Review: IMPERA – Weightless

The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Impera‘s inaugural album.

A veritable cornucopia of double picking and double-kick drumming, Weightless provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal’s faith is maintained, effectively bridging the ’90s insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school’s determined focus on riff construction. Both kick and snare beats are as insistent as pneumatic drilling, and beyond that, they are diamond-precise, riveted flawlessly into place.

Impera - Weightless

Impera plays a brand of groove metal with influences ranging from the already mentioned Texan group to Sepultura to Meshuggah and Arch Enemy. What elevates this Lisbon quintet’s assault above the majority of modern metal is the attention given to constructing definite melody and complete songs; this is a creative act who generally is subordinated by most metallers to the pursuit of heaviness.

Impera does both tastefully in the proper balance. Get the album from Bandcamp here.