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

I Am - Theocracy I Am - Theocracy Cover Art

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.

Momo told me to
*Hears Tis*
*Hair grows back*
Oh mah gawd
MAUHAUHAUHAUHAU

Time What Is Time - Blind Guardian Time What Is Time - Blind Guardian Cover Art

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.

Land of the Free - Gamma Ray Land of the Free - Gamma Ray Cover Art

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

Vain Glory Opera - Edguy Vain Glory Opera - Edguy Cover Art

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

Father Time - Stratovarius Father Time - Stratovarius Cover Art

It opens with ticking clock sounds, followed by drum-driven instrumental intro

Martyr - Theocracy Martyr - Theocracy Cover Art

Excellent proggy riffs, well paired with drums

The Curse of Feanor - Blind Guardian The Curse of Feanor - Blind Guardian Cover Art

A very cool drum-driven instrumental intro (The Curse of Feanor might be the heaviest song on this list; it's also one of the most underrated Blind Guardian songs)

Ghost Division - Sabaton Ghost Division - Sabaton Cover Art

I love it because it's very energetic (the sample features part of it because the intro is actually one of the riffs)

Mysteria - Edguy Mysteria - Edguy Cover Art

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the freakshow", followed by a great scream ("Oooh, yeah! ")

Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce Cover Art

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

The Contenders

Where the Rain Grows - Helloween Where the Rain Grows - Helloween Cover Art

The intro includes a drum solo that is about 10 seconds long

Distant Thunder - Shaman
Laying the Demon to Rest - Theocracy Laying the Demon to Rest - Theocracy Cover Art

Hits like a truck, and I love it.

As Above, So Below - Yngwie Malmsteen As Above, So Below - Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art
Somewhere Out In Space - Gamma Ray Somewhere Out In Space - Gamma Ray Cover Art

Electric guitar-driven intro (guitars - Kai Hansen)

Valhalla - Blind Guardian Valhalla - Blind Guardian Cover Art

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.

Bad Guys Wear Black - Primal Fear Bad Guys Wear Black - Primal Fear Cover Art

Sequence: sounds, short drum solo, killer riff

Man on a Mission - Gamma Ray Man on a Mission - Gamma Ray Cover Art
30 Pieces of Silver - Theocracy 30 Pieces of Silver - Theocracy Cover Art
Defenders of the Crown - Edguy Defenders of the Crown - Edguy Cover Art
Age of False Innocence - Blind Guardian Age of False Innocence - Blind Guardian Cover Art

It opens with piano (this is a great Progressive Power Metal song; I think it's THE most underrated Blind Guardian song)

Journey Through the Dark - Blind Guardian Journey Through the Dark - Blind Guardian Cover Art

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.

Thorn - Blind Guardian Thorn - Blind Guardian Cover Art

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

Imaginations from the Other Side - Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side - Blind Guardian Cover Art

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

Mindtraveller - Falconer Mindtraveller - Falconer Cover Art

This is more like folk metal and not power metal

Hands down, top 5 intros in rock

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