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Encyclopedia > Power metal
Power metal
Stylistic origins: Heavy metal
Speed metal
NWOBHM
Cultural origins: Early to Mid 1980s Europe and United States
Typical instruments: VocalsElectric guitarBass guitarDrumsKeyboards
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Power metal is a style of heavy metal music combining characteristics of traditional metal with thrash metal or speed metal, often within symphonic context. The term refers to two different but related styles: the first pioneered and largely practiced in North America with a harder sound similar to speed metal, and a later more widespread and popular style based in Europe (especially Germany, Italy and Scandinavia) with a lighter, more melodic sound and making frequent use of keyboards. Power Metal is a power metal album by heavy metal band Pantera, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music). ... Power Metal is an early demo recording by thrash metal band Metallica. ... Classic metal is a term used to refer to heavy metal bands from the 1970s and 1980s who peaked later than the late 1960s and early 1970s pioneers of the genre, yet before the era when mainstream and underground heavy metal became seriously divided. ... Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that spawned in the early 1980s and was the direct musical progenitor of thrash metal[1] [2]. When Speed metal first emerged as a genre, it innovatively increased the tempo of the music template set forth by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM or N.W.O.B.H.M.) emerged in the late 1970s and reached mainstream attention in the late 1970s, in the United Kingdom, as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... An electric guitar An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... This is a timeline of heavy metal and hard rock, from its beginnings in the mid 1960s to the present time. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that spawned in the early 1980s and was the direct musical progenitor of thrash metal[1] [2]. When Speed metal first emerged as a genre, it innovatively increased the tempo of the music template set forth by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin... North American redirects here. ... Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that spawned in the early 1980s and was the direct musical progenitor of thrash metal[1] [2]. When Speed metal first emerged as a genre, it innovatively increased the tempo of the music template set forth by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Scandinavia (disambiguation). ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ...

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Musical characteristics

Power metal is today associated with an epic sound tempered by characteristics of speed metal, power metal's musical forerunner. Power metal's lyrical themes, though as varied as metal itself, typically focus on fantasy and mythology (eg. Rhapsody of Fire, Blind Guardian), comradeship and hope (eg. Lost Horizon, Highland Glory), war (eg. Manowar, Sabaton, Iced Earth), personal struggles and emotions (eg. Sonata Arctica, Evergrey) or combinations of the listed themes. Many typical metal themes such as anti-religion and politics are comparatively rare but not unheard of (eg. in some Falconer songs.) Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that spawned in the early 1980s and was the direct musical progenitor of thrash metal[1] [2]. When Speed metal first emerged as a genre, it innovatively increased the tempo of the music template set forth by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Mythology (disambiguation). ... Rhapsody of Fire (formerly known as Thundercross and - more recently - Rhapsody) is an Italian Symphonic power metal band. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Lost Horizon are a power/progressive metal band from Sweden. ... Highland Glory is a melodic power metal band from Norway. ... This article is about the band. ... Sabaton is a power metal band from Sweden formed in 1999. ... Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band that combine influences from thrash metal, power metal, progressive metal, opera, speed metal and NWOBHM. In 1999 their leader and songwriter Jon Schaffer teamed up with Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch to form a side project called Demons & Wizards. ... Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, originally assembled in 1996. ... Evergrey is a Melodic Metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. ... For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ... Falconer can refer to the following: A falconer is someone skilled in the art of Falconry. ...


