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

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!

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

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...

The creators of melodic power metal. All talented musicians, they deserved to be number one.

They invented Power Metal, should be first, besides they have all kind of songs, the most creative band.

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.

Do you prefer to listen to metal or study history?
Sabaton: Yes

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...

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

My favourite band, by far.
Kai Hansen knows how to create the most powerful songs without loosing rhythm and melody.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Contenders

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.

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.

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.

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"

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 are the real Vikings of power metal, no question about it, and their music is really good, you will never found a boring song. They are as important as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept and Saxon were for the power metal legacy.

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

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.

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

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..

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

Iced earth + blind guardian = demons and wizards

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.

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!

Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom was a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the final lineup consisted 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?

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.

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