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Power Metal is a generally up-beat metal genre consisting of fast guitar hooks and catchy tunes, often associated with neo-classical metal and progressive metal, and occasionally glam metal.

The earliest influences of power metal are traced back to 1976 when the musical group Rainbow(led by Ronnie James Dio) released the track, “Stargazer”. The track is widely considered the first power metal song. The genre achieved widespread popularity through Helloween’s ‘Keeper of the Seven Keys’ albums. Helloween, with artists Blind Guardian and Stratovarius, are considered the pioneers of the genre.

Power Metal is often divided between two types. Helloween and Blind Guardian led the more guitar orientated power metal (see ), while Stratovarius set the tone for a more melodic variant of the genre. These two streams of power metal are not too far apart and power metal bands are very commonly seen with influences from both types. American Power Metal acts are more often of the guitar orientated type, while in Europe both streams are well represented.

The early 90’s saw the rise of the bands Gamma Ray, Angra and Iced Earth, which still have a solid fan base today. In 1997 the genre’s popularity experienced a big boost by Hammerfall, Rhapsody and Edguy all releasing debut albums. At the turn of the century, the genre gained even more popularity due to the rise of mainstream acts like Nightwish and Dragonforce.

The general aspects of power metal are fast drums and fast bass riffs, often in 16’th or 8’th notes, but a slow change of guitar chords, resulting in an harmonic sound.

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Thursday 9 April 2015
Nightwish
Sabaton, DelainConcert
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York NY, United States
40.752664 -73.994309

6 going

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Friday 10 April 2015
Nightwish
Sabaton, DelainConcert
Electric Factory
Philadelphia PA, United States
39.958868 -75.150212

6 going

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Saturday 11 April 2015
Nightwish
Sabaton, DelainConcert
The Palladium
Worcester MA, United States
42.266757 -71.800906

8 going

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Thursday 16 April 2015
Nightwish
Sabaton, DelainConcert
Town Ballroom
Buffalo, United States
42.893094 -78.871579

4 going

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Friday 17 April 2015
Nightwish
Sabaton, DelainConcert
Agora Theatre & Ballroom
Cleveland OH, United States
41.503917 -81.653942

11 going

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Saturday 18 April 2015
Nightwish
Sabaton, DelainConcert
Concorde Music Hall
Chicago, United States

4 going

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  • SymphForMasses

    https://soundcloud.com/imaginature Im a guitarist of IMAGINATURE band (Poland). I'd like to share with you our first full instrumental track. Should we search for female or male voice? What's your opinion?

    Thursday afternoon
  • CriticalSwitch

    Thanks for the recommendations man, but I don't like traditional heavy metal (except early Black Sabbath). Seems like power metal is absolutely not my thing.

    last week
  • DARKZSOU7

    Most of Blind Guardian and Helloween after Kai Hansen sucks anyways. Try US power metal instead like Manilla Road, Brocas Helm, Slough Feg, Metal Church, Vicious Rumors and Omen which are more rooted from traditional metal like Priest, Maiden and Mercyful Fate.

    last week
  • metaloly999

    Power metal is the most powerful of all the metals. Haters just can't deal with so much epicness! [3] loool

    13 days ago
  • metaloly999

    Still better than poser deathcore/metalcore emo band who call themselves metal.

    13 days ago
  • CriticalSwitch

    I've heard Helloween and Blind Guardian, they sound ultra-cheesy and autistic, just like any other power metal band. So what are you talking about? Face it, the whole power metal genre is for children and mentally retarded adults.

    21 days ago
  • LiamRandolph

    hahaha music

    24 days ago
  • L57NT

    "last genre of metal not bastardized by punx, scenesters or hipsters" this one is bastardized by metalheads themselves.

    last month
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