Swedish metal rockers Phantom are back with their first studio album Impera, available now through Loma Vista Recordings. Produced by Klas Åhlund, the disc features the latest singles from the theater troupe”Around twenty” and “call me little sun.”
“The idea was to paint a picture of an empire, warts and all, and shine a light on the kind of self-destruct mechanisms within the empire that are sort of default in there to sort of so as to reassure his ultimate demise. One way or another, they’ve always built every empire this way. It’s painfully clear to us as we speak,” Ghost frontman Tobias Forge, otherwise known as Papa Emeritus IV, told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe earlier this month.
The 12-track disc charts the rise and fall of empires and those who rule them. Ghost explores financial and spiritual messiahs in addition to celestial bodies and prophecies. Impera is the band’s first full-length album since sharing Prequelshared in 2018 and nominated for Best Rock Album at the Grammys the following year.
Forge continued, “Years ago when I had the idea that I wanted to make a record about empires, I also had the idea that I wanted to make a record about the plague. These two concepts seemed diametrically opposed to me in a way, because the plague had more of an individual, carnal, divine aspect of annihilation. Whereas the imperial dossier I was referring to in my head had more of a structural society, a mechanical annihilation. So these two concepts seemed different from each other.
After wrapping up a 26-date North American tour, Ghost is gearing up for their long-awaited debut with Jimmy Kimmel Live, scheduled for March 16. The performance should reflect the euphoric spectacle of the group’s concerts.