Top 10 Founders of Power Metalryanrimmel
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Rainbow created power metal - 'Gates Of Babylon' was the first power metal song ever.
'Eyes Of The World' was the first symphonic power metal song (no symphonic orchestra but symphonic vibe from start to finish).
'A Light In The Black' and 'Kill The King' were among the first speed metal songs. Currently speed metal is a subgenre of power metal because speed metal is a smaller subgenre than power metal. But chronologically speed metal emerged before power metal - power metal is a mix of speed metal and traditional metal (slower than speed metal and faster than traditional metal).
Regarding speed metal Ritchie Blackmore just continued what he started with Deep Purple (songs like Highway Star, etc. ) - Metal_Treasure
Rainbow was highly influential in power metal, but the first power metal song was was "Warrior" by the band Riot off the album "Rock City" (1977). Helloween had the first full power metal album with "Walls of Jericho" (1985) although they actually had an EP called "Judas" which came out in 1984. It is now released as part of the Walls of Jericho album.
I have noticed it too. I am no power metal expert. But I have seen most power metal licks are fast but not thrashy. I mean they use fast chords progression but they don't strum their strings like thrash metal (brutal strumming). Ritchie Blackmore used this technique in many songs. Especially songs with Rainbow. - zxm
DIO!V 1 Comment
There are many early influences for power metal, but Helloween clearly pioneered the fast paced, catchy, uplifting sound that defines the genre of power metal that we know today. "Walls of Jericho" (1985) was the first power metal album and should be up with the Keepers albums even though it did not get as much publicity.
To me, Manowar never achieved this type of sound until the "Fighting the World" album which came out in 1987... with the song "Black wind, Fire and Steel". Everything before that fell into the "heavy metal" category.
However, It should be noted that the first actual power metal SONG was "Warrior" by the band Riot off the album "Rock City" (1977).
I've never read about such notion and Wave but we can probably talk about a New Wave Of European Power Metal (influenced by The NWOBHM), where Helloween played the key role but Helloween didn't invent power metal.
So Walls of Jericho was the first album from this New Wave but it wasn't the first Power Metal album ever. Manowar released 4 power metal albums before Walls of Jericho. - Metal_Treasure
Walls of Jericho was the first Power Metal album. - ryanrimmel
Because kiske!V 1 Comment
Should be #2 after Rainbow.
1) Manowar released 4 power metal albums before Walls of Jericho. They were influenced by Dio because Joey DeMaio (bassist) and Dio were close friends.
2) Formed in 1980, the band is known for lyrics based on fantasy (particularly swords and sorcery) and mythology (particularly Norse mythology).
3) They wrote lots of metal anthems glorifying metal music, which is another power metal feature (mostly power metal bands sing about the metal music). Manowar have to be credited for starting this power metal tradition.
4) They practically invented Battle Metal (a subgenre of power metal) because Manowar's stuff has a martial air to it (and their name says it loud - Man O' War). Turisas made it more popular. - Metal_Treasure
I'll start with this: they are a very proficient band with several masterpieces but terribly underrated.
As far as I know, they first introduced progressive elements into power metal (mid/late 80s). Savatage fans wonder if they are a prog metal band or power metal band - they are both but most of their stuff is Prog Power Metal, combining the two subgenres. I think Prog Power Metal is great.
Formed in 1978, they started as a power and speed metal band, but later added prog and symphonic elements. Their later songs are better but relevant here are their early songs (enjoy the insane vocals and solos):
1983 - Scream Murder, Sirens (power/speed metal); 1984 - Visions, The Whip, The Dungeons Are Calling (power/speed metal); 1985 - Washed Out (speed metal); 1989 - Gutter Ballet (prog power metal).
Their most popular song is 'Hall Of The Mountain King (1987) - it's great but they had better songs in the 90s/00s.
At a later stage Blind Guardian also included some prog ...more - Metal_Treasure
Their 1988 debut album sparked a lot of new bands - ryanrimmel
The instrumentals influenced Power Metal with their first 2 albums, but then "Under Jolly Roger" turned them into a Power Metal band in 1987. - ryanrimmel
My list in chronological order of appearance of their first power metal songs/albums:
1 Rainbow - 1978
2 Manowar - 1982
3 Dio - 1983, May
4 Savatage - 1983, Nov
5 Yngwie - 1984
6 Helstar - 1984
7 Helloween - 1985
8 Leige Lord - 1985
9 Running Wild - 1987
10 Stratovarius - 1989
11 Rage - 1989
12 Gamma Ray - 1990
13 Blind Guardian (their 1988 album wasn't power metal, it was speed-to-thrash; power metal emerged later in their stuff) - Metal_Treasure
Yngwie's instrumentals are neo-classical metal but his non-instrumental songs are either power metal or speed metal.
My fave song is Rising Force - it's a masterpiece.
Other power metal songs from the early Yngwie (1984-1986): As Above So Below, Liar, Disciples of hell, Anguish And Fear, Fury, Magic Mirror.
Besides, Yngwie Malmsteen made a significant impact on many future power metal guitarists, with his accurate and fast neo-classical style (most notably Timo Tolkki - Stratovarius, and Olaf Lenk - At Vance).
Also, Yngwie's bandmate Jens Johansson modernized the keyboard sound of Deep Purple's Jon Lord, which was further incorporated into the power metal genre.
Holy Diver and many more. - Metal_Treasure
Warlord is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1980 and based in Los Angeles, California. Since its formation the band has been led by guitarist William J Tsamis and drummer Mark Zonder. And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun..., issued in October 1984 and accompanied by a VHS home video release of the same name (now in DVD) was first power/speed metal album.
Not a Power Metal band, but Bruce Dickinson's vocals were highly influential - ryanrimmel
One of the biggest influences if not the biggest on power metal!
Like a Proto Power Metal.
Even though I agree the NWOBHM was highly influential I don't think Iron Maiden and Judas Priest should be in the top 10 - as influencers only, they should be lower and make room for actual power metal bands in the top 10-20. - Metal_TreasureV 1 Comment
Leige Lord is a very underrated Speed Metal band who only released 3 albums. Their instrumentals influenced Power Metal - ryanrimmel
The speed they displayed in their early albums was highly influential, but they became a Power Metal band in 1989 - ryanrimmel
Awesome Band First Power metal song Warrior 1977
Influential towards the creation of Power Metal, but Accept is a Traditional Heavy Metal band. - ryanrimmel
Phenomenal, just discovered them recently. - Caleb9000
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