More Power to You!, Vol. 1

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A fraction of my hope was restored during the last few weeks of 2014 upon seeing a number of you determined to give power metal more of a chance this year. While it’s true that this new conviction is more than likely a response to the weariness of being repeatedly slain with steel or the ass injury of one constantly being kicked out of the hall with steel-toed boots, it matters little. What does matter is that you’re willing to change. Plus, my father always taught me that if someone disagrees with you, you must first break them into little tiny pieces before you can rebuild them in a manner that suits you.

My intention is for More Power to You! to be a tasteless and poor man’s version of W.’s hit column Bump and Grind (explore his kickass installments here, here, here, and here), only focusing on new-ish, lesser known power metal bands. I’m at an immediate disadvantage for a few obvious reasons:

  1. I’m not as cool as W.
  2. He-Man is not as cool as R. Kelly.
  3. “Power metal totally sucks, dork” / “lightning bolt” / etc.

Still, stick around! I’ll be highlighting new speed metal and traditional heavy metal bands here, too. So you should be able to find something you can dig. Make good on those resolutions to be less of a poser.


Stallion

Stallion is a pretty good example of a group of lads who were born tragically late, doomed to live out their prime in dark times where being a leather rebel is even lamer than it was in the ’80’s. Guess how much they care? (Hint: they named their band Stallion). Traditional heavy/speed metal is derivative by its very definition, but I’ll be damned if these Germans aren’t deriving from the very best and doing it right. If you could somehow smell music, Rise and Ride would fucking reek of unwashed hair, sweaty leather, and the contraction of myriad STIs – the highest compliment I can give to this sort of throwback band. The riffs rock hard in a this-guy-probably-plays-a-zebra-striped-guitar sort of way, and Pauly’s vocals drip with as much ’80’s sleaze as you’d expect from a dude that goes by Pauly as he powers through metal anthem after delightfully clichéd metal anthem. The entirety of “The Right One” is about how much it sucks when you can’t remember which beer on the table is yours. That should tell you pretty much all you need to know about Stallion. Listen:


skull fist

Here’s some more speed worship for you cats. With a name like Skull Fist you’re probably expecting this band to play metal for the thinking man. They don’t. On their Metal Archives page, “headbutting” is listed as one of their lyrical themes. But that’s okay. As a dumb person, I can attest to the fact that dumb can be fun. To anyone with a respectable grasp of early metal’s architecture, Chasing the Dream is predictable in every sense. You’ll know where the melodies are going, you’ll know how the songs will progress, and you’ll know when the solos are going to fire in and rip off your face flesh (approximately every 15 ± 3 seconds). That’s half the fun. The other half is that every song is a straight up cooker; breakneck, catchy as hell, and all fighting for their own piece of your brain’s diminutive real estate. Consequently I usually end up falsetto-singing some broken-ass combination of 4-5 different songs while I lather and rinse obsessively. Skull Fist’s quest is to remind the world that shred is not dead, and they have me convinced. Listen:


visigoth

Yet another manifestation of the recently-spurred resurgence of USPM, Visigoth brings high octane, heavy metal honor to my realm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pay heed – they’re the most power metal selection of the day; and that makes them the best. Pulling heavy influence from pivotal proto-power acts like Jag Panzer and Omen and coupling their riff aggression with a strong dose of melody is their game, and they’re refreshingly good at it. You’ll be banging your head and pumping your fists during the first listen, and singing along with their high-speed love songs to sword, shield, and sorcery (and motorcycle) by the second. Unless your memory blows ass. Vocalist Jake Rogers is more than capable in his role, somehow managing a rock solid marriage of Piet Sielck’s (Iron Savior) gruff, mid-range bellow and the soaring, 30-ft. wingspan vibrato of Daniel “Ethereal Magnanimus” Heiman (Lost Horizon). This is a very good thing. Rogers’ powerful voice and the band’s water-tight songwriting deliver a one-two punch from an iron fist directly into your facial region. Only it doesn’t bust up your shit. Instead it feels real good. Listen:

From Final Spell (Name your price on Bandcamp).

From The Revenant King (Set for release on January 27th).


