Metal Evolution-Episode 10: Power Metal (DVD)
Released: 2012, Alliance Films
While I understand Dunn might be too young to understand glam’s place in the evolution of metal, I don’t understand how a fan of Iron Maiden and other NWOBHM has no understanding/appreciation/experience with power metal? Has he been living under a rock?
Many of my metal-brothers and sisters used to call me the power metal queen of Sydney so I could critique this episode until dooms day and I was expecting to.
By the end of the episode I was pleasantly surprised on how well Dunn was able to cover such a vast European genre, its culture (maybe his mention of Nightwish and Sonata Arctica were this beast’s pacifiers), and highlight power metal’s need to give people something to sing-along to. This episode only proved further, why I, as a singer, relate so closely to this genre.
As a Wacken veteran, I also feel Dunn travelled to the best festival to understand power metal and its folkloric and fantasy roots.
Featuring Malmsteen in this episode also rang true, as my being Malmsteen an from the glam MTV-era days led a heavy metal CD store owner to suggest I listen to Edguy - I haven't looked back since.
From the fathers of power metal to contemporary masters, this episode showcased interviews from the best experts and contributors, and offered an insight on how a new audience is being introduced to this genre through Guitar Hero.
This is one of the most deserving episodes, as Power Metal has gotten plenty of webzine coverage but very little coverage in any documentaries. While undeniably metal, Power Metal is also a polarizing genre, its fans being among the most passionate in metal, the denigrators being among the harshest for any style, save Nu Metal. However it is great to see Dunn traveling to small Eastern European countries to get to the essence of Power Metal, which is among other things, melodic major key melodies and beer hall choruses. Hats off to Dunn for giving Blind Guardian plenty of air time and presenting convincingly to those unfamiliar with Power Metal, its rich lineage and history.
This was my favourite Episode due to my personal affinity to the genre. Sam basically admitted he originally didn’t ‘get’ Power Metal which puzzles because Power Metal is merely an extension of the NWOBHM as pointed out by Martin Popoff. It's most sonically and ideologically pure of all the Metal genres to the original roots of the music. What's not to get? Through the course of the episode tracked the lineage of Metal from the beginnings of Priest and Maiden to it’s most direct descendents, Power Metal. The usual suspects, members past and present, get interviewed Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Manowar, Helloween, Nightwish and more. Sam’s focus was primarily German missing huge chunks of the global scene and the utterly massive amounts of Power Metal in Europe, Japan, Brazil, and North America. The episode concludes that by combining the Metallic elements of speed, aggression, melody virtuosity and progression, Power metal has become one of the most enduring and popular forms of Metal on the planet. It was a fun, simple episode that fortunately does not fall prey to denigrating the music because the image.