Top 10 Power Metal Bands

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

The Top Ten

1 Blind Guardian 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 ...read 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!

Best metal band ever.

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2 Helloween 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...

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

Best Power Metal band in the world, they have Epic songs with both Kiske and Deris! Hansen and Weikath make a great guitar duo and Marcus in the bass just slays!

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3 Sabaton 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

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...

Probably the best power metal band in Europe. Would be insanely popular if they toured in USA - Therapist21

I love this band - DarkBoi-X

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4 Sonata Arctica 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.

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.

Every single song these guys have made is great! The very best band in the world. Tony is my favorite singer in the whole wide world.

Having 14 albums total the Sonata Arctica is possible the best bands of power metal. Been with at their concert of 'Reckoning Night' and it is amazing music to sight. Great in School it appears as also. Awesome team the Sonata Arctica they do real good. - iliescu

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5 DragonForce 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!

Theese guys are fantastic! Their music is the reasonwhy I started listening to this king of music! #DFisloveDFislife

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6 Iced Earth 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

Easily my favorite band

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7 Gamma Ray 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.

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!

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.

they are like the second helloween those solos of the great kai - slashz

Some of the creators of power metal

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

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.

Come on! why 7th?! Hammerfall revived power metal! - blackphoenix

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9 Rhapsody of Fire 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.

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

Reign of Terror!

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10 Stratovarius 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.

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.

I will not deny the talent of Stratovarius and keyboard player Jens Johansson, but the vocals are a bit whiny at times. Besides that they have some really great songs. - Bowbow

Stratovarius changed my view on power metal for the good. They are most definitely the best power metal band I have ever listened to! Especially albums like Nemesis and Visions. I could listen to those all day and never grow old of it. Listen to the songs "Black Diamond" and "Legions" on Visions.

The best power metal band by far, one of the most talented groups on the planet!

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The Contenders

11 Kamelot 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 ...read more.

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

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.

Kamelot is very unique to me, they don't have that generic power metal voice; however, they make up much more from Khan's voice. They have a huge variety of songs in a single album. I won't criticize other bands, I'll just praise Kamelot. If it comes to a list, I want diversity in it, not just being subtle aspects that judge superiority.

I love kamelot! It has always been my favorite band! ( I can't type very well I got a cat sittimg on me tryin to lik mrh! )

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12 Nightwish 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, ...read 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 don't understand what you people are talking about. Nightwish became real power metal only with their album Imaginaerum. With Tarja it was mostly sad and depressive gothic style emotional songs, Dark Passion Play was written mostly by Marco and Nightwish (without Anette) and when Anette got to write an album it became all about fairytales just as it should be in power metal. So Nightwish with Tarja was a great band worth listen to but for me as a true and clean power metal lover they became great only with last album. With Floor Jansen now replacing Anette and knowing Floor's work I doubt that Nightwish will ever become true power metal band ever again because it seems that those guys are not into fantasy.

Not power metal - Disturbedpotato

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13 Powerwolf Powerwolf

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!

I am sad that this band is not higher. I feel it is likely because of the youth of this band. I feel in later years they will become greater powers then even the likes of Dragon Force and Helloween.

The creepy keys and dark scenery this band brings to Power Metal is a breath of fresh air! These Germans know how to do it good

Come on they have a song called Resurrection by erection, what's not to love!

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14 Edguy Edguy

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

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

Great Vocalist

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15 Firewind 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

Firewind should be 2nd, Blind Guardian is the undisputed no1, but man... Firewind deserves much more praise! in my opinion best of the rest!

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16 Manowar 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.

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.

Either you'll absolutely hate ManOwaR, or you will dedicate yourself fully to their music and follow them to hell and back. I'm the second one. ManOwaR are truely the true metal kings. Once you get how cheesey a bit of the stuff is, you'll instantly be a Manowar fan for life. I'm going to get the Sign of the Hammer tattooed on my arm.

Manowar is the power in metal. They should be over the top of the list.