  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    Skull Fist flushes your face! And then abuses it! Sexually!
    Okay, getting back to the article nlw

    • The Bestest Tapir

      Excuse you? “Abuse” is my trigger word! Check your privilege!
      *Waddles back to Tumblr*

      • Guacamole Jim

        Do you identify as Tapirkin?

      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

        *Checks, sees privilege running far away*

      • Hubert, The DoomGoat

        Please don’t say waddle I can’t take that word.

        • The Bestest Tapir

          Then you must hate penguins. Is it because all of them are not fully white like you?
          #checkyourprivilege

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love penguins! They’re so adorable!

          • The Bestest Tapir

            You speak the truth.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I sure do. No one can hate an adorable penguin.

    • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

      I have now read this and listened to these songs and arrived at a conclusion. Discontinue. Kidding (or am I), Stallion was an okay band that I wouldn’t mind catching live and Visigoth’s first song was actually quite good.

  • Visigoth is sweet.

    • Hubert, The DoomGoat

      Archspire is sweeter though. WEEDLYDEEDLY

  • MSD,

    You talk about how we are all posers/worthless/etc and then you admit that these are the bands we need to listen to? Don’t get me wrong – the songs are rocket (thanks JJM for one!), but I can hardly believe you talk about how “trve” you are when you go home and jerk over how “shred is not dead.” I guess I have a lot to learn?

    Also, I loved the phrase “30-ft. wingspan vibrato”!

    Killer songs man.

    GL

    • Woah! I’ve never called anyone worthless OR etc! And what’s trver than traditional heavy metal?

      In all seriousness, the “poser/trve” thing is tongue-in-cheek. I thought everyone was keen to that. Nobody here calls someone a poser and means it. Hopefully.

      • If you don’t mean it you are it.

      • KJM

        But we are all posers…

      • Hubert, The DoomGoat

        So Deafheaven aren’t posers?

        • No they just suck majorly.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Big fucking time. Fucking garbage.

      • No worries man! Sorry if I put words in your mouth. I feel silly now…

        ¯_(ツ)_/¯

        GL

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
        • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

          How feel you of the new Venom

      • I call Americans posers, because they all pretend to be from Best Korea. Hah, puny midget Americans with tiny peckers, not everyone can be 11 feet tall and hung like Kentucky Derby winners like us!

    • GL I’m gonna go out of character for a bit too.

      All music is subjective, MSD and I both agree on this. We both pretty much think you should listen to whatever makes you happy. Calling other people posers or “not true” for not listening to the same music is very silly (and kind of fun).

      Back in character, you worthless fucking poser, listen to power metal

  • Hubert, The DoomGoat

    Visigoth and Skull Fist sound like good music. Skull Fist in particular sounds cool. Rather mehd on Stallion, it’s not my thing.

  • Tyree

    Like A Dream

  • Guacamole Jim

    Stallion makes me contemplate how to best end my life, not because I’m in awe of their prowess and can’t continue, but because I’m not sure I want to live in a world where that band exists. Good thing they don’t care about what people say, because if they did, they’d stop making music.

    Skull Fist was surprisingly enjoyable, and the video was funny. I give them the Thumbs-Up of Great Justice.

    Visigoth’s vocalist is awesome. A little heavy on the vibrato, but I expect little else from power metal. It’s nice to hear someone who isn’t just singing as high as possible, but still sounds like they’ve got power in their voice.

    Summary: 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    Summary: See comments below and above. No one likes Stallion.

    • So many lost souls.

      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

        Just yours.

      • Hubert, The DoomGoat

        So many people with decent taste in music.

      • BLVKKBEVRD

        Should have been wearing ring of life protection, have a nice corpse run

    • Stallion was sweet man. His vocal timbre was def one of a kind. At least from what I have ever heard.

      GL

      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

        Don’t take this from me mang.

    • i dug it … ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

        U Y Do Dis, #allthetimenow

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I do. They’re awesome.

  • Tyree

    Skull Fist is pretty fucking rad.

    Edit: I’d like to throw a kegger and blast this album on repeat.

