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Power metal music on the radio

Power metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that emerged in the 1980s and features fast tempos, uplifting melodies, and prominent use of keyboards and guitar harmonies. Lyrics often focus on fantasy, mythology, and heroic themes. Some of the most popular power metal bands include Helloween, Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, and Stratovarius.

Helloween is often credited as one of the pioneers of the genre, with their 1987 album "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I" being a landmark release. Blind Guardian has also achieved great success with their epic and grandiose sound, incorporating elements of orchestral music into their songs. Gamma Ray, led by former Helloween guitarist Kai Hansen, is known for their speedy and aggressive style. Stratovarius, from Finland, is another influential band in the genre, blending neoclassical and progressive elements into their music.

There are several radio stations that specialize in playing power metal, such as Metal Devastation Radio, Power Metal FM, and Metal Express Radio. These stations offer a mix of classic and contemporary power metal, showcasing established bands as well as up-and-coming artists. Power metal has a dedicated fanbase around the world, with annual festivals such as Wacken Open Air in Germany and ProgPower USA in the United States catering to fans of the genre.