Top 10 Power Metal Bands

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There are many bands of power metal some of them are pure power metal but who will be the greatest? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Blind Guardian
I think, it's the best power metal band! They have many great epic songs! The best album for me was a "Nightfall in the Middle-Earth", so the Blind Guardian ROCKS! Keep going!
They have music for every mood! The faster songs from their older work, slower songs and the epic sound they portray in everything they write!
Hansi's amazing voice carrys me away, every time I'm listening to their songs. Best live performances in their genre!
[Newest]Although Helloween is an so called inventor of Euro Power Metal and is an amazing band. Blind Guardian is still the best.
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2Helloween
Helloween - it is the best power metal band ever!
Iron maiden - Heavy metal! They are not power!
Helloween is mach more power than Dragonforce!
They are kings of power, speed metal!
What? They are the creators of power metal... They are Legends! Up Helloween! Maiden are not power metal...
Is justification really necessary for putting Helloween at the top of this list? Well if it is, here's what I have to say: They are probably the most consistent power metal band around. Most power metal bands with careers as long as Helloween have several albums that leave you scratching your head, but Helloween has far fewer than most. Also, they are willing to explore different territory on different albums. I don't think I really need to say more.

reapersgale

[Newest]Eagle fly free! Fantastic band. Certainly one of the best metal bands of all time.
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3Sabaton
Fantastic power metal from Sweden. Unlike the fantasy-inspired lyrics found in much power metal, Sabaton prefer to write about war, and their lyrics usually convey this very well: "Through the gates of Hell/As we make our way to Heaven/Through the Nazi lines/Primo Victoria/On the 6th of June/On the shores of western Europe/1944/D-Day upon us". The only problem I have ever had with this band is that the guitarists never seem to get their chance to truly shine.

reapersgale

It is a young band...
But one day we will say that it is the best of all times...
I didn't know that Iron Maiden where power metal...
Maybe the only band that reach them...
Probably the best power metal band in Europe. Would be insanely popular if they toured in USA

Therapist21

[Newest]My all-time favorite band. There's really no other band quite like them; someday they will reach Metallica or Iron Maiden status. Just you watch.

4DragonForce
These guys are not fake, they work as hard as all other power metal bands and it shows in all of their epic albums
People say dragonforce is a bad example of power metal music. I really don't care what those people think because dragonforce is an amazing band and is simply the best power metal band!
This is the first power metal band I ever listened to. DragonForce will always be the king of power metal to me. They are original with their music and lyrics. DragonForce has a powerful effect on me. Their songs never fail to leave me awestruck. I could listen to them all day. DragonForce hasn't been phased by today's "cool" label. They're unique, and they aren't afraid to express themselves in different ways. DragonForce is the most amazing power metal band ever!
[Newest]Seen these guys live twice, all the crap that flies around on the Internet about them being fake simply isn't true. Truly top notch power metal that is as glorious as it is fast
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5Sonata Arctica
Quality, quality power metal. Their new stuff is less fast paced, but they're still up there as one of the best power metal band.
Great early days... They kinda sold out. I especially love the albums Winterheart's Guild and Reckoning Night. I can't say I was a huge days of Grays fan.
Every single song these guys have made is great! The very best band in the world. Tony is my favorite singer in the whole wide world.
[Newest]Greatest power metal band in all time, every song is a piece of art

6Hammerfall
1- Hammerfall
2- Avantasia
3- Nightwish
4- Manowar
5- Helloween
That's my top 5, with Stratovarius and Edguy right on the edge. I respect Blind Guardian as a #1 choice, but most of their songs just don't do it for me.
I've no idea why people put Iron Maiden in Top Ten power metal band list. I agree that Maiden is one of the greatest NWOBHM band so far, but obviously it's not a speed/power metal band. Any mean necessary, one of the best songs of Hammerfall, is my very first song of listening to power metal and it made me to become a huge fan of power metal. I also like all the bands on this top 10 list but Hammerfall is my most favorite power metal band. I think they should be at the top 3 place of the list because of their epic songs like Glory to brave, Hammerfall, Hearts on Fire, Any Mean Necessary and... Well, almost all of their songs are epic. Let the hammer fall on the haters!
Hammerfall I thought was very low on the list. The quality of the band and the last albums I think it should be better qualified.
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Hammerfall needs to be higher on this list they are what power metal is all about period!

