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Slater922
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2021 2:32 pm 
 

So during my journey in power metal, I have been hearing some word about a genre titled "flower metal". It's pretty much a happier, poppier, and and synth-heavy version of power metal. Now I can understand people not liking this genre, but I've been getting into Rhapsody of Fire lately, particularly with their second album "Symphony of Enchanted Lands", and it's actually pretty great. Are there any other flower metal bands/albums that are good? Sorry if this sounds a bit broad, but I think it would be interesting to hear some genuinely good flower metal.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2021 4:14 pm 
 

Is RoF "flower metal" though? If you want really sugary, poppy power metal you got to listen to Conquest

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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2021 4:32 pm 
 

Check those bands below:

Sunrise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvNPTo6WsPk

Visions of Atlantis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br_t14_nn3A

Force Majeure
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq4bUCUYWbA

Reflection of Glory
https://open.spotify.com/album/0rZiTgzOK6TkUvKqpdwama

Земля Ветров
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg1ozPUCwmg


There are plenty of Japanese bands that might be what you're looking for. However, their full albums seem hard to find. I'll list some songs from a couple of bands that you may like, instead:

Alieson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxiCsKaTSY0

Asriel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXryuTE62JU

Eclipseed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSdbdFctQCI

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Xymosys
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2021 5:53 am 
 

You should check Freedom Call

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Freedom_Call/603

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2021 5:15 pm 
 

No matter if you like power metal or not, you just got to love Dragonland's Under the Grey Banner. If nothing else for the sheer ambitiousness. A fantastic album!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OEhuweo7FI

Twilight Force is also up there in terms of extreme power metalness.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghmKspYNqyg
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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2021 8:45 am 
 

Agree on Dragonland, Marius Danielsen's Legend of walley doom pt I, II and III is excellent triplet


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lordcatfish
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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2021 9:41 am 
 

Does early Sonata Arctica fall under the 'flower metal' category? Their first 3 albums are top notch.

Weballergy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVgp6KA86_E
Wolf & Raven - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihp74A79N_g
The Cage - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk3XJ4ztzFo
Victoria's Secret - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZfmAFB5cgY
FullMoon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIZ5S2cgh0Y
Kingdom for a Heart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKsZijOXz1E
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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2021 10:45 pm 
 

How did this thread escape my attention? Well, folks, I'm here now, and I'm gonna drop a heavy load! Right here on the table!

You want some Euro-power metal? You got it! Buckle up, folks--it's gonna be a long list!

A Sound of Thunder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTNwwYUnYHE

Aldious
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9FJCPsDFfk

Amberian Dawn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io17vc3mpkU

Ancient Bards
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7-5RSzEpbc

Ariadna Project
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy-99rZzJss

At the Lake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJLTnGzNTnM

At Vance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5skSfOaDnw

Avantasia (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-PkfKZAT6E

Babymetal (tread carefully, they are incredibly inconsistent)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZWn7yCDa2s

Band-Maid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MOvCkCqz_U

Beautiful Sin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoXJAnqYWWM

Beyond the Black
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUaUMUT1h4o

Black Knight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRQKbD6bjgQ

Black Majesty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4lDMZBlfK4

Blind Guardian (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-roJi6wR_9Q

Borealis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFIEHARSQcY

Cain's Offering
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKqugJUU97A

Cellador
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2TxSvmM6Yg

Control the Storm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX-GDKhdgUs

Crescent Shield
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z7HyAsKUMA

Cryonic Temple
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6XjYFppa6c

Cyntia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNp6pXLKdK4

Damnation Angels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5I0XSxqAPM

Dark Moor (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp9F0gb50xc

Dawn of Destiny
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYZlHsn6BNE

Derdian
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZL0jLoqueU

Diabulus in Musica
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u644c3wfxZA

Dialith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAoLfXEpPAo

Dragonforce (of course, someone had to say it)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usLOqW36N34

Dreamtale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPPKMSItTZo

Dynazty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5VhsblNblE

Edenbridge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_5ksvK0TYo

Eden's Curse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5BZCvhr9_8

Edguy (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uclfAboE0H0

Epica (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oePrtEMmX9Y

Frozen Crown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-gPzgfQuYA

Galderia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPQ3UbDJ4pU

Gamma Ray (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-89U89sZao

Heavenly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7ytDeSJ3f0

Helion Prime
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKI8OL9URzc

Helloween (of course, can't forget the original!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FFTQRmsK0k

HolyHell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN7HIygw6q0

Imperia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZqiTOrpqeU

InnerWish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_l1lJPS-a4

Instanzia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjE5dafHMhY

Iron Mask
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcC3ofbtPDU

Kamelot (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2iKRrrzIss

Keldian
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOiFQCa3IU4

Labyrinth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubz0y3gqau0

Leverage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1P1Zksj0Ww

Light & Shade
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWD_H61bQvE

Linked Horizon (yes, underneath that horrific production quality, there is a power metal band)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn7dCgtwX2c

