JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA are back! “Spirit Of Alchemy” (Metalville Records) will be released on April 9th and will be their hardest album yet. The new single “Nothing Will Last” impressively shows what fans can expect from this extraordinary album.
JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA is the brainchild of Stockholm born drummer Johan Kihlberg, who formed the band in 2011 after having worked in the music business for over 30 years, performing with members from legendary acts such as KISS, THIN LIZZY, EUROPE, RAINBOW and MÖTLEY CRUE.
Every album leading up to Spirit of Alchemy has been unique in the how Kihlberg has invited his noted friends from the international rock and metal community to add their magic to the songs. This time, the stellar musicianship comes courtesy of no less than bassist John Levén (who has been with Swedish hard rock titans EUROPE since its formation) and renowned drummer Snowy Shaw (who has a history with KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE and SABATON). The soaring vocals are brought to you by power house Jonny Lindkvist of NOCTURNAL RITES, while the stellar guitar wizardry once again is handled by Lars Chriss from LION’S SHARE.
Spirit of Alchemy is an album full of focus and determination. The metal riffing in songs like the up-tempo rocker “All About You” and the guitar picking that starts off the haunting “When Souls Collide” manage to sound both classic and futuristic at the same time. Even though JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA’s new effort is rooted in the harder realms of rock, Kihlberg’s lifelong passion for atmospheric movie soundtracks once again shines through in the epic finale that is “Battle”.
Spirit of Alchemy is sure to please both older and newer fans and push JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA’s career to the next level. (Text: Carl Linnaeus).
1- Nothing Will Last
2- Read It And Weep
3- All About You
4- When Souls Collide
5- In Heaven
6- What Will Be Will Be
7- Lost Your Life To Rock’n’Roll
Johan Kihlberg– mastermind
Lars Chriss (LION’S SHARE) – guitars
Jonny Lindkvist (NOCTURNAL RITES) – vocals
John Levén (EUROPE) – bass
Snowy Shaw (ex- SABATON, KING DIAMOND) – drums
Kay Backlund (LION’S SHARE) – keyboards
Mats Vassfjord (220 VOLT) – bass on “Lost Your Life To Rock ‘n’ Roll”
Pontus Egberg (KING DIAMOND) – bass on “In Heaven”