The Top 10 Power Metal Bands
Despite the bad rap heavy metal music gets for being degenerate, angry, violent music, there is a sub category within metal that is as uplifting as it is loud. One of the most intense and powerful subgenres is Power Metal, a very vibrant and energetic style that was created on a foundation of arguably four bands: Iron Maiden, Dio, Judas Priest and Manowar. Of course, other bands such as Queensryche, Fates Warning, Queen, and even Def Leppard and many others all played a role in Power Metal as well. But there is a thin line that blurs the distinctions between early thrash, '80s metal and power metal. Many of the bands are based out of Europe, with Germany being a hotbed for some of Power Metals earliest, and most well known bands. Today, Power Metal is a worldwide phenomenon, as big if not bigger than thrash, death or black metal scenes all across the globe. We now present our list of the Top 10 Power Metal Bands.
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10. Primal Fear
Based out of Germany, Primal Fear formed in 1997, and features vocalist Ralf Scheeers, bassist Mat Sinner, and guitarists Magnus Karlsson and Alex Beyrodt. The band's sound has been often compared to that of Judas Priest, and it makes sense. At one time, vocalist Scheepers was almost chosen as replacement for Judas Priest singer Rob Halford. After he was not chosen, Primal Fear was formed. The band's thrash-meets-'80s-metal vibe is often the musical backdrop for such subjects as religion, government, wars, and even space exploration, as seen on the album Black Sun (2002).
Named after the 1987 album by Dio, Dream Evil was founded in Sweden in 1999, by Swedish extreme metal producer Frederik Nordstrom, and at one time included renowned Greek metal guitarist Gus G (Firewind, Arch Enemy, Ozzy). Traditional heavy metal meets modern in this epic and grandiose approach to power metal. The band music is full songs that are very uplifting tales about slaying dragons, revealing prophecies, displaying honor and showcasing bravery.
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