Re: Top 20 power metal albums of the Noughties

Date:2017-10-05 00:42:30
In Reply To:Top 20 power metal albums of the Noughties by Pirage
I thought I listened to more power metal than this, but I guess not. Another short list if I restrict it to just this genre.

7. Lost Horizon - A Flame To The Ground Beneath: Absurd, but in a good way. Not as consistent as the debut, IMO.

6. Gamma Ray - Blast From The Past: The re-recordings of the pre-Land Of The Free tracks are brilliant and breathe completely new life into these songs, IMO. The rest of the re-recorded songs don't add much value.

5. Gamma Ray - Skeletons In The Closet: Their best live album by far. The song selection is a great mix of lesser hits and deep cuts, and it adds "No Return" to the list of early songs re-recorded with Kai on vocals. "Gardens Of The Sinner" absolutely kills live.

4. Gamma Ray - Majestic: This one seems to get a lot of mediocre reviews, but I've never understood why. IMO, this is the last great album the band produced before tapering off in quality. "Fight", "Strange World", and "Blood Religion" are all excellent, and there isn't a single stinker on the album, IMO.

3. Lost Horizon - Awakening The World: The vocals are a bit over the top, but still high quality, and the songs are consistently strong. Great debut.

2. Powerwolf - Lupus Dei: My favorite Powerwolf album by a mile. Straddles the line between traditional and power metal, setting a great atmosphere with the ever-present pipe organ and baritone vocals. While I still enjoy their later, pure power incarnation, I really wish they'd continued further down this original path.

1. Luca Turilli - Prophet Of The Last Eclipse: Plain and simple, nothing else sounds like this album. Bouncy synths combined with epic neoclassical power metal makes for a surprisingly potent combination when you just give up and roll with it. Crying baby noises in the middle of the song? Why not! Throw in a tarantella for no particular reason? Sure! Can't argue with brilliance.

- Jer
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