Power metal is highly focused on the vocalist, with "clean" vocals being much more prevalent than the growling vocals often associated with death metal and black metal. Following in the tradition of Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford and other heavy metal vocalists, power metal vocals are often in a high register. The majority of the genre's vocalists sing in the tenor range, capable of hitting very high notes. There are however many exceptions such as Pyramaze / Iced Earth frontman Matt Barlow, Falconer frontman Mathias Blad, and Sabaton frontman Joakim Broden; they sing in either baritone or bass range, though in certain songs like Creator Failure, Barlow hits very high notes reminiscent of Rob Halford. Power metal vocalists Kai Hansen of Gamma Ray, Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian, Jens Carlsson of Persuader / Savage Circus and Matt Smith of Theocracy record multi-layered vocals reminiscent of Queen, creating a choral effect.[1][2] Few power metal vocalists double as instrumentalists, but the setup is not unheard of. Some singers within other heavy metal genres have high registered voices as do those singers of power metal bands. For example Joey Belladonna of American thrash metal band Anthrax had a voice that was often high-pitched. As a result, high registered singing is not restricted to power metal bands even though the style is typical within the genre. This article is about the musical genre. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona on July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA), is an American heavy metal vocalist who has performed with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Elf, and his own band Dio. ... For the record producer in the Saturday Night Live skit, see More cowbell. ... Robert John Arthur Halford (born August 25, 1951) is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Judas Priest. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... This article is about Tenor vocalists in music. ... Pyramaze is a Danish American melodic progressive power metal band that was formed in 2001 by guitarist Michael Kammeyer. ... Matt Barlow (born 10 April 1970 in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA) is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. ... Falconer is rap ghetto-techs newest proteges, formed by the former rapist of Mithotyn Stefan Weinerhall. ... General Swedish actor and singer. ... For other uses, see Baritone (disambiguation). ... A bass (or basso in Italian) is a male singer who sings in the deepest vocal range of the human voice. ... Kai Michael Hansen (born January 17, 1963, in Hamburg, Germany) is a power metal guitarist and vocalist. ... This article is about electromagnetic radiation. ... Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch (born August 10, 1966 in Lank-Latum, Germany) is the lead vocalist of metal band Blind Guardian. ... Persuader is a swedish band that was formed in 1997. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Theocracy is a Christian Progressive Power Metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1972 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Joey Belladonna (born October 30, 1960 in Oswego, NY), was the second and best known singer for the heavy metal band Anthrax. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ...


Power metal guitarists and bassists generally play rapid streams of notes, but change chords comparatively slowly, with a harmonic tempo of once per measure or slower. Fast and demanding guitar solos, however, are almost guaranteed. The slow changing of chords are significant in defining power metal just as the fast rapid chord changes often define traditional thrash metal. For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... Deon Rexroat of Anberlin. ... Typical fingering for a second inversion C major chord on a guitar. ... Harmonic rhythm is the rate of harmonic change. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ...


A number of power metal drummers generally play with two bass drums for added speed, utilizing them to play a constant stream of sixteenth notes (semiquavers) with snare drum accents on the beat. This style is fairly common in power metal as in other heavy metal subgenres, though it is by no means universal. Power metal though has become the most prevalent in the use of this technique. The style was perfected by drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg of Helloween, setting a blueprint for many other drummers to follow. Some drummers however do not use this technique and use a more thrash metal style of drumming with rapid bursts of double bass that involve three to six beats with the double kick. Iced Earth and Blind Guardian both have had drummers who have used this style of drumming as opposed to the more common style. Even more uncommon is the use of the blast beat in the genre. The American power metal band Cellador is an example of a power metal band that utilizes blast beats in many of their songs; DragonForce are known for their extensive use of the technique, as well. For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... A bass drum is a large drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch. ... [[ Figure 1. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Ingo Schwichtenberg (May 18, 1965 - March 8, 1995) was one of the founding members of German power metal band Helloween and was famous for his high-energy drumming and ear-to-ear smile. ... This article is about the power metal band. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... Blast beats are the torrents of alternating snare and bass drums which increase the speed, density, and percussiveness of death metal, black metal and grindcore. ... Cellador are a Power Metal band from Omaha, Nebraska, formed by guitarist Chris Petersen in 2003. ... This article is about the band. ...


Power metal bands often incorporate keyboards into their musical arrangements, though their usage varies from subtle accents to a full-blown melody line. Some symphonic power metal bands such as Rhapsody of Fire, Fairyland and Nightwish have also been known to record with more symphonic elements, and as such, they utilize a full orchestra to fill the role a keyboard plays in other power metal bands. Rhapsody of Fire (formerly known as Thundercross and - more recently - Rhapsody) is an Italian Symphonic power metal band. ... Fairyland can have several meanings in English Faerie, a locus of strong and impressive magical powers, but has tended in modern times to become trivialised as a sort of Never-Never Land, an uncomplicated, child-like world. ... Nightwish are a Finnish symphonic power metal musical group, formed in 1996 in the town of Kitee, in eastern Finland. ...


