The first time I saw footage of Blind Guardian performing The Bard's Song live, to an endless sea of passionate fans who chanted along, is the first time I think I really got power metal. The sincerity, the beauty, the passion and, of course, the power. With their (perhaps corny) tales of myths and magic, … Continue reading 330: BLIND GUARDIAN
Esa Holopainen is the lead guitarist and primary songwriter for Finnish metal royalty, Amorphis, so it should come as no surprise the man is a talented musician. With Silver Lake, however, Holopainen really flexes his talents, working with a roster of hugely talented and iconic vocalists and creating an amazing album of standout tracks. While … Continue reading 276: SILVER LAKE by ESA HOLOPAINEN
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.