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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."

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  • Arpegia's Prog Day on 18 Apr 2014
  • RPWL w OK Andaluzja on 24 Apr 2014
  • RPWL + The White Kites + XpressivE + more at Progresja Music Zone, Warszawa on 25 Apr 2014
  • RPWL on 26 Apr 2014
  • RPWL at Klub Kuznia, ul. Gdanska 67, Bydgoszcz on 27 Apr 2014
  • Freising Indoor Festival on 29 May 2014
  • Burg Herzberg Festival 2014 on 31 Jul 2014

RPWL discography


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

3.39 | 87 ratings
God Has Failed
2000
3.49 | 98 ratings
Trying to Kiss the Sun
2002
3.64 | 160 ratings
World Through My Eyes
2005
3.45 | 121 ratings
The RPWL Experience
2008
3.96 | 335 ratings
Beyond Man And Time
2012
3.66 | 53 ratings
Wanted
2014

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

3.66 | 36 ratings
Start The Fire Live
2005
4.24 | 17 ratings
The RPWL Live Experience
2009
4.46 | 13 ratings
A Show Beyond Man And Time
2013

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

4.43 | 18 ratings
The RPWL Live Experience
2009
4.85 | 15 ratings
A Show Beyond Man And Time
2013

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

3.09 | 63 ratings
Stock
2003
4.10 | 38 ratings
The Gentle Art Of Music
2010

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

3.31 | 13 ratings
9
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
Rarities
2010

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 Wanted by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.66 | 53 ratings

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Wanted
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars The grubby mug-shot cover is almost a deliberate contrast with pretentiousness of Beyond Man and Time. But how is it musically? Well, its still an accessible mix of heavy prog and Pink Floyd and U2 influenced pop-prog. There's an attempt to make it sound modern by adding a dash of electronica. Lyrically it's angry, but musically rarely so.

It's more of a summing-up of the band's strengths kind of album rather than a leap forward. But if you think you could weasel out of listening the entire catalogue by getting just this, I'd still recommend listening the back catalogue. Because for all their good ear for melody, there's no song here that would stand out, like Silenced on RPWL Experience, for example, or the entire Beyond Man and Time.

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RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
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5 stars Never judge a book by its cover, they say! Funny dat, as the golden prog-rock era of the 70s was all about Hipgnosis, Storm Thorgerson and Roger Dean artwork, seducing the unsuspecting vinyl purchaser to fork out the dollars and take a risk on some Topographic Tale, venture out to the prism of the lunar Dark Side, hoping the music would rate as high as the arty gatefold cover. German prog stalwarts RPWL keep progressing beyond their initial Floydian roots and as tasty and grandiose as their previous epic release, Beyond Man and Time was, this new chapter showcases a radical departure in terms of sound as well as the gory artwork they have chosen for "Wanted", a dead or alive poster for the general public to be aware of and report any sightings to the local authorities. 5 unshaven mugs of slightly deranged, hung over and perverted German musicians, as if they were Baader Meinhof remnants that Interpol has forgotten to arrest! These prog convicts have dropped any hint of playing it safe, by simply tackling their craft with a new found urgency, raising the theme of" is modern man, being the evolutionary creature that he is, ready for absolute freedom " , incorporating modern beats into a harder edged sound, especially evident in guitarist Kalle Wallner's carnal tones blending with a vast arsenal of spirited synthesized sounds that trickle into the experimental areas that purely define their progressive roots, forging an altogether more virile direction. RPWL are now prog terrorists wanted by the thought police for crimes of opinion. To quote their website " These Bavarians have established a back story full of fantasy. In it RPWL and their friends aim at granting the world access to the product of the secret formula ? disguised as a homeopathic drug against mental fatigue that goes by the name of "Veritas Forte." Considering the true intention of the operation the fact that the wrath of the churches of the world religions is unleashed at the band rather sooner than later is understood. And so, consequently, they are forced to go underground. That, however, is where RPWL continues to organize ultimate liberation from all oppression through the machineries of illusion run by religions and sects. RPWL are Wanted."