This style is very popular in Europe, Japan, and some countries of South America (including Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina and Colombia), the province of Quebec, Canada, where it has a very strong fan base and in North America where its popularity is slowly rising.[citation needed] For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... North American redirects here. ...


Types of power metal

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American power metal

American power metal emerged in 1980s America as an offshoot of classic metal and speed metal. It is usually fast, straightforward and somewhat heavy and aggressive, but with a distinct epic 'fighting' feel. Keyboards never take a major role in this style, with the focus on vocals and riffs. The music is very similar to its influences but coined the term 'power metal' and was vital in inspiring the later melodic power metal movement. Europe has its own bands playing in a very similar style such as Grave Digger. Classic metal is a term used to refer to heavy metal bands from the 1970s and 1980s who peaked later than the late 1960s and early 1970s pioneers of the genre, yet before the era when mainstream and underground heavy metal became seriously divided. ... Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that spawned in the early 1980s and was the direct musical progenitor of thrash metal[1] [2]. When Speed metal first emerged as a genre, it innovatively increased the tempo of the music template set forth by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Grave Digger is a German power metal/speed metal band formed in the mid 1980s. ...


Examples: Manowar, Jag Panzer, Crimson Glory This article is about the band. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Crimson Glory is a progressive metal band from the USA which formed in the mid 80s. ...


European/melodic power metal

This style emerged in 1980s Europe with Germany's Helloween and Finland's Stratovarius with a strong focus on melody and uplifting, positive themes. Helloween mixed fast palm muted speed metal riffs with high pitched clean vocals and guitar. Stratovarius further developed this melodic direction by making heavy use of keyboards and neo-classical guitar solos. This genre branched and spread over Europe and into most of power metal's subgenres, incorporating further influences from classical and folk music and reinforcing the high fantasy imagery as well as sometimes developing a more emotional, romantic edge. The style has become one of the largest metal subgenres (outside the alternative metal movement) and its popularity is far from waning. America also has its share of European style power metal bands, an example of which, is Kamelot. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... This article is about the power metal band. ... Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band, formed in 1984, still active today. ... This article is about the power metal band. ... The palm mute, also known as palm muting, is a playing technique for the guitar or (less commonly) bass guitar. ... Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that spawned in the early 1980s and was the direct musical progenitor of thrash metal[1] [2]. When Speed metal first emerged as a genre, it innovatively increased the tempo of the music template set forth by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin... Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band, formed in 1984, still active today. ... High fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy fiction that is set in invented or parallel worlds. ... Alternative metal is an eclectic form of music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ... Kamelot is a power metal band that incorporates many elements of symphonic and progressive metal into their music. ...


Examples: Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, HammerFall Gamma Ray is a power metal band from north of Germany, founded by former Helloween guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kai Hansen. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Hammerfall redirects here. ...


See also

This is a list of power metal bands. ... Neo-classical metal is a subgenre of the heavy metal music heavily influenced by classical music in its style of playing and composing[1]. It implies a very technical performance and the use of elements borrowed from classical music and/or by famous classical music composers. ... Progressive metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... Symphonic metal is a term used to describe heavy metal music that has symphonic elements; that is, elements that sound similar to a classical symphony. ...

References

  1. ^ Queen influence on Blind Guardian', The Metal Observer, <http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=4&id=4487>
  2. ^ Helloween cover Queen's song 'Sheer Heart Attack' (Blabbermouth net)