Lovebites
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iTOljZItow

Magica
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zVJpgadnhQ

Majestica/ReinXeed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ol8DlEPEaM

Mary's Blood (OF FUCKING COURSE)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCqfWyCcgD4

Metalite
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1BZOoowGEc

Meteora
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SueljuYQqBA

MindMaze
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOzHfP-9t5k

Nightwish (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGEQ-MEOTQs

Nocturnal Rites
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lznVXzPuwL0

NorthTale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee6jPDoDY6I

Operadyse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lCbcW-5YG8

Oratory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR2d9t_tWuQ

Orden Ogan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWfOPgKgqBM

Power Quest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dEuHvOzAMo

Powerwolf (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhiSgXz_l20

Running Wild (of course...but also, kinda?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny-97Oh-Fws

Sabaton (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PjgdVi6keA

Scarleth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRkbg66Sc9I

Serenity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2kVhQpfD60

Seven Spires
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P51LZLg7v6k

Seventh Avenue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t1JP4oLKLQ

Solarus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2k1SFKTMRU

Soulspell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg1N3vxefSM

Star One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUxqYj8Ivn0

Stratovarius (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2l8KtdQ7Ek

Super Monster Party
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5CHMgYJg1U

Symphonity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YriOvoiLhfQ

Tales of Evening
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D44YNxJKjJ4

The Dark Element
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-vyg5Vvg3I

The Murder of My Sweet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFXLkctiDe8

Theocracy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVs2ulome_Y

Timeless Miracle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ1OEYDtASk

Trick or Treat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssZbHm86NqQ

Triosphere
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ7zRr5fHrg

Twilightning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRlCh3PTsrU

Unleash the Archers (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bGmjnkDTTI

Victorius
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUUaMD2l7Ms

Vision Divine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5LPMcJD7Y4

Wisdom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaXzK8RPTxw

Within Temptation (of course)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVbDZaUuNvQ

Wuthering Heights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eblFOXlHDs
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interstellar_medium
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2021 4:52 pm 
 

^that's one interestingly broad definition of "Euro power" you've got there O.o
The OP asked for flower metal specifically, though...

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:30 pm 
 

interstellar_medium wrote:
^that's one interestingly broad definition of "Euro power" you've got there O.o
The OP asked for flower metal specifically, though...

Maybe there's a few where I'm fudging it a bit, but hey, I'm the Flower Metal King around these parts. I cannot be questioned!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:10 am 
 

Thomen-era Blind Guardian, Running Wild, Crescent Shield as "flower metal" is very, very wrong and I take offense! :P Hell, I take offense for Gamma Ray too even though they have some flowery shit and Future World might just be the first blueprint for that kind of stuff. In any case, I'd say Stratovarius from Visions onwards would fit the description, of flower metal: you know, polished to the extreme, "beautiful", uplifting, positive melodies and a general vibe that makes the whole thing approachable to people outside metal. I think Rhapsody - Legendary Tales is better than the second and it's the number one album I think of when I think "flower metal"... That's my definition at least.

Crescent Shield has no business in euro-power either...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:44 pm 
 

Zelkiiro wrote:
Maybe there's a few where I'm fudging it a bit, but hey, I'm the Flower Metal King around these parts. I cannot be questioned!


:thumbsup:

To my mind, though, quite a few bands on your list are either hard-to-define like Imperia or borderline pop rock like Beyond the Black...

Dungeon_Vic wrote:
Thomen-era Blind Guardian... as "flower metal" is very, very wrong


Not just Thomen-era, though.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:23 am 
 

So many iffy bands there. In particular, Within Temptation has pretty much nothing to do with power metal. Star One is more of a progressive metal band. Epica has too many extreme metal elements to be flowery enough. Beautiful Sin, Unleash the Archers and Triosphere aren't happy enough. Nocturnal Rites is too heavy. I'm picking on these bands because I quite like them, but I don't think they fit the template of what the OP is looking for. Stuff like Helloween, Gamma Ray, Edguy and such doesn't quite fit either, unless you just inherently think all power metal is flowery (which I'm almost suspecting you do). I think you need more major chords, sing-alongs, fauxchestration, and lighter guitar tone.

lordcatfish wrote:
Does early Sonata Arctica fall under the 'flower metal' category? Their first 3 albums are top notch.


Some of their stuff might work on occasion, but for the most part I think it's a bit too melancholy.

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Nocturnal_Evil
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:43 am 
 

Pathfinder is the epitome of flower metal. If Rhapsody and Dragonforce had a baby, it'd be Pathfinder. Check out Fifth Element and Beyond the Space, Beyond the Time.

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KC_Slaanesh
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 11:46 pm 
 

I'm sorry, but your answers were incorrect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21JTcHB9USM
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 11:19 am 
 

I could never get into Fairyland. Feels way too underwhelming for what it wants to be.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 9:46 pm 
 

Wars in Osyhria is the only album of theirs I am big on, but I think it is hands down the best album out of all the "flower metal" releases I have heard. Very tastefully done and not too high-pitched or wanky.
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