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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.

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Very underrated debut

It's a shame the whole world didn't know Europe before the "Final Countdown" era. Europe's first album was only known to Sweden and Japan at the time it was released (1983), and fans in those markets (and many diehard fans around the world today) know what a classic Europe's first album is. "Seven Doors Hotel" was a big hit in Japan and considered by many fans as the band's signature song, and not "The Final Countdown". This album was recorded before the band got too keyboard heavy, although it does contain some charming melodies to go along with solid guitar work and catchy tempos. Their Scandanavian roots are evident here. Joey Tempest wrote most of these songs as a teenager and that naive youthfulness and energy is evident on this album. You really need to listen to this album to fully understand where this band comes from. Give this album time to grow, and you'll be glad you did.

Before the Countdown Began

This was Europe's very first album, right after they won the contest. And it's awsome! Teenage Joey Tempest wrote all these songs. The best track on this album would probably have 2 be Seven Doors Hotel, the hit from this album, but all of them are good. This is practically how they are sounding now, heavy rock band. All Europe fans are welcome here, but they may need 2 listen 2 this more then once 2 get used 2 how heavy and rockish it sounds.




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 of Tomorrow),...
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