101 rules of Power metal

Posted by: Geddysciple
Date: 23.09.2006

 
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1. You have one goal: be epic.
2. Let no sound be lonely. If there's a guitar solo, harmonize it. If there's singing, make it a choir.
3. Keyboards offer a way to add thousands of different textures to a song. Find two of those that you like and use them on every song you write.
4. In a power metal world, everything steel is good, and anything good must be compared to steel.
5. You are not bound to sing about Satan, evil, and/or darkness.
6. You are bound to sing about dragons, freedom, and/or power metal.
7. Remember how no sound should be alone? Same goes for albums. Everything can have a sequel!
8. You are allowed to be blonde.
9. Swords enhance your credibility and your performance. Be sure to carry one regardless of whether or not you know anything about using one.
10. Pick a theme and stick to it. Manowar are warriors of true metal, and they don't get to sing about anything else. Rhapsody has their Algalord chronicles. Hammerfall has their steel, hammers, and templar. Running Wild has pirates. Blind Guardian has Tolkein. None of them are allowed to sing about anything else.
11. If you have to sing about something else, put together a side project to do it. Avantasia is the perfect model.
12. Ballads are permissible.
13. That doesn't mean your ballads can suck.
14. The longer a song is, the more epic it is. See rule #1.
15. More solos means more epic.
16. If at all possible, be Michael Kiske.
17. If this is not possible, pretend to be Michael Kiske.
18. Your album cover should include at least one of the following: fire, steel, weird glowing magical items, irregularly muscular men, fists thrust into the air, weaponry, magic creatures (preferably dragons), or bright beams of light around somebody/something.
19. 'Grim' and 'necro' don't apply here; they just make you look silly. Now go back to singing your 20 minute epic about dragonslaying!
20. Power metal depends on power chords.
21. 16th notes are the only notes.
22. Unless you're singing, in which case you are not permitted to hold a note for any less than 2 bars.
23. Keyboards get solos, too.
24. If you can't be Michael Kiske, you can at least be Timo Tolkki.
25. Actually, don't be Timo Tolkki.
26. In case you didn't know, "symphonic" is synonymous with "epic." See rule #1.
27. Just because 300 bands before you have already done "epic," there's always room for more.
28. Songs come in two tempos: metal and ballad.
29. You are officially the only group of people who can refer to themselves as 'mighty' without being laughed at. Much.
30. Audiences need to be able to sing along. Make it catchy.
31. Sing in English, even though your fan-base will be comprised entirely of Brazilians, Germans, Japanese, Swedes, and Finns. See rule #30: if it's not catchy, it's harder to sing in a language that is not your first.
32. Play in as many bands as possible. More side projects and guest appearances means more epic!
33. Tight. Pants.
34. You don't have to detune your guitars.
35. Though you probably should drop them a half-step.
36. Unfortunately, you need at least two guitar players. How else are you going to have dueling guitar solos?
37. Keyboards may substitute for one guitar player, as long as they can solo.
38. Fortunately, you don't need a bass player! Or at least, you never have to use the same bassist twice.
39. Begin all songs with one big swelling chord on the keyboard.
40. Acoustic guitars are allowed. Sometimes.
41. It's not a tour, it's a crusade!
42. Layer your vocals, hundreds upon hundreds of times. Don't worry about them live.
43. Never use mundane words in your lyrics. Nothing is epic if you don't use words like "majesty," "glorious," "magical," and so on.
44. Wizards! You need wizards!
45. Although your costume does not require corpse paint, it will require a cape, lots of jewelry, and the aforementioned swords.
46. Unless you are Manowar, in which case you are too metal for clothing.
47. Come to think of it, don't be Manowar.
48. Wear armor if at all possible. Hammerfall can give you an idea of the variety of acceptable armors, ranging from leather to ring-mail.
49. Songs don't begin at full speed. Gradually work your way into an epic frenzy.
