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History lesson on Power Metal Music

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History lesson on Power Metal Music

Power metal

Power metal is a type of heavy metal music that blends symphonic elements and traditional and speed metals to create an original sound. Two distinct styles of power metal are often described by the term “power metal”. The first is a North American version with a similar sound as speed metal, while the second is a more mainstream style that describes a lighter, more melodic musical genre primarily based in Europe. Today, we will be looking at the European variant.

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal, sometimes referred to as melodic power or melodic and sometimes even “flower”, was in large part influenced by Helloween, Blind Guardian, and Stratovarius. The music is fast, with emphasis on tremolo and quick solos. It is also very melodic. As power metal swept across Europe, keyboards played orchestrated melody over guitars became a staple. They also absorbed influences from folk and classical music.

Power metal’s vocals are heavily influenced by Eric Adams of Manowar, Rob Halford from Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and Rob Halford of Judas Priest. They are almost always cleanly sung. This is in contrast to the screaming or growling that is common in modern metal. Singers often use heavy layers of vocals to create a choral effect. This was the approach taken by Hansi Kursch, Blind Guardian’s front man.

Power metal’s lyrics can have as many lyrical themes as any other genre. These bands have a higher tendency to write lyrics and portray images that are reminiscent of medieval fantasy novels. Power metal bands aren’t afraid to release concept albums. They are often fantasy-based, often based on their own stories. Power metal lyrics tend to be optimistic and hopeful, as opposed to other genres such as black metal or death metal. Power metal lyrics may touch on serious topics such as war, religion, hatred, politics, or death.

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