7Nightwish
One of the best metal bands to ever emerge from Finland for sure. Until they lost their minds and decided to "replace" Tarja Turunen ("replace" being in quotations since this task is utterly impossible), they were fantastic. Songs like The Kinslayer, The Phantom of the Opera and so many others are just essential symphonic power metal. Everything about this band (in its TRUE form) is amazing - the guitar, the bass, the keyboards, the drums and the vocals of both Tarja Turunen and Marco Hietala. Nightwish may only be number 4 for power metal, but they are number one for symphonic power metal.

reapersgale

I'm not to fond of metal bands with chicks in them, now don't get me wrong, I'm not sexist. I have tried time after time listening to metal bands with chick singers in them, but unfortunately most of them fail to deliver that aggression that I like in my metal. But out of the so few metal bands with chick singers this actually one of them. This band is aggressive, heavy and overall appealing to the ears as far as power metal goes. So if you are not as much a fan of chick leading metal band as I am. Give these guys a try, you won't be disappointed.
I don't understand what you people are talking about. Nightwish became real power metal only with their album Imaginaerum. With Tarja it was mostly sad and depressive gothic style emotional songs, Dark Passion Play was written mostly by Marco and Nightwish (without Anette) and when Anette got to write an album it became all about fairytales just as it should be in power metal. So Nightwish with Tarja was a great band worth listen to but for me as a true and clean power metal lover they became great only with last album. With Floor Jansen now replacing Anette and knowing Floor's work I doubt that Nightwish will ever become true power metal band ever again because it seems that those guys are not into fantasy.

8Iced Earth
John Schaffer is the best rhythm guitarist the world has to offer, his music is my food, the band is my life.. Their songs are epic and composed with passion, The band's nonesuch altering rhythms and metronomes within it's songs, and their superb and mobilizing galloping techniques are nowhere to be seen. My favourites are Dante's Inferno, The path I Choose, Travel in Stygian, Pure Evil, Stormrider, I Died For You, My own Savior, Question Of Heaven, Dracula, The Hunter, Desert Rain, The Coming Curse, Ten Thousand Strong, Birth of the Wicked, Angels Holocaust, Melancholy, Reckoning Don't Thread on Me, Dystopia, Burning Times, Brainwashed, Dark Saga, Iced Earth, The Last Laugh, Prophecy,1776, Stand Alone, Vengeance is Mine, When The Night Falls and many others and if the motto of power metal is "power" then you may count Iced Earth in power metal bands as you may easily draw that power from Iced Earth, one more thing, In my point of view the pure power metal song of iced earth is Attila..
Iced Earth is the absolute best power metal band from the US. They have also had some of the greatest vocalists to grace this godly subgenre: Matt Barlow, Tim "Ripper" Owens and Stu Block. They are also masters of composition and Jon Schaffer has written numerous incredible riffs. They deserve to stand eternally among the likes of Helloween and Blind Guardian.

reapersgale

Iced earth is the best power metal band I have ever listened to... Songs like dracula, dantes inferno, I walk alone, come what may, melancholy, I died for you, ten thousand strong, disciples of lie are at their best... I just love them 2 much
[Newest]Quality lyrics, music, and singing. Matt Barlow's discs, are the best.


