“Europe is the first studio album by the Swedish Heavy Metal band Europe. It was released on February 24, 1983, by Hot Records.
Released February 24, 1983
Recorded Electra Studios, Stockholm, Sweden 1982-1983
Genre Heavy Metal
“”In the Future to Come”” – 5:00
“”Farewell”” – 4:16
“”Seven Doors Hotel”” – 5:16
“”The King Will Return”” – 5:35
“”Boyazont”” [instrumental] (John Norum, Eddie Meduza) – 2:32
“”Children of This Time”” – 4:55
“”Words of Wisdom”” – 4:05
“”Paradize Bay”” – 3:53
“”Memories”” – 4:32
Joey Tempest – vocals, acoustic guitars, keyboards
John Norum – guitars, background vocals
John Leven – bass
Tony Reno – drums
All songs were written by Joey Tempest, except where noted.
When I started thinking about doing my top twenty favorite albums for 1983, I had to keep asking myself â€œwhich album do I listen to and enjoy the most?â€. In the end, I realized that it was Europe, and album that has never been considered a classic in the United States by any means. But I am deadly serious when I say this is a great hard rock/heavy metal album, and, in my opinion, the best album to come out of Sweden in the 1980s (no small feat considering Sweden brought us the likes of 220 Volt and Candlemass).
Those of you who may only know Europe from their third album, 1986 The Final Countdown (the first Europe album to be released in the United States), may not be aware that prior to their more glamorous â€œhairâ€ era, Europe were a galloping, epic hard rock band that released two albums of glorious Euro-metal. Just look at the cover; no perms or makeup, just baby-faced kids! Really, Europe were a different beast entirely in 1983. If you need proof, go find the song Seven Doors Hotel from the Europe album and give it a listen.
Europe was originally released in Sweden on Hot Records. The original cover is depicted here.
Europe is loaded with rich tunes that are refreshingly different from the fashionable heavy metal of the day. Smooth, effortless vocals by Joey Tempest match up perfectly with the tasteful and tuneful axe work of John Norum. Favorites include In The Future To Come, Farewell and Children Of This Time. Yet, the absolute highlight for me would be the aforementioned Seven Doors Hotel, a song that retells the plot of the 1981 horror film The Beyond.