German art/prog rock band RPWL returns in September with a brand new release. Their new live DVD features a special show recorded earlier this year at Wyspiański Theater in Katowice, Poland, which was also the last complete performance of their most recent album “Beyond Man and Time” in Europe. The title of the album was inspired by Nietzsche’s famous words “6000 feet beyond man and time”, taken from his opus magnum “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”. The protagonist of RPWL’s story is on a journey and meets various characters, partly adapted from Zarathustra, as means towards new insight. The basic idea behind it is a so-called “revaluation of values” in terms of a new way of thinking. In this world beyond man and time 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. The multi‐media live presentation of this concept album with its stunning show elements and musical virtuosity will make for an outstanding experience! In addition to the songs from „Beyond Man and Time“, the show includes several „RPWL classics“ and some surprises in the band’s live set, one of them being “Roses” – one of the band’s most popular songs performed together with Ray Wilson (ex-Genesis, Stiltskin)!
Today RPWL reveals the title of the DVD. „A Show Beyond Man and Time” DVD will be released by Metal Mind Productions in September. Apart from the show recorded at the Theater, the DVD will include bonus materials such as an interview with band members. Full details to be announced soon.
photo by Kara Rokita
The music of this German band definitely has its own style – modern yet also drawing from the best traditions of the prog-rock genre. All in all – brilliant compositions, catchy melodies, mature and intriguing sound! The band was formed in 1997 in Freising, Germany as a Pink Floyd cover band. After three years they started creating their own music, based on their experience from their cover band era. Glorious reviews after the release of their debut album “God Has Failed“ (2000), a successful tour through half of Europe, and appearances at various festivals left no doubt – the band had become a must-hear of the progressive/symphonic rock genre. In march 2002, RPWL released a follow-up album entitled “Trying to Kiss the Sun“. With this album, the band emphatically shed off their reputation of a Pink-Floyd cover band and created a sound of their own. The band toured extensively through Germany and Europe, taking their shows to a new level with a quadraphonic sound system, which made their already huge live sound even more gigantic. Having published their album in the USA and South America, RPWL gained fans and recognition all over the world. In the next years, the band released the following studio albums: “Stock“ (2003), „World Through My Eyes“ (2005), “The RPWL Experience” (2008). „Beyond Man and Time” (2012) is their most recent album and it will make for the main part of their performance at Wyspiański Theater in Katowice.
RPWL – line-up:
Yogi Lang – vocals, keyboards
Kalle Wallner – guitar
Werner Taus- bass
Marc Turiaux – drums
Markus Jehle – keyboards
RPWL online: https://www.facebook.com/rpwl.