Re: Top 20 power metal albums of the Noughties

Author:The Surfing Alien
Date:2017-09-29 00:22:05
In Reply To:Top 20 power metal albums of the Noughties by Pirage
Brainstorm - Ambiguity
Stormwind - Resurrection
I remember liking both of these but have not listened to them in ages even though I probably still have the physical CDs. I wonder why Stormwind decided to hang it up. I think singer is now in Therion?
Jag Panzer - Mechanized Warfare
like most later JP, it's a blur for me and I almost never listen anymore.
Falconer - Chapters from a Vale Forlorn
I think this has one great song, The Clarion Call. The rest is not up to the high standards set by debut.
Dream Evil - DragonSlayer
Dream Evil - Evilized
I liked them at the time but never listen anymore. I regret sleeping thru the part of Snowy Shaw's set at Progpower when he did a Dream Evil song. He is a pretty great singer.
Cage - Darker than Black
Saw them live a couple of times recently and started listening again. Probably their best album? Doesn't get much better than Peck for this type of music.
20. Firewind - Between Heaven and Hell
Yes! Riffs for days and that singer was awesome! Why is he not recording multiple albums every year like Jorn?
18. Virgin Steele - The House of Atreus: Act II
remember it was solid but havent heard it in a while to be honest
13. Masterplan - Masterplan
Great album . their best? I liked the new guy doing this stuff live.

10. Bloodbound - Nosferatu
Melodies so good and nobody does this stuff better than Breed.
09. Lost Horizon - Awakening the World
very good, though again, have not heard in a while.

08. Masterplan - Aeronautics
dont remember at all. I guess I'll give it another go

05. Rage - Soundchaser
I like the more plain less technical 90s albums like Missing Link more, but to be fair I have not heard this one in a while.
04. Sabaton - The Art of War
there's a lot of Sabaton on this list, eh? I find them great fun live, but get a bit bored just listening later.
02. Falconer - st
One of all time greats. The vocals are a bit underproduced. the new reissue is supposedly remixed and something was done, but it's still not as great as later albums for vocal sound. Songs are amazing of course.

OK, a few you missed :) :

Tad Morose - Undead
I think I walked out of the store with both this one and the Falconer debut. What a combo that was. The best Tad Morose and one of the best power metal albums ever IMHO. great songs and nice gritty and mostly accentless vocals.

Wolf - debut
No Wolf on your list?? the debut was just so irresistably well done. they didn't really do it quite like that since, though Evil Star album was pretty good too.

Falconer - Northwind
My favorite Falconer album because of better production. It's just easier to listen to especially vocally. Great songs and the second guitarist definitely adds a lot of nice guitar flourishes.

Rob Rock - Rage of Creation
sensational solo debut from Rock. Definitely his best. Maybe more classic metal than power.

Warrior - Code of Life
different modern sound for Rock to work with, but , damn, so good.

Amaran - Pristine in Bondage
great Swedish melo death style instrumentally with a nice female singer doing smooth vox instead. too bad they did not continue this.

Silent Force - worlds apart
the best of the Silent Force albums? still not amazing, but great singing of course.

Pharaoh- After the Fire
Great debut. classic melodies and fantastic vocals from another underused powerhouse singer. Haven't been able to get into later albums quite as much.

Steel Prophet - Book of the Dead
it was either this or the next album Unseen for me. I'd combine all of their 2000s albums to make one really good one . Very distinctive sound, not like other power metal bands, but sometimes a bit too off beat to just enjoy .

Ashes to Ashes - Cardinal VII
very catchy epic power metal with doomy singer.

Will there be AOR version of these lists? :) I always find a lot of rare gems in your compilations.
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