Top 10 Power Metal Songs with the Best Intro

Power Metal is a melodic non-extreme metal subgenre. Intros in Power Metal vary a lot and this is a good thing in my opinion - electric guitar intros, acoustic guitar intros, keyboards/piano intros, drum intros, vocal-focused intros, sounds (such as war sounds, clock sounds, thunder sounds), and many combinations between all listed.

In my original top 10 I included examples of this variety. But the most common intros are electric guitar riffs that is a characteristic of metal music in general.
The Top Ten
1 I Am - Theocracy

Progressive Power Metal at its best. Gorgeous and epic intro to one of the best power metal songs of the 21st century (2011). The sample below features part of the intro.

Love the intro, one of the best progressive power metal bands.

2 Time What Is Time - Blind Guardian

A pretty unusual intro in 3 parts - flamenco style acoustic guitar, followed by a drum & riff "thunder", followed by a beautiful melodic riff. I love the contrast of these transitions. It works so well. The sample features the 2nd and the 3rd part of the intro. But the most unique element is the 1st part - the acoustic flamenco guitar.

The intro for this song is probably the best I've ever heard.

3 Land of the Free - Gamma Ray

An electric guitar intro I like a lot. Kai Hansen rules!

4 Vain Glory Opera - Edguy

Keyboards intro for ya by Tobias Sammet. Great song (don't miss the chorus).

5 Father Time - Stratovarius
6 Martyr - Theocracy
7 The Curse of Feanor - Blind Guardian
8 Ghost Division - Sabaton
9 Mysteria - Edguy
10 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce

So what if it's cliche to put this on greatest power metal intros? It's still pretty damn epic.

The Contenders
11 Where the Rain Grows - Helloween
12 Distant Thunder - Shaman
13 Man on a Mission - Gamma Ray
14 Laying the Demon to Rest - Theocracy

Hits like a truck, and I love it.

15 As Above, So Below - Yngwie Malmsteen
16 Somewhere Out In Space - Gamma Ray
17 Heresy in Disguise - Falconer
18 Valhalla - Blind Guardian

An iconic intro - a guitar riff perfectly complemented by the drumming (drumming sounds like an extension of the riff - the sample features part of it). Perfect.

19 Bad Guys Wear Black - Primal Fear
20 30 Pieces of Silver - Theocracy
21 Defenders of the Crown - Edguy
22 Age of False Innocence - Blind Guardian
23 Journey Through the Dark - Blind Guardian

Raw, Thrashy, & Speedy - an underrated song. Somewhere Far Beyond and Imaginations from the Other Side were two great albums. I really miss that era of Blind Guardian.

24 Thorn - Blind Guardian

Wow, the user Kelian ADDED 10 Blind Guardian SONGS! I didn't know there was another big fan of theirs on this site!

25 Imaginations from the Other Side - Blind Guardian

To me, the intro to this song sounds quite strange and mystical, which I believe is the essence of this beautifully crafted album. It's twin brother-like album "Somewhere Far Beyond", which although encompasses a lot more thrashier and aggressive element, also reflects subtleties of the same mystical quality through some really intriguing and thought-provoking lyricism. Hah, I might be completely off with my interpretation. Blame it all upon the Rush of Blood to the Head - Arhaan95

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