9Rhapsody of Fire
Some guy put Iron Maiden in this list, that's good because Iron Maiden is actually power metal; but if Iron Maiden is here, Judas Priest also should be here in second...
Rhapsody of Fire is a really great symphonic power metal band, I started to listening them about one year ago, and now they are one my favorite power metal bands with their awesome sound. My favorite thing from them are their solos, made LUCA TURILLI! If you haven't heard any song from them, you should start with "Emerald Sword" and "awn of Victory"

rock2metal

Rhapsody is the most representative band of Power Metal and they are Masters o Music, I love power metal, but Iron Maiden, being a superband and with a great trajectory, are not evolved more than Rhapsody. Long Live to Power Metal.
Rhapsody is by far the most epic band ever great music great lyrics everything about this band is amazing the members are exceptionally talented the fantasy theme they put on their work is incomparable to the other bands even though they're all awesome and excellent but Rhapsody takes the crown of power metal
[Newest]Power metal = Rhapsody

10Gamma Ray
I can't believe Gamma ray has so little votes! Just listen to Land of the free, Somewhere out of space, Powerplant... Kai is a genius - one of the best songwriters on the metal scene, he and Weikath INVENTED the whole power metal genre for God sake! And he is an exeptional guitar player and a very positive and funny guy. Not to say I just LOVE his voice - it is so unique and diversive, always keeps me interested.
Gamma Ray should be in top 3 along with Helloween and Blind Guardian. This band has no weak album, Kai's voice seems to get better and better with every record, and the guys are just awesome live and always so nice with the fans. Great band!
they are like the second helloween those solos of the great kai

slashz

[Newest]Gamma Ray are pure power Metal

The Contenders

11Stratovarius
Stratovarius is absolutely my favorite Power Metal band. Hands down. They make music about life. Their melodies are rich like a fountain of chocolate wine, and their harmonies fierce as a forest fire. I hope that puts it into perspective for y'all.
I will not deny the talent of Stratovarius and keyboard player Jens Johansson, but the vocals are a bit whiny at times. Besides that they have some really great songs.

Bowbow

Stratovarius is perfect. Emotional, uplifting, meaningful, powerful, epic, all that you need from a power metal band. They aren't painful to listen to like Helloween for example, which has a really bad singer.
[Newest]Long Live Stratovarius, after Helloween they are chosen ones

12Iron Maiden
Jeez. Iron Maiden is by far the greatest influence on power metal around. I'd gladly put them on a list like this myself. In top three. And no, Judas Priest shouldn't be here just because Maiden is. Just listen to the Powerslave album. Listen to Back in the Village. Does Priest have dueling solos like that? Also, Dragonforce above Iron Maiden, HammerFall, Manowar AND Stratovarius? They're playing a cheesy power metal stereotype (their solos are like 7 minutes long for no damn reason) which could be streamed at McDonalds for little money. Also, their lyrics are ripping off McDonalds' cheeseburgers. Cheesiness is alright sometimes, 'cause, you know, it's power metal, but DragonForce in top three is a shame when the contenders are Helloween, Blind Guardian, Iron Maiden, Manowar, HammerFall, you name it.
Iron Maiden is by far the most creative band on this list, even though I have never considered them power metal their are still the best on the list. They may not be the heaviest or the fastest or even the loudest, but no other band can maintain the same sound though 3 decades yet feel fresh to this day.
Iron Maiden is my favorite band of all time! Plus there are so many bands that they had an influence on! Up The Irons!
[Newest]Iron Maiden is my favorite band ever but it's not power metal

13Manowar
Either you'll absolutely hate ManOwaR, or you will dedicate yourself fully to their music and follow them to hell and back. I'm the second one. ManOwaR are truely the true metal kings. Once you get how cheesey a bit of the stuff is, you'll instantly be a Manowar fan for life. I'm going to get the Sign of the Hammer tattooed on my arm.
Manowar is the kings of metal, they are true. Once you listen to them, you feel a power. They are louder than hell. Not as all little poser who mix the true and the false. Manowar you said, They are the best metal band in the world wide. RAISE MANOWAR! =T=Hail and kill=T=
MANOWAR
GAMMA RAY
HELLOWEEN
IRON MAIDEN
JUDAS PRIEST
DIO
RHAPSODY
BLIND GUARDIAN
STRATOVARIUS
SABATON
KING DIAMOND
[Newest]European Power Metal from the USA!