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17 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

The Strongest - Don’t know why they are underrated

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18 Primal Fear 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.

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.

Primal fear deserves to be in top 5

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

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.

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

Strange...
I Think that avantasia and angra should be battling each other in top 3

My absolute favorite band of all time. They don't have a single bad song. You can listen to any of their albums and love it (Though I personally recommend The Scarecrow, Angel Of Babylon and Ghostlights).

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20 Symphony X 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!

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!

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

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

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21 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

Iron Maiden is by far the most creative band on this list, even though I have never considered them power metal their are still the best on the list. They may not be the heaviest or the fastest or even the loudest, but no other band can maintain the same sound though 3 decades yet feel fresh to this day.

Jeez. Iron Maiden is by far the greatest influence on power metal around. I'd gladly put them on a list like this myself. In top three. And no, Judas Priest shouldn't be here just because Maiden is. Just listen to the Powerslave album. Listen to Back in the Village. Does Priest have dueling solos like that? Also, Dragonforce above Iron Maiden, HammerFall, Manowar AND Stratovarius? They're playing a cheesy power metal stereotype (their solos are like 7 minutes long for no damn reason) which could be streamed at McDonalds for little money. Also, their lyrics are ripping off McDonalds' cheeseburgers. Cheesiness is alright sometimes, 'cause, you know, it's power metal, but DragonForce in top three is a shame when the contenders are Helloween, Blind Guardian, Iron Maiden, Manowar, HammerFall, you name it.

There is absolutely no reason to hate DragonForce! They are extremely talented - GreenDayFan21

Iron Maiden is my favorite band of all time! Plus there are so many bands that they had an influence on! Up The Irons!

Well I've go to say this is the greatest band in this list.. the most successful and influencing one.. yet they are not Power Metal.. yes they are a main reason of the genre exist.. but that doesn't make them Power Metal so I would say the best Power Metal band is Dragonforce at least for me for now

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22 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

Just discovered this band and they already got a place in my top 10 favorite bands
1. Symphony X
2. Angra
3. Dark Moor
4. Rhapsody
5. Blind Guardian
6. Iron Maiden
7. Turisas
8. Tyr
9. Hibria
10. Tool

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23 Amaranthe 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 ...read 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 the best, of course After Dragonforce we can say Amarathine is the best! 😀
1=Dragonforce ❤
2= Amarathine
Best power metal band I have ever seen!

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24 Angel Dust 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.

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.

They are the best for me and Mathias Blad is the best Metal singer

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26 Manilla Road 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!

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

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!

I am happy, than this Christian metal band is so hight in this survey

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28 Pathfinder

Very unknown band, but none the less amazing. I don't expect them to be in the top but they definitely deserve a listen, even if they don't have a Wikipedia page.

Popularity means nothing these guys are the modern kings of power metal

I like this band, they are awesome, and the vocals are amazing, love this guys

Very clean sound, great story told in songs, fast paced and addicting.

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29 Demons and Wizards 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

30 Unleash The Archers

LOVE THEM! Killer Solos, Hot lead vocalist with a godly range, and some awesome bass lines.

One of the great unsung bands. Britney Slays and Co. always deliver outstanding music.

31 Luca Turilli's Rhapsody

I have to vote for it.
Should be on the top 10.
A lot better than sabaton, nightwish, kamelot and dragonforce.
Its like rhapsody (maybe better)
It has amazing songs like black dragon, kings of the nordic twilight, legend of steel, etc.
Its great, I can't belive how low it is.

It is already in the top 10, I don't know why people like to put the same artist on twice.

It can't be here. simply should be at 5-10 place

Should definitely be on the top 10

How the heck are galneryus, x Japan and luca turilli over here.
They are a thousand times better than hammerfall and iced earth.
Galneryus and luca turilli are a lot better than dragongorce sabaton and nightwish.
These two deserve to be on the top 10.
And luca turilli (the band) owns maybe the greatest Album of all time:kings of the nordic twilight.
(Another album is walls of jericho from helloween and others from bands like rhapsody, labyrinth, gamma ray and more

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32 Unisonic 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

2 Most powerful persons in powermetal and #57 :D? kidding us?

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33 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.