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External links

  • PerfectProg.Com The Bigest Progressive Metal Database and Proggressive Metal Radio Progressive and Power Metal
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The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Alternative metal is an eclectic form of music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ... Avant-garde metal or experimental metal is generally regarded as a cross-genre reference to metal bands or more exactly as a stylistic adjunction with specific traits (just like Progressive-, Symphonic-, Viking-, Pagan-, Folk-, Industrial-). It is characterized by large amounts of experimentation and by non-standard sounds, instruments, and... This article is about the musical genre. ... Christian metal is a form of heavy metal music and its many subgenres with Christian lyrics and themes. ... Classic metal is a term used to refer to heavy metal bands from the 1970s and 1980s who peaked later than the late 1960s and early 1970s pioneers of the genre, yet before the era when mainstream and underground heavy metal became seriously divided. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Extreme metal is an umbrella term, somewhat loosely defined, for a variety of heavy metal subgenres developed since the 1980s. ... Folk metal is a diverse collection of music, encompassing a wide variety of different styles and approaches. ... Funk metal is a type of music that incorporates hard-driving heavy metal guitar riffs and the pounding bass rhythms characteristic of funk. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... Gothic metal is a genre of heavy metal music that originated during the mid 1990s in Europe as an outgrowth of doom-death, a fusion genre of doom metal and death metal. ... Groove metal, often associated with half-thrash/neo-thrash/nu-thrash/post-thrash and power groove, is a term sometimes used to describe a derivative of thrash metal which took its current form during the early 1990s. ... Industrial metal is a musical genre that draws elements from industrial music and heavy metal music. ... Metalcore is a fusion of extreme metal and hardcore punk that began in the United States. ... Neo-classical metal is a subgenre of the heavy metal music heavily influenced by classical music in its style of playing and composing[1]. It implies a very technical performance and the use of elements borrowed from classical music and/or by famous classical music composers. ... Nu metal (also called aggro metal, or nü metal using the traditional heavy metal umlaut) is a musical genre that has origins in the mid 1990s. ... Post-metal is a music genre, a mixture between the genres of post-rock and heavy metal, with roots in progressive rock and industrial music. ... Progressive metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... Rap rock is a hybrid of rap and rock music. ... Sludge metal is a form of heavy metal music that is generally regarded as a fusion of doom metal and Stoner metal[1], often incorporating southern rock influences. ... Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that spawned in the early 1980s and was the direct musical progenitor of thrash metal[1] [2]. When Speed metal first emerged as a genre, it innovatively increased the tempo of the music template set forth by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin... Stoner rock and stoner metal are interchangeable terms describing sub-genres of rock and metal music. ... Symphonic metal is a term used to describe heavy metal music that has symphonic elements; that is, elements that sound similar to a classical symphony. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... Viking metal is a term used in reference to heavy metal music with a dramatic emphasis on Norse mythology, Norse paganism, and the life and times of Northern and Central Europeans prior to the Christianization of Scandinavia. ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM or N.W.O.B.H.M.) emerged in the late 1970s and reached mainstream attention in the late 1970s, in the United Kingdom, as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as... The early Norwegian Black Metal scene consisted of a black metal youths that met in the independent record store Helvete in Oslo. ... Scandinavian death metal concerns the death metal bands of Scandinavian origin. ... Bay Area thrash metal, or Bay Area Thrash, referred to a steady following of heavy metal bands in the 1980s who formed and gained international status in the San Francisco Bay Area, California [1]. Along with Tampa, Florida, the scene was widely attributed as a starting point of American thrash... // Cover of Ultimatum Split By Dorsal Atlântica and Metalmophose in 1984 While in the beggining of the 80s in the U.S., Germany and Canada was appearing bands such as Metallica, Slayer (U.S.), Destruction, Kreator (Germany) and Voivod, Exciter (Canada), in Brazil at the same time was... Australian heavy metal music has its roots in the both the Australian hard rock and pub rock tradition of the 1970s and the American and British heavy metal scenes. ... For the playable character in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, see Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. ... Judas Priest, in typical heavy metal attire, performing at the VH1 Rock Honors on May 25, 2006. ... A number of overlapping heavy metal genres have developed since the emergence of heavy metal (often shortened to metal) in the late 1960s. ... This is a list of bands that pertain to the heavy metal genre of music. ... This is a list of metal festivals ordered by country. ... The heavy metal umlaut, or rock dots, is an umlaut over letters in the name of a heavy metal band, such as Mötley Crüe or Motörhead. ...

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Power Metal bands are always guitar driven, with keyboards rarely making much of an appearance.
Power Metal is very uplifting, powerful music, that appeals to people who like to get inspiration from their tunes.
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).
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