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Founded in Freising, Germany in 1997 - Still active as of 2019

RPWL (Risettion-Postl-Wallner-Lung - the band members) is a German progressive rock band. The band was formed in 1997 as a Pink Floyd cover band. After three years they started to make their own music based on their influences from their cover band era. Their debut CD, God Has Failed was met with international enthusiasm, praise and excellent reviews in all the major progressive rock music magazines.

The band wanted to make a statement with Trying To Kiss The Sun in 2002, which relied more on the band as a creative entity and less on their influences. Their 3rd studio album, Stock was released in 2003. It was formed of the tracks that didn't make it onto the first 2 albums, plus a cover of Syd Barrett's "Opel", which the band used at shows as a soundcheck.

In 2005 they released their 4th studio album World Through My Eyes. This was received well by fans and off it their first single was taken- "Roses" sung by former Genesis and Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson.

Later that year, the band released their 1st live album Live- Start The Fire. The double disc album contains the whole of the band's Rockpalast concert, again featuring Ray Wilson on lead vocals for "Roses" and one other track this time, "Not About Us", which is from Ray's one and only album with Genesis entitled Calling All Stations.

In 2007, saw the release of 9--a compilation including 5 previously unreleased live songs and 4 brand new solo songs recorded together by the band. Those studio-tracks are representing the different influences in the band. 9 was released in a limited edition of 999 CDs and was only available from their website.

In February 2008, they released a new album called The RPWL Experience, which diverted greatly from previous efforts. Martien Koolen of DPRP writes, "The southern German prog rock band certainly explores new musical horizons on this album as some songs even sound raw and unpolished."

Eric Walker (USA)

Related band on PA:
- VIOLET DISTRICT
- Yogi LANG
- BLIND EGO

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RPWL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.37 | 164 ratings
God Has Failed
2000
3.53 | 165 ratings
Trying to Kiss the Sun
2002
3.70 | 249 ratings
World Through My Eyes
2005
3.47 | 182 ratings
The RPWL Experience
2008
3.90 | 448 ratings
Beyond Man and Time
2012
3.69 | 180 ratings
Wanted
2014
3.77 | 172 ratings
Tales from Outer Space
2019

RPWL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.74 | 58 ratings
Start The Fire - Live
2005
4.13 | 38 ratings
The RPWL Live Experience
2009
4.29 | 39 ratings
A Show Beyond Man and Time
2013
4.31 | 40 ratings
Plays Pink Floyd
2015
4.51 | 44 ratings
RPWL plays Pink Floyd's "The Man and the Journey"
2016
3.50 | 2 ratings
A New Dawn
2017
4.07 | 11 ratings
Live from Outer Space
2019
4.07 | 16 ratings
God Has Failed - Live & Personal
2021

RPWL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.26 | 34 ratings
The RPWL Live Experience
2009
4.65 | 42 ratings
A Show Beyond Man and Time
2013
4.62 | 22 ratings
A New Dawn
2017

RPWL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.13 | 92 ratings
Stock
2003
4.12 | 61 ratings
The Gentle Art of Music
2010

RPWL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.46 | 20 ratings
9
2007
4.00 | 4 ratings
Rarities
2010
4.00 | 3 ratings
A New World
2019

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 God Has Failed - Live & Personal by RPWL album cover Live, 2021
4.07 | 16 ratings

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God Has Failed - Live & Personal
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Time for a slight history lesson. Back in the 90's there was a band called Violet District who released the album 'Terminal Breath' which I really enjoyed. Eventually that band disappeared, but band members Karlheinz "Kalle" Wallner (guitars) and Chris Postl (bass) formed a new band with Jürgen " Yogi" Lang (vocals, keyboards) who had also featured on that album, along with drummer Philipp Rissettio, and called it RPWL after their initials. This band announced their presence in 2000 with the debut album 'God Has Failed' which I enjoyed, while never believing it to be essential.

