Even before Running Wild was dropped from the roster of Noise, it was obvious that their time was up. Black Hand Inn and Masquerade were both big failures and being faithful to their genre didn't really help the fact that Running Wild repeated themselves for ten years. It seems that Running Wild still haven't learned their lesson; however, The Rivalry is surely a treat to their fans. As a whole it isn't much, but, as usual with Running Wild, The Rivalry has a few standout tracks. The title track, "Kiss of Death," and a few others make sure that an old fan of Running Wild will wait for more.
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AllMusic Review by Antti J. Ravelin