I'm not sure what kind of a reaction I'll get for this post. I'd like to think anyone that listens to metal would agree with me. For those that don't, allow me to explain.From Dragonforce to Blind Guardian, power metal is a matter of picking an epic band name, and singing about storming the keep. In Battlelore's case, you sing about storming Helm's Deep. Power metal is not inherently terrible, it's just that once you've heard a power metal band, you have quite frankly heard them all. You may disagree, but I assure you, I cranked through some power metal before writing this article to test my theory, and the only difference I noticed was how convincing the music videos for each band were in portraying the lead singer as a warrior. I can see power metal's role in metal music. It's a gateway, and I'm sure it is moderately successful in transitioning new listeners to heavier and more diverse subgenres. For me, it is not distant enough from traditional heavy metal or NWOBHM to be truly interesting. It's like reading a fantasy book: if you're not looking to get swept away by tales of dragons and swords, there's just no point in getting involved. To extend that analogy, anyone who reads too much fantasy is a big nerd, and that's what I think of people who listen to power metal.