Re: My Top 20 Heavy/Power Metal albums of the 90s

Author:The Surfing Alien
Date:2017-09-18 11:17:00
Edited:2017-09-18 11:22:55
In Reply To:My Top 20 Heavy/Power Metal albums of the 90s by Pirage
20 - Domine - Dragonlord (Tales of the Noble Steel) -
I don't remember this one except for the singer's Sanctuary cover he did with Labyrinth on their EP.

19 - Stratovarius - Visions -
One of the classics for sure. I don't know why I don't listen to it much lately. I do like Fourth Dimension more because of catchier vocal melodies. Visions is more technical power metal though.

18 - Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part One -
Yes. Still great!

17 - Gamma Ray - Land of the Free -
I was never that big on Gamma Ray like some and don't listen at all any more. I think it was Hansen's vocals. Just not great like the best of the genre. Songs not amazing like best of Helloween either.
16 - Grave Digger - Knights of the Cross -
Have not listened to GD in a while. I did manage to finally catch them live opening for Blind Guardian a few years ago and they were awesome.

15 - Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards -
I think I listened to it when it came out, thought it was boring and never bothered again. Maybe I shoud revisit.

14 - Nocturnal Rites - Tales of Mystery and Imagination -
Interesting that you put this higher than Sacred Talisman, which I still spin occasionally. Hammerfall has a much better singer, I think that's why they became so successful. Nothing against NR guy, he's very charming.
13 - Axel Rudi Pell - Oceans of Time -
I have not listened in ages, but the chorus to Carousel is stuck in my head for some reason :)

11 - Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part Two -
Classic. Blood and Gasoline was the first VS I heard I think and it sounded so glorious.

10 - Primal Fear - Primal Fear -
this is all by memory now, but I recall a few really good songs and the rest being a bit more average, leaving me wondering what all the online fuss was about.

09 - Edguy - Theater of Salvation -
They find their voice with the epic choruses here, but IMO Vain Glory Opera is still their best by far. just more great songs.
08 - Luca Turilli - King of the Nordic Twilight -
did not care much for this when it came out, but Turilli did play a track off this live a few years ago that I thought was pretty good.

07 - Iron Savior - Unification -
I remember buying this in one of the big record stores back in the day . I think it's closed now . I thought it was pretty good. Listening to it now, solid but not amazing.
06 - Nightwish - Oceanborn -
One of the best of the genre definitely! I hope they do a tour sometime where they do this entire album.
05 - Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica -
I remember listening and wondering why other bands in the genre don't do catchy vocal melodies like that. I always assumed it borrowed a lot from the local Euro pop music scene. They never came close to this level of greatness again IMHO, unfortunately, though to be honest I stopped following them closely a while ago.
04 - Rhapsody of Fire - Symphony of Enchanted Lands -
I think a couple of songs from this and debut are amazing, but the rest is kind of long winded mush. I was so pissed Turilli didn't play any old stuff on recent tour. His new stuff is boring. singer is great though, he was amazing with the old stuff when I saw them at Progpower fest.

03 - HammerFall - Legacy of Kings -
oh no doubt, this is where the songs are. Debut has like a couple of great ones, the rest is just ok. best one is a cover anyway of Ravenlord. Legacy is great all the way. Finally saw them live recently. They did do a medley of oldies and Let the Hammer fall, but not enough IMHO :) I don't think I'd go see them again unless it's for all classics set. Not a fan of newer stuff. Isn't it strange how all these formerly underground bands seem to be doing so well now and touring in decent venues, but their new music is just not on the level anymore? Symphony X, Nightwish, the list is long.

02 - Running Wild - The Rivalry -
don't remember this one. Maybe never listened? I'll check it out.
01 - Virgin Steele - Invictus -
well said. You should do reviews professionally . at least for some blog or mag or something.
great album, and definitely a unique sound and voice in the genre. I can't think of another band that sounds similar.

Some of my favorites are below. I think some might not have been favorites at the time, but passage of time makes things clearer I guess. Some are probably more in the classic metal genre rather than pure power.

Impellitteri - Answer to the Master/Screaming Symphony/Eye of the hurricane and the Victim of the System EP - one of the best back to back album streaks of all time IMHO. Albums are pretty short though, I remember feeling slightly ripped off after getting the Japanese imports. I remember being so wowed by Imp's aggressive rhythm guitar tone at the time. Of course now everyone plays heavy 8 strings and stuff so it's not as impressive but the songs still hold up very well.

Iced earth - no IE on your list?? I like Alive in Athens 3CD the most LOL. brought all the good songs together. I liked the earlier thrashy songs with the better production on the live album.

Symphony X - Diving Wings of Tragedy. Still their best. Another import for me at the time. Worth it, though I remember liking the shorter first 3 songs at the time a lot more than the rest.

Nevermore - didn't become of fan until getting a used copy of Dead Heart later. Still not a huge fan of a lot of the earlier songs, but some are all time classics like Sea of Possibilities from the debut. What an epic prog thrasher! it's between that and the Politics of Ecstasy for 90s Nevermore for me. Never understood why everyone around PM boards was so gaga over Dreaming Neon Black at the time. Hopefully we'll see Nevermore reunion some day. I really want to see them live again.

Angra - Fireworks. THE power metal band at the time, but I don't listen to it anymore. Mainly because of the vocals. I thought they were more subdued on Fireworks. Saw Kiko shred with Megadeth the other day.

Jag Panzer - Fourth Judgement. What a brilliant album . Power metal or classic metal? This and the follow up are their best IMHO. later stuff just became boring IMHO.

Helloween - Master of the rings. I think I liked Better than Raw more at the time, but with time I like the more bouncy less heavy sound of Master a lot more. Songs like Where the rain grows are just so much fun. One of the few bands/albums where drums stand out to me . Uli definitely gives it that bounce and groove.

Conception - Parallel Minds is the more power album I guess, but I do like all of them. One of the best discographies ever. I still hold out hope of singer and guitarist doing something in the future.
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