Swedish alt-metal stars Ghost will hold a special Impera record-release event, dubbed ‘Live From The Ministry’, this Thursday, March 10 at 2 p.m. EST on their official YouTube channel. The new album, Ghost’s fifth studio set, will arrive on March 11 via Loma Vista.
According to a press release, Impera “finds Ghost transported literally hundreds of years forward from the 14th century Europe Black Plague era” of its previous album, 2018’s Prequelle. “The result is the most ambitious and lyrically incisive entry in the Ghost canon: Over the course of Impera’s 12-song cycle, empires rise and fall, would-be messiahs ply their hype (financial and spiritual alike), prophecies are foretold as the skies fill with celestial bodies divine and man-made… All in all, the most current and topical Ghost subject matter to date is set against a hypnotic and darkly colorful melodic backdrop making Impera a listen like no other — yet unmistakably, quintessentially Ghost.”
Ghost recently completed their co-headlining tour with Volbeat. The 26-date trek kicked off on January 25 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada and ended on March 3 in Anaheim, California.
In March 2020, at final show of Ghost’s ‘Prequelle’ tour in Mexico City, Mexico, the band officially introduced Papa Emeritus IV, the new character who will front the act for its next LP phase.
Vocalist Tobias Forge performed as a “new” Papa Emeritus on each of the band’s first three LPs, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of Prequelle.
Produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace, Impera consists of the following 12 songs:
“Call Me Little Sunshine”
“Watcher In The Sky”
“Darkness At The Heart Of My Love”
“Bite Of Passage”
“Respite On The Spital Fields”.