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Neo-Prog • Germany


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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)

3.44 | 155 ratings
God Has Failed
2000
3.54 | 160 ratings
Trying to Kiss the Sun
2002
3.70 | 240 ratings
World Through My Eyes
2005
3.48 | 175 ratings
The RPWL Experience
2008
3.89 | 436 ratings
Beyond Man and Time
2012
3.68 | 173 ratings
Wanted
2014
3.80 | 161 ratings
Tales from Outer Space
2019

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

3.73 | 57 ratings
Start The Fire - Live
2005
4.14 | 37 ratings
The RPWL Live Experience
2009
4.28 | 38 ratings
A Show Beyond Man and Time
2013
4.28 | 37 ratings
Plays Pink Floyd
2015
4.43 | 40 ratings
RPWL plays Pink Floyd's "The Man and the Journey"
2016
4.07 | 8 ratings
Live from Outer Space
2019
4.85 | 4 ratings
God Has Failed - Live & Personal
2021

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

4.25 | 32 ratings
The RPWL Live Experience
2009
4.64 | 39 ratings
A Show Beyond Man and Time
2013
4.64 | 20 ratings
A New Dawn
2017

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

3.12 | 88 ratings
Stock
2003
4.13 | 58 ratings
The Gentle Art of Music
2010

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

3.41 | 18 ratings
9
2007
4.00 | 4 ratings
Rarities
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
A New World
2019

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 RPWL plays Pink Floyd's Live, 2016
4.43 | 40 ratings

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RPWL plays Pink Floyd's "The Man and the Journey"
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by javajeff

4 stars Pink Floyd's "lost" album The Man and the Journey is a worthy listen. It is a very spacey and psychedelic album with sound effects and less vocals. While technically it never matured into a studio album, it was played live in their early years. It is only fitting that RPWL would play it live with their interpretation. Several songs from The Man and the Journey ended up on other albums by Pink Floyd. For example, Daybreak became Grantchester Meadows while The Narrow Way is a section... both from Ummagumma. Nightmare was Cymbaline while The Beginning was Green was the Colour... both from More. Afternoon was Biding My Time and Beset by Creatures of the Deep was Careful with That Axe, Eugene... both from Relics. RPWL are fans of Pink Floyd and have a similar sound, so this was a very natural challenge for them to carry the torch. From start to finish, the album flows with stellar sound quality, excellent musicianship, and an interpretation that brings this album to life. It truly sounds like a lost album, and RPWL does it justice. Any fan of Pink Floyd should definitely listen to this version, and look into RPWL's catalog of original music as they have many excellent albums.
 God Has Failed - Live & Personal by RPWL album cover Live, 2021
4.85 | 4 ratings

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God Has Failed - Live & Personal
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars God Has Failed - Live & Personal is NOT really a live album as there is no studio audience. It acts more like a modern version of the debut studio album from 2000. It has been updated with composition changes, and a more mature band recording 20 years later. If that is not enough, Cymbaline and Fat Old Sun are excellent additions. God Has Failed - Live & Personal sounds like a long lost Pink Floyd album with just fantastic sound quality. RPWL has matured as a band, and it shows in this new release. This should not be overlooked, and anyone interested in this type of sound should enjoy this album. The musicianship is fantastic, the drums and bass pop, and the vocal performance is flawless. Yogi has never sounded better on any release, and this updated album shows how good the debut album was at the time. The improvements have created something special.
 Tales from Outer Space by RPWL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.80 | 161 ratings

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Tales from Outer Space
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars Tales From Outer Space is a fantastic album that features all the best qualities of RPWL in a new release. I am finally catching up on some albums that I meant to get to earlier, and this is a pleasant surprise for me. The musicianship is fantastic, the compositions are solid, the lyrics are catchy, and the album feels polished with stellar production value. People interested in that Floyd feel should look no further, and start here with Yogi Lang's Floyd-ish vocals. Welcome To The Freak Show has catchy lyrics, while Light Of The World may just be the best track on the album weighing in over 10 minutes long. Far Away From Home is a beautiful song, and a great way to end a fantastic album. There is no reason for Tales From Outer Space to be overlooked, and I am glad that I circled around for it. A very strong underrated release. 4.5.
 Plays Pink Floyd by RPWL album cover Live, 2015
4.28 | 37 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 | 8 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
3.80 | 161 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
3.80 | 161 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
3.80 | 161 ratings

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Tales from Outer Space
RPWL Neo-Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

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
3.80 | 161 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.

 A New Dawn by RPWL album cover DVD/Video, 2017
4.64 | 20 ratings

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A New Dawn
RPWL Neo-Prog

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

4 stars This new DVD has been done on a bigger stage with more actors and theatrical features than any DVD's the band has made in the past. The band has stretched further the production with some narration between a lot of songs that you can watch in German or English. The audio options are generous including a Dolby atmospheric that I should try later, but the surround sound is simply awesome. The concept of the show is about the human liberation of any religions and dogmas into a new world, which explains the title "A New Dawn".

The set list is taken mostly from their latest output "Wanted". The music of RPWL is still close to Pink Floyd mostly in the singing style of the choir and the Gilmour style of singing from Yogi Lang. But I really think that their music is more enjoyable when they get away from the Pink Floyd influence and stick to their own heavy symphonic sound. Not all the songs are excellent especially in the second part of the show. I recommended the video of that show instead of the audio, because of the surround sound and the visuals.

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