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The best Power Metal albums by the best bands in the genre. The albums are not in any specific order, at least after the first 10. I placed more than 1 album per band cause they really deserve to be here. Feedback is appreciated.

Note: I edited the list and changed the title because there are albums that deserve to be here and I felt 20 albums are not enough

Created by: Mountain King | 09.04.2010



1. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
(1987) This album and part 2 are among the best metal albums of all time. Very inspiring compositions by young and talented musicians and no filler tracks at all. Ingo's drumming is very remarkable, nothing like that in 1987. Favorite tracks: "I'm Alive" "Future World" "A Tale That Wasn't Right" "Twilight Of The Gods"
2. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
(1988) The second part is just as good as part one, even better. Eagle Fly Free was a revolutionary song in 1988 and this made Helloween young legends. Favorite tracks: "Eagle Fly Free" "March Of Time" "Dr Stein" "Keeper Of The Seven Keys"
3. Angra - Temple Of Shadows
(2004) Nothing is like this album. The different elements used makes it so unique and the technicality of the guitarists (Loureiro & Bittencourt) and Aquiles Priester's drumming is just incredible here. One of the very best albums ever made. Favorite Tracks: "Spread Your Fire" "Temple Of Hate" "Sprouts Of Time" "Winds Of Destination"
4. Angra - Rebirth
(2001) Another timeless classic by Angra. No bad track on this one and a great comeback after the departure of Andre Matos. A must have for all Power Metal fans. Favorite tracks: "Acid Rain" "Running Alone" "Visions Prelude" "Rebirth" "Unholy Wars"
5. Stratovarius - Visions
(1997) Amazing compositions by one of my favorite composers, Timo Tolkki. Stratovarius reached their peak with this album and countless bands tried to imitate them after this one. Favorite tracks: "Black Diamond" "Before The Winter" "Kiss Of Judas" "Visions" "Coming Home"
6. Stratovarius - Infinite
(2000) My second favorite Stratovarius album. Brilliant compositions and very inspiring moments! Almost on the same level as "Visions" and definitely one of the best Power Metal albums ever made. Favorite tracks: "Phoenix" "Mother Gaia" "Hunting High And Low" "A Million Light Years Away" "Celestial Dream"
7. Avantasia - The Metal Opera Part I
(2001) What can I say about this album. No words to describe the awesomeness of it. I was stunned by the beauty of the compositions that are more accomplished than part 2. Favorite Tracks: "Reach Out For The Light" "Glory Of Rome" "The Tower"
8. Edguy - Mandrake
(2001) Another one of Tobias Sammet's great achievements. My favorite Edguy album although there are other very good albums, but this one contains more variations and shows that the band matured and expanded their musical vision. Favorite tracks: "All The Clowns" "Wash Away The Poison" "Pharaoh" "Save Us Now" "Jerusalem"
9. Heavenly - Virus
(2006) This French Power Metal band have outdone themselves on this album. No filler tracks here and some very epic moments. Favorite tracks: "The Dark Memories" "Spill Blood On Fire" "Wasted Time" "Prince Of The World"
10. Dragonland - Astronomy
(2006) This album belongs here because of it's unique Power/Melodeath blending, use of growls and female vocals with orchestration in the right places. Amazing compositions and each song is unique and different. Production is crystal clear and the guitar parts are amazingly done. Favorite tracks: "Astronomy" "Antimatter" "Beethoven's Nightmare" "Direction: Perfection"
11. Edguy - Hellfire Club
(2004) It's really hard to decide which Edguy album to put here since they had a couple of very outstanding releases. Hellfire Club most certainly has earned itself a spot in the all time greatest list because of it's remarkable energy and songwriting. It's a perfect mix between German Power Metal and catchy Heavy Metal with songs that have inspired many and won Edguy legions of new fans. Just listen to the intro of "Mysteria"! Favorite tracks: "Mysteria" "Down To The Devil" "We Don't Need A Hero" "King Of Fools" "Spirit Will Remain"
12. Sonata Arctica - Winterheart's Guild
(2003) People say Ecliptica or Silence is their best but i think this album shows Sonata Arctica on their best day. Amazing album from start to end. Favorite tracks: "The Cage" "Gravenimage" "The Misery" "Victoria's Secret" "Draw Me"
13. Primal Fear - New Religion
(2007) Many may disagree with my choice but i think this is Primal Fear with a lot of creativity. People who don't like this album should listen to it again, it's better than any other album they released. Favorite tracks: "Sign Of Fear" "Fighting The Darkness" "Everytime It Rains" "Face The Emptiness"
14. Silent Force - Worlds Apart
(2004) The most underrated band that i know. Their best album by far and one of the best in the genre. Favorite tracks: "No One Lives Forever" "Master Of My Destiny" "Spread Your Wings"
15. Lost Horizon - A Flame To The Ground Beneath
(2003) The second and last Lost Horizon album would prove that this band could have been one of the greatest names in the metal scene, Daniel Heiman delivers the goods with his soaring high pitched vocals. Favorite tracks: "Again Will The Fire Burn" "Think Not Forever" "Highlander"
16. Masterplan - Aeronautics
(2005) Slightly better than the debut, Masterplan matured their sound and showed that they got what it takes to write some of the best metal songs ever. Favorite tracks: "Falling Sparrow" "Black In The Burn" "Back For My Life" "I'm Not Afraid"
17. Pyramaze - Melancholy Beast
(2004) The best Danish Power Metal band and with a good reason. Their music is undeniably unique and their technical skills specially their drummer make this album a jewel among metal albums. Another high point of this great album is the high pitched vocals and beautiful vocal melodies of master Lance King who lays his mark as one of the best singers in our recent time. Favorite tracks: "Legend" "Sleepy Hollow" "Power Of Imagination" "Until We Fade Away".
18. Firewind - The Premonition
(2008) Slightly better than Allegiance and definitely better than their latest Days Of Defiance. Fast, Catchy and varied compositions makes it a winner for me. Favorite tracks: "Head Up High" "Angels Forgive Me" "My Loneliness" "Life Foreclosed"
19. Hammerfall - Legacy of Kings
(1998) The first 4 Hammerfall albums are the best and this one is on top. It's the most consistent and took their warrior Power Metal to another level. Favorite tracks: "Dreamland" "Heeding The Call" "The Fallen One"
20. Helloween - The Time Of The Oath
(1996) The best of the Deris Era. This album is a must for all metal fans. Helloween shows that they have what it takes to produce more legendary albums. Favorite tracks: "Power" "Kings Will Be Kings" "Forever And One" "If I Knew" "Time Of The Oath"
21. Cain's Offering - Gather The Faithful
(2009) This new band has made some beautiful riffs and melodies. I'm in love with their debut and Timo Kotipelto still has it. Favorite Tracks: "Dawn Of Solace" "Oceans Of Regret" "Gather The Faithful" "Elegantly Broken"
22. Gamma Ray - Majestic
(2005) Might not be the best GR album but it's the best for me, very consistent. I love almost all the tracks on it. Inspiring music by this German band. Favorite tracks: "Fight" "Strange World" "Blood Religion" "Revelation"
23. Almah - Fragile Equality
(2008) Edu Falaschi of Angra's fame created Almah as a side project. This second album puts Almah on the forefront of the Brasilian metal scene and makes me a fan of this great band. Very technical solos and drumming yet very catchy. Favorite tracks: "You'll Understand" "Birds Of Prey" "Shade Of My Soul"
24. Kamelot - The Fourth Legacy
(1999) Although Karma comes close, this is my favorite Kamelot album. Not just that, it is one of the best albums I have ever heard. Roy Khan's best performance is in this album. Be sure to check it out! Favorite Tracks: "The Fourth Legacy" "Sailorman's Hymn" "Nights Of Arabia" "Lunar Sanctum" "Until Kingdom Come"
25. At Vance - Dragonchaser
(2001) My favorite At Vance album. Neoclassical Power Metal at it's best, and the majestic cover of Abba's "The Winner Takes It All" makes it even better. Olaf Lenk nails some outstanding solos that are an inspiration. Favorite Tracks: "Dragonchaser" "Ages Of Glory" "Too Late"



