Impera

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Country Sweden

Style Hard Rock

Profile Buckle up and get ready. The band you always wanted to experience actually exists. The perfect amalgamation of everything that makes rock ‘n’ roll with the punches. You wanted the best, well you’ve got it. The whole package. A guitar player who, seemingly effortlessly, delivers stunning solos and riffs of that classic, timeless grit you thought were killed off by grunge. Pounding bass that will put you through the wall. Blistering drumming that’s as solid as it is technically challenging. And on top of all that, add a vocalist that sings circles around the competition. There’s no keyboard player, no nonsense, no fuzz – just rock and roll!

The whole band consists of solid musicians who have earned their wings through hard work with an impressive number of world-class stars over the years. Their combined CV reads as a who’s who in today’s rock. In various constellations they have played with Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick from KISS, Brian Robertson from THIN LIZZY, John Levén from EUROPE and many more. Guitarist Tommy Denander alone has played with almost everyone. His track record is jaw-dropping, having made solo albums with key members of TOTO and performed on albums with Michael Jackson, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Ricky Martin and Celine Dion. He recently toured Japan and Europe with Joe Lynn Turner of RAINBOW/MALMSTEEN fame, Toto’s Bobby Kimball and Chicago’s Bill Champlin. He is considered one of the world’s best session players and has contributed his axe work on an unsurpassed 2000+ albums. He is honored with his own signature VGS guitar which features the innovative Evertune bridge system and True Temperament frets.

Keeping the bass at a level where earthquake sensors go haywire, Mats Vassfjord is no stranger to bands, having toured with Scaar, and Grand Design and Laney’s Legion. Alfonzetti has been a sought-after voice for years with domestic success with Bam Bam Boys, Road To Ruin and Skintrade, as well as international stints with Red White & Blues, Scott Gorham from Thin Lizzy and british band Jagged Edge with whom he shared stages with the likes of Lita Ford, David Lee Roth, Vixen and Dan Reed. He has also taken time to record solo albums.

J.K. Impera himself can brag about having played with a number of KISS members, Graham Bonnet, John Corabi, to mention a few. The name is Latin for “ruler”, and IMPERA rules for sure. The members share a vision: to be the greatest band in the world. No easy task, but they only have to look at their common childhood heroes – KISS – to realise that it is feasible.

IMPERA’s style lies firmly on a classic hard rock ground with a dose of strong melodies collected from the AOR-world. All packed in a warm and punchy production by Lars Chriss of LION’S SHARE fame.

Swedish hard rockers IMPERA will release their sophomore studio album, “Pieces Of Eden”, on October 18 via Escape Music. The album was produced by Johan “Impera” Kihlberg and was mixed by Lars Chriss (LION’S SHARE), who also plays guest guitar on the song “Goodbye” a cover of the track that originally appeared on Paul Stanley’s (KISS) 1978 album. “Goodbye” features an additional guest appearance by Bob Kulick, who was also the guitarist on the song’s original version.

Pieces Of Eden is Impera’s second release, which follows on from 2012’s superb Legacy Of Life, and again features the talents of vocalist Matti Alfonzetti (Jagged Edge / Skintrade / Scott Gorham / Road To Ruin / Red White & Blues), guitarist Tommy Denander (Toto / Michael Jackson / Alice Cooper / Paul Stanley) and bassist Mats Vassfjord (John Corabi / Vinnie Vincent / Scaar / Grand Design). The result of this supergroup is a real treat for fans of heavy rock.

Impera keeps on rockin’! Their third effort titled “Empire of Sin” released in 2015. Tommy Denander’s guitar playing just keeps getting better. I’ve always been a fan of bluesy-metal riffs and Tommy absolutely brings it…again. Matti Alfonzetti’s vocals are consistently incredible, and J.K. Impera and Mats Vassfjord provide a stellar rhythm section. The entire album is well-mixed and a definite rocker.

IMPERA_LOL The cover to "Impera - Pieces Of Eden" IMPERA_EOS

– Legacy of Life [2012]
– Pieces Of Eden [2013]
– Empire Of Sin [2015]

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