50. Hail true metal!
51. Acoustic guitars are for intros and bridges. Then crush them with steel.
52. Epic. Tight. Pants.
53. Higher vocals are epic vocals. Female lead singers are great for this.
54. So, male lead singes should sound like female singers. See rule #52.
55. True warriors can tell the difference between albums.
56. Concept albums are totally epic. Nobody will ever see it coming.
57. Liner notes must include pages of backstory, either of your epic saga of conquest over dragons and evil or of your epic battles with alcoholism while recording the album.
58. Drugs aren't metal.
59. Beer, however, can be served in all kinds of true metal ways.
60. "Flagons of ale." It's appropriate to your fantasy-riddled lyrics, and it almost looks like "dragons," so you score extra points.
61. Since you can't get away with grunts, growls, and other troll-like noises, you will have to sing.
62. Your accent will show as a consequence.
63. To compensate, sing about killing trolls. Preferably with the swords that you carry onstage.
64. More sequels = more epic. See rule #7.
65. Guest vocalists, guest guitarists, and any special appearances from outside your band will make your sound more epic, even if the track sounds just like all the other songs on the album with an extra solo.
666. Norsk Arysk Blak Metal! Rahhh!!!
67. Begin songs at half-tempo, and then, when listeners least expect it (i.e. at exactly the same time it happens in all your other songs) kick into full speed complete with double-bass and power chords.
68. Bass players: one note. Really fast.
69. But include one enormous crazy-ass bass fill before the chorus, even though the production will bury you so far in the mix that most people won't realize your band has a bass player.
70. Just because you don't play black metal doesn't mean you can't use Tolkein.
71. Whenever you short of ideas, pick up your Dungeons and Dragons books. You might as well be the first band to sing about owlbears.
72. Never leave Europe.
73. For purposes of rule #72, Japan may be counted as part of Europe.
74. Oh, and South America was colonized by Europeans, so it can count too.
75. Orchestras make a great addition to your album. Since you can't afford one, find a new patch on your keyboard.
76. If your live album does not have the crowd singing all the harmony parts for you, you aren't epic enough to justify a live album.
77. If you are European, use as many archaic English words in your lyrics as you can. Obfuscation is epic!
78. If you are South American, your lyrics should be closer to standard English, though nobody will ever read them.
79. If you are U.S. American, you probably aren't actually a power metal band. Sing about tanks, or something.
80. If you are Italian, write some lyrics in Latin. Your American fans won't be able to tell the difference between your Italian lyrics and your Latin ones, but Latin is epic.
81. Remember, shaving is epic, haircuts are not.
82. Entire albums must be recorded in the same key.
83. For that matter, entire careers may also be recorded in the same key.
84. Guitarists, remember: dun da-da dun da-da dun da-da…
85. Make your band logo very angular, but perfectly legible.
86. More than a logo, you need a mascot.
87. He need not be distinguishable from Eddie, but he does need to be on all your album covers.
88. At your first gig, if you feel a "rising force", do be sure not to get it all over your audience.
89. Record your best songs unplugged, and sell them as an EP.
90. Do not expect anyone to buy the EP.
91. Remember, power metal fans are not gay. They are just comfortable with their masculinity.
92. Sing along.
93. Don't get caught singing along.
94. Glitter is not epic.
95. Neither is body oil. See rule #47.
96. If you see a black metaller in the woods pretending to be a troll, see rule #9 and rule #63.
97. In your liner notes, thank everybody you toured with, even if they're Stratovarius.
98. Complain about Stratovarius constantly even though you've bought all their albums and listen to them more than anything else in your collection.
99. Power metal must be pure; do not mix it with other metal styles.
100. To repeat: be epic.
101. I ran out of funny things to say way back at rule #52, but any less than 101 rules would so not be epic.




