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Europe
War Of Kings
April 2015
Released: 2015, UDR
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Erich

Ten albums into a career that has seen steadily shifting styles, Europe returns with WAR OF KINGS. Sadly, younger metal heads, especially in America, probably know Europe only from sports stadiums and arenas. Mostly forgotten is the excellent self-titled debut and the follow up album WINGS OF TOMORROW. Since reforming in 2004 the band has been playing mature hard rock, with occasional dashes of metal. The last few albums were actually bluesy, with more than a passing nod to Led Zeppelin. There are still elements of that in WAR OF KINGS, but there is also more metallic crunch than we have heard in years from Tempesta and the boys.



Proof positive is the opening title track that marries a heavy Dio riff with Rainbow’s Hammond organ. Tempesta’s vocal performance is truly inspirational, while John Norum offers a melodic and tasty guitar solo. It definitely was the right choice to open the album. The template for the album is a strong focus on fuzzy riffs that alternate between shades of stoner and doom, with an occasional AOR run thrown in. Choruses are usually big, memorable, and melodic. “Praise You” features a bluesy main riff which is almost identical to Judas Priest’s riff on “Crossfire” from REDEEMER OF SOULS. “Nothin To Ya” sounds a bit like Zeppelin and Dio, definitely a positive combination. You could also throw old Whitesnake into the mix in several places, like “California 405.”



WAR OF KINGS mostly succeeds, particularly in the fuzz-driven riffs of Norum. Minor annoyances would be the overblown use of the Hammond organ, an instrument that I have never really enjoyed in small doses and these are quite large doses. The band is obviously trying to be creative and respected but they are not particularly good at slow blues, as “Praise You” and “Angels” (With Broken Hearts” reveals. Still, what we have is a more than decent album of 12 songs that shows Europe still has some creative mojo and the ability to get heavier when they choose. WAR OF KINGS should appeal to fans that have enjoyed the last few albums, but frankly Rainbow, Zeppelin, and Whitesnake fans will appreciate the direction that Europe has taken on this album as well.
Track Listing

1. War Of Kings

2. Hole In My Pocket

3. The Second Day

4. Praise You

5. Nothin To Ya

6. California 405

7. Days Of Rock n Roll

8. Children Of The Mind

9. Rainbow Bridge

10. Angels (With Broken Hearts)

11. Light Me Up

12. Vasastan (Instrumental)

Lineup

Mic Michaeli - Keys
John Levén - Bass
Joey Tempest - Vocals
John Norum - Guitars
Ian Haugland - Drums

Concert Reviews

» Europe live in Helsinki

» Dokken on Hell to Pay European Tour Copenhagen Denmark 2005

» Astral Doors New Revelations European Tour at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark 2007

» Dokken and Kingdom Come on the Defenders of Rock European Tour at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark

» Primal Fear New Religion Europe Tour at The Rock Copenhagen, Denmark 2007

» Gamma Ray with Freedom Call on the To The Metal! European Tour 2010 at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden

» Hanoi Rocks Street Poetry Europe Tour KB Malmö Sweden 2008

» Rage: Carved In The Road European Tour at The Rock Copenhagen Denmak 2008

» Tarja Turunen on Tarja – Storm In Europe 2008 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe Sweden

» At The Gates at the "Suicidal Final Tour Europe 2008" in Malmoe Sweden

» Monster Magnet - 4-Way Diablo European Tour KB in Malmoe Sweden

» Biohazard at 20 Years of Chaos! European Tour Kulturbolaget in Malmoe Sweden 2008

» Edguy at Tinnitus Over Europe 2009 at KB in Malmoe, Sweden

» Nashville Pussy - From Hell To Texas European Tour at KB Malmoe Sweden 2009

» Soulfly - European Tour 2009 KB in Malmoe, Sweden

» Circle II Circle at Delusions of Grandeur European Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

» Tim Owens Play My Game European Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

» Napalm Death - Time Waits For No Slave European Tour 2009 at The Rock Copenhagen, Denmark

» Evergrey and support act Chaoswave at European Torn Tour at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark 2009

» W.A.S.P on Beast Of Babylon World Tour Europe at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden 2009

» Primal Fear and Brainstorm on Viva La Swabia European Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

» Jorn Lande with Seven Thorns at Spirit Black European Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

» Ace Frehley with 16 Second Stare on Anomaly European Tour 2009 at Kulturbolaget in Malmoe, Sweden

» Hardcore Superstar with Dia Psalma at Psycho Holiday European Tour 2009 at Kb in Malmoe. Sweden

» The 69 Eyes on Back For Blood European Tour – 2010 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

» Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life European Tour 2010 at Kulturbolaget in Malmoe, Sweden

» Airbourne with Taking Dawn on No Guts No Glory European Tour 2010 at Kulturbolaget in Malmoe, Sweden

» The Summer Rock Festival 2010 with Royal Republic and headliner-act Europe in Svedala, Sweden

» W.A.S.P with support Chris Laney on Return To Babylon European Tour 2010 at Kb in Malmoe Sweden

» Monster Magnet with Seventh Void on Mastermind European Tour 2010 at Kb in Malmoe Sweden

» Helloween with Stratovarius at The 7 Sinners World Tour, European tour Mejeriet Lund Sweden

» Soilwork with support acts on European Winter Tour 2010 at Kulturbolaget in Malmoe, Sweden

» Napalm Death with support act on European Tour 2011 at The Rock Copenhagen Denmark

» EUROPEAN CARNAGE TOUR 2011 w/ Slayer and Megadeth

» The Haunted on Unseen European Tour – 2011 with support at The Rock Copenhagen Denmark

» Tarja Turunen What Lies Beneath European Tour – Second Leg 2011 at Lilla Vega Copenhagen, Denmark

» Edguy with support on Age Of The Joker European Tour 2011 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe, Sweden

» L.A. Guns with support act Dirty Passion on European Tour 2011 at The Rock Copenhagen, Denmark

» U.D.O. – Rev-Raptor European Tour 2011 with support at Kulturbolaget Malmoe, Sweden

» Monster Magnet - Dopes To Infinity 2011 The European Tour at Kulturbolaget Malmoe Sweden

» Saxon with support on Call To Arms World Tour 2011 – European leg at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden

» Iced Earth on Dystopia World Tour 2011-2012, Europe Under Ice at Amager Bio Copenhagen Denmark

» Nightwish on Imaginerium European Tour 2012 at Falconer Theater Copenhagen, Denmark

» EUROPE: Live at Osla festival, Porvoo

» Accept on the Stalingrad European Tour 2012 at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark

» Gojira with support at L'Enfant Sauvage World Tour 2012-13 European Tour Mejeriet Lund Sweden

» Lacuna Coil with support at Dark Legacy European Tour 2012 Pumpehuset Copenhagen Denmark


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