Top 10 Power Metal Bands

There are many bands of power metal some of them are pure power metal but who will be the greatest?

The Top Ten Power Metal Bands

1 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

I think, it's the best power metal band! They have many great epic songs! The best album for me was a "Nightfall in the Middle-Earth", so the Blind Guardian ROCKS! Keep going!

They have music for every mood! The faster songs from their older work, slower songs and the epic sound they portray in everything they write!

Hansi's amazing voice carrys me away, every time I'm listening to their songs. Best live performances in their genre!

Yo, these guys are good. I hate power metal but a few of their songs are good - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

2 Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

Helloween - it is the best power metal band ever!
Iron maiden - Heavy metal! They are not power!
Helloween is mach more power than Dragonforce!
They are kings of power, speed metal!

What? They are the creators of power metal... They are Legends! Up Helloween! Maiden are not power metal...

Blind Guardian is my personal favourite but without Helloween we wouldn't have power metal. Also, Keeper of the seven keys pt. 1 and 2 are two of the best metal albums ever.

Is justification really necessary for putting Helloween at the top of this list? Well if it is, here's what I have to say: They are probably the most consistent power metal band around. Most power metal bands with careers as long as Helloween have several albums that leave you scratching your head, but Helloween has far fewer than most. Also, they are willing to explore different territory on different albums. I don't think I really need to say more. - reapersgale

3 Sabaton Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.

Fantastic power metal from Sweden. Unlike the fantasy-inspired lyrics found in much power metal, Sabaton prefer to write about war, and their lyrics usually convey this very well: "Through the gates of Hell/As we make our way to Heaven/Through the Nazi lines/Primo Victoria/On the 6th of June/On the shores of western Europe/1944/D-Day upon us". The only problem I have ever had with this band is that the guitarists never seem to get their chance to truly shine. - reapersgale

Sings about epic battles but also about the tragedies of war. Really makes you think.

It is a young band...
But one day we will say that it is the best of all times...
I didn't know that Iron Maiden where power metal...
Maybe the only band that reach them...

I absolutely love Sabaton. I love their style and their live performances. And they write songs about history, unlike many others. I think they get so much hate because they're successful and popular, and they don't have the sort of "power" in thrash metal. Like new and popular metal bands often receive hate from the old, conservative fans, but I think when this band gets as old as Iron Maiden, they're gonna be one of the best bands ever. by the way, if you like historical lyrics, why not check Civil War? Their founding members are former members of Sabaton that can't keep up with the preforming rate (they wanna spend time with their families and friends).

4 DragonForce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

These guys are not fake, they work as hard as all other power metal bands and it shows in all of their epic albums

Dragonforce get way to much hate and criticism just because of how fast and melodic their songs are. Its like if somebody tries something that sounds outrageous there's always going to be people who will hate it. But the only reason that people hate on DF is because they are just brilliant at what they do (Gotten better)

I personally think that dragon force is what power metal should be all about with its fast paced songs with melody, long guitar fast technical guitar solos, they even have some fast keyboard solos and even a bass solo in body breakdown. But most of all the sound effects they create and perform live is truly unique.

I can't think of any other band in the power metal category that make their own sound effects. I think other bands should take note of them especially as they are one of a few power metal bands that have achieved mainstream success.

They don't always make stupidly fast songs and Three Hammers is a great example of that. It shows that ...more - zakloxray

People say dragonforce is a bad example of power metal music. I really don't care what those people think because dragonforce is an amazing band and is simply the best power metal band!

Into the fires of forever we will fly through the heavens with the power of the universe we stand strong together.

5 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.

