Top 20 power metal albums of the Noughties

Date:2017-09-24 13:27:44
2584 albums are tagged "power" as part of the style description in metal-archives in the Noughties. Here are some of them which stick out for me including a final top 20. Use this link to view them and see which ones stick out for you guys.

First some of the also-rans though by no means all. I probably like 100s of albums from the full 2500.

Brainstorm - Ambiguity
Stormwind - Resurrection
Rhapsody of Fire - Dawn of Victory
Domine - Stormbringer Ruler - The Legend of the Power Supreme
Wizard - Head of the Deceiver
Avantasia - The Metal Opera
Jag Panzer - Mechanized Warfare
Pegazus - The Headless Horseman
Falconer - Chapters from a Vale Forlorn
Morifade - Imaginarium
InnerWish - Inner Strength
Dream Evil - DragonSlayer
Luca Turilli - Prophet of the Last Eclipse
Dream Evil - Evilized
Cage - Darker than Black
Tarot - Suffer Our Pleasures
Astral Doors - Of the Son and the Father
Axenstar - Far from Heaven
Sonata Arctica - Reckoning Night
Power Quest - Magic Never Dies
Iron Mask - Hordes of the Brave
Timeless Miracle - Into the Enchanted Chamber
DragonForce - Inhuman Rampage
Pharaoh - The Longest Night
Axel Rudi Pell - Mystica
Dream Evil - United
Heavenly - Virus
Stormwarrior - Heading Northe
Edenbridge - MyEarthDream
Fairyland - Score to a New Beginning
Stratovarius - Polaris

20. Firewind - Between Heaven and Hell
Classic heavy Firewind. Gus was on fire in those days and the wind blew strong if I may use that groan inducing phrase!

19. Dream Evil - The Book of Heavy Metal
METAL!!! When Niklas screams that at the start then all hell breaks loose!

18. Virgin Steele - The House of Atreus: Act II
Loved both the Atreus disks this one especially as I recall.

17. Astral Doors - Evil Is Forever
Not strictly power metal of course but damn it it's in 'cause this is my fave AD album and it needs recognition.

16. DragonForce - Sonic Firestorm
Speedsters need some recofnition for their discography in the early parts of this millenium and SF is as good as any.

15. Firewind - The Premonition
Possibly my album by Gus and Co. Magic melodies from front to back although more hard rock creeping in than the early albums.

14. Helloween - The Dark Ride
First time I grew to love Helloween. Much different than their early days but great tunes all round.

13. Masterplan - Masterplan
Great debut indeed by the Helloween/Blind Guardian spin off band with the master vocalist Jorn.

12. Sabaton - Primo Victoria
Can't deny my Swedish boys their stab at initial stardom. They shook up the power metal scene really when you think about it. Power metal was pretty niche and dead but both Dragonforce with their speedy sound and link to gaming and Sabaton with their war fixated anthems brought power metal to rival the bigger death and black metal scenes. At the time I remember even hardened and hardcore death metal guys were sort of listing Sabaton as their fave token melodic band.

11. Nightwish - Wishmaster
Album gets a lot of mentions and here it is again. A more refined follow up to Oceanborn and perhaps the last truly classic Nightwish album before the move away from power metal into heavier, cinematic waters in the albums that followed.

10. Bloodbound - Nosferatu
After Urban left Tad Morose he turned up in this Helloween/Maiden hybrid and lo and behold it was a magical start. Sure it didn't last that long with him and they moved on, but Nosferatu was a power metal fan's wet dream at the time. Epic songs and an epic voice.

09. Lost Horizon - Awakening the World
Holy crap there was some hype for this in our community as I recall. Everyone had the words Lost Horizon on their lips saying that this band would blow everyone away with cheese, metal and monster vocals. Bloody hell they were'nt wrong. Easily one of the most spectacular power metal debuts ever but it is not infact THE most spectacular. We're coming to that.

08. Masterplan - Aeronautics
I often heard people saying they were a little disappointed with Aeronatics when it was first released but I found it to be the stronger release of the two to be honest. Maybe that's just me though as both are pretty A standard anyway. This was like the more refined older brother of the energetic debut in my opinion.

07. Sabaton - Attero Dominatus
Released just a year after Primo Victoria, AD saw Sabaton reving up their antics and hitting their stride further still. The two albums are like basically like twins and it boils down to a double CD with a year's gap in between. Sabaton were probably still to release their absolute best stuff but they were gaining huge momentum with this album.

06. Helloween - Gambling with the Devil
Perhaps my fave Helloween album of all in the modern era and they've had some bloody good ones. Everything clicked on this release and I think it featured a bit for every type of Helloween song from heavy to fast and melodic with ANdi Deris turning in one of his best performances

05. Rage - Soundchaser
Definitely my fave Rage album ever. Heavy, melodic and catchy as hell. I don't really think they've been able to match this since. I'm not a huge Rage fan or anything but it all really worked a treat on this.

04. Sabaton - The Art of War
2 years after the last album Sabaton released one of their difinitive albums and make their third and final appearance on my list. I wanted to limit it to one album per band but I'm such a Sabaton junkie that I couldn't even leave any of their albums in this decade out. They had fully honed their sound by this point and this album features tunes that they'll be playing live till the say stop doing this.

03. Powerwolf - Bible of the Beast
Since Powerwolf is literally my fave band in existence I had to include them here for their one album released in this decade that's truly worth its spot. Their debut was ok, and Lupus Dei the follow up was really good, but it wasn't until BotB that they really became the Powerwolf that I know and love today. A monumentally catchy album with anthems galore. I understand some people have a few issues with the gimmicks in the band or Atilla's vocals but these are part of the appeal for me. A band that has certain themes running through album to album is not a bad thing for me. It means I know what I'm gonna get and I won't be disappointed. The album is worth it alone for two songs in particular. Panic in the Pentagram which is a re-write of Fear of the Dark and Resurrection by Erection which is just a riotous song and a staple of their live set.

02. Falconer - st
And now to THE most spectacular power metal debut of all time. When Stefan from Mythotin decided to abandon folky power death for straight power metal I had really no idea it was going to be this spectacularly awesome. The fact that he chose a metal singing novice who had no idea what metal was or is could have failed miserably but instead it gave the genre a whole new shot in the arm. We were used to high pitched accented wailing at the time not some dude singing with a warm baritone voice about vikings, battles and folklore! In the end you still need the songs and the debut had them to spare. THe endless barrage of wicked, awe inspiring melodies meant I wore this one out. They've never even come close to even equalling this release that's for sure. This was one of those albums that stopped power metal fans in their tracks with it's pure sense of epic melody.

01. Lost Horizon - A Flame to the Ground Beneath
And finally probably my fave album of all time although I do feel a little silly saying that but when this was released I was literally aghast at how amazing it was. I was stunned by the band's ability to be epic, OTT with cheese ratings set to maximum and yet blessed with amaing listenability. I have read many times how many prefer the debut but I just don't get it. This is 10 times the epicness and majesty of the debut. That is of course great but Flame is where it's at man. THe sheer audacity of some of these tracks is bewildering. The sounds go whirling round your head and make you feel at one with the band. You feel their self empowerment and feel somewhat better mentally after listening to this album. Of course the band is held together by the incomparable vocals of Daniel Heiman who would unfortunately leave the band after this resulting in the band more or less giving up. The search for perfection in musical and vocal form would be fruitless for band leader Wojtek and to this day I think it's a shame that differences with Daniel could not be solved to allow a final and third album to be released. I'm sure it would have kept all LH fans on tenterhooks waiting to see what ethereal magic they could come up with.

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