The first few seconds drop vivid flares as to how this music is going to dazzle the listener. "Revelation" is proof that is not going to be a prog-lite affair (sorry, mate to disagree with you ) , dealing with complex subject matter that will not endear the zealot believers out there, risking disdain or worse, excommunication or fatwa! Religion the opium of the masses, the spiritual pillow that disguises social control. Also the easiest sales pitch ever, induce fear of the all mighty and you will cower! Funny but Mommy Nature is almighty and yet a benevolent reality, with no corporate head office, no company logo and shareholders waiting to cash in on their options! RPWL shoulder a heavy cross (pun) to bear, daring to challenge the supreme ayatollahs, popes and other such powerful lobbies that lead us seemingly to a nowhere land of broken promises and misguided ideals. On the militaristic and smarmy "Swords and Guns", the mood becomes tragic, grey and stubborn , with buzzing revolutionary guitars and binary drum onslaught, left/right insanity and reptilian bass revulsion. Cartesian, square and steamrolling, the march goes forward inexorably towards some kind of sonic apotheosis. The sound is raw, intense and brash, as unkempt and frazzled as the cover art wanted ad, big bustling bass flushed forward, marshaling drums and gritty guitar, while the extended Manfred Mann-inspired synthesizer solo continues to sprinkle its spiraling genius, deep into the interstellar night. The boys have opted to forge a rockier edge which, I must state, is a brilliant move.

"A Clear Cut Line" is a fine yet brief sonic instance, highly reminiscent in its utter simplicity (tchak-tchak beat, windy effects, whoosh and undeniable charm), guileless notes smartly engendered, winking at the vaunted Berlin and Dusseldorf schools of electronic music. The tracks flow nicely, mostly upbeat and slightly more aggressive that previous RPWL fare, yet their ability to carve titanic anthems is still quite apparent as on the title track , a clearly accessible sing-along sizzler, with Wallner, drummer Turiaux, bassist Taus and ivoryman Jehle kicking hard at their instruments. Hunted, haunted and wanted, this is a RPWL classic!

Childhood memories of playing in the park, content and carefree appear on the hypnotic "Hide & Seek" , a playful clash of contrasts between na´vetÚ and harshest reality. Jehle's furious organ solo slashes through dense wickets of organised sound, very rock and very cool, showing off some profound 'purple' influences and crowned by Yogi Lang's conclusive vocal. Acoustic guitar shows us the exit! Bravo!

Hey, you wanna hear some heavy guitar riffs? Like Foghat, Trapeze or Blue Oyster Cult? Kein problem! Never have the lads played so 'schwer', at times quirky as Lang even dares some "Austrian rock singer Falco" ?like lines before delving into softer pools of meditative singing before plunging back into the depth-charged rifferama , with a wah-wah drenched guitar solo that will knock your wurst! "Disbelief" is exactly that, unbelievable and ballsy!

"Misguided Thought" is a well-earned pleasure ride, a soft ballad that shows their true colors, obviously Meddle-ed to the fullest, a joyful exercise in gentle serenading , Yogi's sexy voice crooning delightfully 'truth is just a breath away" . As far as anti-religious rants go, this is a daring display of polite critique, the words harsh and the mood airy, prophetic and thoroughly enchanting, palpitating and exalted by a soaring guitar explosion.

The urban and bouncy buzz-saw that is "Perfect Day" should initiate an immediate smile on any listener's face, lush with energetic sizzle and electro-pulse. Cinemascope and hopeful, the message is not all gloom and doom, eternal damnation and the need to humbly kneel at the altar. Evolution and revolution that is the solution, "a perfect day with nothing more between us". How refreshing, a band with a powerful worded and musically supported message, just like in the hippie days. Groovy, baby!