John Schaffer is the best rhythm guitarist the world has to offer, his music is my food, the band is my life.. Their songs are epic and composed with passion, The band's nonesuch altering rhythms and metronomes within it's songs, and their superb and mobilizing galloping techniques are nowhere to be seen. My favourites are Dante's Inferno, The path I Choose, Travel in Stygian, Pure Evil, Stormrider, I Died For You, My own Savior, Question Of Heaven, Dracula, The Hunter, Desert Rain, The Coming Curse, Ten Thousand Strong, Birth of the Wicked, Angels Holocaust, Melancholy, Reckoning Don't Thread on Me, Dystopia, Burning Times, Brainwashed, Dark Saga, Iced Earth, The Last Laugh, Prophecy,1776, Stand Alone, Vengeance is Mine, When The Night Falls and many others and if the motto of power metal is "power" then you may count Iced Earth in power metal bands as you may easily draw that power from Iced Earth, one more thing, In my point of view the pure power metal song of iced earth is ...more

Iced Earth is the absolute best power metal band from the US. They have also had some of the greatest vocalists to grace this godly subgenre: Matt Barlow, Tim "Ripper" Owens and Stu Block. They are also masters of composition and Jon Schaffer has written numerous incredible riffs. They deserve to stand eternally among the likes of Helloween and Blind Guardian. - reapersgale

Iced earth is the best power metal band I have ever listened to... Songs like dracula, dantes inferno, I walk alone, come what may, melancholy, I died for you, ten thousand strong, disciples of lie are at their best... I just love them 2 much

Whether or not Iced Earth is truly 'power metal' is questionable- at least half of their albums I would probably class more under 'thrash metal. ' However, going by their power metal side, Iced Earth is worthy of being one of the top power metal bands. - djh101

6 Gamma Ray Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.

Best power metal band by far, they have put so much effort in their songs,their solos are magnificent the riffs are great and the lyrics are decent too

Gamma Ray should be in top 3 along with Helloween and Blind Guardian. This band has no weak album, Kai's voice seems to get better and better with every record, and the guys are just awesome live and always so nice with the fans. Great band!

Kai is a legend and a founder of the genre. If he could have kept the "Helloween" name after his departure, there would be no discussions on whether he belonged in the top 3. And... we would have an active Helloween band that actually sounds like early Helloween

I can't believe Gamma ray has so little votes! Just listen to Land of the free, Somewhere out of space, Powerplant... Kai is a genius - one of the best songwriters on the metal scene, he and Weikath INVENTED the whole power metal genre for God sake! And he is an exeptional guitar player and a very positive and funny guy. Not to say I just LOVE his voice - it is so unique and diversive, always keeps me interested.

7 Hammerfall HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.

Nothing on earth stays forever but none of your deeds were in vain, deep in our hearts we will live again you come to the home of the brave.

I've no idea why people put Iron Maiden in Top Ten power metal band list. I agree that Maiden is one of the greatest NWOBHM band so far, but obviously it's not a speed/power metal band. Any mean necessary, one of the best songs of Hammerfall, is my very first song of listening to power metal and it made me to become a huge fan of power metal. I also like all the bands on this top 10 list but Hammerfall is my most favorite power metal band. I think they should be at the top 3 place of the list because of their epic songs like Glory to brave, Hammerfall, Hearts on Fire, Any Mean Necessary and... Well, almost all of their songs are epic. Let the hammer fall on the haters!

1- Hammerfall
2- Avantasia
3- Nightwish
4- Manowar
5- Helloween
That's my top 5, with Stratovarius and Edguy right on the edge. I respect Blind Guardian as a #1 choice, but most of their songs just don't do it for me.

Hammerfall I thought was very low on the list. The quality of the band and the last albums I think it should be better qualified.

8 Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal.

First album was amazing, I also liked their song Wolf and Raven.

One of the best power metal band in the whole world! Full of speed notes combined with a very cool keyboard, in which is found a lot of smoothes melodies. For whom that likes songs made of riffs that remember the medieval time with a strong personality, that is the right one for listening!

Quality, quality power metal. Their new stuff is less fast paced, but they're still up there as one of the best power metal band.

Great early days... They kinda sold out. I especially love the albums Winterheart's Guild and Reckoning Night. I can't say I was a huge days of Grays fan.

9 Stratovarius Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released 16 studio albums, 4 DVD and 3 live albums.

Seeing them so far down the list really shooked my mind. They've been around for more than 3 decades, and have influenced plethora of power metal bands that popped up over time. Despite being such an influential, and a musically tasteful band they're not rated properly, which is also apparent on other ranking, and opinion based music websites.

