Returning to mess with both our minds and ears is Germany's RPWL with another concept album called Wanted. It's a rather duanting and laborious idea: something to do with Plato and a medicinal formula to give man absolute freedom and the band prepping to distribute as some homeopathic medicine with the network of relgions and sects hot on their tails to stop them and therefore the band is 'wanted.' Whew. That was a long sentence.
They band communicates their concept via their neo-Floydish progressive rock, notable in the sound of Yogi Lang's vocals, Kalle Wallner's guitars, and Markus Jehle's keyboards. Indeed, the song Disbelief sounds like something that could have been on Animals, or even The Wall. After all they did start out as a Pink Floyd cover band.
Often it's hard to outgrow your influences, but RPWL doesn't necessarily imitate that iconic band as massage and manipulate it's elements and nuances to their own end. A Misguided Thought leans more to the former representation, while Swords and Guns proves RPWL's crafty evolution. Perhaps a better example of massaging classic progressive rock roots is Perfect Day where, excepting Lang's voice, steers it's own path from Floydish signposts. Conversely, The Attack, a rather quiet and subtle number considering it's name, finds Wallner aping Gilmour more than a little bit in his brief solo, and again in A New Dawn. But, yeah, that's okay as that's some sweet way to play guitar. With the concept uniquely enigmatic and perplexing and the music emulating the contours of classic melodic prog, RPWL's Wanted will satisfy fans of the band and that iconic genre.
With the concept uniquely enigmatic and perplexing and the music emulating the contours of classic melodic prog, RPWL's Wanted will satisfy fans of the band and that iconic genre.
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