Impera “Legacy of Life” Review
A super group consisting a of mix of Melodic Hard Rockers, Classic Rock licks? Okay I’ll bite on this one. Impera’s debut album “Legacy of Life” is another super charged record filled with enough anthems and hooks on first listen to leave an impact. The band is the birth of a project led by J.K Impera adding special vocals by one of today’s most promising Melodic rockers around in Sweden’s Matti Alfonzetti, and bringing the multifaceted skills of Tommy Denander to the forefront. The line up is enticing and so is the music featured here as influences bring shades of Joe Lynn Turner solo records but with added punch lines and edgier guitar tones and rhythms, good stuff indeed.
I have to be honest and positively lead praises of vocalist Matti Alfonzetti, if you haven’t checked him out yet, you are clearly missing out as this man is one of today’s most gifted talents and one who’s career in the scene should begin to take off. Impera offers the listener a double whammy of classic rock ridden filled hooks with all musicians lending a straight and narrow performance. The record kicks things into high gear with the lead track “Turn My Heart To Stone” a blunt chorus leads this tune into a guilty pleasure of melodic proportions.The ball keeps rolling in the same style with “Shoot Me Down” and “Sunset Rider”, plenty of guitar antics alongside Matti’s excellent pipes stamp down a scorching groove. A little Whitesnake inspired wails hint with the next top tune in “Tell Me”.
Although for some the music may seem redundant because the style and tempo remains true to the earlier songs from opening march, for a Hard Rock fan who enjoys plenty of hooks with tight chops there should be nothing here that is a let down. These guys involved in this project are all pros and their experience should shock no one, hence the quality of the songs on record. JK Impera does a bang up on drums as well as putting this group together and apart from his oddball make up in the press photos or onstage; the music is pretty damn solid too. As with everything the genre of Melodic Hard Rock and it’s releases always find an audience and if you’re in that mold don’t limit yourself and check these guys when the album comes out via Escape Music in October.
Ratings Denys 8/10
Written by Denys