Over the years the band has released some superb albums, and although these days only Kalle and Yogi are still there, the decision was made to get out on the road to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the debut. However, Covid got in the way, but given that the band was fully rehearsed and ready to go they decided to film a live studio session of the entire album and make it available. So, what we have here is just that, a live recording of the debut (I only have the audio but it is also available on blu-ray, DVD etc.), back when the band were still showing how much they were influenced by Pink Floyd. It is impossible to play this album without referencing that band, as although RPWL have moved in their own direction over the last two decades, back then they were showing how much they had been impacted by that one band. But, and this is an important element, although they used very similar techniques and melodic stylings as Floyd, their songs were never amateurish renderings of already existing material but rather was delicate and soaring, much in the way of the band in the Seventies.

We get acoustic guitar, wonderful soaring female vocals (both as backing and lead), delicate piano and swathes of keyboards, rock guitar, strong melodies, great vocals, in fact all one would want from a Floyd-style band. To be honest, I enjoyed this far more than the original recording as by now the guys have the confidence of 20 years' experience behind them and they are no longer a new band, but one who has toured and released plenty of their own material. In many ways, this is a great introduction to the early period of RPWL, while fans of Floyd can also get involved to see what all the fuss is about. It is wonderful to hear this album now sounding so much better than it did back in the day.

 Beyond Man and Time by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.90 | 448 ratings

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Beyond Man and Time
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by ElChanclas

4 stars Beyond Man and Time, 5th studio effort by German Neo proggers RPWL. I'm not very familiar with the band or their catalog, but I do confess I was a little cautious before digging at first when I read they started as a Pink Floyd cover band? I wanted something new not investing time in copycats or soulless bands, fair enough it was not the case with RPWL. I think its fair to say that Yogi Lang's vocal do resemble Gilmour's tone and if we add to the mix Wallner's immediate reference (influence) to his guitar playing it is inevitable to have that same "look and feel" of the later PF's catalog, but that's jut a mirage, this guys have their own sound and identity, and have a lot of wonderful ingredients that are smartly added to the mix? and that statement is evident on the opener, Transformed, an atmospheric instrumental intro that slowly fades and blends with We are what we are, definitely one of the highlights of the album.

According to Lang himself, "The basic idea in this album is a so-called "revaluation of values" in terms of a new way of thinking. In this world there already are creatures of higher knowledge that the protagonist meets allegorically along his way: the keeper of the cave, the willingly blind, the scientist, the ugliest human, the creator, the shadow, the wise man in the desert and the fisherman", and I try to imagine that this 2nd tune marks the beginning of such journey, just guessing? 9mins of powerful display of instruments and hypnotic singing? The title track is a mellower one, kind of bluesy in spots and very melodic, epic and memorable, a place where Wallner feels comfortable and his talent is noted. One of those ear worm melodies, a chorus you will hum hours and hours after the first listen. Unchain the earth is another highlight and one of my favorites, maybe the more PF sounding off the whole record but beautiful and unique in its own merit, I love the tempo and rhythmic section of this tune, so catchy! "Unchain the earth, we don't need the sun anymore". The Ugliest Man in the World, to my ears the best song in the album, with the best team work by the band, with a lot of changes, not complex at all but very dynamic, impossible to get bored. Neo-prog DNA, pure, melancholic and angry at the same time, obscure but beautiful, flawlessly executed? BTW, Markus's keyboards textures are spectacular!

There's always the rocker, The Road to Creation is that rocker, with added depth to the vocals and balanced but distorted riffs that are the faithful conductors for the rest of the band, progressive metal nuances decor the 6min plus song with the delicacy only available with Neo prog structures, memorable again. Unfortunately, at least for me, the weak moment of this album starts with the cool but a little bit short Somewhere in between, Lang's voice is so celestial here that I would have really like more minutes of his singing? The Shadow brings us back to the same musical feel we experienced in the first quarter of the record with straight pop rock vocalizing and instrumentation because these guys can do just that, transform complexity into mainstream sound, both vocals and guitars are the solid bridges that the rest of the band cross to become more or less melodic, more or less heavy, more or less prog, more or less complex, truly amazing. The Wise in the Desert is may least favorite, not that I not a good song, I just simply don't see the fit to the rest of the album, like it belongs to another era of the band, another concept, hard to describe how I feel about it, but it simply doesn't cut it for me? maybe it just need more listens, I guess it sounds too flavorless for me.

