Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Europe Ready To Conquer The World

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s a heavy time for the 1980s-era metal band Europe: The band members are getting ready to conquer the rest of the world.

The Swedish-based band, which rose to fame with hits like “The Final Countdown” and “Carrie,” has just released Secret Society, its first album of new material in 13 years.

Lead singer Joey Tempest says the idea behind Secret Society was to remind fans that “we were inspired to be a live band and make good rock albums.”

Since the group’s American hits were mostly power ballads, Tempest admits that some fans may not have the impression that Europe is, first and foremost, a rock band.

But, as he puts it, “We’ve learned to live with it” and says he and the other Europeans make their signature slow songs heavier in concert by “detuning the guitars” and “emphasizing guitars over keyboards.”

Europe plans to promote the new album by touring in Scandanavia during the holidays and visiting the U.S. next spring.

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