Power Metal is the description for today's "true heavy metal" sound. Power Metal bands are always guitar driven, with keyboards rarely making much of an appearance. The vocals are of the clean sounding variety, and usually feature very powerful, talented vocalists who can really reach the upper ranges of the vocal spectrum.

Generally, the songs are fast paced, and employ fantasy themes including (but not limited to) dragons, gladiators, warriors, valhalla, Lord of the Rings, polished steel weapons, and generally conceptual themes that deal with very "manly" concepts, at least in a historical sense. You will rarely find songs about love, sadness, or failure.

Power Metal is very uplifting, powerful music, that appeals to people who like to get inspiration from their tunes. Catchy, epic, and generally enjoyable as hell, Power Metal is a great genre that, regrettably, far too few people know about.
Lost Horizon is the finest example of power metal in the world today.
by Lord Requiem April 6, 2004
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A form of metal. Power Metal takes its roots from 80's metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Manowar, and Dio. Power Metal usually employs the use of guitar and vocal harmonies, with the vocals in almost every case being sung cleanly (one excpetion is Demoniac, which is Blackened Power). Drummers in this genre must be very adept with double-bass pedals, for they are almost constantly using them.
Being a very melodic style of metal, Power Metal is very intricate and difficult to write. It is one of the most difficult genres of metal to play, with Progressive (and Neoclassical) being possibly more difficult.
Lyrics commonly found in Power Metal are based around mythology, elves, war, greed, weaponry (most commonly swords), brotherhood, horses, magic, demons, dragons, and other fantasy-based topics. This makes Power Metal a perfect choice for D&D players (sadly, I am one) and people who enjoy fantasy novels.
Other bands play, Manowar KILLS!
by The Ethereal Magnanimus June 23, 2005
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Power metal is the music genre you will only be able to play if you have 16 hours of spare time each day to practice your instrument and study music theory for a decade.
Some power metal bands: Rhapsody of Fire, Ancient Bards, Nightwish, Fairyland, Luca Turilli.
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a really great sub genre of metal. it contains fast (most of the time long) guitar solos and a vocalist who can really reach those high notes
"In the land of a thousand souls we will carry on through the rain. In the sun we will move along with the memories of the slain."
this is real power metal.
-Dragonforce's "My Soul and My Spirit"
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Black metal fans dress up like trolls, power metal fans dress up like knights.
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power metal may be a sub-genre and includes stuff like swords, war, blood, brotherhood, knights..etc
its the exact opposite of being gay, its very inspiring and powerful with power chords and fast solos.
Manowar is one of the best examples of power metal

and i would like to mention for others that Obituary is influenced by manowar, and its not power metal
power metal bands such as Manowar, Iron Maiden, DragonForce..
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a subdivision of metal which focuses in melody and precision, often dealing with themes from the Dark ages like fairies, elves and stuff. Looking alike and sounding alike is an unusually common tendency within bands of this genre
Rhapsody and Blind Guardian can duke it out for the second prize while Boanerges calmly takes the first place.
by Paolo April 4, 2004
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