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Johan Kihlberg’s Impera – Age Of Discovery [2018]

Impera are back with their fourth studio album “Age of Discovery” marking their first release after three years under AOR Heaven. The new album is a fine selection of hard and classic rock with a great variety of vocalists. Among others you get Michael Sadler (Saga), Nigel Bailey (Three Lions, Bailey, Lifeline), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen) or Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors, Lion’s Share).

Having set very high creative standards since their formation, it should come as no surprise that the new album does not deviate from the original artistic vision behind Johan Kihlberg’s Impera. The common factors defining all compositions are inventive riffs, melodic keyboards copious amounts of guitar shred/solo and the most memorable choruses. From there onwards, “Age of Discovery” is quite a diverse album: Songs like “Fear” and “The End of the Road”, as their titles suggest, are made of the most extravagant lyrical themes one has heard in hard rock, still you will not believe how convincing and appropriate the performances are.

In terms of song-writing it seems that the band put the best of their ability in composing classic sounding riffs, infectious melodies and above all, unforgettable choruses. Parts of the compositions trace in the 80s, all supported by robust production, making “Age of Discovery” an intimidating hard rock experience. The keyboards have also taken a leading role on certain songs adding complex instrumentations and, at times, carrying the core melody of a track.

This is an album that can baffle even the most experienced hard rock fans/listeners. “Age of Discovery” proved another great addition to the “Impera” catalogue effectively reinventing the style of the band which would evolve from album to album.

Band Members
Johan Kihlberg – Drums / Keyboards
Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share)- Guitars
Mats Vassfjord (220 Volt) – Bass
Michael Sadler (Saga) – Lead & Backing Vocals on 8
Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) – Lead & Backing Vocals on 6
Mick Devine (Seven) – Lead Vocals on 3, 5, 9 – Backing Vocals on 3, 7, 9, bonus track
Nigel Bailey (Bailey) – Lead Vocals on 7, 10, bonus track – Backing Vocals on 5, 10
Nils Patrik Johansson (Lion’s Share, Astral Doors) – Lead & Backing Vocals on 2, 3
Michael J. Scott – Lead & Backing Vocals on 4
Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) – solo on 9
Kay Backlund (Lion’s Share) – Keyboards on 1, 3, 6
Anders Rybank (Coastland Ride) – Keyboards on 8

Tracks
01. Prelude (intro)
02. That ́s The Way That Life Goes,
03. Fear
04. Falling
05. The End Of The Road
06. Just A Conversation
07. The Right Stuff
08. Why Does She Care
09.I Am I
10. It ́s A Revolution

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