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GHOST's 'Impera' Tops Charts In Germany And Sweden

"Impera", the fifth album from Swedish occult rockers GHOST, has registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe, according to the band's record label, Loma Vista Recordings: * Germany: #1 (the band's highest-ever position in Germany) * Sweden: #1 * U.

K.: #2 (the band's highest-ever position in the UK)
* Netherlands: #2 (the band's highest-ever position in Netherlands)
* Belgium: #2 (the band's highest-ever position in Belgium)
* Norway: #2
* Australia: #3 (the band's highest-ever position in Australia)
* France: #5 (the band's highest-ever position in France)
* Ireland: #5 (the band's highest-ever position in Ireland)
* Italy: #20 (the band's highest-ever position in Italy)

"Impera" was released on March 11. The 12-song effort was produced by Klas ?hlund and mixed by Andy Wallace.

In a recent interview with El Paso Inc., GHOST mastermind Tobias Forge spoke his decision to record "Impera" with ?hlund, who also sat behind the desk for 2015's acclaimed "Meliora" effort. Asked why he chose to end his streak of working with a different producer on each new GHOST LP, Tobias said: "The thing is you need to keep moving so that you don't get stuck in friendly comfortable mode. 'Meliora', the record I made with Klas, was really good, but the recording and the production itself left a few things to be improved. When time came to record 'Impera', the writing and demoing had been done in 2020. But in early 2021, the American producer who was supposed to make the record couldn't come because of the travel restrictions, and I couldn't go to America. And because Klas is also a very scheduled person, he had a project lined up that fell through. All of a sudden, he had a few months off, and I was, like, 'That is well-timed, because I don't have a producer. Would you like to produce the record?'"

Forge worked on the follow-up to 2018's "Prequelle" with ?hlund and Swedish co-writers Salem Al Fakir and Vincent Pontare, whose credits include Madonna and Lady Gaga.

Regarding his collaboration with ?hlund, Al Fakir and Pontare, as well as OPETH's Fredrik ?kesson who was brought in to sharpen the album's guitar attack, Forge recently told St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "I found that I can work really well with someone I respect, who is always pushing for the best. They make me want to write better, to get my game up a little."

GHOST's co-headlining tour with VOLBEAT kicked off on January 25 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada and concluded 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 is fronting the act for its "Impera" album phase.

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".

Photo credit: Mikael Eriksson

congrats @thebandGHOST fans everywhere. impera is their biggest album yet. we cannot do it without you!
— Loma Vista Recordings (@LomaVistaRC) March 18, 2022