The Fisherman starts with the same feel as the previous tune, however it does evolve into a more symphonic groove, maybe a little bit odd but it does work and helps the 16minutes plus be fore enjoyable? I love epics, the longest the better, however I think that The Fisherman could be shorter and still tell the same story and have the same impact? just a thought? but it has to be solid that the guitar work here is really pristine and memorable. Last but not least, The Noon? beautiful vocals and lyrics by Lang who wisely manages the harmonies to sound like something important is coming to an inevitable end, a very strong song to close a very solid album. A must listen for sure!

 God Has Failed - Live & Personal by RPWL album cover Live, 2021
4.07 | 16 ratings

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God Has Failed - Live & Personal
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

4 stars This is a new recording in the studios of their first album which I didn't hear, so It was with a little excitement that I was discovering their first album after listening to their more recent releases live or in studios. If the Pink Floyd influence is their trademark, it's even more obvious here with some ballad atmospheric parts and dreamy soundscapes. The sound is more on the soft side than their recent releases but the strong quality of their melodies is still there, I can't compare to the original recording, but we can assume that they did a better job to produce that new version many years later. The band's music is embellished with the voice of Yogi with some female backup singers that can only remind us of Pink Floyd again. The band makes good use of some acoustic guitar and piano to go with some spacey keyboards and an electric guitar that can deliver some nice guitar parts sometimes in the David Gilmour style, but no that much, for example in the song "Fool". The real highlight is the song "Spring of Freedom" with a break that slows things down and that starts with some special effect with bass and keys shinning before a great guitar part. This is another good album that is carefully mix in surround for our enjoyment. RPWL can't fail...
 God Has Failed by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.37 | 164 ratings

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God Has Failed
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

2 stars God Has Failed was the debut of RPWL, Pink Floyd tribute band!

And obviously, on this album the British influences are very obvious, especially in the guitar arrangements, vocal melodies and instrumental interludes.

Despite everything, it reminded me of other bands of the time like Spock's Beard and Mostly Autumn. The truth is that I do not understand the Neo-Prog label too much, since God Has Failed is more of a symphonic prog typical of the end of the last millennium.

So, if you like this type of very guitar oriented symphonic rock and don't mind bad singers, you can give God Has Failed a try! I think that the album has its moments, but as a whole it's too dull, repetitive and even uninspired.

Best Tracks: Who do You Think We are (the verses are rather mediocre, but the instrumental guitar interlude, as well as the solo, are excellent), What I Need (good chorus, if somewhat repetitive), In Your Dreams (I love the guitar arpeggios that accompany the verses) and Fool (good slide guitar)

My Rating: **

 Plays Pink Floyd by RPWL album cover Live, 2015
4.31 | 40 ratings

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Plays Pink Floyd
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by Heart of the Matter

3 stars This is an excellent album collecting cover versions of Pink Floyd original songs. The tracklist is very similar to "Transmission 1969" (see my review for details), that's to say, we are talking about material taken from the early psychedelic stage of this English classic band. The good news is that the improvement in sound quality is really big, and the musical skills displayed by the Germans are up to the challenge. I should point out, as mi personal favourite, the extended version of "Fat Old Sun", with plenty of room for tasty improvisation. It's also true that there's a certain loss of qualities that shine in the originals, such as the frailty in "Green Is The Colour". Anyway, the challenge of making a cover is to essay something different.
 Live from Outer Space by RPWL album cover Live, 2019
4.07 | 11 ratings

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Live from Outer Space
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars With the release of 'Tales From Outer Space' RPWL managed something almost unheard of within the underground progressive scene, namely that the album made it into the Top 50 Album charts in their home country of Germany. For the ensuing tour the band made the decision to play the whole of the album, in order, and then follow it with other material after that had completed. The result is a set which is available in multiple formats, including Blu-ray, and here we have the double CD. The quintet of Yogi Lang (vocals, keyboards), Kalle Wallner (guitars), Markus Jehle (keyboards), Marc Turiaux (drums) and Sebastian Harnack (bass and bass pedals) can trace their origins all the way back to Violet District, with both Lang and Wallner appearing on their album all the way back in 1992. Although there have been changes in the RPWL camp over the years, those two have been a constant, and even now all these years later they still display their roots, as they were originally a Floyd covers band.