14Kamelot
Roy Khan is one of the few vocalists capable of making me like melodic power metal. Also, the darkness conveyed in many lyrics appeals to me: "I am the thorn in your side/That seeks accomplishment/(REMINDING THE MORTAL OF DEATH! )/I am the spore of your pride/An angel heaven-sent/The master of all/I am the urge of the flesh". To me, this bands crowning accomplishment is The Black Halo, which features Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir) in the role of Mephisto. These guys are truly incredible at creating a melody.

reapersgale

Kamelot is very unique to me, they don't have that generic power metal voice; however, they make up much more from Khan's voice. They have a huge variety of songs in a single album. I won't criticize other bands, I'll just praise Kamelot. If it comes to a list, I want diversity in it, not just being subtle aspects that judge superiority.
Kamelot is one of the absolute best bands in the existence of time itself! They aren't classic but they're extremely awesome, they have it all. They should be number 1, 2nd for blind guardian, but don't get me wrong, they're both awesome and I love them both, but Roy Khan's voice is just so darn amazing, very underrated if you ask me.
[Newest]Kamelot makes me like power metal! And that comes from someone who listens to Baroque, Jazz and Slow Rock.

15Firewind
So underrated! Amazing band to listen to, recommend this band to all metal fans, should be top 5 at least! I mean come on, I am the anger is awesome!
Amazing band! I agree with some of these bands being on this list, but I feel like Firewind should definitely be in the top five with songs like Mercenary Man. I could never get enough with listening to these guys. They're quite unique.
Best Power Metal Band Ever, Burning Earth And The Premonition are 2 of the best power metal albums ever

Maclammy

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With every member change they just keep pumping up new music, and the lead guitarist plays for Ozzy!

16Powerwolf
HOW THE HELL IS THIS BAND OF BANDS NOT NUMBER ONE? Seriously guys this band slays the hell out of most other power metal bands they make werewolves cool again!
The creepy keys and dark scenery this band brings to Power Metal is a breath of fresh air! These Germans know how to do it good
I am sad that this band is not higher. I feel it is likely because of the youth of this band. I feel in later years they will become greater powers then even the likes of Dragon Force and Helloween.
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Anybody who reads this list, listen We Drink Your blood or Lust for blood and then think again what is your favourite power metal band.

17Avantasia
Avantasia is my almost most loved band from Germany
Listen to : Dying for an Angel, Lost in Space and The Toy Master
Avantasia is one of the most creative, heartfelt, and talented bands out there, which is why I'm surprised to see it ranked as no. 19 of the top power metal bands. I would personally rank them as no. 1, but a top ten spot would also work.
Best Band Ever
The Toy master
Avantasia
Lost in space
The scarecrow
The sign of the cross
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We are the power inside, we bring you fantasy
We are the kingdom of light and dreams, gnosis and life: Avantasia!

18Angra
What?! How could be Angra in 17? Deserve at least reach the top 10
Angra is a Brazilian band that incorporate various emotions and styles in their musics, it's amazing how could ones be smothers and others be heavy and fasted riffed. Amazing...
Angra should be in 1º
Your musics are the essence of power metal
And Kiko loureiro solos is the best * thing I have heard
Try out Escaping, Dilemma, Pau de Arara and Heroes of Sand
Angra has the best riff's and solos
Performed by kiko loureiro try hear out escaping, dilemma, desperado, enfermo, pau-de-arara and others.
He mixes a lot of sounds with speed and grace
Brazilian metal owns you. You
[Newest]Angra is an amazing band that deserves #1, or at least 6

19Heavenly
They have power in their melody and so what? Give respect to them..
The dark memories best song

