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Re: Jorn Lande's - The Duke

Postby PoetsandMadmen » Thu Feb 02, 2006 3:06 pm

I don't think you'd be doing too shabby with either one! :-)

Neither one is as good as Brett Michales or Jani Lane though.....just kidding! :-o

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Re: Jorn Lande's - The Duke

Postby skrapmetal » Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:52 pm

I was just wondering something, What is "power metal" ? I have heard this term before but not sure the meaning. How would you describe it.

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Re: Jorn Lande's - The Duke

Postby Olaf » Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:36 am

skrapmetal wrote:I was just wondering something, What is "power metal" ? I have heard this term before but not sure the meaning. How would you describe it.


American power metal
Some consider modern American bands like Iced Earth and Nevermore to be the descendants of this style, but others claim that the movement has ended, swallowed by better known styles such as thrash and European power metal. Others consider the genre in America on the rise again, with fledging American power metal bands in places such as New York, home to Zandelle, Gothic Knights, Phoenix Reign, Twilight Odyssey and pioneers from the region, Virgin Steele. Also, a band from Florida called Kamelot has emerged as quite a popular band releasing a style associated with European bands, and featured the lead vocalist of Norwegian Black Metal band Dimmu Borgir on their latest album. Following Kamelot the Nebraska-based power metal band Cellador was signed August of 2005 to Metal Blade Records, signalling a return of the style by a homegrown band to a noted record label in America, although their sound is more similar to European power metal.


European power metal
Power Metal began in the mid 70's when Deep Purple Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore teamed up with Elf Vocalist Ronnie James Dio and formed *Rainbow. Rainbow were the first true power metal band. Rainbow's second album Rising is probably the first power metal album. Rainbow's operatic vocals and neo classical guitars were copied by almost every power metal band.

In the mid-1980s, European bands such as Helloween (Germany) and Europe (Sweden) put even more attention to the melodic development of the songs. Helloween mixed fast speed metal riffs with melodic ones and added Iron Maiden-like powerful vocals, further cleaning the sound. Their albums Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 1 (1987) and Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 2 (1988) are generally regarded as a milestone of this genre. Subsequently, European-style "happy metal" has spread across the continent (particularly to Finland) and worldwide, though it is comparatively unpopular in the United States.

Recently, however, many power metal bands have abandoned the "happy-metal" sound of their predecessors, and have adopted a more epic sound combined with the power metal core. Bands such as Blind Guardian have combined their classic power metal sound with an orchestral background as Rhapsody or Angra have done.


Musical characteristics
Power metal, as the term is used today, places primary importance on an epic sound, usually at high speeds, primarily due to its speed metal roots, and with catchy melodies. Whereas most rock lyrics focus largely on "the real world" - personal experience, historical incidents, social commentary, etc. - power metal often treats epic, cosmological or metaphysical themes. Many power metal songs draw inspiration from religion, science fiction, mythology, and fantasy, and they tend to be more optimistic than most metal lyrics.

Power metal vocals are generally "clean", as opposed to the growling vocals that characterise death metal, and are delivered by a trained vocalist. Following in the tradition of Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford, power metal vocalists tend to sing in a high register and often in falsetto. Some singers, such as Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian, and Andy Gibb and Barry Gibb, of the Bee Gees, record multi-layered vocals reminiscent of Queen. Because of the primary importance of vocals in power metal, vocalists generally do not double as guitarists as in other styles of metal, which is probably why Hansi Kürsch stepped down as bassist for Blind Guardian after their album "The Forgotten Tales". This is also the case, why Kai Hansen recruited Michael Kiske for Helloween after Kai sang himself on the first two Helloween albums. When Kai formed Gamma Ray with Ralf Scheepers his singing took a back seat as Ralf fronted the band. Although, after Ralf quit the band, Kai returned to singing and currently is both the vocalist and the lead guitarist of the band.

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.

Power metal drummers generally play with two bass drums for added speed, often playing a constant stream of sixteenth notes with snare drum accents on the beat. Some bands defy this formula, but it is surprisingly universal.

Many bands also play with a keyboardist, but keyboards are not generally a musical focus. A few, such as the Italian band Rhapsody, have also been known to record with more symphonic elements. Rhapsody actually calls their style of music "Hollywood Metal," emphasizing its resemblance to modern film scores.

This style is most popular in Europe, Japan, and some countries of South America (including Brazil, Argentina and Chile), and has a growing popularity in certain parts of North America.


Examples of power metal bands
Adagio
Accept
Alogia
Altaria
Angra
Arwen
At Vance
Avantasia
Axenstar
Black Majesty
Blind Guardian
Catharsis
Celesty
Dark Moor
Demons & Wizards
Dio
Dionysus
DragonForce
Dragonland
Dreamscape
Dungeon
Edenbridge
Edguy
Elvenking
Engage
ExcentoR
Fairyland
Falconer
Firewind
Freedom Call
Gamma Ray
Grave Digger
HammerFall
Heavenly
Heaven's Gate
Heimdall
Helloween
Helstar
Highland Glory
Iced Earth
Ilium
Impellitteri
Insania
Iron Savior
Jag Panzer
Kaledon
Kamelot
Kiuas
Kotipelto, Timo
Labyrinth
Lost Horizon
Luca Turilli
Lörihen
Manowar
Manticora
Masterplan
Metalium
Mägo de Oz
Mob Rules
Morgana Lefay
Mystic Prophecy
Narnia
Nightwish
Nocturnal Rites
Pentagram
Persuader
Power Quest
Primal Fear
Rage
Rainbow
Rata Blanca
Rhapsody
Running Wild
Sanctuary
Savage Circus
Savatage
Seven Witches
Shaaman
Silent Force
Sinergy
Skylark
Sonata Arctica
Steel
Steel Attack
Stratovarius
Symphony X
Tad Morose
Thalion
Thunderstone
Thy Majestie
Tierra Santa
Time Requiem
Total Eclipse
Tribuzy
Twilightning
Vhäldemar
Viperine
Virgin Steele
Vision Divine
Visions of Atlantis
Warmen
Within Temptation
Wuthering Heights
Zoetrope
Zonata

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Re: Jorn Lande's - The Duke

Postby skrapmetal » Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:49 pm

Thats quite a detailed answer,I've listened to alot of this kind of music for years but didn't realize it was called "Power Metal" , thanks for info.

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Re: Jorn Lande's - The Duke

Postby PoetsandMadmen » Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:36 am

Thank you for today's lecture Dr. Olaf, Professor of PowerMetalology! :-)

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Re: Jorn Lande's - The Duke

Postby PoetsandMadmen » Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:37 am

skrapmetal wrote:Thats quite a detailed answer,I've listened to alot of this kind of music for years but didn't realize it was called "Power Metal" , thanks for info.


Skrapmetal, you've earned yourslef a hornsup baby! \nn/

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Re: Jorn Lande's - The Duke

Postby Olaf » Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:58 am

I'll second the horns!




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Re: Jorn Lande's - The Duke

Postby skrapmetal » Mon Feb 06, 2006 9:44 am

Olaf wrote:I'll second the horns!




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