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Ritual, RPWL, Herringthorpe LC, Rotherham, 22nd November 2003

A case of Sweden and Germany playing in England on the same evening, made a pleasant change to hear two non-British bands on the same night.  On-stage first was the impressive RPWL from Germany, whose sound is like a Pink Floyd crossed with Radiohead in many places.  Frontman Yogi just held the mic with both hands on the stand and let the soothing vocals out.

Ritual were support to RPWL on their last tour in Europe, so they returned their thanks in giving the support gig to German lads this time around.  RPWL have three albums under their belts so far, and a cover version of Steve Hillage's Sea Nature in their set rounded off a great performance, and a band to watch in the future.  They had a video screen behind them on stage, and throughout the set projected many images onto the backdrop.

Making their fifth visit to Rotherham, Ritual again proved what a great band they are.  The fairly large crowd knew what they were in for as they took to the stage.  Starting off with a little ‘ritual’ chant, they went straight into What Are You Waiting For from the latest album Think Like A MountainTyphoons Decide from the debut offering followed next, and the crowd were already taken in by the sheer power of the music.

An acoustic set was presented in many instruments, and the unique key harp played by drummer Johan Nordgren put an enjoyable edge on the songs. A Little More Like Me was part of a chunk from the debut album Ritual and this was soon followed by Dinosaur Spaceship, from the Superb Birth album, in full electric band mode.

Do You Wanna See The Sun got the crowd joining in singing back to the impressive frontman and singer Patrik Lundstrom, and the encores followed with the pub sing a long song Seasong For The Moomin Papa, a clever little ditty and I would say hard to perform with so many changes, but Ritual are a class act, and they should be a well known band on everyone’s lips in the rock circus.

Ending the night was Big Black Secret, and the two-hour plus set was over.  A very entertaining evening, two class bands from overseas, what more could we ask for?

Danny Mayo




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