Europe has released their title track and first single, “Walk The Earth,” from their upcoming new studio album of the same name, which will be released on Oct. 20.
Lead singer Joey Tempest said the band is in a different place since starting up again in 2004 after a years-long hiatus.
“We have constantly explored our limits and new parts of our musical universe,” he said. “After around 1,000 shows, we feel comfortable just improvising, jamming and pushing our lyrics and songwriting with much more ease. We have now been together recording and making albums longer than the early period of the band. Five albums in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Now six records with “Walk the Earth.” When we started up again in 2004, we all agreed to think ‘long-term,’ to take the long road and build up a new relationship with listeners and media. We all agreed on writing together, owning our music, and license it out to labels that really care and support us in the long run.
“We also agreed to not look back. And never stop looking for that deeper expression. We don’t have much in common with our contemporaries from back then. We have taken a different path, making sure we are constantly moving forward. We have little regard for outside influences and opinions. In order to enjoy this new journey and feel creative, it needed to be completely on our terms.”
The new album will feature original artwork by famed Los Angeles artist Mike Sportes of Filth Mart.
“We were in the studio a few days into recording and Dave (Cobb, Producer) comes in wearing this very cool T-Shirt with one of Mike’s designs on it,” Tempest said. “Immediately we knew we had to check Mike’s other work and have him come up with an exclusive design for us based on the vibe of the album. We are very proud to have his amazing artwork as the album cover.”
Since forming in 1979, the band has sold more than 25 million albums. “The Final Countdown” album has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and the single of the same name was No. 1 in 25 countries.
“Walk the Earth” tracklisting:
1. Walk The Earth
2. The Siege
3. Kingdom United
5. Election Day
9. Whenever You’re Ready
10. Turn To Dust