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4 stars Back! Yes, they are back! The fabulous outfit is back for our great pleasure. If you're an alien and missed the pervious chapters, I'd say RPWL (Rissettio, Postl, Wallner, Lang - the initial of the musicians' name) is a German progressive rock band. The combo was formed in 1997 as a Pink Floyd cover band. After three years, they started making their own music based on the influences from this cover era. Their debut CD, "God Has Failed" got the international positive feedback it deserved. Since then, they kept on producing high quality music. I always wonder why they didn't get wide recognition. This new album, after the superb "The RPWL experience" (2008), is a bit different. For sure, this is once more a concept, more precisely a musical journey through the world outside of Platon's cave. But what a purpose! The protagonist is on a travel, meeting various characters partly adapted from Nietzsche's "Zarathustra", as means towards new insight. The basic idea is a so-called 'revaluation of values' in terms of a new way of thinking. In this world 'beyond man and time' as said Nietzsche, there are creatures of higher knowledge: the keeper of the cave, the willing blind, the scientist, the ugliest human, the creator, the shadow, the wise man in the desert and the fisherman. A special edition will includes an additional audio book that connects the music closer to the philosophical approach and a topographic map of the new world to be explored. A full European tour will follow in April (no dates in France!). "The goal is to open eyes, look further, see more, and see differently" (Yogi Lang). RPWL created musical themes for every character, enriching the blend with moogs, Indian sitar... But on a musical point of view, the usual Pink Floyd influences are less present. The music is more compact, less developed but remains beautiful. Some highlights: 'The Fisherman', a gem with its long instrumental part, 'Unchain the Earth', a jewel by its perfect melody and arrangements. Yes, this is 75' of food for thought and bliss for your brain.
Thierry | 4/5 |


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