The Best Power Metal Album

1.  Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror 197
2.  Symphony X - Underworld 186
3.  Kamelot - Haven 119
4.  Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards 98
5.  Stratovarius - Eternal 97
6.  Cain's Offering - Stormcrow 87
7.  Orden Ogan - Ravenhead 64
8.  Pyramaze - Disciples Of The Sun 35
9.  Galneryus - Under The Force Of Courage (write-in vote) 17
10.  Guardians Of Time - Rage And Fire 10
  Powerwolf - Blessed & Possessed (write-in vote) 10
12.  Unleash The Archers - Time Stands Still (write-in vote) 6
13.  Helloween - My God-Given Right (write-in vote) 5
14.  Angra - Secret Garden (write-in vote) 4
15.  Visigoth - The Revenant King (write-in vote) 3
  Darkology - Fated To Burn 3
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Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror

The Bards of Metal have not failed us yet. Beyond The Red Mirror progresses in a similar vein to At The Edge Of Time, but with some new tricks and experiments to make it stand out from the rest, as every Blind Guardian album does. This newest epic takes the listener on the requisite crusades, glorious quests, and poetic journeys, this time through some of the heaviest and darkest material in BG's grand catalogue. With Hansi's majestic voice and Andre's artistic soloing, indispensable national treasures of metal, Beyond The Red Mirror proudly adds another feather to the prodigious Blind Guardian cap.

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Cain's Offering - Stormcrow

They may be "frivolously poncey," but Cain's Offering sure know how to keep an album flowing. Stormcrow doesn't have a single weak track, and with Jens Johansson adding his keys to Timo Kotipelto's saccharine-yet-sincere vocals, the band excels in creating a sound that's majestic without being over the top. Cain's Offering follow a number of power metal conventions, but they do so gracefully, without sacrificing their dignity or devotion to crafting interesting songs.

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Darkology - Fated To Burn

Imagine a cross of Al Horford and King Diamond's vocals, and this potent mix of sonic violence is featured on Darkology in the name of Kelly Sundown Carpenter. While the music of Darkology is certainly more on the progressive side, it's still very much a punch in your face, perfect for those looking for less cheap thrills and who want things rough.

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Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards

Whatever it is that Gloryhammer are, it seemed pretty difficult to be it even more than they already were. Somehow, they've managed to improve on Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife with a whole new bevy of mighty, majestic, moronic rampages of glorious epic mighty metal transcendent hoots. Now emboldened and even more powerful than they were last time, Gloryhammer fearlessly embark on this futuristic quest with heroic vocals and slick keyboards. It's utterly stupid and full of everyone's most hated/most beloved power metal tropes - dammit, it's thoroughly Gloryhammer.

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Guardians Of Time - Rage And Fire

Guardians Of Time are not your generic power metal band. And while their last album veered into the progressive realm, with Rage And Fire they returned to their catchy and melodic self. The album rarely slows down and stands proud alongside the big contenders of the genre.

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Kamelot - Haven

The departure of vocalist Roy Khan has had little effect on Kamelot, the finest American symphonic power metal acts. And no wonder, because Tommy Karevik more than holds his own in terms of performance while the composition and production duo of Thomas Youngblood and Sascha Paeth has remained unchanged. Their trademark dark velvet hues, cinematic atmosphere and uncompromising heaviness are all present and correct to make it the explosive package unparalleled in the power metal scene.

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Orden Ogan - Ravenhead

One of Orden Ogan's best qualities is their tremendous ability to create consistently good songs. Ravenhead is made of refined glorious metal with folk and symphonic elements that make it taste even better. And they make catchy look so good. Orden Ogan continue on their journey to tackle power metal in their own unique way and they are a powerful force to be reckoned with.

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Pyramaze - Disciples Of The Sun

Since the departure of Matt Barlow, Pyramaze's lineup has been in flux and fans of this Danish progressive power metal act had to wait for 7 long years for Disciples Of The Sun. The wait is very much worth it, with Jacob Hansen being the largest scoop made by the band as the album is easily their best effort yet. The impeccable production melds the wonderfully dark melodies, raw vocal power and relentless pounding behind the drums into an instant classic. Look no further for a cheese-free power metal experience.

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Stratovarius - Eternal

With the release of Eternal, Stratovarius once again proved why they are still a force to be reckoned with. Originality aside, the new album sounds vivid and fresh and not enough can be said about the vocal performance of Timo Kotipelto. If you liked 2013's Nemesis, than Eternal will be right up your alley as well.

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Symphony X - Underworld

Symphony X's last few albums saw them mutating towards a more and more Power-ful sound. Now the shift is complete, the band offers us an Underworld that's up there with the best US power metal albums ever released. So, add to the energy of those fantastic and catchy riffs, the masterful playing of all members (kudos to those keyboard lines and to a top form Russel Allen), some top-notch songwriting that still has the feeling of their prog back catalogue, and you're in for an hour ride to hell and back!

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