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Power metal is a subgenre of metal which grew out of classic heavy metal and SpeedMetal with the help of progressive rock in [[TheEighties the late Eighties]], and is characterized by a more melodic sound than most other subgenres. An emphasis on speed, especially fast guitar solos is also frequently present. Many power metal bands also have [[HeavyMithril fantasy based lyrics and themes]] with singing styles usually being higher pitched clean vocals, operatic vocals or SopranoAndGravel, however, lower vocals are not unheard of.

Because the genre formed practically simultanously in Europe and North America, there are distinct differences in styles from the two scenes. While both scenes share the same NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal influence, American styled power metal tends to be also influenced by classic thrash metal and is codified with bands such as Music/IcedEarth, Vicious Rumors, and Jag Panzer, while European power metal is also influenced by ProgressiveRock and ProgressiveMetal which causes European bands to be more melodic and more focus on keyboards and is codified with bands such as Music/BlindGuardian, Music/RhapsodyOfFire and Music/{{Nightwish}}. To add to this, in relatively recent years, the Japanese power metal scene has begun to produce its own brand of power metal with most bands producing styles and sounds reminiscent of neo-classical metal bands like Music/{{Stratovarius}} and [[Music/YngwieMalmsteen Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force]]. Japanese codifiers include Music/{{Galneryus}}, Concerto Moon and Music/{{Versailles}}. South American (largely relegated to Brazil and Argentina) power metal, meanwhile, tends to lie somewhere between Europower and J-power; it's usually grittier than Japanese power (but still fairly light for the most part) but also tends to be "shreddier" than a lot of Europower. While it doesn't really have a particularly distinctive sound, famous South American acts include Angra, Rata Blanca, Viper, Shaman, and Hibria. Lastly, Finland is home to a variant of it that is essentially MelodicDeathMetal with ''extremely'' prominent power metal elements and heavy use of keyboards; Finnish melodeath/power codifiers include Music/ChildrenOfBodom, Norther, and Kalmah.

Power metal is also known for the ease it can be fused with other styles to the point that SymphonicMetal, Neo-Classical Metal, ThrashMetal and, correctly or otherwise, ProgressiveMetal are often considered directly linked to power metal, and a lot of early progressive metal acts (Fates Warning, Crimson Glory, and, to a degree, Watchtower) overlapped with the genre. 3 Inches of Blood is a blatant fusion of ThrashMetal and power metal and Symphony X is the TropeCodifier of progressive power metal.

Or in laymans' terms: power metal is what would happen if you take five teenagers, lock them in a room with every Music/IronMaiden, Music/{{Rush}} and Music/{{Metallica}} CD ever, a few classical records, and every ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' sourcebook ever, let them out ten years later, and made them really good at playing instruments.

Not to confuse with [[AppliedPhlebotinum literal metals for powering up your goods]].

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Power metal is a subgenre of metal which grew out of classic heavy metal TraditionalHeavyMetal and SpeedMetal with the help of progressive rock in [[TheEighties the late Eighties]], eighties]], and is characterized by a more melodic sound than most other subgenres. An emphasis on speed, especially fast guitar solos solos, is also frequently present. Many power metal bands also have [[HeavyMithril fantasy based fantasy-based lyrics and themes]] with singing styles usually being higher pitched higher-pitched clean vocals, operatic vocals or SopranoAndGravel, SopranoAndGravel; however, lower vocals lower-pitched cleans and HarshVocals are not unheard of.

Because the genre formed practically simultanously in Europe and North America, there are distinct differences in styles from the two scenes. While both scenes share the same NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal influence, American styled power metal tends to be also influenced by classic thrash metal and is codified with bands such as Music/IcedEarth, Vicious Rumors, and Jag Panzer, while European power metal is also influenced by ProgressiveRock and ProgressiveMetal which causes ProgressiveMetal, causing European bands to usually be more melodic and more with a heavy focus on keyboards and keyboards; this is codified with bands such as Music/BlindGuardian, Music/RhapsodyOfFire and Music/{{Nightwish}}. To add to this, beginning in relatively recent years, TheNineties and ramping up in [[TurnOfTheMillennium the Japanese power metal scene has begun 2000s]], Japan began to produce its own brand of power metal metal, with most bands producing styles and sounds reminiscent of neo-classical metal bands like Music/{{Stratovarius}} and [[Music/YngwieMalmsteen Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force]]. Japanese codifiers include Music/{{Galneryus}}, Concerto Moon and Music/{{Versailles}}. South American (largely relegated to Brazil and Argentina) power metal, meanwhile, tends to lie somewhere between Europower and J-power; it's usually grittier than Japanese power (but still fairly light for the most part) but also tends to be "shreddier" than a lot of Europower. While it doesn't really have a particularly distinctive sound, famous South American acts include Angra, Rata Blanca, Viper, Shaman, and Hibria. Lastly, Finland is home to a variant of it that is essentially MelodicDeathMetal with ''extremely'' prominent power metal elements and heavy use of keyboards; Finnish melodeath/power codifiers include Music/ChildrenOfBodom, Norther, and Kalmah.

