Cool to see you returning back to power metal, I had a similar experience. Started with Stratovarius (and metal in general) when I was 14 years old in 2000, also really liked Nightwish, Sonata arctica, Rhapsody and Gamma ray.It's crazy to see a thread I started 5 years ago is active right now. For the record, I was huge into power metal when this topic started, and I eventually came to enjoy many of these bands.
Then I kind of phased out of the genre for a while.
But now it's pretty much come back full circle. I'm currently listening to and discovering Avantasia and Kamelot. I still have yet to listen to Sabaton , but they're on deck!
They are coming to Denver:Bumping this to praise the new Angra album Omni. Really good stuff and some parts are reminiscent of classic Symphony X with good production. It can get a little technical but never without sacrificing heaviness. An ideal blend of power and prog.
Favorite songs: Travelers of Time, Black Widow’s Web (awesome female vocals), War Horns, Omni - Silence Inside. The orchestral final track at the end is also cool, although it would’ve been better at the beginning imo.