Best American Power Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Kamelot Kamelot Kamelot 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 more.

Notable for their gothic-inspired sound and the vocals of Roy Khan. - Caleb9000

2 Manowar Manowar Manowar 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.

The origins and epitome of power metal. HAIL and KILL.

Manowar is largely based on that nostalgia of the early 80s and they have been since that time period. - Caleb9000

3 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced 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.

Great under rated band!

I wouldn't say they are a typical power metal band but they have some songs that can be called power metal. I love this band. - Metal_Treasure

Known for mixing melodic power metal with the sound of 1980s thrash. - Caleb9000

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4 Manilla Road Manilla Road Manilla Road is an American heavy metal band from Wichita, Kansas, founded by lead guitarist Mark 'the Shark' Shelton.

Arguably the first power metal band ever, this band mixes their own sound found first on Crystal Logic with other styles on each album (thrash, doom, death, gothic, etc). - Caleb9000

5 Virgin Steele

A band who has albums that almost play out like operas with dynamic vocals and varied sections reminiscent of romantic classical music. - Caleb9000

6 Vicious Rumors

A band who has a highly underrated guitarist (Geoff Thorpe) and a great vocalist who mixed traditional power metal with thrashy belting (Carl Albert). A bit like a thrashier Savatage. - Caleb9000

7 Fifth Angel

More melodic and ahead of their time than any of the other bands here that possibly influenced acts like Blind Guardian - Caleb9000

8 Theocracy Theocracy Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia.

An American progressive power metal band that sounds like a bit of a cross between Rhapsody, Dream Theater and Symphony X. Most of the music is written solely by the talented lead vocalist and guitarist, Matt Smith. Every album sounds different. Recently with Ghost Ship, they've been going in a more Thrash-inspired direction. - Caleb9000

They make amazing (progressive) power metal songs. They need more attention. - Metal_Treasure

9 Omen

An early band who released an amazing album called Battle Cry in 1984 which is a bit like Manowar, but with a more melodic and dynamic sound reminiscent of Kai Hansen's songwriting of Helloween and Gamma Ray. - Caleb9000

10 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

The Contenders

11 Chastain

Another early band who were a bit heavier than the other bands here, giving off a prototype to the darker bands of the power metal genre (Angra, Demons and Wizards, etc). - Caleb9000

12 Jag Panzer
13 Never more Never more Nevermore is an American progressive metal band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in 1991, they are known to incorporate elements from various styles such as power metal, modern hard rock, classic heavy metal and technical thrash metal. The band has been on hiatus since 2011, due to personal issues between more.
14 Helstar
15 Riot
16 Agent Steel
17 Liege Lord Liege Lord Liege Lord is an American speed/power metal band, active in the 1980s and considered to be a pioneer of the genre.
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