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Angel_Lament - 26.11.2008 at 14:28  
LOL, but what does rule no. 91 refer to????
romerovan - 09.02.2009 at 20:46  
AHHAHAHA 31. Sing in English, even though your fan-base will be comprised entirely of Brazilians, Germans, Japanese, Swedes, and Finns. See rule #30: if it's not catchy, it's harder to sing in a language that is not your first. XD
Tordah - 17.03.2009 at 23:06  
This is a nice helping of bullshit and chips.
BRJ Events - 10.04.2009 at 02:24  
Lmao !!!
THE_BLACK_GOD - 11.04.2009 at 11:19  
102. call it "Flower Metal".
203. Helloween is the most true "Flower Metal" of the world (read #102)
Hrothdane - 12.04.2009 at 06:12  
Written by Guest on 11.04.2009 at 11:19

102. call it "Flower Metal".
203. Helloween is the most true "Flower Metal" of the world (read #102)


Why don't you go back to whining about how nobody appreciates metallica?
THE_BLACK_GOD - 12.04.2009 at 09:05  
Written by Hrothdane on 12.04.2009 at 06:12

Written by Guest on 11.04.2009 at 11:19

102. call it "Flower Metal".
203. Helloween is the most true "Flower Metal" of the world (read #102)


Why don't you go back to whining about how nobody appreciates metallica?

lol, I think you have to practice english and read posts with more attention and open your eyes and see that if someone keeps metallica's back it doesnt mean that he/she is whining(or wants to make ppl love metallica, SHIT, if I had a power I would take metalliac's cd's from the ppl who are like you with alot of metallica originals while kiss their ass as well at the same time, but trying to say worthless words about metallica), persons like you, are more fit to hear such words about WHINING.
Dip370 - 25.05.2009 at 00:40  
RULE #666 RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Shape 1973 - 31.05.2009 at 21:17  
This is the funniest thing on the whole site, brilliant.
SyBReeD - 03.07.2009 at 11:04  
Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

true i swear
bloodwrage - 25.07.2009 at 05:43  
Shaving is definitely epic.
gibsonrcock53 - 05.10.2009 at 02:36  
The best list on here! Now for the sequel, because sequels are EPIC
MissPrecious - 27.10.2009 at 13:47  
50. Hail true metal!

The other ones... tight. pants ?
Symphony - 03.12.2009 at 15:13  
"41. It's not a tour, it's a crusade!"

LOL!! But I still think the best rule is #1. With that rule you resume Power Metal xDD
Holy Man - 15.12.2009 at 18:05  
This should seriously be published in a book or something, and sold to young kids in Europe!! haahah
Geddysciple - 20.01.2010 at 18:04  
Looks like rule 71 is approaching reality:

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/1/20/

I'm waiting for someone to take the comic and make the song.
Jeeers - 29.01.2010 at 19:08  
Epic post!

"It's not a tour, it's a crusade!" - PRICELESS!
MeTalRea|istiK - 19.02.2010 at 15:05  
Hihihi..this is funny!!
Vitriolic Hate - 10.03.2010 at 04:13  
91. Remember, power metal fans are not gay. They are just comfortable with their masculinity.
Metalyptica - 22.03.2010 at 20:37  
Hahaha this is epic!
24. If you can't be Michael Kiske, you can at least be Timo Tolkki.
25. Actually, don't be Timo Tolkki..
I guess none of you would know Strident? An EPIC Power Metal band from South Africa.. Their song 'Power Metal from Space' is drenched in epicness! Join the group Strident on Facebook, and let South Africa show you what being epic is all about.
WAMMI - 10.08.2010 at 02:52  
Haha I Love it!
Wishmaster - 21.08.2010 at 21:06  
I love those rules.
mismoree - 02.09.2010 at 00:49  
This list... it's.... EPIC!
coastercrazeie06 - 07.09.2010 at 03:10  
I'm gay and I LOVE power metal
dunskii - 06.10.2010 at 00:44  
Written by Angel_Lament on 26.11.2008 at 14:28

LOL, but what does rule no. 91 refer to????

Rule 52?
Matkingos - 14.11.2010 at 07:14  
53. Higher vocals are epic vocals. Female lead singers are great for this.

ONE IMPORTANT CAVEAT: Piet Sielck

102. You cannot be Piet Sielck
guterman12 - 20.11.2010 at 00:24  
88. At your first gig, if you feel a "rising force", do be sure not to get it all over your audience.
guterman12 - 20.11.2010 at 00:24  
Friggin epic!! lmao at # 88
Tsk! [BR] - 08.03.2011 at 02:21  
After read all this,i stoped to think:

Wizards and Dragons like power metal!

