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?

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1Blind GuardianBlind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

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!

The challenge that many Power Metal bands seem to face is avoiding repetition. Blind Guardian, however, takes a on repetition and makes something new every time.. Every song is it own story.

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2HelloweenHelloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

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

Father of power metal

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3SabatonSabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.

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

So cheesy and musically boring

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4Sonata ArcticaSonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal.

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.

Unfortunately sold out... but they continue making much good stuff

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5DragonForceDragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

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 real music. Listen them and you will understand

This is the best band of power metal, they are very fastest and they have a great talent

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6HammerfallHammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.

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!

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.

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.

What is Hammerfall doing down here!?

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7Iced EarthIced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

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 ...more

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

Iced Earth is perfection! I have listened to A LOT of metal but Iced Earth stands out as one of the very best

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8StratovariusStratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released 16 studio albums, 4 DVD and 3 live albums.

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.

Easily top 5 material. Love their new album. - IronSabbathPriest

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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

Excellent band

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10Gamma RayGamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.

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!

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.

they are like the second helloween those solos of the great kai - slashz

Absolutely no way that the band that released No World Order should be below garbage like DragonForce

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You know, the one before luca turilli's rhapsody, the band Luca Turilli worked on during the rhapsody hiatus. Prophet of the last eclipse was amazing!

The Contenders

11KamelotKamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album SiƩge Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced ...read more.

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.

Kamelot is absolutely amazing as a band and the albums Epica and The Black Halo are some of the best albums ever.

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12NightwishNightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen.

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.

Nightwish is the best power metal band ever

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13Powerwolf

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.

This band deserves more recognition!

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14FirewindFirewind is a Greek power metal band. Formed in 1998, the group is currently signed to Century Media Records and was originally a small project created by guitarist, Gus G.

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.

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!

Its not that I'm greek. its just the kind of power metal I do prefer the most... First albums have the guitar riffs that every metal head needs to listen

Holy crap! Surprised to see this band in here.

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15Primal FearPrimal Fear is a German power metal and speed metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner.

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.

Primal Fear should be in the first place.

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16Edguy

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 a very stereotypical power metal band, but they play the part well with consistently good releases and very catchy songs. - Bowbow

Edguy is the follow-up to what Helloween started.

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17ManowarManowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.

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=

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
GAMMA RAY
HELLOWEEN
IRON MAIDEN
JUDAS PRIEST
DIO
RHAPSODY
BLIND GUARDIAN
STRATOVARIUS
SABATON
KING DIAMOND

Hammers Held High!

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18Symphony XSymphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

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

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!

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!

Very talented musicians. #1 on this list - no doubt

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19Heavenly

They have power in their melody and so what? Give respect to them..

Heavenly is a hidden gem- vocals and guitar are euphoric. One of the best music discoveries I have ever made.

Amazing band. Still waiting for their new album though

Awesome speed melodic solo, but the vocal is boring...

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20Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.

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.

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 my favorite band of all time! Plus there are so many bands that they had an influence on! Up The Irons!

No metal band stands up to Maiden. No sure if they are 100% power metal though.

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