Stratovarius is absolutely my favorite Power Metal band. Hands down. They make music about life. Their melodies are rich like a fountain of chocolate wine, and their harmonies fierce as a forest fire. I hope that puts it into perspective for y'all.

Great musicians. Listen to their mind-blowing albums Visions and Infinite and decide for yourself before casting a vote on any other item on this list.

Absolutely best metal band. Great musicians, and the lead singer has a perfect voice and never screams like a wild animal, but rather pushes his voice to the limits of an actual a r t.
Their songs are multilevel compositions that are a delicious meal both body and soul.

10 Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.

One of the best metal bands to ever emerge from Finland for sure. Until they lost their minds and decided to "replace" Tarja Turunen ("replace" being in quotations since this task is utterly impossible), they were fantastic. Songs like The Kinslayer, The Phantom of the Opera and so many others are just essential symphonic power metal. Everything about this band (in its TRUE form) is amazing - the guitar, the bass, the keyboards, the drums and the vocals of both Tarja Turunen and Marco Hietala. Nightwish may only be number 4 for power metal, but they are number one for symphonic power metal. - reapersgale

I'm not to fond of metal bands with chicks in them, now don't get me wrong, I'm not sexist. I have tried time after time listening to metal bands with chick singers in them, but unfortunately most of them fail to deliver that aggression that I like in my metal. But out of the so few metal bands with chick singers this actually one of them. This band is aggressive, heavy and overall appealing to the ears as far as power metal goes. So if you are not as much a fan of chick leading metal band as I am. Give these guys a try, you won't be disappointed.

I think Nightwish should be higher on this list! But just my opinion.

Even though I don't like Power Metal, Nightwish is my favorite band of all time! But, obviously, Nightwish is more of a Symphonic Metal band. Of course, they do Gothic Metal (which my favorite music genre due to the fact I'm Goth), Folk Metal, and, of course, Power Metal. And oddly, I love all of their songs but I don't think Power Metal fits the band. I'm not saying that because I don't like Power Metal, I just don't know why I think that Power Metal doesn't fit them.

The Newcomers

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11 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 Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced more.

For me, it is one of the rare band that released an album, I listen to it, and I like every songs! I always think they couldn't do better, but they impressed me every time. III Ways to Epica will be my favorite song forever and there is a lot of songs from Kamelot that give me chills when I listen to it. Roy Khan had bring a intense touch with his powerful voice and Tommy managed to match him perfectly. Epic band, love them!

Roy Khan is one of the few vocalists capable of making me like melodic power metal. Also, the darkness conveyed in many lyrics appeals to me: "I am the thorn in your side/That seeks accomplishment/(REMINDING THE MORTAL OF DEATH! )/I am the spore of your pride/An angel heaven-sent/The master of all/I am the urge of the flesh". To me, this bands crowning accomplishment is The Black Halo, which features Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir) in the role of Mephisto. These guys are truly incredible at creating a melody. - reapersgale

Kamelot has a lot of solid material, but their two sister albums Epica and The Black Halo transcend the genre. It is ridiculous how perfect they are. They are the PINNACLE of power metal, and the two of them alone make Kamelot a huge contender for best power metal band of all time.

Roy Khan, the vocalist, makes this band.

Most metal vocalists are just gravelly-voiced or know how to hype up the audience, which are good skills in their own right, but no other metal bands have the operatic pipes of Roy Khan.

He is comparable as a male Tarja Turunen.

In addition, the songwriting of Kamelot is very noteworthy. Their albums aren't just about their feelings or lives, but they correspond with underlying stories.

If you're interested, check out songs like "The Haunting" and "March of Mephisto". Those are my favorites.

12 Rhapsody of Fire Rhapsody of Fire is an Italian symphonic power metal band created by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, widely seen as a pioneer of the symphonic power metal subgenre.

