List of power metal bands

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This is a list of power metal bands including bands that have at some point in their careers played power metal. Power metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music combining characteristics of traditional metal with speed metal, often within symphonic context. Generally, power metal is characterized by a more uplifting sound, in contrast to the heaviness and dissonance prevalent in styles such as doom metal and death metal. Power metal bands usually have anthem-like songs with fantasy-based subject matter and strong choruses, thus creating a theatrical, dramatic and emotionally "powerful" sound.

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Name Origin Years active Brief summary
3 Inches of Blood[1] Canada 1999–present Style strongly influenced by NWOBHM

A[edit]

Amaranthe performing at the Wacken Open Air festival
Axxis concert at the Masters of Rock 2007 festival
Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Accept[2] Germany 1968–1989, 1992–1997, 2004–2005, 2009–present Played an important role in the development of speed and thrash metal.
Adagio[3] France 2000–present Known for technical precision and dark orchestration.
After Forever[4] Netherlands 1995–2009 Strong progressive metal influences, use of both soprano vocals and death grunts.
Agent Steel[5] USA 1984–1988, 1999–Present Forged a reputation due to their lyrical themes of apocalyptic sci-fi.[5]
Aina[6] various (supergroup) 2003–2004 Together created the metal opera Days of Rising Doom
Alestorm[7] Scotland 2004–present Exclusively pirate themed band with folk metal incorporation.
Almah[8] Brazil 2006–present Side project from the singer of Angra, now a full fledged band.
Altaria[9] Finland 2000–present Known for recruiting guitarist Jani Liimatainen of Sonata Arctica in their earlier years.
Amaran[10] Sweden 2000–2005 Gothic style with clean female vocals.
Amaranthe[11] Sweden 2009–present Fuses melodic metal with pop melodies and vocals of Elize Ryd
Amberian Dawn[12] Finland 2006–present Lyrics often influenced by Finnish and Norse mythology
Angband[13] Iran 2004−present Conceived as a progressive instrumental band, the addition of a vocalist moved towards power metal.
Angel Dust[14] Germany 1984–1990, 1998–present After 1998, moved away from thrash metal to a power/progressive metal style.
Angra[15] Brazil 1991–present Known for symphonic interludes, technical instrumentation and Brazilian regional elements.
Antiquus[16] Canada 2000–present Iron Maiden influenced band writes concept albums with unifying themes or stories.
Anubis Gate[17] Denmark 2003–present Progressive band nominated for multiple Danish music awards in 2008 and 2009.
Armageddon[18] Sweden 1997,2000,2002,2012–present Started as a melodic death metal band formed by Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott, grew closer to power metal in their second and third albums.[18]
Armored Saint[19] United States 1982–1992, 1999–present founders in close relation to members of Metallica, their lyrics helped shape today's power metal.
Artch[5] Norway 1983–Present Early power/heavy metal band originating from Sarpsborg, Norway.[5]
Arthemis[5] Italy 1994–present Known for fusing neo-classical European style with the aggression of American Speed Metal.[5]
Astral Doors[20] Sweden 2002–present "Jerusalem", the sixth album by Astral Doors is a clear singing from vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson, backed up by riff oriented sound delivered by Jocke Roberg-keyboard; Joachim Nordlund-Guitar; Ulf Lagerström-Bass and Johan Lindstedt-Drums.
At Vance[5] Germany 1998–present Their first album included covers of a Vivaldi piece Summer and ABBA's Money, Money, Money[5]
Anvil[21] Canada 1978–present big contributors to modern heavy metal, their documentary illustrated how working together for them was more important than making as much money as possible.
Avantasia[22] various (supergroup) 1999–present A metal opera hosted by Tobias Sammet, the band's members change for every album and feature participation of many renowned musicians/vocalists.
Avian[23] United States 2002–present Formed after being inspired by a metal festival that featured performances by Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Edguy, and a number of other famous power metal bands.
Axenstar[24] Sweden 1998–present Originally formed as a cover band, now producing power metal that shies away from typical mythical themes.[25]
Axxis[26] Germany 1988–present Their debut album, "Kingdom of the Night", became the best-selling debut album ever by a hard rock band in Germany in 1989.
Ayreon[5] Netherlands 1995–2008, 2012–present A rock-opera type solo project.[5]

