Swedish occult rockers PHANTOM will release their fifth album, “Impera”March 11 through Loma Vista/Concorde. The leader of the group, Tobie Forgeworked on sequel 2018s “Prequel” with the producer Klas Åhlund and Swedish co-authors Salem Al-Fakir and Vincent Pontarewhose credits include Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Forge discussed the “Impera” songwriting process in a new interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He said: “When you’re writing, you just want to make a really good record, drenched in as many hooks as possible. The only problem with trying to make records for me, besides capacity, is trying to don’t repeat myself. I’m always trying to write songs that I’ve never written before. I’m always trying to add songs to our repertoire that we don’t already have and, lyrically, I Also try not to use rhymes that have been done in the past. Probably the hardest part because you kind of run out of rhymes and words and phrases and therefore you really have to hone in. Sometimes , it comes out really well and sometimes I can look back on the lyrics and I’m like “yecch”.
Asked how the collaboration with Salem and vincent play in it, Forge said: “They’re good friends of mine and we’ve written a lot together. If we set a date to work and spend a few days in the studio, we always come out with something that sounds rockin’. Usually, I come up with some ideas to work with and then we go from there. As they are very professional and they work together and also with a lot of different artists, they will always give me a bit of an outside perspective. But they have another objective in relation to to what I’m doing. Where sometimes I would dismiss an idea of mine, just because I thought it was predictable, they can turn around and say, ‘We should do this, this is how the song should be, because it looks so much like PHANTOM.’ ‘Oh okay.’ If I was alone in the room, I might not have thought that.”
PHANTOM kicked off their headlining tour with VOLBEAT on January 25 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. During his 16-song set, PHANTOM performed the recently released single “Hunter’s Moon”a blanket of METALLICit is “Enter Sandman” and launched another song from “Impera”called “Kaiserion”.
PHANTOMThe 26-date US tour co-headlining with VOLBEAT and special guests TWIN TEMPLE will end on March 3 in Anaheim, California.
In March 2020, during the final show of PHANTOMit is “Prequel” tour in Mexico City, Mexico, the band was officially introduced Papa Emeritus IVthe new character who will be at the forefront of his next phase LP.
Forge run as a “new” Dad Emeritus on each of the band’s first three albums, with each version of Dad replacing the one that preceded it. Papa Emeritus III was withdrawn in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of “Prequel”.
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