Debut album "I" scheduled for release in January 2013
The big secret that fans have been speculating about in a number of Internet forums is out at last: Giant X is the spectacular new band founded by Rolf Kasparek and Peter J. Jordan. Rolf has been the mastermind, guitarist and vocalist of the German metal flagship Running Wild for more than 30 years, is one of the most charismatic musicians of the international metal scene and enjoys cult status around the globe. His friend and partner Peter J. Jordan joined the Running Wild fold in 2005 as a guitarist and has worked as a musician, composer, arranger and producer with german artists such as Tim Bendzko, Francis Buchholz (Scorpions), Thorsten Wingenfelder (Fury In The Slaughterhouse), Christina Stürmer, Peek A Boo and Fair Warning. Giant X‘s debut album "I" will be out on Steamhammer/SPV on January 18th in Germany, January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in USA/Canada and is set to delight particularly fans of traditional hard rock.
This sensational collaboration was sparked by the unexpectedly euphoric reactions from all over the world to the Kasparek/Jordan composition ‘Burning Wheels’ (off EMI Production Music’s Rock/Metal album), which features Kasparek on vocals. Encouraged by those positive responses, Jordan and Kasparek decided to co-compose more tracks and offer them to interested record companies under the band name of Giant X. They decided on the Hanover label, Steamhammer/SPV, who already released the current Running Wild opus Shadowmaker. Running Wild have a clearly defined sound which their fans worldwide have come to expect of them. “Giant X have a broader musical range which allows Rolf and myself to present ourselves from a totally different side,” Jordan explains. “Our material consists of consciously multi-layered numbers, more in the tradition of Kiss, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen but also Billy Talent, in other words: rock music in the tradition of the seventies, eighties and nineties – our shared musical roots. The main thing for us was that people would be able hear the lightness and spontaneity of our collaboration.”
A total of 13 brand new songs, all of them penned by Jordan and Kasparek, will feature on Giant X’s debut album. The recording was produced and mixed by Peter J. Jordan, with lots of support from Kasparek and Running Wild’s live mixer Niki Nowy. No plans for Giant X‘s future have yet been made, but according to Jordan and Kasparek they are happy to “take things as they come. We don’t rule anything out at this point.” So the suspense will continue!"