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Don't know how much power metal you like, but that's pretty much my forte. There's a lot of generic crap in there but there are some really unique ones that haven't been mentioned yet:


They seem very typical at first, but these damn songs will get stuck in your head!


Really good arrangements and plenty of skill mixed with a very unique almost growling type singer.

Serenity- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQp0q4jASZw

Straight up generic singer, but the arrangements are excellent. Plus they do sometimes switch up vocal between standard singing and growling/screaming.

Liquid Tension Experiment-

Not really power metal, but it's pretty much Dream Theater without the whiny singing. Easily some of the most enjoyable truly progressive metal out right now.

The Black Mages- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aha5Vcshz2c

You've probably heard of them already, but just in case. Final Fantasy + Progrssive Metal = WIN.

Oh and pretty much every metal band that shows up at MAGFest:

Armcannon- http://www.armcannon.com/audio.php

Entertainment System- http://www.myspace.com/entertainmentsystem

The Smash Brothers- http://www.thesmashbrothers.com/

Year 200X- http://www.myspace.com/year200x

Metroid Metal (Stemage)- http://www.metroidmetal.com/songs/

Powerglove- http://www.myspace.com/powerglove

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You are correct Wes, those two songs were by Helloween, and I was being lazy. Busted... I should have known better than to fudge on the band names in a Metal thread. Metal fans never let that shit slide ;-)

Helloween's I want out was good stuff, but Gamma Ray's live cover was more to my liking. Hammerfall also covered it with Kai and Joacim trading off vocals, and it too is quite good.

I also prefer Gamma Ray's live cover of Victim of Fate to the Helloween Original. Just sayin'.

Actually, Skeletons in the Closet was one of my top live albums for a long time...

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Where the hell is the Kamelot love?????? Honest to jeebus my favourite band in the world. Roy Khan has the greatest voice known to man.

Centre of the Universe:

March of Mephisto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gnFbwRmkc4&feature=PlayList&p=6E71E4EDFAFE9562&index=0&playnext=1

The Human Stain : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9sd7cjMgDE&feature=PlayList&p=6E71E4EDFAFE9562&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=2

Also Coheed and Cambria go from strength to strength. Almost up there with Kamelot in my eyes. Very different though:

Gravemakers And Gunslingers:

Ten Speed (of Gods' blood and burial): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBvpB-NYoy4&feature=related

Once Upon Your Dead Body:

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Epica, a symphonic metal band who has a soprano and a guy doing death grunts. They are a bit like Nightwish, but in my opinion better. I saw them a few years ago in Charlotte when they opened for Symphony X and they were pretty awesome.

Never Enough:

Fools of Damnation:

Chasing the Dragon:

Sancta Terra:

The Divine Conspiracy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbv65llQ0e0 I'd love to see this used as a final boss theme in Castlevania.

They are a metal band with a hot red head as the lead singer http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/db/Epica_Hellfest_2007_17.jpg How could they not be awesome?

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Demon Hunter is good. They remind me of Slipknot in that they mash up heavy songs with screaming lyrics with melodic songs with clear and interesting lyrics. Demon Hunter has more melodic aspects than Slipknot does though.

Three Days Grace: not completely metal but pretty heavy

10 Years: good lyrics and even better melodies

Disturbed: can't remember if anyone mentioned them yet

Breaking Benjamin: not really metal but good

Nightwish: someone mentioned Epica earlier and both bands are goth rock/metal

Scars of Life: only one album was released but great stuff

Seether: another rock/metal borderline group

Drowning Pool: haven't listened to all that much lately

Fear Factory: a few good songs

Roadrunner United: on the heavy side, "The End" is a good track

Sanctity: starting to really get into these guys

Saliva: lighter, more melodic metal/rock

I think everyone else mentioned most of the good bands (Kamelot, Iced Earth, etc)


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Fans of older In Flames material might be interested in this little track I made for fun a while back.

Jester Race Medley

For those who haven't heard older In Flames, either listen to this, or go youtube some Jester Race tracks. So good.

I also did one for Children of Bodom, with an intro by Arch Enemy (I think). I had a limited selection of CoB songs for this, wish I had Needled 24/7 in there too.

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As long as you're okay with music that's generally epic in scope (and sometimes in length), I can't possibly recommend Nightwish and Vanishing Point enough (not necessarily Nightwish's current line-up, which I'm not yet familiar with).

Nightwish was my Nightwish this summer. I so fell in love with them when I heard their music from a listener of "What are you listening to?"

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