B[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Balance of Power[5] United Kingdom 1995–present Christian power/progressive metal band from London.[5]
Battlelore[27] Finland 1999–present Folk mixed with power and melodic death metal, growled vocals with clean female accompaniment.
Benedictum[28] United States 2005–present Female fronted harder style power metal from band members who were previously a Dio tribute band.
Beto Vázquez Infinity[29] Argentina 2000–present Symphonic/gothic style band hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Black Majesty[30] Australia 2001–present Formed by ex-members of prominent bands on the Australian metal scene
Blind Guardian[31] Germany 1984–present Often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres.
Borealis[32] Canada 2005–present Heavy and progressive with deep vocals, known for their excellent live performances.
Brainstorm[33] Germany 1989–present Known to play a somewhat darker style of music than most power metal groups.
Brocas Helm[34] United States 1982–2013 Known for founding their own record label after disappointment with their affiliated labels.
Burning Point[5] Finland 1997–present Originally doom-influenced, the band moved towards a power metal feel.[5]

C[edit]

Children of Bodom at 2007's Masters of Rock
Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Cain's Offering[35] Finland 2009–present Formed by ex-Sonata Arctica members Jani Liimatainen, Mikko Härkin and Stratovarius vocalist Timo Kotipelto
Catharsis[5] Russia 1996–present Early demos the band played a style with a mix of death metal and doom metal.[5]
Celesty[36] Finland 1998–2012 Their latest album includes a collaboration with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and a professional choir.
Cellador[37] United States 2004–present Contrasts the popular death metal and metalcore scenes of the American Midwest with melodic speed metal.
Children of Bodom[38] Finland 1993–present One of Finland's best selling artists of all time, incorporating power metal and melodic death metal.
Chinchilla[5] Germany 1988–present A band with a reputation of being serious heavy performers, despite their ironic band name.[5]
Cirith Ungol[39] United States 1972–1992 Sword and sorcery themed songs contributed to the development of power metal as a genre.
Crimson Glory[40] United States 1979–1992, 1998–present A pioneer of the American progressive metal movement.
Conception[5] Norway 1989–1998, 2005 Featured ex-Kamelot vocalist Roy Khan.[5]
Concerto Moon[5] Japan 1996–present 80s style Japanese symphonic rock specialists.[5]
Cryonic Temple[5] Sweden 1996–present Originated from the fusion of an Iron Maiden cover band and a progressive rock band.[5]
Crystal Eyes[41] Sweden 1992–present Put their own studio together in order to improve the quality of their recordings after dissatisfaction with their first label.
Crystal Viper[42] Poland 2003–present Polish band founded by singer/songwriter and recently guitarist Marta Gabriel

