What You Need To Know - March 11, 2022

Ghost’s Impera: What You Need To Know
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Ghost’s Impera: What You Need To Know

As the high priests of doom metal return with their fifth full-length offering this week, we take a look at their new album Impera, which sees Ghost leaning into the power ballads and turning up the gloss.

Impera is available in stores from Friday March 11, here’s all you need to know about the latest instalment in Ghost’s weird and wonderful discography…

A little background…

If you’ve been following the Ghost saga so far then you’ll probably be aware that Cardinal Copia, announced prior to 2018’s Prequelle as the band’s new leader, has now ‘ascended’ to become Papa Emeritus IV, an event that occurred in front of fans in Mexico City at the final show on their most recent tour.

Word of the new album arrived in January this year alongside the single ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’, with a statement explaining that the album would be themed on the “rise and fall of empires” and feature a story taking place several hundred years after the 14th century, plague-ridden setting of its predecessor.


Who’s producing it?

After working with Tom Dalgetty on their last outing, Ghost have reverted to working with their Swedish compatriot Klas Åhlund, who previously worked with the band on their 2015 album Meliora.

Any special guests?

Nope. Just Papa Emeritus and the Nameless Ghouls all the way here.


What does it sound like?

All the usual theatrics are present and correct –duelling guitars, gothic choirs and doom-laden lyrics – but Impera also has its more mellow moments among the way; if you’ve ever wondered what a doom metal power ballad might sound like the ‘Darkness at the Heart of My Love’ might be your answer, while some of the album’s short interludes such as ‘Dominion’ and ‘Bite of Passage’ throw an atmospheric, orchestral twist into the mix.

Where th elabum reall excels though is the riff-driven, melodic numbers like ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’, ‘Griftwood’ and ‘Hunter’s Moon’, the latter almost tipping full tilt into pop-punk territory.


Does it deliver?

Few in the field of metal have embraced the level of theatrics that Ghost have made their stock in trade, but it makes for one of the metal scene’s most entertaning spectacles and one of the genre’s most exciting live acts. The new album continues a gradual shift towards a glossier, slightly more melodic brand of metal than we’re used to, but it’s still thoroughly enjoyable and its highlights are among some of the band’s best moments to date.


Impera is available in hmv stores now - you can also find it here in our online store.

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