20Edguy
Simply the best band ever! The epicness of their songs is just indescribable
No other band that I have ever listened to has had as many amazing songs as Edguy have. They seem to put the same amount of effort into every song. If you like Edguy you must listen to Avantasia. Best Band Ever
Edguy is having the songs that are just mind-blowing it is incredible tobias sammet is greatest of all musicians EDGUY IS ETERNAL!
[Newest]Power Metal has been divined by these guys


21Symphony X
How can I resist this. Symphony X should really be number 1, it has the most powerful Neoclassical sound in the world within one of the best Guitar Players and Singers, I should really say it is the most stupid List in the world within all the other ones..

Sebiriver

Progressive Metal, Neoclassical, Power metal. Al of these three styles defines them quite well. Among one of my favorites bands of all time. I've listened to all of the top 10 bands, and I really think Symphony is the number 1!
Though more progressive, Still a great band and really deserve the support. I listen to them every day and their power and beauty are downright EPIC!
[Newest]The most powerful power metal band in this list.

22Primal Fear
these guys are the most diverse, amazing, fast, crazy band in the world. they shouldn't even be considered power metal, theyre like a new kind of metal... the best...
I really don't understand how this band isn't higher on this list. Songs like "King For a Day" and "Blaze of Glory" are epic, expressive and extremely entertaining. Please give this band a listen.
Primal fear should be higher on this list. Simply amazing vocals and very intense guitar work. Very comparable to Judas Priest but heavier.

23Running Wild
Running Wild's golden era (Black Hand Inn, Blazon Stone, Death or Glory, Pile of Skulls) is just awesome power metal song after power metal song. Practically every song stands out as catchy, powerful. Very good stuff!
Dude songs about pirates, adventures, demons, the Anunaki and fighting against opression be it from the government or religion. In their prime they had fantastic lyrics and some badass riffs courtesy of RocknRolf. Running Wild defines the term epic with songs such as The battle of Waterloo, Under Jolly Roger, Riding the Storm. Be you a pirate or just an all around power metal fan you owe it yourself to listen to Death or glory and Black hand Inn/Port Royal arguably a few of the finest power metal albums ever made.
Epic songs! Ex: Treasure Island

24Dark Moor
I only started listening to Dark Moor in the last year, but it has already secured a big place in my music library. While their first album is a bit raw, they really hit their peak throughout the rest of their discography; incredibly complex melodies with some of the best shredding solos I have ever seen in power metal. If you haven't listened to them, I suggest looking them up, maybe start with their self-titled album or Tarot.
Love these guys, Dark moor is a really under-rated power metal band. Their newer stuff is really good, and their older stuff was the holy grail of power metal
If you have not voted for this band you obviously don't know its discography

25Dio
I don't care about this top 10 list.. How can we don't have Dio in the top 3. Without Dio, the power metal genre is itself incomplete. Dio is the legend who has stories to say about slaying dragons and battles in hell. He is metal in all sense
What. The. Freak. Dio at #26? Ronnie James Dio is the godfather of Power Metal. Dio should at least be in the top ten, if not first. Who can forget Holy Diver, The Last in Line, All the Fools Sailed Away, Evil Eyes, Rock 'n' Roll Children, Rainbow in the Dark, Killing the Dragon, and Egypt?
Who sings of devils and wizards more often than Dio? Right, no one. And this is the main point of power metal. No love at all. Dio should be in the top 10.
[Newest]A God of Metal like Dio, who stablished the foundations of Power Metal, at the 28 position? This list is weird...

26Judas Priest
Whilst their earlier works are not power metal per se, their first albums are a major influence. And Painkiller is a solid compound of heavy, speed and power metal. Painkiller is one of those albums that influenced power metal the most.
Judas Priest is Awesome but not power metal

27Freedom Call
All the songs of freedom call has something special, the best of power metal of ever! Freedom call calls it Happy Metal Party. Fantastic!
You guys underestimate this band they should
At least be 12-13
Freedom Call, the cry of barren souls
The surveillance of mankind will fall.

