In one new interview with Victor Wilt from idaho KCVI radio station, PHANTOM brain Tobie Forge he was asked if he had ever picked a song from the band’s latest album, “Impera”, which will be released as the next single from the LP. He replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Short answer: yes. I don’t know exactly… Sometimes there’s a difference between – obviously, you know it on the radio – the songs that we release as singles and those that are singles that we push with a video and all that. Right now I know what we’re hoping to do a little later in the year. Anyway, we’re doing kind of a trilogy of videos for “Call me little sun”, ‘Around twenty’ [and] “Watcher in the Sky”. And it’s sort of happening. So it could be some kind of different element; it could be a different thing that sort of comes out separately from a radio campaign, while obviously we have our eye on what we’re going to do towards the fall in terms of the song that we’re doing a video for right now and and so on .”
PHANTOMthe fifth album of, “Impera” sold 70,000 equivalent album units in the United States in its first week of release to land at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Swedish occult rock band.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the United States based on multimetric consumption measured in equivalent album units. Units include album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals 1 album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 official ad-supported audio and video streams or 1,250 paid/on-demand subscription generated songs from a album.
Of “Impera”of the 70,000 units earned for the week, album sales include 62,500, SEA units include 7,000 (equivalent to 9.11 million official on-demand streams of the songs in the set), and TEA units include 500 .
“Impera”First-week album sales exceed any other album in the 2022 tracking year so far. It also has the biggest week of sales for a rock or hard rock album since the start of FOO FIGHTERS‘ “Medicine at Midnight” in February 2021 (64,000).
“Impera” landed at the No. 1 position in Germany and Sweden, No. 2 in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Norway, No. 3 in Australia, No. 5 in France and Ireland and No. 20 in Italy.
“Impera” was released on March 11. The 12-song effort was produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace.
Forge worked on the 2018 sequel “Prequel” with Åhlund and Swedish co-authors Salem Al-Fakir and Vincent Pontarewhose credits include Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Regarding his collaboration with Åhlund, Al-Fakir and Pontareas well as OPETHit’s Fredrik Akesson who was brought in to sharpen the album’s guitar attack, Forge said recently St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I discovered that I could work very well with someone I respect, who is always looking for the best. They make me want to write better, to improve my game a little.”
PHANTOMco-headlining tour with VOLBEAT began January 25 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada and concluded March 3 in Anaheim, California.
In March 2020, during the final show of PHANTOMit’s “Prequel” tour in Mexico City, Mexico, the band was officially introduced Papa Emeritus IVthe new character who makes the headlines “Impera” album stage.
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”.
Photo credit: Mikael Eriksson
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