D[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Dark Moor[43] Spain 1993−present Neo-classical and symphonic elements.
Demons and Wizards[44] Germany 1998–present Formed by the vocalist for Blind Guardian, Hansi Kürsch, and the guitarist of Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer.
DGM[45] Italy 1994–present Started as a power metal oriented instrumental band, gradually moved towards a progressive feel.
Dio[46] United States 1982–1991,1993-2010 The lyrics of renowned vocalist Ronnie James Dio greatly influenced development of power metal and heavy metal as a whole.
Dionysus[5] Sweden 1999–2008 Formed by the drummer of Sinergy.[5](p112)
Divinefire[47] Finland 2004–present Their style mixes power metal with both melodic and aggressive elements.
The Dogma[5] Italy 1999-present A Progressive/Power Metal band from Ancona, Italy[5](p113)
Domine[48] Italy 1984–present Linked to heroic fantasy and sword and sorcery themes.
Doomsword[49] Italy 1997–present Influences from themes such as ancient and medieval history, fantasy literature and European mythology.
DragonForce[40] United Kingdom 1999–present Known for its long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-based lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.
Dragonland[50] Sweden 1999–present Most notable for basing their two first albums upon the self-produced The Dragonland Chronicles fantasy saga.
Dream Evil[51] Sweden 1992–present Known for their respect to classic heavy metal and their 1980s style sound.
Dreamtale[52] Finland 1999–present Speedy and light style, with occasional accompaniments of symphonic instruments.
Dreamtone & Iris Mavraki's Neverland[53] Greece, Turkey 2005–present Symphonic power metal collaboration between the Turkish band Dreamtone and Greek singer Iris Mavraki.
Dungeon[5] Australia 1989–2005 Australian heavy/power metal band formed in the mining town of Broken Hill, Australia.[5](p124)

E[edit]

Elixir performing in 2010
Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Edenbridge[54] Austria 1998–present Symphonic power metal band with a female singer and considerable orchestration.
Edguy[55] Germany 1992–present One of the most famous modern power metal bands, highly metaphorical lyrics and a style true to the power metal denomination.
Eidolon[56] Canada 1993–2007 On the heavier side of power metal, after the founding members became a part of Megadeth they stopped recording new albums.
Eldritch[5] Italy 1991-Present Prominent band within Italian progressive metal in the late 1990s.[5](p131)
Elegy[5] Netherlands 1986-present Pioneers of progressive/power metal mixture.[5](p132)
Elixir[57] England 1983-2012 Notable for being associated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.
Elvenking[5] Italy 1997–present Speed metal with rustic folk influence.[5](p133)
Empyria[5] Canada 1991-present Technical progressive power metal, their unique sound was one of the reasons they were reasonably received in the mid 1990s.[5](p135)
Epica[58] Netherlands 2002–present Known for their symphonic sound and the use of female vocals and male growls.
Excalion[59] Finland 2000—present Lyrical themes originate in different moods and hardships, experiences of life.

F[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Fairyland[60] France 1998–Present Formed by keyboardist Philippe Giordana with melodic and symphonic elements.
Falconer[61] Sweden 1999–present Utilizes folk instrumentation and melody to create a medieval sound and atmosphere.
Fifth Angel[5] USA 1983–1990,2009–present Band which brought guitarist James Byrd to prominence.[5](p148)
Firewind[62] Greece 1998, 2002–Present Founded by guitarist Gus G., now also the guitarist in Ozzy Osbourne.
Freedom Call[63] Germany 1998 – present Known for their upbeat, feel-good sound free from melancholy undertones or darker styles of some power metal groups.
Forgotten Tales[64] Canada 1999 – present Fronted by powerful vocalist Sonia Pineault, who avoids the popular opera style vocals of female leads. Neoclassical guitars with folk keys and effects.

G[edit]

Grave Digger at Metalcamp in 2007
Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Galneryus[65] Japan 2001–present Neo-classical power metal with many speed metal style songs, often compared to Dragonforce in style, although the neo-classical elements are quite a departure from the aforementioned.
Gamma Ray[31] Germany 1989–present Known as one of the most prominent bands of the German heavy metal scene.
Gloryhammer[66] United Kingdom, Switzerland 2010–present Presents themselves as a tongue-in-cheek, parody of stereotypical power metal groups as well as appearing on-stage in armour and costumes.
Grave Digger[67] Germany 1980–1987, 1991–present One of the earlier heavy metal bands that contributed to the development of power metal as a genre.

