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2004’s Start from the Dark was Europe’s first release since reuniting in 2003 and their first album of all-original material since 1991’s excellent-but-ignored Prisoners in Paradise. Though the band chose to work with Kevin Elson—best known for his productions for Journey and Mr. Big—this album had no interest in being a '80s throwback. With dry production and viciously down-tuned riffs, songs like “Got to Have Faith,” “Wake Up Call,” and “Sucker” combined the best of '90s metal with the flair for catchy tunes that made Europe stars during the hair metal era. It’s amazing that they managed to pull it off, especially considering how easily they could have rehashed their vintage sound. Instead, Start from the Dark feels authentic and original. Europe’s gamble paid off; the album sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide. In light of reduced music sales, the declining popularity of metal, and the difficulty old bands often face when rekindling their careers, that number can be seen as an even bigger success than the band’s multiplatinum hits from the '80s.

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AMAZING comeback!!!!

This is a FANTASTIC Europe album!!! Their very first after the LOOONG break from music, a bit darker and heavier then what most of the fans are used too, BUT ITS FRESH AND NEW AND TOTALLY ROCKING!!!!! <3 Some of my favorite songs from Europe are on here!! I think that if more people would give it a chance, they would find it to be extremely amazing. Europe is BACK, and bigger then ever, and america needs to realize it!!! America, Sucker, Got to Have Faith and Wake up call are the heavy rockers on this, Hero, roll with you, and Settle for Love are the ballads, and the rest are anything BUT filler!!! Come on, give it a chance. You will be extremely glad you did <3


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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