Tsk! [BR] - 08.03.2011 at 02:21  
After read all this,i stoped to think:

Wizards and Dragons like power metal!

Dies Irae - 08.05.2011 at 01:42  
41. 72. and 73. almost made me fall off a chair \m/
epic ^^
GroundZero - 25.05.2011 at 20:06  
According to some of these rules (5 and 666 among others) Michael Weikath from Helloween fired guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch after the album "The Dark Ride".

Some of them are really true
Metal_4Ever - 27.05.2011 at 02:56  
Written by Guest on 08.03.2011 at 02:21

After read all this,i stoped to think:

Wizards and Dragons like power metal!



Me too but I said if I can become a legend because I am a Power Metal fan
Guib - 27.05.2011 at 18:40  
Written by bloodwrage on 25.07.2009 at 05:43

Shaving is definitely epic.


Shaving is definitely not epic
BeastOfMetal456 - 26.07.2011 at 03:34  
Written by Guest on 08.03.2011 at 02:21

After read all this,i stoped to think:

Wizards and Dragons like power metal!



They certainly do!
Andromeda - 28.08.2011 at 10:15  
Written by Angel_Lament on 26.11.2008 at 14:28

LOL, but what does rule no. 91 refer to????


Have you seen how Manowar dresses?

http://www.badrecordcovers.com/?p=224
Angel_Lament - 28.08.2011 at 14:12  
Written by Andromeda on 28.08.2011 at 10:15

Written by Angel_Lament on 26.11.2008 at 14:28

LOL, but what does rule no. 91 refer to????


Have you seen how Manowar dresses?

http://www.badrecordcovers.com/?p=224

yeah I got it like two years ago...but thanks!!
M C Vice - 12.10.2011 at 10:04  
About rule 52. How tight do your pants have to be before they're considered epic tight?
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 10:05  
Written by M C Vice on 12.10.2011 at 10:04
About rule 52. How tight do your pants have to be before they're considered epic tight?

Can you still get an erection?

Then your pants aren't epic tight.
M C Vice - 12.10.2011 at 10:06  
Written by Guib on 27.05.2011 at 18:40

Written by bloodwrage on 25.07.2009 at 05:43

Shaving is definitely epic.


Shaving is definitely not epic

Exactly. There is nothing more epic than a mostache.
M C Vice - 12.10.2011 at 10:07  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 10:05

Written by M C Vice on 12.10.2011 at 10:04
About rule 52. How tight do your pants have to be before they're considered epic tight?

Can you still get an erection?

Then your pants aren't epic tight.

Shit, that was a quick answer. You stalking me or something?
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 10:07  
Written by M C Vice on 12.10.2011 at 10:07
Shit, that was a quick answer. You stalking me or something?

I lurk this forum like it's nobody's business.
M C Vice - 12.10.2011 at 10:33  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 10:07

Written by M C Vice on 12.10.2011 at 10:07
Shit, that was a quick answer. You stalking me or something?

I lurk this forum like it's nobody's business.

That sounds... epic.
Darthturtle - 26.10.2011 at 17:13  
It's funny because it's true! Power Metal is EPIC!
Celtrix - 06.11.2011 at 19:18  
Everything I love about power metal! Especially 52 and 81. All hail tight-panted, long-haired men!
TheAlmightyOdin - 24.07.2012 at 06:02  
I read 8 wrong. I'm as blonde as they come and I thought it said "aren't allowed to be blonde" lol. And I must disagree with one point... Power metal bands can come from America, be it Canada or the US. There aren't many, but they do exist; Theocracy , to name one. Some will consider Manowar power metal as well. They too are American.
JaciLeigh - 08.05.2013 at 19:29  
I read this every time I'm bored in class 😂
Patrick290 - 09.05.2013 at 10:33  
That's a true metal storm rules.
DoomRules - 02.08.2013 at 22:09  
It's not a tour, it's a crusade!.......;D
sidman52 - 01.09.2013 at 03:57  
THIS HAS TO BE EPIC

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