What is Power Metal?
Many people assume that all metal music is screaming, harsh, scary, Satanic music. That’s not so!
Power metal emphasizes clear vocals and generally lighter, uplifting sound. It’s often described as “theatrical” or “dramatic”.
Unleash The Archers
Currently (2021) my favourite band. They’re also Canadian! They sometimes incorporate growls, but not so much as to lean into death metal territory.
Tonight We Ride
This is a cover of a Stan Rogers song, but they’ve definitely made it their own.
Brothers of Metal
Uplifting, energetic, Norse-themed. They do a great job of getting different voices into their songs, and they don’t take themselves too seriously. Spikey-helmet guy dies in all of their music videos.
Prophecy of Ragnarok
Ayreon isn’t so much a band as one guy who invites his friends to make grand concept albums. They’d also be better-classified as progressive metal, but it’s close enough!
The Day That The World Breaks Down
Daniel’s Descent into Transitus
Early Sonata Arctica was one of the major attractors to the genre for many people. Unfortunately, their newer stuff has shifted away from power metal.
White Pearl, Black Oceans
Center Of The Universe
Ghost Love Score
Over The Hills And Far Away
Life Finds A Away
The Birth of Evil
Most of Sabaton’s songs are world war-themed, usually covering real battles that occurred in history.
Van Canto is a unique band in that other than drums, they’re entirely a capella! They’ve even somehow figured out how to approximate guitar songs with their voices.
If I Die in Battle
Another genre breaker: Winter Sun is actually melodic death metal. For this one song though, there’s a definite power metal spirit that shines through.
Sons of Winter and Stars
This band is kind of weird: it definitely leans heavily towards pop music, but there’s also a vocalist who screams. I don’t really like most of their work, but they have a couple of good songs.
82nd All The Way
This is actually a cover of a Sabaton song, but I kind of like this version better.