Top 10 European Power Metal Albums of the 90s

Power Metal and Symphonic Metal are related but different subgenres.
This list includes ONLY Power Metal so please don't add symphonic metal bands/albums because they are different (Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation, and so on).

The Top Ten

1 Nightfall in Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian

No words on how excellent this album is - DejanKalinic

Concept album based on The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. The story is narrated by songs, short bridge songs and short spoken parts. This albums is different.
It's also heavier, darker, more intense, more complex and more progressive than the usual power metal albums.
Songs - Nightfall, Thorn, Mirror Mirror, Into the Storm, Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill), The Curse of FĂ«anor, Noldor. - Metal_Treasure

2 Land of the Free - Gamma Ray

Songs - Rebellion in Dreamland, Land of the Free, Man on a Mission. - Metal_Treasure

3 Somewhere Far Beyond - Blind Guardian

Songs - The Bard's Song (In the Forest), Time What is Time, Journey Through the Dark, The Quest for Tanelorn, Ashes to Ashes, Theatre of Pain. - Metal_Treasure

4 Power Plant - Gamma Ray

Songs - Armageddon, Gardens of the Sinner, Anywhere in the Galaxy, Heavy Metal Universe, It's a Sin (Pet Shop Boys cover). - Metal_Treasure

5 Vain Glory Opera - Edguy

Songs - Vain Glory Opera, Out of Control, No More Foolin, Fairytale, Tomorrow. - Metal_Treasure

6 Ecliptica - Sonata Arctica

Fullmoon alone should win them a spot in the top 10. - Metal_Treasure

7 Destiny - Stratovarius
8 Insanity and Genius - Gamma Ray

Ralf Scheepers was still their lead singer and his vocal was incredible. Ralf voice reminds me of Rob Halford.
My favorite songs - Last Before the Storm, 18 Years. - Metal_Treasure

9 Glory to the Brave - HammerFall
10 Visions - Stratovarius

The Contenders

11 Somewhere Out in Space - Gamma Ray
12 Symphony of Enchanted Lands - Rhapsody
13 Theater of Salvation - Edguy
14 The Time of the Oath - Helloween
15 Night of the Stormrider - Iced Earth

Iced Earth are Americans. - Metal_Treasure

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