RPWL

(GERMANY)

CRIME SCENE

(2023)
LABEL:

GENTLE ART OF MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Neo
"Nearly a quarter of a century after its debut under this acronym, RPWL continues to make its way with a "Crime Scene", certainly without risk but full of melodies and unstoppable instrumental developments."
TONYB (24.03.2023)  
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After having successfully explored the interstellar space that surrounds us during his previous production, RPWL takes us to the borders of madness and to the deepest darkness of the human soul by putting in music some of the most sordid criminals in "Crime Scene", his 9th studio album.

45 minutes, such is from now on (or again) the standard of the discographic productions in order to stick to the vinyl revival. If this has the merit of concision, we have to admit that such a theme would have deserved a little more development. Nevertheless, this does not prevent the German quartet from alternating as usual vocal and instrumental parts, starting with a first track of 8 minutes which opens in a very classical way with a magnificent chorus dominated by the guitar, followed by a strange vocalized beginning, before finding again classical RPWL: varied themes, mid-tempo rhythmic, Yogi Lang's soft voice, floydian guitar and muffled keyboards with a rise in power on the choruses, the whole evoking yet a serial killer! The nostalgic ones will also find there a small guitar interlude in "Violet District" mode in the middle of track.

After this beginning, RPWL continues to offer tracks without any risk taking, with this melodic sense always so affirmed, interventions always so luminous coming out of Kalle Wallner's guitar, the traditional Moog solo of Yogi Lang ('King of the World'), but also and above all a magnificent rhythmic section which, although mixed in the background, assures a strong base to the different tracks.

Nevertheless, some (light) surprises come to support the subject of the group. It is in particular the case on 'King of the World', piece which begins with a long introduction to the bass accompanied by jazzy sonorities, the developed line becoming a recurring theme of this long track, taken again a little later in a different tonality by the guitar. Here again, the magnificent work of Marc Turiaux behind his drums must be underlined. Also, in spite of the very dark subject, several luminous melodies come to counterbalance the darkness of the central theme of the album (introduction of 'A Cold Spring Day '22' or the chorus of 'Another Life Beyond Control').

Nearly a quarter of a century after its debut under this acronym, RPWL continues to make its way with a very good "Crime Scene". Some will be disappointed by a total lack of risk-taking or evolution. The others will only be able to underline once again the quality of composition and interpretation of an accessible and emotion generating album thanks to melodies and unstoppable instrumental developments.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Victim Of Desire
02. Red Rose
03. A Cold Spring Day In '22
04. Where The Wild Roses Grow
05. King Of The World
06. Another Life Beyond Control

LINEUP:
Karlheinz Wallner: Guitares
Marc Turiaux: Batterie
Markus Grützner: Basse
Yogi Lang: Chant / Claviers
   
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