Power metal is also known for the ease it can be fused with other styles styles, to the point that SymphonicMetal, Neo-Classical Metal, ThrashMetal and, correctly or otherwise, ProgressiveMetal are often considered directly linked to power metal, and a lot of early progressive metal acts (Fates Warning, Crimson Glory, and, to a degree, Watchtower) overlapped with the genre. 3 Inches of Blood is a blatant fusion of ThrashMetal and power metal and Symphony X is the TropeCodifier of progressive power metal.

Or in laymans' terms: power metal is what would happen if you take five teenagers, lock them in a room with every single Music/IronMaiden, Music/{{Rush}} and Music/{{Metallica}} CD ever, CD, a few classical records, and every ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' sourcebook ever, let them out ten years later, and made them really good at playing instruments.

Not to confuse be confused with [[AppliedPhlebotinum literal metals for powering up your goods]].



Examples of bands frequently associated with power metal:

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* Demon Bitch

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* Demon BitchMusic/DemonBitch



* Fifth Angel
* Flotsam and Jetsam (also ThrashMetal and/or GrooveMetal, depending on the album)
* Forte

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* Fifth Angel
Music/FifthAngel
* Flotsam and Jetsam Music/FlotsamAndJetsam (also ThrashMetal and/or GrooveMetal, depending on the album)
* ForteMusic/{{Forte}}



* Hexx (was death/thrash during the ''Morbid Reality'' era)

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* Hexx Music/{{Hexx}} (was death/thrash during the ''Morbid Reality'' era)



* Meliah Rage (also thrash)

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* Meliah Rage Music/MeliahRage (also thrash)



* Necromancing the Stone

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* Necromancing the StoneMusic/NecromancingTheStone



* Starkill (also MelodicDeathMetal in the Finnish vein)
* [[Music/{{SymphonyX}} Symphony X]] (also ProgressiveMetal)

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* Starkill Music/{{Starkill}} (also MelodicDeathMetal in the Finnish vein)
* [[Music/{{SymphonyX}} Symphony X]] Music/{{Symphony X}} (also ProgressiveMetal)



* Music/{{Thor}} (Possibly the UrExample having used elements of power metal in their music since the late 70s.)

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* Music/{{Thor}} (Possibly the UrExample UrExample, having used elements of power metal in their music since the late 70s.)



* ''Angel Dust'' (also ThrashMetal)

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* ''Angel Dust'' Music/AngelDust (also ThrashMetal)



* Music/DiabulusInMusica



* Music/LucaTurilli



* Eternity's End (a Music/ChristianMuenzner project)

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* [[Music/EternitysEnd Eternity's End End]] (a Music/ChristianMuenzner project)



* Music/GloryHammer (an AffectionateParody)

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* Music/GloryHammer Music/{{Gloryhammer}} (an AffectionateParody)



* Music/{{Kalmah}} (Overlaps with MelodicDeathMetal. Later albums replace the Power Metal element with ThrashMetal)
* Kiuas

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* Music/{{Kalmah}} (Overlaps with MelodicDeathMetal. Later albums replace the Power Metal power metal element with ThrashMetal)
* KiuasMusic/{{Kiuas}}



* Norther (also MelodicDeathMetal)
* Paradox (also ThrashMetal)

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* Norther Music/{{Norther}} (also MelodicDeathMetal)
* Paradox Music/{{Paradox}} (also ThrashMetal)



* Sacral Rage (albeit in the style of USPM)

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* Sacral Rage Music/SacralRage (albeit in the style of USPM)



* Savage Messiah (also thrash)

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* Savage Messiah Music/SavageMessiah (also thrash)



* Music/TwilightForce (An AffectionateParody to PowerMetal and HeavyMithril tropes, although not as overt as Music/GloryHammer.)

