Forming in Germany in the 80s, Helloween are icons of the European power metal scene who have proven, with unfettered talent and longevity, that there is still and insatiable demand for “true” heavy metal. While elements of power metal were already coming together in Europe, Helloween’s second album, ‘Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I’ … Continue reading 185: HELLOWEEN
When Anton Kabanen left Battle Beast, he gathered an international roster of musicians - from Greece, Hungary, and Finland, and formed Beast in Black, a band that are basically everything good about european power metal, with an added 80s arena rock flair that results in one of the most sensational, joyful sounds on the planet. … Continue reading 169: BEAST IN BLACK
There’s metal bands, and then there’s MANOWAR - the Kings of Metal. Manowar formed in New York in 1980 and, over the course of the past four decades, have risen from cult status to outright legend status. Such is their bravado and bombast that they’ve become a near-mythical force in heavy metal. Manowar’s triumphant brand … Continue reading 144: MANOWAR
Demons & Wizards is everything amazing about the power metal genre, all the fun and enthusiasm, performed at the absolute highest level.
Avantasia, on paper, reads like a concept almost too good to be true - a heavy metal rock opera featuring a who’s who of world-renowned metal musicians and larger than life productions - but it’s huge success speaks for itself.
Hammerfall’s medieval/fantasy themed take on power metal is everything good about the subgenre - it’s bombastic, triumphant, celebratory, and just damn fun.