The beastly , virulent and almost Zeppelin-esque rumble of "The Attack" makes you aware right away that this is not a wimpy affair, sugar-coated prog-pop with little or no substance. It's a muscular, jugular 11 minute assault on the senses, confronted with misty illusions of past tenets and the desperate pain caused by human folly. The mid-section becomes adventurous and floating, like some inflatable doll in a residential swimming pool (Hello, Roxy!), gaudy imagery and all. Wallner pulls on his axe with trepidation and flair, taking the arrangement into depths that defy logic, as the instrumentalists forge new sounds and textures. Amazing track, once again!

So what will tomorrow bring? Keine ahnung! (No idea) but " A New Dawn" is a fitting finale , with a na´ve and fragile disposition, challenging new thoughts and new realities, questioning our past virtual allegiances built on social obedience and imposed norms of conduct, control, control and silly control. Whether you agree or not is not the point, life needs constant reflection, unending questioning of what and who we really are, as individuals and sadly, as a society that still has found little answers in the art of coexistence. "Too much fear that makes us blind, I call that religious", oh my "God"!

All in all, as a fan who owns almost all their albums (Stock being the rebel misfit) , I warmly applaud RPWL's leap of faith(pun again), as I was getting antsy about their overtly glossy production , as Beyond Man and Time was such a sprawling affair (both the album and the live DVD) , wondering how they could hope to top that! They just went back to the rockiest basics and created a more organic sound, while keeping the classic elements that make them such a special band, capable of such immense creativity. I suspect that some naysayers who have written RPWL off as prog fluff will be stunningly surprised at the level of sheer blood and blatant guts displayed here.

5 DOAs

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3.66 | 53 ratings

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RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

3 stars In "Wanted" RPWL borrow a Greek-antiquity concept of the "gift of absolute freedom" and create a new philosophy on how this might apply to the modern world and especially in the context of how organised religion and being religious (in the modern sense) may hinder the individual from reaching this state of "freedom"; regardless of whether Plato had that in mind when talking about Hippocrates' methods or not, RPWL, "Wanted" by the world religion churches, go on a conceptual journey (or mission) in this album (and finally succeed) to free the world from the "blindness" and "intolerance" of religion.

"The RPWL Experience" was my first with the band, from which I remember the music hovering about a more toned-down Porcupine Tree approach, having little to do with Neo-Prog as such. Almost the same could be said musically about this release: the album's sound is closer to what we would call "Crossover Prog", with a strong resemblance to late 70's/80's Pink Floyd and especially the warm tone of David Gilmour on vocals and guitars (especially on the middle section, see 'Hide And Seek', 'Disbelief', 'Misguided Thought'). When the band decide to add some distortion, they do so by mixing a heavy-blues sound with Porcupine Tree ('Disbelief', 'The Attack') that certainly adds points in terms of variety. Disappointingly, there is a large amount of mainstream pop-prog ('Swords and Guns', 'Wanted', 'Perfect Day'), which certainly curtails the efforts for originality and innovation, revealing the "Achilles' heel" of this release.

The Hogarth-era Marillion-balladry style of numbers such as 'A New Dawn' left me initially with a general feeling of disappointment about "Wanted", but on subsequent spins the musicianship got me convinced of its credentials, with the instrumental interesting opener 'Revelation' and the dark-ish 'Hide and Seek' and 'The Attack' standing a bit above the others. The keyboard passages, when apparent, certainly give a note of innovation and variety and would certainly have liked to have more of it in this album.

A good, solid release from RPWL, but not as exciting as it promises to be, "Wanted" would appeal to fans of "lite", melodic prog.

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Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

4 stars This album is my first experience with RPWL. I had heard of them as they were once a Pink Floyd cover band that had extended into origin music, but I never explored them as such. I hobtained a Yogi Lang solo album at one point, and noted the strong resemblance to David Gilmour's music. So while I love Pink Floyd, I never ventured into RPWL, as I just expected a clone.

