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Johan Kihlberg’s Impera - Age of Discovery Award winner

Johan Kihlberg’s Impera
Age of Discovery
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 15 March 2018, 10:26 AM

There are times when a solo album of a known musician surprises us all in a bad way, due the extreme differences between both works. Some fans always forget that a solo album is an interior need of the musician we are talking about to express his/her’s other musical visions. But let’s be honest: IMPERA, the musical project of Swedish drummer Johan Kihlberg, shows an amazing form of music on “Age of Discovery”.

On this album, you won’t find anything different you heard before, because on the songs pulses the purest and excellent Hard Rock/AOR essence, but with a whole modern insight. It was done and recorded in a way that the songs are amazingly catchy and tasteful to our hearts. The songs sound honest and always with very good amounts of energy and accessible arrangements. So be prepared, because “Age of Discovery” will seduce you in a way that you couldn’t think of! As a project with many musicians, the first invitation was sent to the guitarist Lars Chriss, who worked along with Johan on the production of the album.And they built a strong, powerful and heavy sound quality, but with a modern and clean aesthetics that fits perfectly on the songs.

On the 10 songs of “Age of Discovery”, it’s a hard work to choose the best ones, because the choruses are charming, the instrumental parts are excellent, and the vocalists did their best. But as just a reference for you all (and to keep my editor-in-chief happy, because I can lose my head if he becomes angry), but the heavy and bitter energy of “That’s the Way That Life Goes”, the accessible rhythms and insight used on “Fear”, the charming elegance of “The End of the Road”, the fine and accessible melodies of “Just a Conversation” (very good vocals and keyboards parts), the excellent guitars and backing vocals shown on “The Right Stuff”, and the heavy weight shaped by melodic and good rhythmic work of “It’s a Revolution” are the ones you can hear on the first time. But on the second, you’ll be in love with the album.

Listen to it and buy it at any cost!

Originality: 8
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Prelude (intro)
2. That’s the Way That Life Goes
3. Fear
4. Falling
5. The End of the Road
6. Just a Conversation
7. The Right Stuff
8. Why Does She Care
9. I Am I
10. It’s a Revolution
Lineup:
Johan Kihlberg–Drums, keyboards
Lars Chriss - Guitars
Mats Vassfjord- Bass
Michael Sadler -Vocals and backing vocals on “Why Does She Care”
GöranEdman - Vocals and backing vocals on “Just a Conversation”
Mick Devine - Vocals and backing vocals on “Fear”, “The Right Stuff” and “I Am I”
Nigel Bailey - Vocals on “The End of the Road” and “It’s a Revolution”, backing vocals on “The End of the Road” and “It’s a Revolution”
Nils Patrik Johansson -Vocals and backing vocals onThat’s The Way Thatife Goes” and “Fear”.
Michael J. Scott - Vocals and backing vocals on “Falling”
Mattias IA Eklundh-Solo guitar on “I Am I”
Kay Backlund- Keyboards on “Prelude”, “Fear” and “Just a Conversation”
Anders Rybank- Keyboards on “Why Does She Care”
Record Label: AOR Heaven
     


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