Rhapsody of fire is on another level music wise, they have great catchy choruses, amazing guitar riffs and solos, and the keyboardist is one of the best out their, also they have released many great songs such as, Power of the dragon flame, Rain of a thousand flames, Holy Thunderforce, and the list goes on they should be #1 on this list.

Some guy put Iron Maiden in this list, that's good because Iron Maiden is actually power metal; but if Iron Maiden is here, Judas Priest also should be here in second...
Rhapsody of Fire is a really great symphonic power metal band, I started to listening them about one year ago, and now they are one my favorite power metal bands with their awesome sound. My favorite thing from them are their solos, made LUCA TURILLI! If you haven't heard any song from them, you should start with "Emerald Sword" and "awn of Victory" - rock2metal

Rhapsody is the most representative band of Power Metal and they are Masters o Music, I love power metal, but Iron Maiden, being a superband and with a great trajectory, are not evolved more than Rhapsody. Long Live to Power Metal.

Rhapsody is by far the most epic band ever great music great lyrics everything about this band is amazing the members are exceptionally talented the fantasy theme they put on their work is incomparable to the other bands even though they're all awesome and excellent but Rhapsody takes the crown of power metal

13 Edguy Edguy is a heavy metal band from Fulda, Germany that was founded in 1992 by 14-year-old students Tobias Sammet, Jens Ludwig, Dominik Storch and Dirk Sauer.

Simply the best band ever! The epicness of their songs is just indescribable

No other band that I have ever listened to has had as many amazing songs as Edguy have. They seem to put the same amount of effort into every song. If you like Edguy you must listen to Avantasia. Best Band Ever

They are awesome! The only band that would produce a single about banging a stewardess on a plane before it crashes...

Edguy is a very stereotypical power metal band, but they play the part well with consistently good releases and very catchy songs. - Bowbow

14 Powerwolf Powerwolf is a German power metal band created in 2003 by Charles and Matthew Greywolf. The group is notable for having dark themes and images, both musically and lyrically.

HOW THE HELL IS THIS BAND OF BANDS NOT NUMBER ONE? Seriously guys this band slays the hell out of most other power metal bands they make werewolves cool again!

This is THE thing! Christian Werewolf-Vampire Metal Preachers, what else do you want?

If this band is not number one than people have not great taste or doesn't want to try something new however I do know this band isn't the newest here...

How can you not like powerwolf? Atilla doom has the greatest voice of any singer

15 Avantasia Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy.

Brings out the theatrical side of power metal, which is great!

Avantasia is one of the most creative, heartfelt, and talented bands out there, which is why I'm surprised to see it ranked as no. 19 of the top power metal bands. I would personally rank them as no. 1, but a top ten spot would also work.

the metal opera, both parts are one memorable achievement by this band. great job tobias, great job... - unknown-soldier

Avantasia is my almost most loved band from Germany
Listen to : Dying for an Angel, Lost in Space and The Toy Master

16 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.

I know, they sometimes come off as cheesy and strange, but especially "Battle Hymns", "Sign of the Hammer" and "Kings of Metal" are classics for a reason. Manowar clearly are a milestone in Power Metal and one of the Pioneer Bands. Yes, some of the things they do seem somewhat sexist and yes, their last few Albums were not that great, but when you take your time to realise, how great and important their pioneering role was, and when you don't take them to seriously, you will deferentialy appreciate them more. Personally, I would place the on top of this list, but they at least should be in the top 5

This band should be on the top. They're the king of Power Metal. Sabaton even made a song to glorify them.

Manowar is the kings of metal, they are true. Once you listen to them, you feel a power. They are louder than hell. Not as all little poser who mix the true and the false. Manowar you said, They are the best metal band in the world wide. RAISE MANOWAR! =T=Hail and kill=T=

I may be alone in believing this, but in a way I view ManOwaR as an American version of Helloween, in the sense that they brought a raw powerful sound, and the fantasy side of the genre, as opposed to the more real life aspects of the music that Helloween focused on. I don't think they are the BEST but their influence on the genre as a whole shouldn't ever go without notice when power metal is discussed.