But clone this is not. Sure, Lang's voice has that Gilmouresque tone, as does Kalle wallner's guitar. And a few tracks do have more than a passing compositional nod to the Floyd roots. RPWL has expanded on this base, mostly into more deeply progressive waters, with very successful results.

The opener, Revelation, is a powerhouse instrumental heavy prog track. In a vague way, it reminds me of Rush, as they were incorporating electronics into their sound in the late 70s. Swords And Guns follows, with a chanted vocal track, and middle-eastern sounding scale. This is another strong track that compares favorably to Opeth's "Heritage" album. All of the other tracks are wonderful, with styles ranging from light and folky to a Deep Purple-like jam. Special mention must be made for The Attack, which climaxes the album in a multi themed, very progressive piece.

Lyrically, the main theme of the album is the tyranny of religion. As a lifelong atheist, this strikes a chord with me. While the words are definitely defiant and controversial (to some), the target does not seem to be the faith of the religious, but the misuse of the power and authority by the religious organizations. And in my not so humble opinion, they are spot on.

I have been unable to stop listening to this album over and over, and cannot wait for this long cold winter to end, so I can share it with the world from my car stereo, with the windows down.

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Review by bhikkhu
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3 stars After the name was put in my face countless times a few years back I gave RPWL a try. It left an 'okay at best' impression and faded into the reference only section of my library. I always like to give artists another chance so I enthusiastically accepted the assignment of reviewing their latest release 'Wanted.'

The techno beginning of 'Revelation' was very encouraging, especially with the entrance of the fuzz guitar and mellotron. Good prog groove all around leading to a more traditional middle and then bookending with the techno and mellotron. Not bad, not bad at all. Second song starts out interestingly with chugging guitar and bass adding a low register chant. Okay looking good' until the chorus. What happened? This cool dark rocker is suddenly invaded by radio friendly pop rock. Square peg in a round hole anyone? The extended 'jam' portion of the song does not play off what was started and only covers typical prog territory. Therein lies the problem. Just when I thought I might change my mind about RPWL, the reason I brushed them aside returns. To be fair quite a bit of 'Swords and Guns' did hold my attention, as did sections of other songs. Sadly the mundane tends to overshadow the innovative.

As often seen in other reviews of RPWL the music does contain a heavy David Gilmour influence. When complimented by their more creative elements it works very well. The unfortunate fact is most of the time these ideas fade before they are fully developed. Take for example the closer, 'A New Dawn.' Beginning in an intimate, minimalistic and decidedly non- Gilmour approach until then they swell up into the same ol' same ol' we have heard many times before by other bands. There are some areas that are satisfying and do work. 'The Attack' and the aforementioned 'Revelation' are outstanding tracks. 'The Attack' utilizes all the strengths of what they are known for and is the best song on the album. Otherwise the music is pretty generic and even at times puts me in the mind of soulless 80's rock. Not saying that's what it is but the connotation is there. Hey even some of our heroes, and most likely the band's, got absorbed into to that (Steve Hackett, Jeff Beck). I think I recall hearing something released by one of those guys back then that sounded a lot like the title track. Which by the way is surprisingly the weakest song on the album.

The preceding lines may be perceived as a slam on this talented group of musicians. To clarify, the music is not bad. The album is very listenable but lacks a distinct personality. To illustrate how subjective musical tastes are, one of my colleagues said the exact opposite in a review. He lauded RPWL for how much personality they have. I had not read his review before that word entered my mind. So like anything else it's really up to the individual to decide. 'Wanted' doesn't do enough to change my mind on the band or recommend the album very highly. If RPWL's focus had been on the things I did enjoy you would be reading an entirely different review. As it stands my music dollars would be better spent elsewhere. Who knows though, 'Wanted' could be your album of the year.