This live set has been very well recorded and produced, and I am glad to say there are a few minor fluffs here and there, which allows me to believe this is actually how they sound as opposed to having been cleaned up. Mind you, here is a band who are so confident in their own ability in concert that they have released six live albums alongside the ten studio, a much higher ratio than most. In my review of the last studio album I said the keyboard sounds reminded me somewhat of MMEB, and this can be heard particularly on songs such as "Give Birth To The Sun". Fourteen songs, more than 100 minutes in length, this is a very polished release with little in the way of emotion, but there often isn't that much from Floyd either. Yogi's vocals are often a little lower in the mix than I would have liked, but that is personal choice, and he certainly blends in well with the accompaniment.

RPWL released their debut album back in 2000, and since then they have been incredibly consistent in terms of quality of output, and while they have undoubtedly been heavily influenced by the sounds of Pink Floyd this is very much a band treading their own path, and for those who have yet to come across them this is a great starting point.

 Tales from Outer Space by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.77 | 172 ratings

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Tales from Outer Space
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by Kingsnake

2 stars I used to like RPWL a lot. I guess that was somehat 10 years ago.

The last two albums really couldn't rock my boat. Yogi's voice started to irritate me (like Steve Hogarth) and Kalle is in my opinion a mediocre guitar at least.

Listening to this new album only made me realize that RPWL is not my band anymore. I can't go into detail to much. It just sounds dull, generic, mediocre. It sounds like they are going through the motions. It lacks soul, it lacks emotion, it lacks playfullness. It's just plain dull. Sorry if I offend the fans of this band, it's just my taste. It must have changed dramatically these past 10 years.

 Tales from Outer Space by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.77 | 172 ratings

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Tales from Outer Space
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Sometimes years can seem to just fly by, and I can't remember the last time I heard a new album by RPWL, but I clearly remember reviewing all their early works going back to the debut 'God Has Failed' back in 2000. Actually, I can trace back a little further than that as RPWL were formed out of Violet District and I reviewed their album back in 1996! RPWL were always seen as one of the more Floyd-like bands of the progressive scene, and in many ways that hasn't changed as they are still a main influence, but it took me ages to work out who else the band were reminding me of. I thought I was going to go insane until finally I realised that some of the way the keyboards were being played were nothing else than eighties Manfred Mann's Earth Band! I'm not sure I have ever referenced MMEB in the many thousands of prog reviews I have written over the last 30 years, but there you go.

As with the other albums I remember, RPWL have a knack for bringing together classic Floyd in a way which is instantly accessible and enjoyable. This is music which is incredibly easy to listen to without ever becoming easy listening. Yogi Lang has a wonderful voice which is reminiscent of Gilmour, Lake and Wetton, with plenty of gravitas and emotion. Kalle Wallner's guitars always seem to be at exactly the right place in the nix, either providing strident guitars or melodies, while at others he is linked in perfectly to allow Yogi to take the lead role either with his keyboards or vocals. There is a great deal of space contained within the arrangements, so there are passages where there are no drums, with the bass just providing gentle contra melodies.

It has been some years since I came across RPWL, and it is obvious that has been very much a musical oversight on my part as this is a delicious progressive rock album, that can happily be put on repeat and allowed to stay that way all day. There is just enough edge to get rid of the saccharine and is an album I have enjoyed playing immensely.

 Tales from Outer Space by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.77 | 172 ratings

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Tales from Outer Space
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars RPWL is a Neo-prog band that has been releasing albums since 2000. Before this time, they existed as a Pink Floyd cover band, but matured in through their performances to the point that they started writing their own songs. March of 2019 give us another studio release called 'Tales from Outer Space'. There are two original members still with the band, Yogi Lang on vocals and keyboards and Karlheinz Wallner on guitars and bass. Originally, these two band members made up the WL portion of the band name RPWL. Since then, two others have been added to the band to replace the other original members, namely Markus Jehle on keyboards and Marc Turlaux on drums. This album consists of 7 tracks (or as the album cover notes '7 Episodes Beyond Belief!'. The entire run time is just under 50 minutes.

