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Europe have announced their tenth studio album ‘War of Kings’ will be released this March via UDR Music.

Their anticipated follow-up to 2012’s ‘Bag of Bones,’ Europe will release ‘War of Kings’ on March 2 in the United Kingdom and on March 10 in the United States via UDR Music. The effort marks the tenth studio album from the Swedish hard rock moguls, as well as the first to be released as part of their new record deal, and will feature eleven prominent new selections which feature such titles as “Children of the Mind” and “Days of Rock n Roll.”

Lead vocalist Joey Tempest says that he and the members of Europe turned towards style of the artists that influenced their development on their upcoming offering. “’War of Kings’ is the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like [Led] Zeppelin, [Deep] Purple and [Black] Sabbath. And after hearing Dave Cobb amazing production for Rival Sons we simply had to work with him. Our adventure is still ON!”

Tempest previously commented on the band’s decision to appoint Dave Cobb as the producer of ‘War of Kings,’ explaining, “He is one of few producers out there who is saving rock ‘n’ roll. When we first heard ‘Pressure And Time’ by Rival Sons, we just went, ‘Who the hell produced this stuff?’ It’s got tons of heart and soul, it’s cocky, it’s got that swagger, it’s alive and real. That’s the journey we’re on with Europe, trying to dig deeper to find more soulful expressions and play straight from the core. So we’re extremely excited to bring this guy into our team.”

UDR president Ulrike Rudolph was similarly impressed with Europe’s forthcoming venture. “We are always looking to expand the label’s stable of bands with quality, not quantity, and Europe represent the finest in supremely written hard rock music,” he said. “They are a group who refuse to rest on their past and continue to grow as artists and musicians, so we are absolutely delighted they have come to us.”

Europe’s ‘War of Kings’ will be made available in multiple formats, including a vinyl LP, a CD digipak, and as a digital download. The members of Europe have confirmed plans to tour the UK in support of the effort next year; Black Star Riders will accompany the band during this trek.

Europe, ‘War of Kings’ Track Listing

01. War Of Kings
02. Hole In My Pocket
03. Second Day
04. Praise You
05. Nothin’ To Ya
06. California 405
07. Days Of Rock n Roll
08. Children Of The Mind
09. Rainbow Bridge
10. Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11. Light It Up
12. Vasastan (Instrumental)*

*exclusive digital and Japanese bonus track