Power metal is a style of heavy metal music that combines symphonic elements with traditional and speed metals to create a unique sound.
The term "power metal" is often used to describe two different but similar styles: the first being a North American variant with a sound similar to speed metal and the second a more popular style describing lighter, more melodic music based primarily on speed metal.
Europe. The European variant is what must be examined today. Coming from the new wave of British heavy metal, also known as melodic, melodic and in some cases even “flower metal” power, was largely started by people like Helloween, Blind Guardian and Stratovarius.
The music itself is often very fast with accents on tremolo picking and fast solos and is almost always very melodic.
Keyboards playing orchestrated melodies over guitars became a mainstay of power metal as it spread across Europe, picking up influences from classical and folk music along the way.
Power metal voices are heavily influenced by the likes of Dio, Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, and Manowar's Eric Adams.
They are almost always sung cleanly, rather than screaming or growling, as is common in much modern metal, opera, and often in a higher register.
It's not uncommon for vocalists to overlap their voices a lot to achieve a choral effect on their records, as pioneered by Blind Guardians frontman and frontman Hansi Kürsch. The lyrical themes of power metal can be as varied as the lyrical themes throughout heavy metal as a genre.
However, there tends to be a greater tendency for these bands to write lyrics and even to portray an image that is reminiscent of fantasy novels or medieval times.
Concept albums are not uncommon for power metal bands and, like the Rhapsody of Fires Legendary Tales saga, they are often a fantasy based on stories that the bands make up.
Lyrics in power metal tend to be positive and hopeful compared to related genres like black or death metal. Although rare, power metal can have lyrics that delve into serious issues like war, religion, hatred, politics, and death.
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