Re: My Top 10 Heavy/Power Metal albums of the 90s

Date:2017-09-17 12:55:19
In Reply To:My Top 10 Heavy/Power Metal albums of the 90s by graham
Angra – Holy
This came along; I’d never heard anything quite this fast, melodic and quite diverse. Probably Angra’s best and it was pretty much all down hill from this.
I bought it but I grew tired of it and I remember getting rid of the disk I believe. It is a classic from their discog though with Matis anyway. However there are a couple of disks with Edu in the 2000s that I consider better such as Rebirth.

Sonata Arctica – Eclitpica
First time I ever visited Helsinki I was given this from my mate, who got them signed and gave them their name. Raw and unsophisticated yet has a beauty that a lot of the albums that followed don’t have. Also I nearly fell over when I saw my name in the thank you’s for pimping them relentlessly since the Full Moon demo.
Nice story to tell your grand kids lol. Despite treading water they are still one of the most popular pm bands in existence and their shows constantly sell out here. Ecliptica is one of the most spectacular debut power metal albums ever if not THE most spectacular.

Nightwish – Oceanborn
Still my fave NW album and as close to perfection as they have ever come (Once is a split hair) Still finding their way, Tarja sings her heart out, to the full onslaught of the power metal soundtrack. The scream on ‘’The Pharaoh Sails To Orion’ is worth the price of admission alone.
Can't disagree with any of that. I wish Tuomas would listen to it once in a while to get a little of the older inspiration back. Like most musicians he probably thinks their old albums are naive and immature now who knows.

Kamelot – Siege Perilous
First album with Khan and my first ever phone interview with the man and I was shitting bricks before he called and was such a nice guy to talk and for this Siege will always hold great memories and lots of anxiousness.
Yeah Kamelot's early stuff didn't amaze me until the 2000s arrived.

Stratovaius – Destiny
I could have picked any number of Strato releases, but I think it was this one that really grabbed me and made me a big fan of them.
In my list of course as my first encounter with Strat.

Labyrinth – A Return To Heaven Denied
With Olaf riffs and Tyrant’s vocals, killer songs and a very big production, this one is one Italy’s finest power metal moments, an album that I don’t think they ever bettered.
I should have included this in my list as an also ran at least if not in the top 20. They've never been able to better it.

Blind Guardian – Nightfall In Middle-Earth
This was my music tester for headphones, speakers and any system for many year. Besides the massive production, the concept the huge sounds this album still is BG best for me and I don’t think they’ll ever top it.
I like some BG but they are just one of those bands that seem way overrated to me. Of course their fans go gaga over them. I guess you're one of them graham? :-)

Manowar – The Triumph Of Steel
A band that I loved in my teenage years but haven’t bothered with for a long long time. This was not their best, my favorites are from the 80’s, but this one they really indulged with an epic 28-minute opener and a closer that always has me close to tears.
I never really became a fan of this though many consider it their magnum opus. Master of the Wind is an absolutely amazing tear jerking ballad though that never fails to stir the emotions.

Rhapsody – Symphony Of Enchanted Lands
A toss up between this and the debut, at the time there was nothing like this, massive cheese, filled with orchestral choirs and a fast galloping sound.
Easily better than the good debut for me. Like you said this type of OTT cheese was unheard of at the time. The album is nearly 20 years old. This makes us pm feel absolutely ancient trust me!

Gamma Ray – Somewhere Out In Space
Again tough to pick just one GR release for this decade, but this one always stood out for me, the blistering title track, the whole Spacey theme of the album seals it for me.
Yes a very good Rays album but not amazing for me. I know many consider it a classic though.

Thanks for the list Graham.

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