Great Band

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34 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.

They wrote the book of heavy metal. Enough said.

"METAL! "

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35 U.D.O.

Very underrated band

36 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?

ARE YOU ALL NUTS VICIOUS RUMORS AND METAL CHURCH SHOULD BE THE TOP 2 THEY KICK BUTT AND DESERVE TO BE AT THE TOP VICIOUS RUMORS ARE ONE OF THE BIGGEST American POWER BANDS OF ALL TIME AND DESERVE TO BE AT THE TOP AS KINGS OF POWER METAL

37 Children of Bodom 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?

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38 Lost Horizon

Lost Horizon... Where do I begin. Lyrics straight from the heart, uplifting music, harsh guitars, prominent bass, quick blasting drums and mellow synths, and those vocals... Would that I had a voice like that.

Lost Horizon are the gods of power metal. After hearing Lost Horizon, power metal was changed for me. All other bands were... softer...not melodic enough.

Only Two Cd's but at it's Best! It's a shame we couldn't hear more from this guys

No one can't stand with LH

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39 Power Quest

This band was so under-rated it's not even funny...

Too bad they are gone

They're back and ready to kick ass! - Prawnstar

Most underrated band

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40 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

41 Freedom Call

All the songs of freedom call has something special, the best of power metal of ever! Freedom call calls it Happy Metal Party. Fantastic!

These guys truly are the masters of "happy metal" as they put it, almost every chorus lifts you up like nothing else. Top 20 material here for sure!

Really uplifting and fun to listen to. A lot of catchy choruses and awesome solos and riffs.

Best true power metal or should I say flower metal? Anyway, one of the best ever listened to!

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42 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

Whilst their earlier works are not power metal per se, their first albums are a major influence. And Painkiller is a solid compound of heavy, speed and power metal. Painkiller is one of those albums that influenced power metal the most.

Judas Priest is Awesome but not power metal

THIS IS NOT POWER METAL - cwoodkiter

43 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.

44 Accept Accept Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.

A great reborn, thanks to the band.

This band is a legend in the genre! It MUST be top 10. It's immortal, it's awesome! It's glorious!

Accept should be at at least top 10

For me one of the best even that the songs very old

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45 Savatage Savatage Savatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Not quite power metal - but in my opinion, the best progressive metal band that there ever was. Listen to their stuff and I am sure that you will fall in love - especially if you like ballads.

Hall of the mountain king is great track (my opinion)

Please do yourself a favor and listen to these songs: Hall of the mountain king, gutter ballet and morphine child.

Most of their songs are prog power metal so they qualify. And most importantly - they are awesome. - Metal_Treasure

46 InnerSiege

Quite an underrated band. - zxm

47 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.

Uknowen band so sad. They kick as

48 Running Wild Running Wild

Running Wild's golden era (Black Hand Inn, Blazon Stone, Death or Glory, Pile of Skulls) is just awesome power metal song after power metal song. Practically every song stands out as catchy, powerful. Very good stuff!

I love Running Wild, but I don't think they are Power Metal at all. They are more like traditional, galloping heavy metal, but speedier. Yeah, epic songs!

Dude songs about pirates, adventures, demons, the Anunaki and fighting against opression be it from the government or religion. In their prime they had fantastic lyrics and some badass riffs courtesy of RocknRolf. Running Wild defines the term epic with songs such as The battle of Waterloo, Under Jolly Roger, Riding the Storm. Be you a pirate or just an all around power metal fan you owe it yourself to listen to Death or glory and Black hand Inn/Port Royal arguably a few of the finest power metal albums ever made.

One of the best metal bands ever. They should be in first 10.
Classic heavy/power/speed metal with awesome riffs and vocal. True masterpiece.

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49 Rainbow

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

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50 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.

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