The album begins with the first single released from the album called 'A New World'. It is a good way to introduce their style of Pink Floyd inspired music, and the guitar accompaniment to the vocals sounds very Floydian. The song itself is similar to a space rock style, with nice effects, some great synths, and nice moderate beat. The music is quite accessible and Lang's vocals are very listenable. The guitar solo towards the last half is really nice. The moderate beat and feel continues through 'Welcome to the Freak Show'.

'Light of the World' is a bit more emotional and has a lusher melody, but features the mellow guitar of Wallner that echoes so much of Pink Floyds softer sounds. The instrumental break loses the percussion and is a nice atmospheric sound. After a soft vocal section, things intensify more and tension is built in the keyboard backing. But things don't really develop past the overall moderate sound that has been apparent throughout the album thus far. The music of Pink Floyd would have developed past this consistently medium sound by this time. Because of this, the music sounds more like 'Mostly Autumn' than it does 'Pink Floyd', just another band trying to capture the mellow side of another band that is actually much more dynamic than that.

The musicianship is good enough and the music is also, but it doesn't really progress past that slow and pensive sound, which was only just one aspect of Pink Floyd's music. It's okay that they wear that comparison on their sleeves, but wouldn't it be better to explore other aspects of PF's music than just playing one style, or at least making their own style. Anyway, it's good music, but there is nothing new or special about it, it's just accessible, medium tempo music in the end, that begins to sound too much alike from one track to another. Average rating.

 Tales from Outer Space by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.77 | 172 ratings

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Tales from Outer Space
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars German band RPWL are into their third decade as an active band now, still going on strong and continuing to develop their accessible and melodic approach to the art of progressive rock. "Tales From Outer Space" is their ninth studio album, and will be released in March 2019 through German label Gentle Art of Music: A label the band set up a few years back to release their own music as well as albums by other artists.

RPWL started out as a Pink Floyd cover band, and while they have developed quite a bit over the years remnants of that sound are still a part of the music they create today. There are numerous key differences though, and for starters RPWL as of 2019 isn't as dark as far in terms of mood and atmosphere. Where the most popular varieties of Pink Floyd can be both dark and borderline oppressive, RPWL appears to favor melancholic moods for starters.

As an album experience, this latest one is a trip into seven subtly different realms. Opening cut and lead single 'A New World' arguably the most impressive of these, with effective use of darker, harder guitars with and without organ support, alternating with a delicate vocals and Mellotron arrangement.

Otherwise we have material that is borderline AOR here, not too far removed from, say, "Hold Your Fire" era Rush, slower paced majestic progressive rock in the Floydian vein; while a song like 'Not Our Place to Be' is a most suitable companion piece to 'Swords and Guns' from RPWL's previous album. The band also dips their toes into a more typical neo-progressive landscape along the way, before concluding with a vocals driven, effective and charming ballad that develops into a darker, melancholic creation with a subtle but noticeable nerve to it.

The space associations from the album title plays out in a few different manners here, and the use of cosmic sounding keyboard effects is a part of this. Not that this is anything new to the band, but perhaps given a slight heavier emphasis here and there this time around. Other than that my impression is that there are a few possible nods in the direction of both Andrew Latimer (guitar solo) and Eloy (keyboards) here and there, although if they are accidental or planned will probably remain an open question. And, of course, mix and production is impeccable throughout.

RPWL continues to develop as a band, but the changes and alterations are mainly subtle. Those who tend to favor the more accessible aspects of Gilmour-era Pink Floyd is still my impression as a key audience for this band, along with those who are existing fans of RPWL obviously. "Tales From Outer Space" isn't an album that will convert those who didn't enjoy this band previously, but if accessible, melodic and atmospheric laden progressive rock is your thing, this album is as good as any other in terms of discovering whether RPWL deliver music you need - or not.

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