28Falconer
This Band isn't the best power metal band but better than most of them
How can somebody listen to songs like Royal Galley, Lord of the Blacksmiths, and Field of Sorrow and NOT like these guys
Actually the best PM I've heared. Sadly there seems to be a few bands that aren't PM, but is still on the list.

29Pathfinder
Very unknown band, but none the less amazing. I don't expect them to be in the top but they definitely deserve a listen, even if they don't have a Wikipedia page.
Popularity means nothing these guys are the modern kings of power metal

30Dream Evil
Its impossible to explain the epiceness of every of them songs. They talk about what we think, and the guitar is absolutely powerful, they truly inloved me for power metal!
"Immortal" is probably one of the best sounding power metal songs ever composed. Dream Evil should be a contestant for first place here.
The final solo in Chasing the dragon really demonstrates just how awesome this band is.

31Angel Dust
Why this group is not a household name is beyond me. Publicity, problems? They add something different - power, melody and some thrash to some special ballads. Musically VERY accomplished. What the hell happened..?
Complex, deep and downright fascinating. A very underestimated band.

32Accept
Accept should be at at least top 10
A great reborn, thanks to the band.

33Versailles
Versailles and Sonata Arctica are my favorites, love them. Seen both live and they were great.
Versailles is a great band. They play a very different power metal.
Hizaki and Teru are god guitar players, and Yuki is an awesome drummer. I don't like Kamijo's voice too much, but it's ok.
Extremely underrated Japanese power metal, thy are outstanding

34Grave Digger
Grave digger are, for me, in the history top 5 of power metal! I think that if you listen to their album "tunes of war", you will say:"oh my god! That's amazing!
For me, a pure essence of that what I call POWER metal music.
I'm not a musician critical but these guys are one of the best power metal I've listened in my life, and they came from the power metal country, germany. If someone is taking a look at these list I suggest to take a look on these band songs, I stronggly recommend Morgane le fay.
Sorry about the english I'm brazilian (and I don't like Angra : P )

35Dragonrider
Awesome kick-ass band, new but still awesome, tower of Babylon is their best track till now, it truly brings you to life!

I expect a lot from these guys in the next few years!

GO DRAGONRIDER!

ahmedhiari


36Savatage
Not quite power metal - but in my opinion, the best progressive metal band that there ever was. Listen to their stuff and I am sure that you will fall in love - especially if you like ballads.

37Theocracy
Hands down the best Christian power metal band... Which makes them arguably the best! Up there with other favorites like Helloween, Blind Guardian, and Kamelot (agreed that Maiden and Priest don't count).
I know that people shun them due to them being a Christian band, but their music surpasses all petty hate. Give them a try!
This band RULES! Lyrics are just perfect, about the things that really matter!
[Newest]They're really, really good

38Imperial Circus Dead Decadence
A conglomerate of symphonic, black, death, and power in Japanese and the fictional ("Taihaisekai") language!  What's not to headbang to?
One of the best Japanese bands in the underground black metal scene!

39Demons and Wizards
Great power rock opera band! Great mix of heavy metal and symphonic-like vocals!
Iced earth + blind guardian = demons and wizards

40Luca Turilli's Rhapsody
Luca is top in my opinion.

41Viper
Amazing band from the 80's/90's! It revealled Andre Matos as one the best vocalist! He was second place on the worldwide contest to replace Iron maiden's Bruce Dickinson! Viper's "Theater of fate" is a wonderful album!

42Dreamtale
First time I heard these I was drunk and dancing around the house. Fantastic band. Check them out.
Personally, I think Dreamtale are THE greatest power metal band. Their album Beyond Reality is just a fantastic soundtrack to headbang and sing along to.
Better than Iron Maden!