  • HessianHunter

    Skullfist is the fucking jam, breh

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Liking that Skull Fist

  • Tyree

    YOU’LL FUCKING PAAAAAYYYYY!!!!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • the zebra-striped guitar: almost as cool as the tiger-striped guitar:
    http://georgelynch.com/wordpress/wp-content/gallery/1980s-photos/thumbs/thumbs_86tourprogramd.jpg

    • *wipes tear*

      GL

    • Elite Extremöphile

      alas, even the glorious tiger stripes cannot hope to compete with…
      THIS

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I just shed a single manly tear when I saw this.

  • Skull Fist is pretty kickass, but I’ve always considered them to be way more thrash than anything, especially more than power metal. Close enough!

    http://wanna-joke.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/funny-abc-close-enough.jpg

    • “More Power/Speed/Traditional Heavy Metal to You!, Vol. 1” didn’t have enough of a ring to it.

      • Edward #negrodMMXV

        *More Power/Speed/Traditional/Thrash/ProgressiveIndustrialDeathgrind imo

    • Tyree

      5 more years if I’m lucky, and I’ll be that glorious man to the right.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Stallion guitarist getting after it

  • Skulkfist has an awesome logo drawn by a 5th grader.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      What’s wrong with drawing, logos, and 5th graders, bro?

      • Just get a professional for that stuff, that’s all I’m sayin.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          What if it was a “professional”.

    • Tyree

  • BLVKKBEVRD
    • KJM

      I hate that game, no cheat codes. ^_^

      • Wrath of God

        Murdering npcs is just as fun though.

    • add me to your RL friends list

      • BLVKKBEVRD

        I tried the other day and you said no!

        • that’s bunk! i wouldn’t turn down the pirate with an unlimited supply of brunettes!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Did someone say brunettes? I love brunettes! I also love blondes but not redheads oddly enough.

          • BLVKKBEVRD

            They’re mostly dead already. Very submissive.

      • Tyree

        Is your avatar pic from that Sea of Bones and Keeper split cover art.

        • LOL yup. that lil’ guy is just so darn cute!

          • Tyree

            HA!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            It’s so adorable though!

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        You’re already in my RL friends list Jimmy!

  • Elite Extremöphile

    Weird. I just finished listening to every song and now I have a rippling, hairy chest and long, flowing locks of hair as golden as the sun. Also my shirt is now gone, but I also have an industrial barrel of canola oil so it all works out.

  • Just found out I’m seeing Skull Fist & Visigoth on Friday. Nice!

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt/Not Mad

    Tell me more about this Jay Allan Goodwin Panzer band.

  • Renan Ribeiro
    • He was the first bryah to ever hit the streets.

      GL

  • HAIL WARRIORS! THIS IS THE MOST TRUE POST OF THE DAY

  • I would like to make a declaration of love to Masterlord. Power metal, speed metal, and heavy metal are freaking amazing. I always get a tingling in the balls when I hear a new power metal band that is awesome. Stallion is my kind of heavy metal. I enjoy bands that have riffs in their heavy metal as opposed to just chugging the same faf over and over again. With a name like Skull Fist, you can’t go wrong. Great band all around. I listened to Visigoth a while back when I was doing random power metal searches. I haven’t regretted it. I can’t wait for more in this series.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    You know what power metal band I love? Manilla Road. They did a great cover of a Bloodrock song and that only made me love them more.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cHv0F8UqvI

  • #ApprovedByLink This will be a great column! thanks!

  • Spear

    Yes. More power metal.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    This post is so good. This post and these bands gets the highest award I can bestow: The JJD “I Would Blast This In A Jaguar XJ6 Until The Speakers Blow Out Award”!

  • Gurptitude

    Surprisingly, I liked all 3 of these.

  • PhoenixKing Leonheart

    I shall greatly enjoy this column. Sometimes one should switch up the bullets for a Half hand sword to kill suckas with.

  • Since
    there’s been a definite uptick in power metal, I figure to introduce
    some excellent (and underrated) Serbian power metal filled with riffs
    ahoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXTdf7DkyGc

  • J.R.

    Visigoth has long been a member of my “Random songs I found on youtube” folder for a while now. Guess it is time to change that!

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    There’s only one type of stallion!

  • john

    As a power metal fiend, I just want to say I hope this becomes a regular column!

    • Guacamole Jim

      I can tell you with certainty that it will be!