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RPWL is a German progressive rock band. Their music is distributed by Inside Out Music.
The band was formed in 1997 in Freising, Germany as a Pink Floyd cover band. The band’s name is a combination of the first letters of the original four members’ last names: Phil Paul Rissettio, Chris Postl, Karlheinz Wallner, and Yogi Lang.
After three years they began to make their own music based on their influences from their cover band era. Their debut album, God Has Failed, was met with international enthusiasm, praise and excellent reviews in all the major progressive rock music magazines.
2002 brought Trying To Kiss The Sun which saw the band developing more their own sound and not relying so heavily on their influences. Their third studio album, Stock, was released in 2003. It was formed of the tracks that didn't make it onto their previous two albums, plus a cover of Syd Barrett's Opel, which the band used at shows as a soundcheck.
In 2005, they released their fourth studio album, World Through My Eyes. This was received well by fans, and off it came their first single, "Roses". This tune also featured the ex-Genesis and Stiltskin singer Ray Wilson on lead vocals. The special edition of the album was also mixed by Lang in 5.1 and was released as an SACD hybrid disc.
Later that year, the band released their first 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, "Not About Us". Wilson recorded this song with Genesis in 1997 for their Calling All Stations album. This was a way for the band to pay tribute to Genesis, the other main band that had influenced them greatly apart from Pink Floyd.
On September 9, 2007, an album called 9 was released. 9 is a compilation including five previously unreleased live songs and four brand new solo songs by Yogi Lang, Chris Postl, Manni Müller, and Kalle Wallner. The studio tracks are representative of the different influences within the band. 9 was released in a limited edition of 999 CDs and was only available from their website.
In February 2008, they released an album called The RPWL Experience.
- Turn Back The Clock
- Breath In, Breath Out
- Scared And Alone
- Watch Myself
- Choose What You Want To Look At
- Where Can I Go
- Masters Of War
- Reach The Sun
- This Is Not A Prog Song