The Best Power Metal Album

1.  Sabaton - Heroes 185
2.  Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead 100
3.  DragonForce - Maximum Overload 82
4.  Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto 81
5.  Triosphere - The Heart Of The Matter 77
6.  Falconer - Black Moon Rising 68
7.  Ancient Bards - A New Dawn Ending 64
8.  Freedom Call - Beyond 22
9.  Iron Savior - Rise Of The Hero 20
10.  Noble Beast - Noble Beast 18
11.  Galneryus - Vetelgyus (write-in vote) 17
12.  Primal Fear - Delivering The Black (write-in vote) 10
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Ancient Bards - A New Dawn Ending

Ancient Bards remains one of the most incredible and unique power metal bands. Strangely underrated, their sheer energy is a force of nature. With powerful vocals, soaring guitars, and punishing drums, they manage to be symphonic and "balls out" at the same time. Melody reigns supreme as the powerful yet crystal clear vocals belt out fantasy tales. The guitars match their glory every step of the way. Yet the aggression is not lost as the rhythm section does much more than support. A New Dawn Ending is their third record and darker than ever.

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DragonForce - Maximum Overload

The addition of vocalist Marc Hudson revitalized DragonForce something powerful, and Maximum Overload proves that they haven't lost any steam (as if DragonForce were ever likely to slow down). This new era of DragonForce is more mature, more serious, and, most important of all, more musically interesting than ever before. They have truly stepped up to the plate and delivered something far more than a mere collection of nine-minute solos; this is DragonForce in their most advanced form yet.

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Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto

Finally, the Italian band managed to release two great albums in a row. The Pagan Manifesto is the definitive ticket for the band into the folk-power world elite. Entertaining and never predictable, Elvenking finally bloomed.

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Falconer - Black Moon Rising

Falconer are not reinventing the wheel but the power metal mastery still remains. Black Moon Rising is a continuation of their distinctive sound we know and love, and the infectious guitar work recalls their most glorious records. More power metal, less folk, but still undoubtedly good Falconer.

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Freedom Call - Beyond

Freedom Call are back on track, and Beyond lives up exceptionally well to their old much loved works. Epic, passionate and uplifting: happy metal at its best.

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Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead

These old men still have something to say, as Empire Of The Undead is their best album in years and a great return to form after the rather disappointing To The Metal. Gamma Ray and their trademark sound are again a force to be reckoned with. Undead, indeed.

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Iron Savior - Rise Of The Hero

Seemingly unable to fail at the moment, Iron Savior released another bombastic, riff-based heavy power metal masterpiece. Sing-along melodies and foolish lyrics, need anything else?

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Noble Beast - Noble Beast

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Noble Beast came literally out of nowhere, but an extraordinary word of mouth brought them to every power metal fan's attention. Heavy, ballsy and able to escape from the genre clichés, Noble Beast is an interestingly mature debut, and the band deserves the recognition it's getting.

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Sabaton - Heroes

Fresh from the skies of Germany, the shores of Italy, and the forests of Belgium, it's Sabaton - the world's pre-eminent war-themed metal band. Back to strike the scene once more with ten new anthems of historical heroism, the re-armed crew sound stronger than ever, with Joakim Brodén's deep, gravelly warrior-voice leading the charge. Listen well or it's off to the Eastern Front with you.

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Triosphere - The Heart Of The Matter

Triosphere not only offer a relentless feast of riffs intertwined with heartfelt and powerful vocal melodies, it stands proud for everything the band stands for. The endless battle between the heart and the mind has never sounded so passionate, from the explosive "The Sentinel," to the pensive "Breathless," and the yearning of "The Storyteller," the album doesn't just leave your air-guitar fingers exhausted, it empowers your mind to overcome that internal struggle that so often we face. In a genre where so many bands give the world nothing but derivative music, Triosphere's latest stands victorious on a mountain all their own.

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