H.T. Riekels

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Review by Second Life Syndrome
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4 stars Some albums are challenging to review. RPWL's new album "Wanted" is certainly one of these. It actually sparked a discussion on my Facebook page "The PROG Mind" about the ultimate meaning of lyrics and about how a reviewer should consider them. More on that later.

RPWL have so much personality. Their music definitely leans on Pink Floyd stylistically, but I don't feel that they are derivative or a clone. Their music, while built on a specific foundation, is lively, varied, and extremely interesting. The music gets your attention so well through layers and layers of different sounds. In fact, on first listen to "Wanted", I was immediately gripped.

The band mixes a Gilmour-esque guitar structure with awesome bass lines and equally awesome keys. Kalle Wallner on guitar is magical with his excellent solos and his driving, distorted licks. Werner Taus on bass is perfect with his funky and truly inventive bass grooves. His rhythms work their way in and out of the music with wonderful results. Yogi and Markus on keys are probably my favorite, though. The keys range from awesome synth and organ to piano and electronic passages. The keys not only provide atmosphere and solos, but they are also a method of transition between sections. There are loads of sound effects present, too, that I personally like. I'm not sure what others think of sound effects in the music, but I find they create a unique and memorable experience. The rest of the band are excellent, as well. Marc Turiaux on drums may be the unsung hero here, though. His excellent rhythms and fills complete and drive the music well. Yogi on vocals has a mellow voice, delicate and rather emotional, too. His message that he is pushing is definitely felt from his heart.

The music, in a nutshell, is like Pink Floyd on steroids and with a funky pop twist. It's rather upbeat at points, dark in others, and definitely features a progression from dark to almost atmospherically light. It's as if the end of the album represents an epiphany musically. I really like the thought put into this structure and into the personal touches and subtleties that stand out throughout the album.

Lyrics are important to me, though. I can't rate an album without first understanding and considering the lyrics and their content. However, I also realize that lyrics represent their writers' thoughts and ideas, and I have respect for differing views. Again, however, as a critic, it's my job to provide information. "Wanted" is basically about the paradise and unity that would result if religion were to be eradicated. Religion is seen an illusion, and those that adhere to it as blind, intolerant sheep. Now, I'm not going to go into this, even though I could. But, I will say that the lyrics are very well written. They are challenging and written in a mature manner. I respect that. But, in my opinion, they are ultimately uninformed about history and reality.

Overall, though, this album is excellent. No, it's more than excellent. It's stunning. The musical personality on display here is top tier, as are the composition skills and execution. The band is certainly playing like a well-oiled machine, full of ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. This album is the the first must-hear of 2014.

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 World Through My Eyes  by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.64 | 160 ratings

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World Through My Eyes
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars With this album, RPWL moves further from their Pink Floydian/psychedelic roots into more mainstream rock territory. It's all highly melodic and accessible, with just the needed amount of noise and edge to keep their lightly progressive brand of adult-oriented rock from being bland. I mean, who would resist a Day on my pillow, whimsically wimpy it may be? Anyway, Sleep boasts a quasi-Indian atmosphere, Sea-nature some amusing synthesizer sea-diving effects, and Wasted Rock loudly rocks in the U2 fashion. Ballads are also catchy, if stretched out far too long. Roses is a gorgeous late 80s electro-beat tragi-romantic throwback (another era prone to stretching out) featuring vocals of Ray Wilson, who, while better singer than the pleasant Yogi Lang, sounds not too dissimilar.

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 Beyond Man And Time by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 335 ratings

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Beyond Man And Time
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

5 stars RPWL started as a Pink Floyd tribute band. They still wear this influence on their sleeves, but have since broaden the pallette to include introspective ballads, U2-type anthemic pop-rockers, Eastern motifs, progressive version of indie/ alternative rock in the vein of Radiohead or Porcupine Tree, etc. Beyond man and time is so far their best work, a concept album that could be read like a textbook on history of philosophy, one of the smartest concept in modern prog to make their Floydian fathers proud, even though it was difficult to realize into lyrics and inspired by a controversial source, the tragicomic figure of Nietzsche (Beyond man and time is a quote from his Thus Spoke Zaratushtra).