17 Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

Progressive Metal, Neoclassical, Power metal. Al of these three styles defines them quite well. Among one of my favorites bands of all time. I've listened to all of the top 10 bands, and I really think Symphony is the number 1!

How can I resist this. Symphony X should really be number 1, it has the most powerful Neoclassical sound in the world within one of the best Guitar Players and Singers, I should really say it is the most stupid List in the world within all the other ones.. - Sebiriver

Though more progressive, Still a great band and really deserve the support. I listen to them every day and their power and beauty are downright EPIC!

Taking all of the best elements of power metal and adding their own spin on things, by far my favorite power metal band. - kempokid

18 Firewind Firewind is a Greek power metal band. Formed in 1998, the group is currently signed to Century Media Records and was originally a small project created by guitarist, Gus G.

Amazing band! I agree with some of these bands being on this list, but I feel like Firewind should definitely be in the top five with songs like Mercenary Man. I could never get enough with listening to these guys. They're quite unique.

So underrated! Amazing band to listen to, recommend this band to all metal fans, should be top 5 at least! I mean come on, I am the anger is awesome!

Its not that I'm greek. its just the kind of power metal I do prefer the most... First albums have the guitar riffs that every metal head needs to listen

Best Power Metal Band Ever, Burning Earth And The Premonition are 2 of the best power metal albums ever - Maclammy

19 Primal Fear Primal Fear are a German metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner. They play heavy metal, power metal and speed metal. Primal Fear remind of Judas Priest but Primal Fear are faster and heavier. They use twin (dual) lead guitars. Ralf Scheepers voice reminds of Rob Halford.

At first, I didn't like Power metal much, but after listening to Primal Fear, my opinion has completely changed. These guys rock! - RogerMcBaloney

these guys are the most diverse, amazing, fast, crazy band in the world. they shouldn't even be considered power metal, theyre like a new kind of metal... the best...

I really don't understand how this band isn't higher on this list. Songs like "King For a Day" and "Blaze of Glory" are epic, expressive and extremely entertaining. Please give this band a listen.

Primal fear should be higher on this list. Simply amazing vocals and very intense guitar work. Very comparable to Judas Priest but heavier.

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

Fantastic sound and guitars to a band that most haven't heard of. You need to check them out. Great songs with a good message.

Hands down the best Christian power metal band... Which makes them arguably the best! Up there with other favorites like Helloween, Blind Guardian, and Kamelot (agreed that Maiden and Priest don't count).

I've searched a lot to find some good Power Metal to listen. I already knew DragonForce and Nightwish... But since I discovered Theocracy's music, they became my favorite Power Metal band. And then I continued to search other Christian power metal bands to compare... Nothing could keep my attention more than them.

I mean everything is perfect with Theocracy: The performances, the supreme vocal capacity of Matt Smitt, the melodies, the harmonies, the soft parts, the hard parts, the lyrics so engaged! If you don't know them, just try and you'll never forget!

I know that people shun them due to them being a Christian band, but their music surpasses all petty hate. Give them a try!

21 Angel Dust Angel Dust are a German heavy metal band. Initially active from 1984 to 1990 as speed and thrash metal band, they dropped their thrash roots in favor of a power/progressive metal sound upon reforming in 1998.

Why this group is not a household name is beyond me. Publicity, problems? They add something different - power, melody and some thrash to some special ballads. Musically VERY accomplished. What the hell happened..?

Complex, deep and downright fascinating. A very underestimated band.

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

YEAH! The ultimate power metal band, been around for a long time. No funny synth, strings setting on a keyboard, or edited vocals. Pure Bass, Guitar, Drums, & vocals. 3 piece band.(Now a 4 piece, added vocalist). More stronger/muscular than a-lot of bands, never been signed to a big name record company. Always sounding REAL & EPIC. That's why these guys are my favorite PM band. - LeadReign

Most underrated band of all time. They had a great run in the 80's, releasing many great albums like Crystal Logic and Open the Gates. Listen to The Ninth Wave and UP THE HAMMERS!

23 Demons and Wizards Demons and Wizards is a power metal band conceived as a side-project by vocalist for Blind Guardian, Hansi Kürsch, and the guitarist for Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer.

