RPWL: Beyond Man And Time

Rock on Zarathustra.

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A decade after giving up their day jobs as a Pink Floyd covers band and launching their own career, German progsters RPWL have taken the inevitable step with a concept album.

They’ve picked a tough nut to crack; Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a dense philosophical tome but RPWL have cleverly focussed their attention on the main characters and created a series of atmospheric portraits linked by related musical themes and enigmatic lyrics that avoid getting bogged down in detail.

Much of RPWL’s style revolves around singer Yogi Lang’s understated but engaging vocals and Marc Turiaux’s purposeful drumming that propels the band towards a succession of powerful melodic choruses.

But although there are several innovative touches, the band’s default mode is still classic 70s British prog, a button they tend to push too easily.

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.