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* Music/TwilightForce (An AffectionateParody to PowerMetal and HeavyMithril tropes, although not as overt as Music/GloryHammer.Music/{{Gloryhammer}}.)




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* Music/{{Xandria}}



* Music/{{Aldious}}
* Music/{{Alhambra}}
* Music/AncientMyth
* Music/{{Bridear}} (also {{Metalcore}})



* Music/CrossVein
* Music/{{Cyntia}}



* Music/FateGear
* Music/FatimaHill



* Music/LivMoon
* [[Music/MarysBlood Mary's Blood]]
* Music/MatenrouOpera
* Music/{{Megaromania}}
* Music/{{Minstrelix}}
* Music/{{Octaviagrace}}
* Music/TearsOfTragedy
* Music/UnluckyMorpheus



* Music/XJapan (Also ProgressiveMetal, SpeedMetal and ThrashMetal)

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* Music/XJapan (Also (also ProgressiveMetal, SpeedMetal and ThrashMetal)



* ArcWords: Dragons, fire, warriors, heroes and even relatively childish things such as [[RatedMForManly men being manly]] and ''[[DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment iron swords made of steel]]''.

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* ArcWords: Dragons, fire, warriors, heroes and even relatively childish things such as [[RatedMForManly men being manly]] and ''[[DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment iron swords made of steel]]''.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: A very frequent theme of power metal. Possibly the only reason why power metal stays on the idealistic end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism despite lyrics about war, bloodshed, or violence.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: A very frequent theme of power metal. Possibly the only reason why power metal stays on the idealistic end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism despite lyrics about war, bloodshed, or and/or violence.



* FanNickname: "Flower metal", "Pussy Metal", "Gay Metal", "Happy Metal", "Pop Metal".
** Note that some, if not all, of these epithets are ''almost exclusively'' used by fans of certain types of power metal at others, like USPM fans vs. Euro-power bands, or fans of heavier European bands like Music/GammaRay and ''Music/IronSavior'' at less aggressive bands like Music/SonataArctica and later Music/{{Stratovarius}}.

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* FanNickname: "Flower metal", "Pussy Metal", "Gay Metal", "Happy Metal", "Pop Metal". \n** Note that some, if not all, of these epithets are ''almost exclusively'' used by fans of certain types of power metal at others, like USPM fans vs. Euro-power bands, or fans of heavier European bands like Music/GammaRay and ''Music/IronSavior'' Music/IronSavior at less aggressive bands like Music/SonataArctica and later Music/{{Stratovarius}}.



* RatedMForManly: The genre overflows with manliness due to the ubiquity of HeavyMithril and HotBlooded {{Large Ham}}s in the scene.
** Unfortunately this means that the genre suffers from massive TestosteronePoisoning...
* LighterAndSofter: Than its sister genre, ThrashMetal, and its parent genre, SpeedMetal. But not always...
** In turn, Europower is this to USPM.

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* RatedMForManly: The genre overflows with manliness due to the ubiquity of HeavyMithril and HotBlooded {{Large Ham}}s in the scene.
** Unfortunately this means that the genre suffers from massive TestosteronePoisoning...
* LighterAndSofter: Than its sister genre, ThrashMetal, and its parent genre, SpeedMetal. But SpeedMetal, but not always...
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always. In turn, Europower is this to USPM.



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: 6-8, on average. Power metal ballads can dip down to as low as a 2.
** USPM is about as hard as ThrashMetal (around 8-9, USPM ballads can range from two to five, USPM is basically thrash with more solos and HeavyMithril lyrics), Europower is softer; at around 6-8, and J-power can range from two to nine.
*** The hardest of the lot is probably Nevermore, who occasionally verge into a 10 at times on their later albums.
* OneOfUs

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: 6-8, on average. Power metal ballads can dip down to as low as a 2.
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2. USPM is about as hard as ThrashMetal (around 8-9, USPM ballads can range from two 2 to five, 5; USPM is basically thrash with more solos and HeavyMithril lyrics), lyrics); Europower is softer; softer, at around 6-8, 6-8; and J-power can range from two 2 to nine.
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9. The hardest of the lot is probably Nevermore, Music/{{Nevermore}}, who occasionally verge into a 10 at times on their later albums.
* OneOfUsOneOfUs: Besides the general HeavyMithril themes common in much of the genre, it's not rare for power metal bands to make music based on specific (usually fantasy) works; ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' in particular is a common source.



* RatedMForManly: The genre overflows with manliness due to the ubiquity of HeavyMithril and HotBlooded {{Large Ham}}s in the scene. Less prominent in J-power, in part due to overlap with the [[CostumePorn extremely flamboyant]] VisualKei scene, and in part because of Japan's large number of female-fronted and all-female power metal bands.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: The majority of power metal is very, ''very'' idealistic.
** Though some USPM bands can be ''very'' cynical.
* SopranoAndGravel: Some power metal bands vocalists freely alternate between soaring operatics and gruff snarling vocals. Other bands employ a more traditional dual-vocal setup.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The majority of power metal is very, ''very'' idealistic.
** Though
idealistic, though some USPM bands can be ''very'' cynical.
* SopranoAndGravel: Some power metal bands vocalists freely alternate between soaring operatics and gruff snarling vocals. Other bands employ a more traditional dual-vocal setup.



* ThrashMetal: The parent genre for USPM (and the sister genre of power metal in general), as it shares the same aggressive delivery, extremely masculine attitude and approach to musicianship. As with ProgressiveMetal, many non-USPM bands cross over into thrash.
** Which creates some confusion for those new to the genre, as both PowerMetal and ThrashMetal feature super-fast musicianship and excessively manly aesthetics.
* TropeCodifier: Manowar, Jag Panzer, Helstar, and Iced Earth for USPM, Versailles and Galneryus for J-Power, Angra and Rata Blanca for South American power, and Stratovarius for Europower.

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* ThrashMetal: The parent genre for USPM (and the sister genre of power metal in general), as it shares the same aggressive delivery, extremely masculine attitude and approach to musicianship. As with ProgressiveMetal, many non-USPM bands cross over into thrash.
** Which
thrash. This creates some confusion for those new to the genre, as both PowerMetal and ThrashMetal feature super-fast musicianship and excessively manly aesthetics.
* TropeCodifier: Manowar, Jag Panzer, Helstar, and Iced Earth for USPM, USPM; Versailles and Galneryus for J-Power, J-Power; Angra and Rata Blanca for South American power, power; and Stratovarius for Europower.
7th Aug '17 6:27:55 AM Elitegamer010
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->''Star in the night and a bearer of hope''
->''Rides into his glorious battle alone''

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->''Rides ->''He rides into his glorious battle alone''
7th Jun '17 8:21:32 AM djbj
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* Music/{{Heathen}} (also ThrashMetal)

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* Music/{{Heathen}} Heathen (also ThrashMetal)
1st Jun '17 5:25:35 PM Az_Tech341
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Or in laymans' terms: Power metal is what would happen if you take five teenagers, lock them in a room with every Music/IronMaiden, Music/{{Rush}} and Music/{{Metallica}} CD ever, a few classical records, and every ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' sourcebook ever, let them out ten years later, and made them really good at playing instruments.

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Or in laymans' terms: Power power metal is what would happen if you take five teenagers, lock them in a room with every Music/IronMaiden, Music/{{Rush}} and Music/{{Metallica}} CD ever, a few classical records, and every ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' sourcebook ever, let them out ten years later, and made them really good at playing instruments.
13th May '17 8:35:20 AM Rik-B
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* Music/CrimsonGlory (also ProgressiveMetal)
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* Music/CrimsonGlory (also ProgressiveMetal)
27th Apr '17 8:23:14 PM GGCrono
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->''A star in the night and a bearer of hope''
->''He rides into his glorious battle alone''

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->''A star ->''Star in the night and a bearer of hope''
->''He rides ->''Rides into his glorious battle alone''
25th Mar '17 8:05:30 PM StarSword
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* Music/CivilWar
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* Apocrypha

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* ApocryphaMusic/{{Apocrypha}}



* Crescent Shield

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* Crescent ShieldMusic/CivilWar
* Music/CrescentShield


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