Power of Metal.dk Review

Pieces of Eden
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 18 October, 2013
Playing time: 41:21

Matti Alfonsetti, Tommy Denander, J.K Impera and Mats Vassfjord in Impera is back with their follow-up album to the stunning debut 'Legacy of Life' from 2012.

I had the opportunity to see this experienced constellation play their very first live-gig together and it all happened at the new hard rock festival in Upplands Väsby this year. It was sparsely with people in the audience, but I was very pleased with Impera's tracklist. Which joy to see these talented guys perform live. With 'Pieces of Eden' they have expanded tracklist with ten brand new tracks that are well on par with the quality level of their debut album.

My first impression is that the tempo has been slowed down a bit since last time and that Tommy's unique guitar playing has gained even more space. Vibes of Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, Kiss, and others are palpable. Additionally Matti sings so fantastic and clean on this album that it's strange that he has not received more recognition or is better known than he is. Anyway, they have made their debut album and with the difficult follow-up album they have shown that this is a new music project (super group) that is here to stay. That is what I hope for anyhow.

The members are no young crazy bastards that need to prove to anyone that they possess musicality in world class! JK on drums is the rhythmic captain of the Impera-battleship. Tommy's guitar playing is always a joy to ride along with and Mats Vassfjord is a very solid bass player. We have been served a musical dinner with a bunch of fabulous hard rock tunes with 'Pieces of Eden'.

If you enjoyed 'Legacy of Life' you might find this disc worth the money also. A given purchase for the fans of the melodic hard rock!.

01. Beast Within
These Chains
All Alone
Smalltown Blues
Since You've Been Gone
Easy Come
You and I
This Is War
Fire and the Flame
Label: Escape Music
Distribution: Sound Pollution
Artwork rating: 93/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 12 October, 2013
Website: www.impera.org