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'Bag Of Bones'
(Ear Music)



Forever known for recording 'that' song, Swedish rockers Europe have finally made the album that's been in their blood throughout their thirty year career.

After the global success they achieved in the late eighties, Europe have always been pushed into making accessible commercial rock, but finally they have made the album that they have always wanted to. Fans of the band who have seen Europe live know what the band are capable of, but 'Bag Of Bones' is going to surprise the doubters, because this album rocks hard.

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Produced by Kevin Shirley who has pushed the band to the boundaries, all of Europe's influences can be clearly heard on this album.

Opener 'Rags To Riches' tears the speakers apart with some wah wah guitar from John Norum as if he is trying to outshine Mick Box from Uriah Heep. 'Not Supposed To Sing The Blues' has elements of Rainbow buried deep within and there's some mystical Lep Zeppelin influences with the sitar on 'Firebox'.

How about some Deep Purple Mark III on 'Demon Head' with more menacing riffs, Blackmore style but sounding more hungry than he did on 'Stormbringer' or Coverdale/Page on 'Drink And A Smile'. And let's not forget that Joe Bonamassa contributes some excellent slide to the fine title track.

Not that Europe are guilty of plagiarism. No sir! Europe have made an album bringing the heavy seventies rock right up to date sounding fully refreshed and knocking many of today's melodic rock bands into dust.

Joey Tempest has the cleanest set of pipes and has never sounded so good. John Norum really lets rip all over this album. The only parping you'll hear from this album is myself raving on about how good it really is.

Buy 'Bag Of Bones' and invite your friends around to your house and watch their jaw drop when you tell them it's the new album from Europe.

Europe can finally be seen in a different light. Believe me brother, Europe have not only made the best album of their career, but this could well be the album of the year.

Mark interviewed Joey Tempest recently and you can listen it it by clicking here.




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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