The Best Power Metal Album

1.  Stratovarius - Nemesis 275
2.  Týr - Valkyrja 229
3.  Avantasia - The Mystery Of Time 154
4.  Gloryhammer - Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife 103
5.  Rhapsody Of Fire - Dark Wings Of Steel 89
6.  Serenity - War Of Ages 69
7.  Hammerforce - Access Denied 50
8.  Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell (write-in vote) 36
9.  Warlord - The Holy Empire 33
10.  Civil War - The Killer Angels 26
11.  Armory - Empyrean Realms 18
12.  Powerwolf - Preachers of the Night (write-in vote) 17
13.  Keldian - Outbound (write-in vote) 10
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Armory - Empyrean Realms

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Empyrean Realms is the melodic metal equivalent of an energy drink and is just as addictive, except it continues to work long after the first taste. Armory provide an unrivalled power metal kick with truly awesome and memorable guitar and keyboard work that will outlast initial listens and their second album blasts past the recent outputs of genre big names with the ease of their impressively speedy delivery of melodic energy.

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Avantasia - The Mystery Of Time

With Edguy sadly going downhill, Tobias Sammet focused once again in Avantasia, and pulled of the hat not a rabbit, but another album of fine power metal with a concept that's almost impossible to follow. Despite the noticeable absence of fan-loved Jorn Lande the singers, both new and old choices, deliver a great performance ensuring the album variations in mood and style. Rapidly switching from pop-like ballads to 10-minutes epics, The Mystery Of Time has less standout moments if compared with the last Avantasia albums, but feels more solid in its entirety.

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Civil War - The Killer Angels

So, it seems that we have two Sabatons now. Four of the ex-Joakim Brodén fellows formed Civil War and instantly started composing music, sounding more raw and uncorrupted by studio tricks than the last years' Sabaton. The formula hasn't changed this much - sing-along choruses, war-based lyrics, simple songwriting and live-dedicated tunes are what characterize The Killer Angels: this, together with the unmistakable timbre of Astral Doors' Nils Patrik Johansson, make this debut appealing also for power metal foreigners. Overall, The Killer Angels is... Killer. Duh.

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Gloryhammer - Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife

Prepare yourself for an epic rage of furious thunder. Alestorm's captain, Christopher Bowes, takes a break from the high seas to bring you Gloryhammer, a mighty, glorious agglomeration of all your favorite power metal clichés, from dragons to epic battles to evil, undead unicorns. Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife is packed with cheese, but don't let that stop you from thoroughly enjoying this bombastic wall of keyboards and sing-along choruses. Perhaps it isn't wholly original, but it is catchy and fun.

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Hammerforce - Access Denied

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Hailing from the cold Russia, Hammerforce bring a breath of more than fresh air into the power metal scene. Synth-driven power metal is what we're about, and Access Denied could easily start a new tendency, since these unconventional instruments give the music a new and unexpected sound. A top-notch songwriting, spiced with some progressive touches here and there, completes that tank full of energy that is Access Denied.

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Rhapsody Of Fire - Dark Wings Of Steel

First album after the departure of long-time guitarist and composer Luca Turilli, Dark Wings Of Steel is the heaviest and more obscure Rhapsody Of Fire album to date. Less frippery and keyboards, more guitars and drums, Staropoli wanted to check out how the "live" Rhapsody Of Fire sounded in studio. A concrete, slow and majestic album that lacks many of the features that have made the Italian band emerge in the past years: more than everything, what's missing is the unpredictability of Turilli's songwriting. However, some may love this for its overall reliability and its strong mid-tempos.

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Serenity - War Of Ages

Serenity solidify their symphonic sound on their latest release War Of Ages. Not overly exuberant, the power metal and symphonic components are expertly combined to create a coherent and catchy display of powerful tunes. Certainly the band's heaviest and most well-balanced output to date.

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Stratovarius - Nemesis

Releasing your 14th full-length and delivering such a performance isn't for everybody, folks. 2009's Polaris being a good start and 2011's Elysium a better continuation, Nemesis consecrates the new line-up and confirms that Stratovarius are back on track with their best album in more than ten years. Modern electronic and disco tunes match unexpectedly perfectly with the Stratoclassic nordic power metal, refreshing a band that many wrote off too early. With a successfull blend of the new and the old, Nemesis strongly applies for the best album of the genre in 2013.

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Týr - Valkyrja

Týr are back once again with your typical Týr album. Valkyrja continues where By The Light Of The Northern Star and The Lay Of Thrym left, as was foreseeable. What's new? Their sound becomes more clear and refined every album, at the expense of some of the rawness enjoyed in the early years. The band stopped experimenting, sticking to few song formulas and eliminating every trace of progressive, and this is working, so far. But how long can they go on?

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Warlord - The Holy Empire

Warlord return in stunning glory as they unfold their latest epitaph to an age of metal long past. This is the kind of matured and weather worn epic heavy/power metal that clearly speaks of an experienced band and knowledge for song writing developed over time. This is a grand tale of power metal which sees the band re-staking its claim within the genre.

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