43Persuader
Not a typical power metal voice, but the rhythm is fast and vocals are amazing. they have a lot of beautiful songs like :Judas Immortal, cursed, sanity soiled, passion pain, masquerade, when eden burns,...

44Elvenking
This band are responsible for a song I have treasured for a long time, "The Divided Heart". This track has brilliant vocals, backing vocals, heavy instruments and creative lyrics. The band also has a surprisingly great cover of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" under its name.
Come on! They deserve to be ranked much better than this!
Cool italian folk power metal band

45Amaranthe
Amaranthe Is one of the best power band ever I have listen...

46Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon... Where do I begin. Lyrics straight from the heart, uplifting music, harsh guitars, prominent bass, quick blasting drums and mellow synths, and those vocals... Would that I had a voice like that.
Only Two Cd's but at it's Best! It's a shame we couldn't hear more from this guys
The BEST! Every single one of their songs rock!

47Helstar

48Power Quest
This band was so under-rated it's not even funny...
Too bad they are gone

49Hibria
These guys are true power metal straight out of Brazil. Listen to tiger punch or steel lord on wheels. It'll blow your mind how great these guys are.
Most severely underrated PowerMetal band out there! These guys should do the music for the next F-Zero game

50Rainbow
Iron maiden is one of the greatest bands if not the best but this band has been the most influential for power metal since it is more power and this one came before iron maiden
They were pioneers of the power metal atmosphere

51Nocturnal Rites
How could this band not be in the damn list? They have awesome riffs and melodies
They have an amazing first album, even though it kinda sucks

52Alestorm
Pirates and power metal. Can't get much better than that!
One of the best bands I have ever heard. Such good.
How is this so low... This band is one of the best

53ReinXeed
Tommy Reinxeed is definitely underrated. His vocals have come a long way and his guitarwork is at the top. Best album is "Higher" with "The Light" right behind it.
Uknowen band so sad. They kick as

54Holyhell

55Dragonland
This band has carried an epic tale reminiscent of many high fantasy films and books and expressed it in a way in which you would never had imagined throughout a trilogy of epic symphonic-power-metal albums which only seem to get better and better. Aside from this, their 2006 title "Astronomy" is by far one of the most thrilling and unique albums I have ever heard. Give them a listen!
In all honesty, Dragonland has several good albums. But in light of the subject they will not likely make it beyond these. People just don't listen to them.
Dragonland should be at the top. They just sound so unique and are definitely the best synphonic power metal band at least. The songs are just so epic- Just listen to 'Supernova'and prepare to be amazed. The album 'astronomy' is one of the best metal albums ever regardless of metal genre.

56Virgin Steele

57Iron Savior
You can definitely tell these guys were influenced by Judas Priest but with more of a speed/power metal vine to it. From the heavy catchy guitar hookes of of Judas Priest, to the fast pasted riffs of iced earth of old.
True Heroic Power Metal!

58Shaman
Melhor banda de power do brasil, simplemente o orgulho nacional

59InnerSiege

60Mystic Prophecy

61Ensiferum
Wow just wow. Why are this band so low on the list. An absolute gem of a band. Perfect if you love saxon and viking lore. Which I do. I am a self oobsessed pagan follower of Odin and bands like Manowar Hammerfall and Ensiferum are absolutely brilliant.
My list would have been
1. Hammerfall
2. Ensiferum
3. Keldian
5. Falconer
6. Glory Hammer
7. Helloween
8. Dragonforce
9. Rhapsody
10. Dragonland
My all time favorite band but this is folk metal. Not power metal. Maybe some earlier stuff has power metal style but ensiferum is folk metal.

62Narnia
Greatest power metal band of all time period.

63Bloodbound
These guys are amazing. I have yet to find a bad song. Check out In the name of metal. Epic band and I will choose them over Edguy, Hammerfall and blind Guardian anyday!
BEST PM BAND EVER!
A great Swedish band that represents the essential of power metal. From Nosferatus to In the Name of Metal, every albums are very goods. Bloodbounders! Don't stop, we need you on the road.