H[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
HammerFall[40] Sweden 1993–present Cited as producing some of the highest acclaimed power metal albums,[40] Hammerfall is a famous example of power metal as a whole.
Heathen[68] United States 1984–1993,2002–present Their style could be described as the aggression of thrash metal combined with NWOBHM-style vocals and arrangements, acoustic intros or outros, and fast-paced melodic shred solos.
Heavenly[69] France 1994–present They were signed by record label Noise Records after winning a competition sponsored by the label's website.[69]
Heaven's Gate[5] Germany 1982–1999 One of the earliest German power metal bands.[5](p186)
Heavy Load[70] Sweden 1976–1985 The band is often hailed as the first Swedish heavy metal band,[71] and were known for their Viking themes.
Heir Apparent[5] USA 1983–1989, 2000-present Techno-Metal style band from Seattle.[5](p188)
Helloween[31][72] Germany 1984–present The band is a pioneering force in the power metal subgenres and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, are considered masterpieces of the genre.
Helstar[73] United States 1982–present A key band in the development of the American power metal scene emerging in the mid 1980s.
Highland Glory[74] Norway 2001–present Their first album, From the Cradle to the Brave, was released in 2003.
Highlord[75] Italy 1996–present A standard style power metal band with medieval and mythical themed lyrics.
Hollow[5] Sweden 1995-present Highly technical progressive style.[5](p200)
Holy Dragons[5] Kazakhstan 1992-present Claimed to be Kazakhstan's first heavy metal band.[5](p201)
HolyHell[76] United States 2005–present A symphonic power metal band with a female lead vocalist, an atypical style coming from North America.
Holy Knights[77] Italy 1998–2002, 2010–present Symphonic accompaniment, choruses with many backing vocalists creating an epic ballad feel.
Human Fortress[78] Germany 1997–present Strives for an epic feel with their music, calling their music "epic battle metal".

I[edit]

Iced Earth in December 2012
Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Iced Earth[79] United States 1985–present Successful band that has played many different styles of metal with members changing constantly other than the founding guitarist Jon Schaffer.
Impulse[80] Bulgaria 1979–1991,1995–1998,2012-present One of the first Bulgarian heavy metal bands.
Iron Fire[81] Denmark 1995–present Early speed metal style incorporated with recent power metal sounds.
Iron Mask[82] Belgium 2002–present Contains ex-Yngwie Malmsteen members.
Iron Savior[83] Germany 1996–present Blends power metal with a high-concept science fiction story, immediately embarking on a multiple-album tale of a fictional space vessel of the same name.

J[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Jag Panzer[84] United States 1981–1988, 1994–2011, 2014 NWOBHM influenced band that influenced the development of thrash and power metal.
Judas Priest[2] United Kingdom 1969–present One of the most famous heavy metal bands of all time, as well as the origin of many sounds that influenced the many sub-genres of heavy metal today.

K[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Kamelot[85][86] United States 1991–present One of the more successful bands in the North American power metal scene. Symphonic, neo-classical, and progressive elements.
Katagory V[87][88] United States 1999–Present American power metal band with thrash and progressive elements.
Kerion[89] France 2003–present Features a choir directed by Phil Gordana of Fairyland. Mainly labelled as a symphonic metal band.
King Diamond[90] Denmark 1985–present Formed by departed members of Mercyful Fate.
Kobra and the Lotus[91] Canada 2009–present Known for their female vocalist Kobra Paige.
Kotipelto[92] Finland 2001–present Formed by Stratovarius member Timo Kotipelto while the aforementioned band was on hiatus.

L[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Lääz Rockit[93] United States 1982–1992,2005–present One of their signature elements were Ibanez guitars adorned with elaborate airbrushed scenes of warfare.
Liege Lord[94] United States 1982–1989,2000,2012–present Originated as a Judas Priest cover band, aided development of the power metal genre.
Lost Horizon[95][96] Sweden 1990–1994,1999–present Known for taking the epic feel of power metal to new levels, having been described as "Metallica will make you feel angry, but Lost Horizon will make you feel like a god."[97]
Luna Mortis[98] United States 2001-2010, 2013–present Combination of melodic death, power, thrash, and progressive, band with a female vocalist who sings clean as well as does death growls.