If the album's beginning make you feel it's too meek, don't despair. The "meat" is in the middle, with bombastic Ugliest man in the world, surprisingly funky The Shadow and more alternative rock-sounding The road of creation and Wise in the desert, with smart variations in pace and heaviness. If a thing annoys me it's the penchant for distorting/muffling vocals and production, which otherwise is very clear, even minimalistic at times, with ample space between instruments.

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 The RPWL Experience by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.45 | 121 ratings

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The RPWL Experience
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars I heard RPWL described once as prog-lite. While it is indeed true that they are at ease with synthesizer-lush pleasant-sounding tunes with Pink Floydian overtones (the atmospherics and both the clean and stratospheric guitar work), see Turn back the clock. But here they both mix it up with some metal and heady structures. The best example is the opener Silenced, with starts with a very cool lone guitar riff that segues into metal, then very melodic part, then a sudden screaming section that follows with similarly unexpected trance breakdown and a mesmerizing Pink Floydian solo. Stranger is another, less impressive example of the this metal-meets pleasant neo-prog approach. Also of note is the very Pink Floydisized (a la Sorrow from 1987) cover of Bob Dylan's Masters of War - talk about a creative approach to covers.

All in all, this is maybe the less known and inconsistent RPWL album, but it got some cool tunes.

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 A Show Beyond Man And Time by RPWL album cover DVD/Video, 2013
4.85 | 15 ratings

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A Show Beyond Man And Time
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by ProgShine
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5 stars RPWL, as many of you might know, was a band that started in 1997 as a Pink Floyd cover band. Their debut album God Has Failed (2000) shows it very clearly. But the band was able to shake this influence off and evolved, developing their own sound right on their second album Trying To Kiss The Sun (2002).

Last year, after a new change in their line up, they released their first studio album in 4 years called Beyond Man And Time (2012). This is also their first concept album. With their new line up: Yogi Lang (vocals), Kalle Wallner (guitars), Markus Jehle (keyboards), Werner Taus (bass) and Marc Turiaux (drums), they took their new album on tour where they were playing the record in its entirety. In February 2013 they decided to play one last concert of this show and record it to be released as a live album and DVD. A Show Beyond Man And Time (2013) was recorded in Katowice (Poland) and it was released on 25th September by Metal Mind Productions.

To be honest, Beyond Man And Time (2012) didn't catch my attention completely, I heard the album but anything didn't really click on me. But this DVD has changed my view on their music!

A Show Beyond Man And Time (2013) is a completely astonishing concert, visually and musically. RPWL has never played so well live and the video production is completely amazing.

Yogi Lang decided to take his characters of the history to the stage, so he has many outfits throughout the show. He impersonates a blind man, a scientist, a hunchback, a prophet, a fisherman and even a shadow! On top of that, Yogi's voice is on its peak, powerful, flawless and full of emotion.

On the production side, the audience had many screens on the stage and plenty of visual effects and tricks were used to enhance the story such as musicians going into shadows or Kalle Welner even lighting up the cigarette of his own image on the stage screen. Everything was brilliantly directed and lighted with a blue light most of the time (as on the cover).

Also, as a present for the audience (that packed the theater) RPWL prepared a surprise and as the last number of the night the band played 'Roses' from their album World Though My Eyes (2005) with a special guest: Ray Wilson (ex-Genesis).

As extras the DVD has an interview with member of the band Yogi Lang and Kalle Wallner, a photo gallery, Desktop images for your computer, discography details and the band's commentary track of the show!

If you couldn't catch RPWL live on this tour A Show Beyond Man And Time (2013) is, without a shadow of doubt, the closest you will be to one of the band's concerts. A brilliant production, flawless musicianship and an item that every Progger should have in their collection!

Highly recommended!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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