Power Play Magazine – Review

POWER PLAY MAGAZINE Impera – Legacy Of Life It’s becoming an increasingly rare event for something to impress me straight out of the box these days, but after just one listen to ‘Legacy Of Life’ the debut from Sweden’s Impera (not to be confused with similarly named Dutch gothic metaller’s Imperia) I found myself reaching for the replay button with an unseemly haste usually reserved for guaranteed crowd pleasers like Magnum! A four piece put together by drummer JK Impera about three years ago, there are a couple of names that will no doubt heighten anticipation levels before you’ve even heard a note – the first is journeyman guitarist Tommy Denander, the second is equally well travelled vocalist Matti Alfonzetti. I understand that vocal duties were originally gonna be handled by one time The Scream / Motley Crue man John Corabi until scheduling conflicts proved too much of an obstacle, but Alfonzetti has certainly made this his own. Co-writing most of the songs with Denander and co-producer Johan Kohlberg (the other co-producer and the guy responsible for a stellar mix is Lion’s Share man Lars Criss), between them they’ve given Impera a dynamic, classic hard rock feel yet overlaid it with melodies that wouldn’t feel out of place in any top notch AOR acts repertoire. In some respects it reminds me of Denander’s Prisoner project mixed in with touches of Giant, Whitesnake and Burning Rain and then finished off with a Journeyesque flourish. As I said earlier, it’s Alfonzetti’s bluesy vocal roar that commands the emotional high ground from the first notes of simmering opener ‘’Turn My Heart To...

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Album Preview – IMPERA “Legacy Of Life”

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! To twist things around even further, the band is the brainchild of drummer J.K Impera who acts as the commander in chief in this state of rock....