger - artwork
  • Becker Derouet - artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ Port Royal at AllMusic
  2. ^ Thomas Kupfer. (1988). "Running Wild 'Port Royal'". Rock Hard (29). Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Alanis Obomsawin - Wikiquote". en.wikiquote.org. Retrieved 2017-10-01.