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4 stars RPWL starts the fire ...

This is a concert of the 'Start the fire'-Tour which was recorded as a part of the legendary 'Rockpalast' series. I had the chance to see them in Hannover (missing Ray Wilson). The winner of the evening was Karlheinz Wallner - not only because of his excellent guitar work. After the show he threw his flatpick into the crowd and it went straight on to my head (and was mine). Also very surprising: Yogi Lang offered us the possibility to discuss what 'Progressive Rock' is.

The first CD contains 5 tracks from their last studio release and starts with 'Sleep'. This song is accompanied by an electronic tabla and a very strong guitar playing - definitely a highlight! Ray Wilson enters the stage with 'Roses' and 'Not about us' follows from the last Genesis output 'Calling on stations' - both songs are fine but also the nearest to mainstream rock/pop.

'The Gentle Art of Swimming' is my personal highlight - psychedelic and a little bit floydy. I don't know why but a strange fact is: Markus Jehle only plays the keys live. He's not a member of the studio lineup and he does his job very very well!

CD 2 is a homage to a welknown psychedelic rock band and begins with the title track of their last studio output 'World through my eyes'. 'Opel' from Syd Barrett opens the Pink Floyd tribute followed by a terrific 'Cymbaline' and 'Welcome to the machine'. 'Hole In The Sky' - another psychedelic song with some samples - closes the set.

RPWL sometimes is called a Cover Band. But even the former group 'Violet District' didn't work in this way. They have found their unique style - a neoprog/psychedelic sound with some transitions to mainstream rock and a special affinity to Pink Floyd.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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