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Re: some good power metal bands? Blind Guardian (all but their first & last albums) Helloween (all prior to 1989 and after 1996) Gamma Ray (any) Iron Savior (any) Steel Attack (their last two) Nevermore (all but their last album) Manowar (any) Hammerfall (first 4 albums) Jacob's Dream (any) Angra (anything from 'Rebirth' forward) Metalium (1st two albums)

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Re: some good power metal bands? I was and still am a big power metal fan... Harmony- Swedish Christian progpower. My favorite band of all time - their album Chapter II: The Aftermath is top-notch. Darksun Galloglass Iron Savior Thy Majestie Sabaton 7days HammerFall Symphony X (prog-power, but whatever, they're still awesome, especially their latest album) Battlelore Borealis Divinefire Serenity Manticore Nocturnal Rites Narnia Excalion Rising Faith

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Re: some good power metal bands? Pegazus - Breaking the Chains is a great Power Metal album from Australia. I've never heard their first album, their second album is alright but this album is their third and it's just great. Everything afterwards is worth ignoring.

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Re: some good power metal bands?

Iron Savior, Manticora, Steel Attack, Sacred Steel, Grave Digger. There are tons more that isn't that lousy limp-wristed Edgay crap, but these are the only ones I can think of right now.
I never did understand why people went nuts over Edguy. Or Avantasia. Or Tobias Sammet in general. :| But yes, Iron Savior is great and they're coming out with a new album, The Landing.

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Re: some good power metal bands? I agree with you on Edguy and Avantasia. I've got two Edguy albums and they're both collecting dust. The first Edguy I got was Mandrake and while I admit its held up all these years, the rest of their stuff is just boring. The biggest thing Edguy has going for them is Tobias can out Bruce Dickinson, Bruce Dickinson sometimes. The first Edguy song I heard was 'Key to my Fate' and I thought Bruce was singing for the first minute. Grave Digger lost my interest on Excalibur. I was excited when they got the guitarist from Rage because he was better than the guy they had prior but he just copied his playing. I was really let down. Iron Savior is another that was good on their first few releases but have stagnated over the years. Condition Red or Battering Ram (I can't remember precisely) is when they got really generic.

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Re: some good power metal bands?

Iron Savior is another that was good on their first few releases but have stagnated over the years. Condition Red or Battering Ram (I can't remember precisely) is when they got really generic.
I disagree...I thought they were weaker on their first albums but I like both Condition Red and Battering Ram. Megatropolis is OK. I hope The Landing will be good, it looks like they're going back to the sound on Unification. That would be great.

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Re: some good power metal bands? Dragonland is sort of semi-cheesy. They sound a bit like Stratovarius, but they use a pipe organ in several songs. I still like them from time to time. The band Battle Beast is a riot. The music's not half bad either, but just watch their video for 'Enter The Metal World'. Quite entertaining.

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Re: some good power metal bands? Many of the bands I posted about are considered heavy/traditional metal by some and power metal by others. I don't really care one way or another, but if the only bands that are actually power metal are all of the hordes of modern European Hammerfall-esque flower metal, then I have very little to add to a discussion about it.

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Yngwie Malmsteen's stuff with Tim "Ripper" Owens on vocals is sort of power metal I think' date=' even if it's not its still epic, I'm really only discovering the genre myself so I'm not exactly sure what qualifies yet[/quote'] Malmsteen is Neo-Classical Metal. He pretty much started it and has a legion of copycats to call his own, lol.

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Re: some good power metal bands? his style of metal should just be called Yngwie, and it should cause instant death to anyone who dares copy it hahaha Judas Priest is another band that depending on who you talk to they are either traditional metal, power metal or NWOBHM

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Re: some good power metal bands? They came before the NWOBHM, so that can be ruled out. They inspired most power metal, but I consider them heavy/speed metal. In the 80's they had some glam/hard rock stopovers, 70's Priest will always be the best Priest in my book.

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Just a suggestion - if you have a smartphone, there's an app called the Heavy Metal Encyclopedia. It doesn't have long articles on each band, just short descriptions on some of them, but it works with Spotify and it has links to a heck of a lot of albums. It has so many, I discover new bands every day. Makes it a lot less boring at work. :)

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