Great power rock opera band! Great mix of heavy metal and symphonic-like vocals!

This band is awesome!

This is the band of Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) formed as a side-project, and offers the best of Blind Guardian and Iced Earth combined. Excellent power metal with no weak spots - a must listen.
Songs: Tear Down The Wall, Crimson King, Heaven Denies, Path Of Glory, Blood on my hands, My Last Sunrise, Fiddler On The Green. - Metal_Treasure

Iced earth + blind guardian = demons and wizards

24 Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

To be onest... I don't know what the heck these guys are but they sound like power metal to me so... Yeah... I don't have much to say about these guys because as you can tell about what number these guys are in on this list. They are not my most preferable band to listen to. But when I'm in the mood, these are pretty fun, simple, and overall entertaining to listen to. And just to add for the fun of it, these guys have a hilarious but surprisingly metal cover of Britney Spears "oops I did it again".

Umm how the hell is this power metal. N manowar is mostly heavy metal but keeps crossing power metals line. Where's savage curcus n nocturnal rites? Dragonforce aren't they speed metal?

Not entirely power metal but it's got the good stuff we need for metal music!

What...they should be in the top10! This is one of the best power metal bands!
Don't they?

25 Falconer

How can somebody listen to songs like Royal Galley, Lord of the Blacksmiths, and Field of Sorrow and NOT like these guys

This Band isn't the best power metal band but better than most of them

Ridiculously catchy songs! Better than most power metal bands, that's for damn sure.

Actually the best PM I've heared. Sadly there seems to be a few bands that aren't PM, but is still on the list.

26 Holyhell

They are amazing! The best!

27 Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

I don't care about this top 10 list.. How can we don't have Dio in the top 3. Without Dio, the power metal genre is itself incomplete. Dio is the legend who has stories to say about slaying dragons and battles in hell. He is metal in all sense

What. The. Freak. Dio at #26? Ronnie James Dio is the godfather of Power Metal. Dio should at least be in the top ten, if not first. Who can forget Holy Diver, The Last in Line, All the Fools Sailed Away, Evil Eyes, Rock 'n' Roll Children, Rainbow in the Dark, Killing the Dragon, and Egypt?

Who sings of devils and wizards more often than Dio? Right, no one. And this is the main point of power metal. No love at all. Dio should be in the top 10.

Dio, Queen, Judas Priest, Uriah Heep, Rainbow, Iron Maiden & others are the influence of what power metal was to become.

28 InnerSiege

Quite an underrated band. - zxm

29 Vicious Rumors

Just listen to "digital dictator" and you tell me how they aren't higher on this list. But you all are forgetting the band who started power metal, the true innovators of this genre...DIO, Ritchie Blackmore and RAINBOW! EARLY 1970's singing about witches, dragons and kings! If you disagree, then I, eh, disagree with YOU! Seriously though, "StarGazer and Gates of Babylon" need I say more?


30 Heavenly

They have power in their melody and so what? Give respect to them..

Heavenly is a hidden gem- vocals and guitar are euphoric. One of the best music discoveries I have ever made.

Amazing band. Still waiting for their new album though

Awesome speed melodic solo, but the vocal is boring...

31 Elvenking

This band are responsible for a song I have treasured for a long time, "The Divided Heart". This track has brilliant vocals, backing vocals, heavy instruments and creative lyrics. The band also has a surprisingly great cover of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" under its name.

King of the elves is one of the greatest Power Metal songs I've ever heard. There are a lot of folk and fantasy influences in the music and it's beautiful

Come on! They deserve to be ranked much better than this!

Cool italian folk power metal band

32 Unisonic Unisonic is a German hard rock/power metal supergroup, founded in 10 November 2009 by Helloween singer Michael Kiske alongside Dennis Ward and Kosta Zafiriou from Pink Cream 69 and Mandy Meyer, formerly in Asia and Gotthard.

Unisonic has Michael Kiske and Kai hansen. If I wanted to see any songs of The keeper part 1 and 2 performed I will see unisonic live. Those two were meant to stay together!