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Giok99 - 30.08.2012 at 23:49  
Nice list, as i agree with most of it, i would have choose other albums for certains bands (Silent Force - Walk the Earth, Kamelot - Black Halo, Heavenly - Dust to Dust, Masterplan - 1st one), but it's not the point.

No Blind Guardian in this list ....... and you should check the one and only album from Timeless Miracle.

Otherwise, i would also have Keeper 1 & 2 in first position, Imagination from the other Side second followed by Glory to the Brave and Legacy of Kings third and the Timeless Miracle.

Nice work for the comments
Ellrohir - 31.08.2012 at 00:03  
Hm...like half of them i dont even know...should have improve this
Lit. - 08.09.2012 at 23:11  
No Sabaton, Blind Guardian or Iced Earth?
EmeraldSword - 08.03.2013 at 19:27  
Good list and I think you nailed it by chosen these bands older albums. Sometimes it's hard to outdue older masterpieces that earned these bands their recognition. For example, Angra. Their last few albums have been terrible (which is maybe why Edu quit/retired). I'm also not a fan of Sonata Arctica's newer albums as well (their decision to move away from Speed/Power Metal). In any case, good list and I think your comments on each album was pretty spot on too. Cheers.
Infernal Eternal - 26.07.2013 at 12:19  
Nice albums but not in that order.
undertaker55 - 14.12.2013 at 16:18  
Where's the masterpiece bands like a Rage, Blind Guardian , Grave Digger , Iced Earth
Scanner , Running Wild

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