M[edit]

Machinae Supremacy performing
Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Machinae Supremacy[99] Sweden 2000–present Combines modern heavy metal/power metal and alternative rock with chiptunes.
Magica[100] Romania 2002–present A Romanian power metal band with mythical themes and gothic metal influences.
Majesty[101] Germany 2000–present Heavily influenced by Manowar both musically and lyrically even having former Manowar guitarist Ross "The Boss" Friedman appear on their second album
Manilla Road[102] United States 1977–1990,2001–present Early albums have more in common with progressive rock and proto-heavy metal than the band's later heavier speed/thrash metal sound.
Manticora[103] Denmark 1996–present Progressive power metal with speed metal influences.
Manowar[104][105] United States 1980–present Known for its lyrics based on fantasy (particularly sword and sorcery), mythological topics (particularly Norse mythology) and for playing a lot of songs about heavy metal music.
Masterplan[106] Germany 2001–present Founded by ex-Helloween members.
Meliah Rage[107][108] United States 1987–present Characterized primarily by their thrash metal vibe married to more classical metal melodies.
Mercenary[109] Denmark 1991–present Although they are usually labelled as a melodic death metal band, they use aspects of power metal in their music, as well as thrash metal in their earlier work.
Metal Church[110] United States 1980–1994,1998–2009,2012–present Lyrical topics such as conflict and paranoia later expanded into philosophical and social commentary.
Metalium[111] Germany 1998–2011 Their style of music was that of the traditional power metal sound which was pioneered in Hamburg by bands such as Helloween and Blind Guardian.
Moonlight Agony[112] Sweden 1999–present Common usage of odd chord progressions and an eerie/dreamlike atmosphere produced via the keyboard track, combined with frequent double bass drum patterns.

N[edit]

Nightwish in 2009
Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Nightwish[113] Finland 1996–present Nightwish performs symphonic metal with soaring female operatic vocals. Their music has been described as “bombastic heavy, symphonic and cinematic, with keyboards and strings creating a gothic atmosphere”[114]
Nocturnal Rites[115] Sweden 1990–present Death metal with melodic influences such as Iron Maiden.

O[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Omen[116][117] United States 1983–1988,1996–present One of the forefathers of power metal acts, launched with groups such as Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer.
Orden Ogan[118] Germany 1996–present Progressive and folk metal elements.

P[edit]

Primal Fear in 2009
Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Pharaoh[119] United States 1997–present Known for multi-layered instrumentation and well produced albums.
Powerglove[120] United States 2005–present One of the more prominent nintendocore bands, Powerglove covers classic video game tracks in an epic technical power metal style.
Power Quest[40] England 2001–2013 Consistently features a joyous sound with upbeat melodies and mythical inspirations. The founder of the band being the keyboardist, the songs are more key driven than typical power metal bands.
Powerwolf[121] Germany 2003–present Notable for having dark themes and images, both musically and lyrically, both counteractions to traditional power metal music and including usage of corpse paint, gothic-tinged compositions and songs about Romanian werewolf and vampire legends.
Primal Fear[122] Germany 1997–present Main lyrical themes are science fiction, often metaphorical.
Prototype[123] United States 1994–present Mainly demonstrates elements of progressive metal and thrash metal.
Pyramaze[124] Denmark 2001–present Collaborated with Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow for their third album.

R[edit]

Running Wild live on stage in Bonn in 2005
Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Rage[125] Germany 1984–present Part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s, along with bands such as Helloween, Running Wild, Blind Guardian and Grave Digger.
Rainbow[2] England 1975–1984,1994–1997 Started out combining mystical lyric themes with neo-classical metal, but went in a more streamlined commercial style following Dio's departure from the group.
Rebellion[126] Germany 2001–present Their first album was a concept album about William Shakespeare's work Macbeth.
Revolution Renaissance[127] Finland 2008–2010 Formed by a former Stratovarius member.
Rhapsody of Fire[128][129] Italy 1993–present One of the most prominent symphonic style power metal bands, recording with orchestras and involving classical style vocalists such as Christopher Lee.
Riot[130][131] United States 1975–1984,1988-2012 Initially started out as straightforward heavy metal, upon revival in 1988 they began a departure towards power metal styles.
Running Wild[132] Germany 1976–2009,2011–present Most famous for pioneering the idea of pirate themed metal, after initial satanic themes in their first two albums.

