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Johan Kihlberg's Impera

Fri
23
Feb

JOHAN KIHLBERG'S IMPERA - "Just A Conversation" (Official Lyric Video)

 
Johan Kihlberg's Impera, releases "Just A Conversation" - featuring ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer GÖRAN EDMAN.
 
 
Sun
14
Jan

Johan Kihlberg's IMPERA Launch 'Age Of Discovery' Feb 23

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After three albums with his band IMPERA, founding drummer Johan Kihlberg decided it was time to spread his wings, and the Swede came up with the idea to record his first solo effort, Johan Kihlberg’s Impera “Age Of Discovery”.  “I felt this would give me the opportunity to spread my wings a bit and work with some other people," Johan said. "I grew up with bands like KISS, QUEEN, ABBA and THE BEATLES, who were not afraid to have a wide range of styles on their albums. I’m obviously a hard rock fan at heart, but I’m also influenced by bands like SIMPLE MINDS, KRAFTWERK, MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND, HUMAN LEAGUE and many others. I’m also a huge fan of movies and movie soundtracks."
 
The first person Johan approached was LION’S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss, who is also a renowned producer and mixer.  “Johan and I got together and started writing songs," Chriss said. "He usually had an idea of the direction and we took it from there. We also had a couple of friends coming up with basic ideas for about half of the album. We had the luxury to cherry-pick the songs we thought would add to what we already had going. For lyrics and melodies we worked closely with singer Mick Devine of the band SEVEN, whom I’ve done a couple albums with the last couple of years. My old friend and LION’S SHARE keyboardist Kay Backlund stepped up to the plate and worked with us on a couple of tracks as well."
 
Kihlberg and Chriss decided to work with several different singers on the project, while enlisting Kihlberg’s longtime friend and IMPERA bandmate Mats Vassfjord to lay down the bass tracks. "As soon as we had the songs written, we started thinking about what voice and singer that would fit each individual track the best," Kihlberg said. "Fortunately, they all agreed and did an amazing job on the album. I even managed to get one of my all-time favorite singers, Michael Sadler from SAGA, to sing a song."
 
Johan Kihlberg’s Impera “Age Of Discovery” features a wide range of musical influences while remaining a very strong, melodic and powerful album. It boasts great production work by Chriss and a stunning artwork by Carl-André Beckston.

Line-up: Johan Kihlberg - Drums/Keyboards; Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share)- Guitars; Mats Vassfjord (220 Volt) Bass; Michael Sadler (Saga) - Lead & Backing Vocalss 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
 
Produced by: Johan Kihlberg & Lars Chriss
Mixed by: Lars Chriss for www.noterious.eu
Mastered by: Mike Lind
Artwork by: Carl André Beckston
 
Thu
05
Oct

JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA, featuring SAGA singer Michael Sadler sign with Metal Heaven

Friday, February 23, 2018
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Johan Kihlberg, the founder and drummer of Swedish melodic rockers IMPERA, has signed a solo deal with Germany’s Metal Heaven. The album features several different singers including Michael Sadler (SAGA) and Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen).
 
The album was produced by Kihlberg and LION’S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss, who also mixed and play on it. Release on February 23, 2018.
 
Johan Kihlberg is also currently in the spotlight for the KISS book, "Kiss Klassified: War Stories From A Kiss Army General".
 
The story is centered around Kihlberg, who was the president of Kiss Army Sweden for ten years. The book features over 750 never-before-seen photos as well as several unpublished interviews with American rock icons KISS. Release on October 26 via Gain Production.
 
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