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Released when several members of Europe were still teens, 1983’s eponymous Europe came out on the Swedish independent label Hot. Though the band would soon go on to write massive pop metal hits, these early tunes are more aggressive. Like a lot of young hard rock bands, Europe were heavily influenced by Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, but “In the Future to Come,” “Seven Doors Hotel,” and “Boyazont” are good enough to stand out from hundreds of likeminded imitators. Even at this stage, the band boasted an excellent frontman in Joey Tempest, who could embody the heroic life force of “Farewell,” “Children of This Time,” and “Words of Wisdom.” Like a lot of their peers, Europe were over-the-top, but they were also scrappy—and that’s what makes this a winning debut. They acted as though they could conquer the world, and they displayed enough energy and ingenuity to make you believe they could do it.

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally a progressive rock group, Europe didn't achieve success until they reworked their sound into bombastic yet melodic pop-metal. In their first incarnation, the Swedish band was called Force. The band — featuring core members Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitar), Tony Reno (drums), and John Leven (bass) — won a national talent contest in the early '80s, which led to a record contract. After changing their name to Europe and releasing two albums in Sweden (Europe and Wings...
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