Albums of Power Metal music

There are many reasons why people download power metal music in MP3 and M4A formats. Key attributes of the genre are speed, complexity and melodic guitar lines, clean high vocals (sometimes with inserts of screaming) and back vocal. Compared to many other types of rock, this direction is cheerful and upbeat, sometimes jokingly referred to as «happy metal». Both American and European directions of the genre were born under the influence of bands like Rainbow, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

In the works of British rock bands of 1970s and 1980s there have already been fast, energetic compositions and lyrics about fantasy and the Middle Ages - the elements that would later form the basis of the genre. Some call Rainbow’s «Kill the King» from the album Long Live Rock'n'Roll the first song attributed to the genre. It is truly one of the hits of power metal music downloads, which has influenced the emergence of the genre itself.

American legacy

The genre has separated in the US in the mid-1980s. The term was used to describe the compositions of bands like Manowar, Virgin Steele, Manilla Road, Iced Earth, which nowadays are usually referred to as speed metal or heavy metal bands. These groups served as the prototype for the modern understanding of the style, giving it speed, energy and military-historical pathos.

Over time, in America the style was absorbed by more popular thrash metal, which is the development of speed metal in the direction of greater aggression and severity. American bands of contemporary generation, like Kamelot and HolyHell, already play a "European", more melodic variation, which is not like the speed and thrash. However, there is still a large army of fans, who always download power metal music.

European development

In the mid-1980s, German bands such as Running Wild and Helloween, began to attract listeners' attention to the melody in compositions. If you download power metal songs of these bands, you will notice that the potion of this genre back then consisted of:

  • fast speed metal riffs
  • melodic guitar
  • powerful vocals
  • clear sound of musical instruments.

Thus the first German wave was born. The most significant artists, in addition to those mentioned, included Blind Guardian, and Gamma Ray. Since then, the German direction of the genre is widely spread and became popular across the continent, including Russia, this way ensuring high ratings of power metal music downloads. Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen also became one of the pioneers of European stage. In the US in the 1990s began to appear bands like Kamelot, performing purely European variation of the genre.

Modern European power metal can be divided into the so-called schools:

  • Italian
  • German
  • Finnish.

Symphonic variation

A special kind of power metal music gave rise to the introduction of keyboards, synthesizers to the arsenal of groups. Synthesizers first performed the function of a background instrument, usually portraying a symphony or folk instruments such as the flute, violin, horn. This trend is particularly apparent in the very first albums of Nightwish and Rhapsody of Fire, which still remain leaders of power metal albums downloads.

Down the road, some groups started recording their songs with orchestras, this way encouraging their fans to buy power metal songs in the best lossless FLAC quality of music. This tendency was followed by such bands like Nightwish, Rhapsody of Fire, Catharsis, Versailles, Tears of Magdalena, Dark Moor, Kamelot.