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Johan Kihlberg's Impera: Age of Discovery

Impera's drummer Johan Kihlberg is a man with an extensive phone book (do people still have those?) Just check out the list of performers on Age of Discovery: Lars Chriss (Lion's Share)- Guitars; Mats Vassfjord (220 Volt) – Bass; Michael Sadler (Saga) – Lead & Backing Vocals 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) and there are many more slightly lesser known names as well. Given that I gave 2012's Legacy of Life a mostly positive review while SoT quite enjoyed Pieces of Eden (2013) I was intrigued to check out Age of Discovery.

I have to say that Age of Discovery is somewhat of an improvement on the previous efforts from the band (even though I'm giving it the same rating) especially in the middle of the album where they hit a melodic metal seam of quality. "Just A Conversation" with its Simple Minds-type opening is the best song on the album by some distance, it is a succinct, pithy tune which is memorable for days afterwards whilst "The Right Stuff" is definitely made of the right…you fill in the blanks. Nils Patrik Johansson brings real authority to the real opening song "That's The Way That Life Goes" and overall the album has more hooks than JM Barrie's imagination.

Track Listing:
1. Prelude (Intro)
2. That's The Way That Life Goes
3. Fear
4. Falling
5. The End Of The Road
6. Just A Conversation
7. The Right Stuff
8. Why Does She Care
9. I Am I
10. It's A Revolution

Added: March 7th 2018
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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