Essential Power Metal Albums - The 1980s

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The list author says: "The list author says: "I'm putting together a few lists - one for each decade - of albums that I feel every serious power metal fan needs to own. You may disagree, and if so I'd love to hear from you, especially if you think I missed a key album.

Note about this list - Power metal really took form in the '80s, so some of these albums might not be considered power metal by today's standards. I included them because at the time they were called power metal, and their influence on today's power metal bands is undeniable.

Albums are listed chronologically, not by importance."
Heaven & Hell
1.  Heaven & Hell by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  "Ronnie James Dio's first album with Black Sabbath is a metal milestone, and an absolute power metal essential. No collection is complete without it."
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Wheels of Steel
2.  Wheels of Steel by Saxon
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  "One of the NWOBHM's signature albums, and a definite influence on many power metal bands."
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Strong Arm of the Law
3.  Strong Arm of the Law by Saxon
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  "Goes hand-in-hand with Wheels of Steel."
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Mob Rules
4.  Mob Rules by Black Sabbath
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  "Dio's second Sabbath album. Like Heaven & Hell, it's essential."
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The Number Of The Beast [Enhanced]
5.  The Number Of The Beast [Enhanced] by Iron Maiden
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  "Bruce Dickinson's first album with Iron Maiden, and perhaps the most influential metal album of the decade."
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Screaming for Vengeance
6.  Screaming for Vengeance by Judas Priest
The list author says:
  "Priest was more commercially-oriented in the '80s, but you can't ignore the power on this one."
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Holy Diver
7.  Holy Diver by Dio
The list author says:
  "Dio's first solo album is another power metal benchmark."
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Queensryche
8.  Queensryche by Queensr˙che
The list author says:
  "Queensryche is better known for their more progressive offerings, but they were an amazing power metal band early in their career."
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Cloven Hoof
9.  Cloven Hoof by Cloven Hoof
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  "One of the more epic and power-oriented albums of the NWOBHM."
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Last in Line
10.  Last in Line by Dio
The list author says:
  "Not as essential as Holy Diver, but still loaded with great power metal songs."
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The Warning
11.  The Warning by Queensr˙che
The list author says:
  "Another great power metal offering from Queensryche."
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Walls of Jericho
12.  Walls of Jericho by Helloween
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  "Not as essential as the Keepers albums, but it's still important."
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Fifth Angel
13.  Fifth Angel by Fifth Angel
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  "An underground classic, and a great combination of power and melody."
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Rage for Order
14.  Rage for Order by Queensr˙che
The list author says:
  "More progressive, but still a powerful metal album."
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Crimson Glory
15.  Crimson Glory by Crimson Glory
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  "Another underground classic, and a mandatory power metal album. RIP Midnight."
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Keepers Of The Seven Keys Part 1 (Expanded Edition)
16.  Keepers Of The Seven Keys Part 1 (Expanded Edition) by Helloween
The list author says:
  "Here it is. The first true power metal album and the blueprint for thousands of albums to follow. Any modern power metal band that doesn't credit this album is lying."
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Under Jolly Roger
17.  Under Jolly Roger by Running Wild
The list author says:
  "Power metal for pirates!"
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Hall of the Mountain King
18.  Hall of the Mountain King by Savatage
The list author says:
  "Between their traditional metal roots and prog metal later offerings, Savatage unleashed this powerful classic."
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Digital Dictator
19.  Digital Dictator by Vicious Rumors
The list author says:
  "Equal parts power and thrash, Vicious Rumors is one of the decade's most underrated acts."
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Triumph And Agony
20.  Triumph And Agony by Warlock
The list author says:
  "The metal queen's definitive album."
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Batallions of Fear
21.  Batallions of Fear by Blind Guardian
The list author says:
  "Not their best, but their first release is still noteworthy."
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Keepers Of The Seven Keys Part 2 (Expanded Edition) [2 CD]
22.  Keepers Of The Seven Keys Part 2 (Expanded Edition) [2 CD] by Helloween
The list author says:
  "Just as critical as Keeper Part I."
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Refuge Denied
23.  Refuge Denied by Sanctuary
The list author says:
  "Warrell Dane's pre-Nevermore band had a great mix of power and thrash, and some absolutely epic songs."
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Transcendence
24.  Transcendence by Crimson Glory
The list author says:
  "A little more progressive, but just as powerful as the debut."
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Nosferatu
25.  Nosferatu by Helstar
The list author says:
  "Power, thrash, and a vampire concept = awesome."
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Master of Disguise
26.  Master of Disguise by Lizzy Borden
The list author says:
  "Lizzy Borden went from a novelty act to a serious metal force with this conceptual release. On par with early Queensryche."
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Fighting for the Earth
27.  Fighting for the Earth by Warrior
The list author says:
  "Another underground classic."
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