Interview with IMPERA

Lisbon’s groove metallers Impera are one of our recent revelations, thanks to the PR wire who supplied us with their debut album “Weightless” (reviewed here). We had an opportunity to ask the band a couple of questions about the album, their opinion on current scene, gear, and more.

Hey folks. How are you doing?

We’re good man. Thanks for having us.

You launched your debut album “Weightless” recently. How do you feel about the release?

Really good. We’ve spend a lot of time and energy to put out the album we wanted and took our time on it so we feel like the album really matured with us and are really proud about that. We’re still learning the ropes as we go along, but we’d say that things are starting to take shape for us.

How much of a challenge was to work on the album?

It was really challenging, but an experience none of us would trade for anything else. Trying to align all five of our thoughts and wishes proved to be the most difficult part. Some concessions had to be made by all of us, however we’ve grown a lot from that experience and it allowed us to make great music together. To homogenise five different opinions is no easy task, but we managed to put our personal egos aside and create something we are all proud of.

What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Portugal are you friends with?

I think it’s important to mention that almost all of us weren’t really inside the Portuguese underground metal scene. With that said, we keep making friends with bands along our journey, such as Burn Damage, with whom we have shared the stage several times. We’ve also been following the release of the EP from our friends Titan Shift, and have been making plans to play with them live.

Impera - Weightless

What is your opinion about the current progressive / groove metal scene?

That’s a very tricky question… We’ve been noticing that bands nowadays are increasingly focusing on their presentation in terms of music and performance, as well as of their visual art. It shows that this is a good time for the genre as the focus has been maintained on the message and content and not only on the songs themselves. With this said, we feel that the progressive / groove metal scene has been thriving.

Can you tell me something about your influences?

Our influences shape our music just like how they’re supposed to. A lot of things influence our creativity besides music, things like nature, history or our routines. In terms of music, there are a lot of bands that cause an impact on us and each of us has different taste in music. We listen to a lot of different genres inside the band and we believe that is what makes us create a great variety of sounds within our songs.

What are you listening to these days?

That really depends on who you ask within the band. There are some artists that remain common to all of us like Lamb of God, Gojira, Mastodon or Tool. Individually we can listen to bands like Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Deftones, Apollo Brown, Snarky Puppy, Blink 182 and even orchestral pieces from movies or classical composers.

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

We’ll each pick one so that would be: Chen – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon,  Fred – Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell, Bernardo – Tool’s 10,000 Days, Gustavo – Lamb Of God’s Resolution, Miguel – Queen’s Innuendo

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Weightless”?

Both of our guitar tracks were recorded on Fred’s Dean ML Knight with a Seymour Duncan Distortion in the bridge and a ’59 on the neck. Both guitars were also tracked through a Kemper Profiling amplifier. Our producer was a very important piece to the puzzle of what gear we chose or didn’t choose to record our album. Bass was recorded on our own Miguel’s Spear Flextool also through the same Kemper amp. Vocals were pretty straight forward with only a Shure SM7B and the drums were PDP X7 completed with Chen’s Gretsch Signature Taylor Hawkins Snare and a vast array of Zildjian cymbals from A Custom to their K models.

Impera

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

There are always plans for the future. Speaking in short term, the promotion of our album is our top priority. We want to reach people and get them to listen to it and grow our fanbase. For the long term, we really just want to continue making music and deliver it to all four corners of the world, and hopefully be able to support ourselves as well as the band.

Any words for the potential new fans?

Listen to our work, and hopefully be triggered by it. Feel our music. We don’t want our work to fall on deaf ears, to be something that can just be playing on the background. The thing we want the most is for our listener to either really want to listen to Weightless, or really not. We want to be as far away from indifference as possible.

“Weightless” is available now from Bandcamp. You can stay in touch with Impera via Facebook and Instagram.