The best, Kai & Kiske basically the creator of power metal

Light of dawn is a great Album

Your time has come!

33 Dream Evil

This band has 5 albums and it's just incredible how each song has that awesome, powerful feel to it. (UPDATE: they released their 6th album in 2017, and sadly, a little underwhelming compared to the first 5...but, not enough to take them off of here). Upon the first time listening, you'll find many hits from each album, which I'm sure can grow into top 5 star Power Metal tracks from listening a few more times. This probably has to do with the quality of production, led by Fredrik Nordstrom, who seems to just roll out great work all the time in the Heavy/Power metal genre. The vocalist, Niklas Isfeldt, in my opinion, is perfect for this genre. He has a great range and such a unique, heavy voice that goes perfect with every song. He's really what will hook you to them, but please, don't take anything away from the instrumentals, as they are definitely on point as well. (UPDATE: part of the reason why the 2017 album underperforms for me is because his vocals sound "disconnected" from the ...more - KennyL9590

Just listen to The Book of Heavy Metal. It's one of my favorite power metal songs, just making it as good as bands like Helloween and Blind Guardian. Chasing the Dragon, Immortal, and Kingdom at War are also great songs.

"Immortal" is probably one of the best sounding power metal songs ever composed. Dream Evil should be a contestant for first place here.

Their worst songs are no worse than most of these artists' best songs.

34 Dark Moor

I only started listening to Dark Moor in the last year, but it has already secured a big place in my music library. While their first album is a bit raw, they really hit their peak throughout the rest of their discography; incredibly complex melodies with some of the best shredding solos I have ever seen in power metal. If you haven't listened to them, I suggest looking them up, maybe start with their self-titled album or Tarot.

One of the best Power Metal bands, especially albums with Elisa Martin. Hall of the Olden Dreams and Into the Gates of Oblivion are two best albums in my humble opinion that are worth checking out. I guarantee You will get hooked.

Love these guys, Dark moor is a really under-rated power metal band. Their newer stuff is really good, and their older stuff was the holy grail of power metal

If you have not voted for this band you obviously don't know its discography

35 Epica Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever.

Way too low on this list.

36 Amaranthe Amaranthe is a Swedish heavy metal band notable for having three lead vocalists: Elize Ryd, Jake E. Lundberg, and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson, each presenting a different vocal style. Their second album, The Nexus, reached 6th on Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts, and reached a peak of 12th on the more.

Amaranthe Is one of the best power band ever I have listen...

Amazing and captivating trio of vocalists. Not a single song I don't love.

Brilliant, best buy ever. Nice mix of vocals

They are addictive

37 Persuader

Not a typical power metal voice, but the rhythm is fast and vocals are amazing. they have a lot of beautiful songs like :Judas Immortal, cursed, sanity soiled, passion pain, masquerade, when eden burns,...

The Fiction Maze is one of my favorite power metal albums ever, hell a contender for my favorite albums ever, listen to the title track and deep in the dark and you'll understand.

38 Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

Iron maiden is one of the greatest bands if not the best but this band has been the most influential for power metal since it is more power and this one came before iron maiden

The inventors of power metal. Awesome songs, top notch musicianship. They deserve a decent spot on this list. They are always so underrated. When Dio and Rainbow are not in the top 10 - that's really embarrassing.
Gates Of Babylon - a genre defining song. - Metal_Treasure

They were pioneers of the power metal atmosphere

I don't care what anyone says this IS *THE*-POWER METAL BAND

39 Dreamtale

One of the most underrated Power Metal bands in the world. It's beyond my imagination how this band is so low in rankings and most people did not even hear about them. It's worth checking out.

My favourite power metal band. Their melodic and powerful sound along with the great vocals makes them one of the best bands in their genre. Long live Dreamtale.

First time I heard these I was drunk and dancing around the house. Fantastic band. Check them out.

Like their melodic metal style, they are great in this!

