War of Kings is Europe’s tenth studio album and their fourth since reuniting in 2003. The band has since been keeping the rhythm of a new album every three years, starting with Start from the Dark (2003), followed by Secret Society (2006), Last Look at Eden (2009) and Bag of Bones (2012), which I reviewed on this blog at the time. Their latest opus is the first one released under new label UDR Records and was produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons).
War of Kings Europe Album Review
The first thing to say is how amazing the whole album sounds. It reminds me of these essential 70’s hard rock albums going straight to the point, so to speak. As soon as the first notes of the title track resonate, you know War of Kings is going to be exciting. Joey Tempest’s voice soars in the chorus and John Norum’s guitar together with Mic Michaeli’s keyboard support the lead singer beautifully. Praise You, its bluesy tones in the vein of the Bag of Bones sound, is a great display of masterful song writing. The drum work from Ian Haugland on Nothin’ to Ya also deserves to be highlighted. Days of Rock n Roll has a lot of energy, with catchy riffs and a driving groove. As for the ballad Angels (With Broken Hearts), the lyrics, as well as the melody, are quite poignant. It comes close to another favourite of mine, New Love in Town (Last Look at Eden).
War of Kings Europe Music Review
Sexy Hubby and I have seen Europe live together twice. The first time was in 2012 during their Bag of Bones tour and the second last year at Steelhouse Festival in Wales, where we had the pleasure of meeting the band members. We are looking forward to the next opportunity to attend one of their great concerts.
PS: This week is “music week” on my blog. I will add links at the bottom of each post leading to the previous reviews.
Monday: Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses
Tuesday: Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

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

1. War of Kings
2. Hole in My Pocket
3. 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 It Up
12. Vasastan (Instrumental)

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