Start from the Dark cd cover


Start from the Dark

WOW! This is Europe? Really? The return of John Norum has made a HUGE difference. This album is all about the guitar. The keyboards are almost totally gone. These songs are really well written and in some instances, they’re just plain heavy. The lyrics to the groupie anthem, Sucker, are sort of a waste of a good guitar riff, but otherwise this is a really solid album. Flames and Wake Up Call are two of Europe’s best songs and the title track shows some really mature writing. After a couple of poppy solo albums, Joey is still in good voice and the pairing of Tempest’s melodic voice and Norum’s crunchy riffs has put this band squarely into the Dokken mold. You have to get this one. --Scott

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Track Listing

  1. Got to have faith
  2. Start from the Dark
  3. Flames
  4. Hero
  5. Wake Up Call
  6. Reason
  7. Song no. 12
  8. Roll with You
  9. Sucker
  10. Spirit of the Underdog
  11. America
  12. Settle for Love


VOCALS: Joey Tempest
GUITAR: John Norum
BASS: John Leven
DRUMS: Ian Haugland
KEYBOARDS: Mic Michaeli


LABEL: Sanctuary Music
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Elson
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