Wings of Tomorrow

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Wings of Tomorrow
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Studio album by Europe
Released 24 February 1984
Recorded Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden 1983-1984
Genre Heavy metal[1]
Length 38:49
Label Hot Records (Sweden)
Victor (Japan)
Epic (rest of the world)
Producer Leif Mases
Europe chronology
Europe
(1983)
Wings of Tomorrow
(1984)
On the Loose
(1985)
Singles from Wings of Tomorrow
  1. "Lyin' Eyes"
    Released: 1983
  2. "Dreamer"
    Released: 1984 (Japan only)
  3. "Stormwind"
    Released: February 1984
  4. "Open Your Heart"
    Released: October 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10[3]

Wings of Tomorrow is the second studio album by the Swedish Heavy metal band Europe. It was released on 24 February 1984, by Hot Records.

The song "Scream of Anger" was originally titled "Black Journey Through My Soul".[4] Drummer Tony Reno was supposedly replaced by a drum machine as he "couldn't keep time or play to a click".[5]

The album is noted for being the only one in the band's catalogue to not have charted in the top 10 in Sweden.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Joey Tempest, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Stormwind" – 4:31
  2. "Scream of Anger" (Tempest, Marcel Jacob) – 4:06
  3. "Open Your Heart" – 4:10
  4. "Treated Bad Again" – 3:46
  5. "Aphasia" [instrumental] (John Norum) – 2:32
Side two
  1. "Wings of Tomorrow" – 3:59
  2. "Wasted Time" – 4:10
  3. "Lyin' Eyes" – 3:47
  4. "Dreamer" – 4:28
  5. "Dance the Night Away" – 3:35

Personnel[edit]

Europe[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Leif Mases – producer, engineer
  • Peter Engberg – cover illustration
  • Magnus Elgquist – photography
  • Camilla B. – cover design

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1984 Swedish Album Chart[6] 20
Japanese Albums Chart[7] 24

Cover versions[edit]

"Wings of Tomorrow" and "Scream of Anger" have been covered by the melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. The latter, notes guitarist Michael Amott in the liner notes for Wages of Sin (on the bonus CD of which the song appears), was "recorded and mixed during the Burning Bridges sessions, December 1998/January 1999. Originally released on the Japanese version of Burning Bridges. A cover version of the most successful hard rock band to ever emerge from Sweden (no, that's not Arch Enemy!)… It was the most aggressive track of their career – and probably one of Arch Enemy's softest moments? Anyhow, we learnt it and recorded it in an afternoon." Amott guested with Europe when they played Wings of Tomorrow in its entirety, in Stockholm, on 3 March 2014. "He is a friend of the band and grew up listening to Europe's music," reported Joey Tempest. "It was an honour and so much fun to have him with us on stage!"[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  4. ^ Tengner, Anders; Michael Johansson (1987). Europe - den stora rockdrömmen (in Swedish). Wiken. p. 34. ISBN 91-7024-408-1. 
  5. ^ Kling, Mattias (4 March 2014). "Historien om Europes 30-årsfirande succéplatta: "Han ringde och grät"" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2015-02-.18
  6. ^ "Europe - Wings of Tomorrow (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  7. ^ AA.VV. (25 April 2006). Album Chart-Book Complete Edition 1970~2005. Tokyo, Japan: Oricon. ISBN 978-487-1-31077-2. 
  8. ^ "Europe Joined By Arch Enemy's Michael Amott For 'Wings Of Tomorrow' Performance (Video) - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET.