Sabaton. Singing about real life wars would be noble enough, but the fact that every song practically begs to be played at full blast makes it entirely awesome. "Primo Victoria", "Attero Dominatus", and "40:1" spring to mind.
"Caleb", the prequel song to "Don't Say a Word" and "The End of This Chapter", is a goddamn masterpiece.
Iron Savior's "Deadly Sleep". Starts out with perhaps the greatest guitar solo known to mankind and only gets better. Iron Savior, a band that truly puts the power in power metal, also has "Wings of Deliverance", which is equally awesome.
Of course it's awesome; it was written by KaiHansen!
Iron Savior did Iron Maiden one better with their cover of "Running Free".
Van Canto. One Band. One drummer. Five singers. The only Band playing Hero Metal a capella. And doing so awesome. Not only are they playing covers ofalready awesomesongs in an absolutely over the top kind of way. Their own songs sound even more awesome.
"The Obsessive Devotion" is a song that a whole opera can be played around. It'll take you somewhere else. "Dance Of Fate", "Mother Of Light" and "Death Of A Dream/Living A Lie/Fools OF Damnation" are all WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY up there too.
Children of Bodom in general. Half of their songs exist purely to provide a framework around which to build ludicrous guitar and keyboard solos.
Axel Rudi Pell has released an impressive fourteen studio albums in twenty years of Awesome Music. While the lineup has changed frequently, the band still mantains a consistent and powerful sound. And even with two decades under his belt, Axel shows no sign of slowing down, either.
His band has Johnny Gioeli, as in the singer for Crush 40. That's right: the guy who sings most of the songs for freaking Sonic the Hedgehog is in a power metal band. Does it get any more epic than that?
Which is just a drop in the bucket for him. Add in "Twisted Mind", "The Toy Master", "The Wicked Symphony", "Dying for an Angel", "The Scarecrow" and "Scales of Justice." What makes this more awesome is that all those songs are from only two of his five albums.
Throw in "Journey to Arcadia" as well. A fantastic ending to the three-album Scarecrow Saga.
"Blizzard on a Broken Mirror", "Another Angel Down", and "The Seven Angels".
"Death is Just a Feeling". Just listen to it.
Moving away from The Wicked Trilogy and into The Metal Opera, there's "Reach Out for the Light", "Breaking Away" "Glory of Rome" and "Avantasia."
A lot of Delain's album April Rain, but particularly the title song and "Invidia"note no relation.
Masterplan is a band with many, many, examples, but especially "Crimson Rider", "Far from the End of the World" and "Black in the Burn."
"Spirit Never Die":
NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE IN! Rise from the fire if you're gonna win! Sing with your soul, soon you'll be old. Fight the demons inside you! THERE IS NO LIMIT TO WHAT CAN BE DONE! Climb every mountain with power so strong. Dusty roads, on the way. Leaving the past behind you!
Edguy, when they're not singing about banging stewardesses, have made a career out of delivering the awesome. "Vain Glory Opera", "Mysteria", "Angel Rebellion", "Tears of a Mandrake", "Down to the Devil", "Babylon", "Scarlet Rose", "The Spirit Will Remain" ...the list goes on, really.
"Out of Control", which is made especially awesome by being a collab with Blind Guardian.
"Hymn", which takes a song by Ultravox and utterly blasts it out of the park.
"Theater of Salvation" may well be Edguy's answer to "Bohemian Rhapsody". Twelve minutes of pure awesome.
Lost Horizon's "Highlander The One" is this all the way through, but it has several moments that are there to blow you away, for instance 'HIS SWORD, SOLE COMPANION! AALLLLWAAAAAAYYYSS THEEEEEEREEEE!!!' and, of course, that amazing vocal solo near the end. The sheer epicness of that vocal solo was parodied by Pelle K/Johanson in Nothing But Metal where they claim to be so skilled that they can warm up their vocal chords by singing "Highlander", as it is child's play for them, apparently.
"The Voyage", by Timeless Miracle. How a 14-minute song manages to be this catchy defies description. All of their other music is similarly epic.
Primal Fear's 'Soar' has got to have one of the best opening riffs in power metal history.
Lonewolf's two last albums (Made in Hell and Army of the Damned) count as pure awsomeness. Some tracks that deserve mentioning are: "Divine Art of Lies", "Sea Wolf", "Lonewolf", "Army of the Damned"... and a hell of a lot of others that would fill an entire paragraph.
Gloryhammer (including Christopher Bowes of Alestorm on keyboards) basically take every power metal trope and turn it Up to Eleven. Fast paced drums? Check. Fake-orchestral keyboards? Check. Vocals that range from low growls to high pitch wails? Check. Ridiculous costumes? Oh so very much check (the lead singer wears GREEN LEATHER PLATE ARMOUR!). High fantasy concept albums? Their first album tells the story of Scottish warrior Angus McFife and his quest to find the Hammer of Glory and the Amulet of Justice, and use them to defeat the evil wizard Zargothrax and his army of undead unicorns. Ridiculous song titles? The first song on their first album is called "The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee", and the last is called "The Epic Rage of Furious Thunder". Yes, they are admittedly basically a parody of Power Metal, but it's a very silly, tongue-in-cheek, "yeah we know it's stupid, but we love it so we're gonna indulge in it" kind of parody. Not to mention, their music is genuinely very awesome, once you get into the swing of how ridiculous it all is.
While its classification as power metal is sometimes debated, This Godless Endeavor by Nevermore is one of the best metal albums of the 2000s. It manages to have some truly catchy songs while also proving that you don't need to mostly use Harsh Vocals to be brutal as hell.