64Iron Fire

65Masterplan
WHAT? Masterplan is definitely on the top 5 Power Metal bands of all time.
Masterplan, with the songs Blue Europa, Black in the burn and Heroes, should definitely be among top 10, AT LEAST.
Masterplan is one of the best power metal bands. get it into the top 20

66Funeral Anthem

67Crimson Glory
Crimson Glory is a progressive metal band in the veins of Queensryce & early Fates Warning, but their second album Trancendence is the work of legends. That album combined power metal & Queensryche before Stratovarius & Blind Guardian hit the scene. Midnight (R.I. P) had the voice as well as the attitude. Where Dragon's Rule is a perfect indicator of that. As I said their a progressive metal act in the veins of Queensryche, the Trancendence easily trumps over half the catalogs of most of these power metal bands.

68Magic Kingdom

69Celesty

70Visions of Atlantis
I'm really glad to see Visions of Atlantis on the top 100 list, they're great
Lost, and The Secret are two of my favorite songs

71Fairyland
I don't know why this band isn't famous. Their music is just epic. Listen to one of their songs and you will understand.
I like their first album a lot I could listen to it all day. They should a least made like 8 or 5 but they only 3 well great symphonic power metal band I love them a loT!

72White Skull

73Labyrinth
if you haven't here them you are a FOOL

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Probably the most underrated band ever. Great sound, songs and musicians. Better the rhapsody, by far...

74I Am I
The former singer of Dragonforce comes back with a new band, epic music, and the awesome new album Event Horizon. Search up their song "Silent Genocide" and you will be blown away.
I wonder why this band isn't popular. ZP Theart is in this band, and his voice is just awesome.

75Spellblast
A combination of folk and metal. Very unique.

76Wuthering Heights
There is not a single band like Wuthering Heights. Their songs are an amazing combination of progressive, folk and power metal. Their song "The Mad Sailor" is what got me into metal. Listen to it, you'll know what I mean. Just do it. NOW!

77Unisonic
Unisonic has Michael Kiske and Kai hansen. If I wanted to see any songs of The keeper part 1 and 2 performed I will see unisonic live. Those two were meant to stay together!
Light of dawn is a great Album
Your time has come!

78Mutiny Within

79Edenbridge

80NeonFly

81Jag Panzer
Unacceptable. This Colorado-based power metal bands shreds hard and deserves way higher than 81.
80th place? Are you kidding me? One of the first power metal bands and one of the best...

82Altaria
One of the best power metal bands in my opinion. Great rhythm, amazing vocals and rememberable lyrics. They are very underrated!

83Holy Knights
Their latest album Between daylight and pain is just EPIC.. And best power metal album of 2012

84Highland Glory
One of the best power metal for me is highland glory melodic as well speed metal

85Axxis

86Galloglass

87Divinefire

88Concerto Moon
This band isnot ratedup only because they spaek japanise

89Dreamaker

90Amberian Dawn
Amazing band, the rhythms of the songs are awesome.

91Time Requiem

92Vicious Rumors

93Metal Church

94Artcell

95The Storyteller

96Waves of Anger
Waves of anger is the best power metal band ever from india than the others that I've heard it.

97Hellow

98Machinae Supremacy
A pretty unknown but epic Metal Band. Actually it's called "SID Metal" because they use C64 Sounds to improve their music but I think it counts as power metal as well. ;) Really epic sounds. They definitely deserve to be up there in the top 30.
Listen to some of their songs like 'Conveyor' or 'Hero' and you will be impressed. In my opinion their best album is still "overworld" from 2008 but they also made the epic soundtrack for the game Jets'n'Guns and some songs for Deus Ex. What else can you expect?
This band is just epic!

99Kiuas

100Deathlike Silence
Power metal with good vocals and amazing instrument.check out their top songs like six feet under the ground, dagon, moonlight shadow, trapped in the night

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