40 Powerglove
41 Dragonland

This band has carried an epic tale reminiscent of many high fantasy films and books and expressed it in a way in which you would never had imagined throughout a trilogy of epic symphonic-power-metal albums which only seem to get better and better. Aside from this, their 2006 title "Astronomy" is by far one of the most thrilling and unique albums I have ever heard. Give them a listen!

In all honesty, Dragonland has several good albums. But in light of the subject they will not likely make it beyond these. People just don't listen to them.

Realistically they should be far closer to the top. Their mewest album, under the grey banner, is the Best symphonic power metal album made in many years, no doubt.

Dragonland should be at the top. They just sound so unique and are definitely the best synphonic power metal band at least. The songs are just so epic- Just listen to 'Supernova'and prepare to be amazed. The album 'astronomy' is one of the best metal albums ever regardless of metal genre.

42 ReinXeed

Tommy is ' amazing. Awesome vocals and great guitar solos, plus genius songwriting as well. Wish I could play in a band with him someday!

Tommy Reinxeed is definitely underrated. His vocals have come a long way and his guitarwork is at the top. Best album is "Higher" with "The Light" right behind it.

This can't be so low in here

Uknowen band so sad. They kick as

43 Iron Savior

You can definitely tell these guys were influenced by Judas Priest but with more of a speed/power metal vine to it. From the heavy catchy guitar hookes of of Judas Priest, to the fast pasted riffs of iced earth of old.

It's amazing. I think Kai Hansen did an excellent improvement here from his previous bands.

True Heroic Power Metal!

44 Dionysus

Unfortunately, the band is no more, and they just released 3 albums...but they are the pure expression of power metal, with awesome and sometimes beautiful lyrics, with amazing armonies and the singer's voice is unique.

45 Galneryus Galneryus is a Japanese power metal band, formed in 2001 by Yama-B (original vocalist) and Syu (guitarist). The band now consists of Syu (lead guitarist and backing vocalist), Masatoshi Ono a.k.a Sho (lead vocalist), Taka (bassist), Yuhki (keyboardist) and Morishita Fumiya (drummer). Galneryus are best more.

60th place? This is ludicrous. Galneryus is by far the best power metal band for amazing writing, live performances better than their studio ones, and just the pure depth and musicianship in their songs. They craft albums unlike any other, with Angel of Salvation and Ultimate Sacrifice being two of the best metal albums of all time.

One of the best guitars of all time.
Amazing instruments and vocals.
Its like perfect.
The way all the instruments mix make all the
Songs a masterpiece.
All the songs are inspiring. Every song is awesome and
Should be on the top 5.
Right now it is my favorite band.
Here are some great songs:
Silent revelation
Ancient rage
New legend
The promised flag
Glorious aggressor
Angel of salvation

One of the best live sounding band out there, Syu's guitar and Sho's vocals are a perfect match.

Amazing band with pro member in using instrument, mostly to Syu in using ESP Crying Star is powerful guitar!

46 Dragonrider

Awesome kick-ass band, new but still awesome, tower of Babylon is their best track till now, it truly brings you to life!

I expect a lot from these guys in the next few years!

GO DRAGONRIDER! - ahmedhiari

47 Control Denied Control Denied was a progressive power metal band formed by death metal musician and Death founder Chuck Schuldiner

Hell yes! Control Denied are an amazing band! They mixed elements of progressive metal with power metal. Rip Chuck Schuldiner. - Oliwally

48 Wintersun Wintersun is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland and was originally created by guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, songwriter and vocalist Jari Mäenpää as a side project to folk metal band Ensiferum for whom he was lead singer and guitarist.

Just search them and listen. You'll know why they need to be here.

49 Evergrey
50 Imperial Circus Dead Decadence Imperial Circus Dead Decadence (ICDD) is a Japanese metal band with a lot of different influences. The band was formed in 2007 in Fukuoka. They have released 2 EPs and 2 full-length albums so far, which are received well among fans of Japanese extreme metal, especially their second full-length "Kuruoshiku...". more.

One of the best Japanese bands in the underground black metal scene!

A conglomerate of symphonic, black, death, and power in Japanese and the fictional ("Taihaisekai") language!  What's not to headbang to?

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