Decades after they came together and dozens of millions albums sold, Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitars), Mic Michaeli (keyboards), John Levén (bass) and Ian Haugland (drums) are about to release their brand new studio album “Bag Of Bones”.
Produced by one of the world‘s most prestigeous producers, Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Black Stone Cherry, Journey) the album sounds so fresh, so focused and motivated that blues superstar Joe Bonamassa didn’t need to be asked twice for a guest appearance. “Bag Of Bones” is possibly the rawest and most honest album in the band‘s history.
It bursts with vitality, does present sensational novelties - and still is a record in best Europe-tradition. There is so much to be discovered in here: the fi rst single/video "Not Supposed To Sing The Blues’, the deeply touching ‘My Woman My Friend’ and ‘Bring It All Home’, or the phenomenal ‘Requiem’, side-by-side with the powerful album-opener ‘Riches To Rags’.
With its typically strong melodies and the tangible joy of playing, the band’s 9th studio album is a straight forward rock album, which range still reaches astonishing dimensions - even for Europe: the experienced fi ve-piece managed to develop further and break limits once again, without selling their ‘hard rock soul‘.