S[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Sabaton[133] Sweden 1999–present The band's main lyrical themes are historical wars.
Savatage[134] United States 1978–2002 Known for the frequent usage of counterpoint style vocals.
Scanner[135] Germany 1986–present Known for early forms of science-fiction based power metal.
Scorpions[2] Germany 1965–present One of the best selling heavy metal bands of all time, influencing many of the 1980s sub-genres including power metal.
Serenity[136] Austria 2001−present Gravitated towards power metal as they released more albums, initially more pure symphonic metal.
Seven Thorns[137] Denmark 1998-2005; 2007−present A mix of Scandinavian and German power metal with neoclassical influences
Shadowkeep[138] England 1999–present
Shadowside[139] Brazil 2001–present Band with female vocals from Brazil drawing from influences of Thrash metal and Hard Rock.
Sinergy[140] Finland 1997–2004 Known for their strong female vocalist Kimberly Goss who has a deeper vocal range than a typical female power metal vocalist.
Sonata Arctica[141] Finland 1995−present One of the most successful power metal groups of post 1990s. Known for their usage of keys and falsetto vocals, as well as emotional themes and wide ranging style.
Stratovarius[40] Finland 1984–present Considered one of the leading groups of the power metal and symphonic metal genre.
Symfonia[142] Finland 2010–2011 Short-lived band formed by well-known Finnish power metal musicians as a new project.
Symphony X[143] United States 1994–present Popularized the mixing of progressive metal sounds with power metal themes, influenced by pure progressive bands such as Dream Theater.

T[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Theocracy[40] United States 2002–present Originally a one-man project, the band mixes heavier power metal style with progressive metal.
Thunderstone[144] Finland 2000–present Created by ex-Antidote guitarist Nino Laurenne.
Twilightning[145] Finland 1998–2009 Split up after the band's sound slowly shifted from power metal to a more 1980s rock sound.

V[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Vicious Rumors[146] United States 1979–present Recognized for their guitar works and harmonies, as well as the variety of their music.
Virgin Steele[147] United States 1981–present In recent years, they have enriched their sound with elements of musical theatre, metal and symphonic metal.
Visions of Atlantis[148] Austria 2000–present Their equal combination of male and female vocals distinguishes Visions of Atlantis and is reminiscent of bands such as Lacuna Coil.

W[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
WarCry[149] Spain 2001–present One of Spain's most famous metal acts.[149]
Wizard[150] Germany 1989–present The band was often called "Germany's answer to Manowar".
Wintersun[151][152] Finland 2003–present On the more extreme side of power metal, Wintersun contains elements of melodic death metal, and was formed as a side project to Ensiferum.
Winter's Verge[153] Cyprus 2004–present Songs often have pirate themes and local character. Pioneers of the modern Cyprus metal stage.Notable for touring with Stratovarius in their Polaris tour.
Wuthering Heights[154] Denmark 1989–present Songs often feature traditional folk instruments such as bagpipes, violins, and flutes.

X[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
X Japan[155] Japan 1982–97,2007–present Pioneers of the Japanese heavy metal movement promoting a shift towards western glam style.

Y[edit]

Yngwie Malmsteen performing in Barcelona
Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Yngwie Malmsteen[156] United States, Sweden 1978–present Led by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, the virtuosity of his guitar work in any lineup aided the development of neoclassical metal, which is prevalent in power metal sound.

Z[edit]

Name Origin Years active Brief summary
Zonata[157] Sweden 1998–2003 Known for heavy classical influences on both guitar and keyboard parts.

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