RPWL — The RPWL Live Experience
(Metal Mind MMP DVD 0187, 2009, 2CD + DVD)
by Paul Hightower, Published 2010-07-01
German band RPWL have secured a devoted following over the past 10 years and five studio albums, due to a likeable sound that blends Genesis and Pink Floyd inspired prog with a modern aesthetic similar to Porcupine Tree. This concert video captures them in Wyspianski, Poland promoting their 2008 album, The RPWL Experience. As with all Metal Mind DVDs shot at the Wyspianski, the production values are excellent, from sound to lighting to camera work. The group comports themselves well, with front man and occasional keyboard player Yogi Lang (looking like a plump Steve Hogarth) providing a charismatic, if somewhat stiff, performance. Guitarist Kalle Wallner gives the band a modern and dynamic demeanor while bassist Chris Postl has clearly been working hard on his Chris Squire moves, even down to brandishing a limited edition Rickenbacker. Keyboard player Markus Zehle and drummer Marc Tauriaux perform ably, though the cameras dwell primarily on Lang, Wallner, and Postl. Set highlights include the excellent “Start the Fire,” the humorous and entertaining “This Is Not a Prog Song,” covers of Syd Barrett’s “Opel” and Pink Floyd’s “Biding My Time,” and the almost-a-hit “Roses.” Extras include an interview with Lang and Wallner, the complete animation for “Breathe In, Breathe Out,” and a video documenting the band on tour. Fans will certainly want to add this DVD to their collections, especially since the group appears to be indulging solo projects and it may be a while before they return to active duty.
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