Underrated Powerful Heavy Metal Gems

A Listmania! list by oldtree "Dylan" (Pa, us)
The list author says: "All of these are essentials for fans of classic Heavy Metal (especially of the 80s) ranging from NWOBHM and doom to progressive and power metal. Clean soaring, powerful vocals, slow/heavy to speeding/melodic riffs and plenty of colorful leads."
Mob Rules
1.  Mob Rules by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  ""When you listen to fools the Mob Rules..." get the 2 cd deluxe editions if you like warmer brighter sound. Sabbath is the best Doom/Power combo band. The power came in with Dio's voice. Screw Ozzy only idiots who only listen to the radio and listen to fools..."
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Headless Cross
2.  Headless Cross by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  "most ignored/underrated Sabbath record. Atmospheric,  melodic, and catchy awesome dark rockin' tunes! Tony Martin's vocals are awesome on this record. Great Power/Doom metal."
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Sad Wings of Destiny
3.  Sad Wings of Destiny by Judas Priest
The list author says:
  "Like the Maiden remasters the Priest remasters suck. Get the Repetoire Records or older versions of the first 2 albums and older Columbia or Sony/Epic versions of all their other essential Priest Classics (Sin After Sin, Stained Class, Killing Machine, Screaming For Vengeance, Defenders Of The Faith, Painkiller)."
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Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
4.  Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "Most Epic and Proggy Maiden album. My fav.
Get the Castle Records or older EMI/Capitol version CDs for best sound quality. The 1998 and 2002 remasters sound horrible unless you like compressed, flat, loudness wars production."
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Holy Diver
5.  Holy Diver by Dio
The list author says:
  "Dio is is the father of majestic, soulful, Epic Heavy metal. All of Dio's first 5 or 6 albums are all worth checking out. His albums sort of went down hill in quality from there in my opinion."
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Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
6.  Epicus Doomicus Metallicus by Candlemass
The list author says:
  "Epic Doom Metal. The messiah albums are good too."
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Crimson Glory
7.  Crimson Glory by Crimson Glory
The list author says:
  "Highly underrated band. Fates Warning/maidenesque metal but still original. Every metal-head who likes classic 80's metal should hear this."
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Awaken the Guardian
8.  Awaken the Guardian by Fates Warning
The list author says:
  "Magical, Mystical, Melodic and Heavy. What Metal should be all about. After this album they get better and more proggy. Perfect Symmetry, Parallels, and Inside Out are my favorites!"
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Operation: Mindcrime
9.  Operation: Mindcrime by Queensr˙che
The list author says:
  "I used to trust the media to tell me the truth."
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Marching Out
10.  Marching Out by Yngwie Malmsteen
The list author says:
  "don't let his ego or newer stuff turn you off. his first 3 albums are some of the best power/speed records ever."
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Hittman
11.  Hittman by Hitman
The list author says:
  "Another obscure metal gem, often compared to old-school Queensryche."
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Melissa
12.  Melissa by Mercyful Fate
The list author says:
  "...Satan's cross upon the wall..." Also by MF to check out: Don't Break the Oath, In The Shadows, Time, and Into the Unknown."
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Abigail
13.  Abigail by King Diamond
The list author says:
  "my favorite King Diamond albums that got me into his bands. All king albums especially  Them, Conspiracy, The Eye, Spiders Lullaby, and Voodoo Are awesome melodic/speed story telling metal."
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Best of Warlord
14.  Best of Warlord by Warlord
The list author says:
  "rare band and album containing both their first EP and first full length album; both of which are also out of print. Giallo-horror sounding heavy metal."
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Kings of Metal
15.  Kings of Metal by Manowar
The list author says:
  "Epic metal Hymns of Power and Glory!"
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Second Heat
16.  Second Heat by Racer X
The list author says:
  "Shredding, ripping leads and riffs, cheesy but good songs."
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Marriage of Heaven & Hell Pt. 1
17.  Marriage of Heaven & Hell Pt. 1 by Virgin Steele
The list author says:
  "Epic, Melodic, Heavy, Romantic, Pompous, Bombastic, Neoclassical, Progressive. Better than Manowar. A truly underrated, original, innovative band. Noble Savage and Age of Consent are decent albums with some really great Epic songs and alot of cheesy hair metal crap. Invictus, the Heaven and Hell albums and  the House of Atreus albums are where they really start to shine."
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Broken History
18.  Broken History by Adramelch
The list author says:
  "Dark Italian prog/power metal. Irae Melanox is good too."
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Born of the Cauldron
19.  Born of the Cauldron by Cauldron Born
The list author says:
  "CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED TRUE METAL! Created by a true Metal Master guitarist called Howard Bentley. The Vocalist sounds like a cross between Jon Arch/Geoff Tate! Also check out Bentley's doom band Briton Rite's, their album For Mircalla is one of the heaviest greatest doom metal pieces of the 21st century."
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Hall of the Mountain King
20.  Hall of the Mountain King by Savatage
The list author says:
  "Straight up fun heavy metal. Also Check out their more proggy offerings, Gutter Ballet and Streets."
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Welcome to the Moonlight Circus
21.  Welcome to the Moonlight Circus by Black Jester
The list author says:
  "Italian epic Progressive Power metal! Great musicianship with neoclassical elements."
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Graceful Inheritance
22.  Graceful Inheritance by Heir Apparent
The list author says:
  "Great Metal in the vein of Fates Warning but with vocal harmonies. Forgotten 80's gem."
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Curse / Nightmares
23.  Curse / Nightmares by Omen
The list author says:
  "Under-rated classic power metal!"
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Digital Dictator
24.  Digital Dictator by Vicious Rumors
The list author says:
  "The first 3 album i heard are all great power/speed. Very underrated; band and guitarist Geoff Thorpe. The first album SOTN features shred-master Vinnie Moore."
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To Dust You Will Decay
25.  To Dust You Will Decay by Angel Dust
The list author says:
  "Now this is a f'n underrated metal gem! Great thrash riffs with 80's power metal atmosphere and melody (fates warning meets metallica)!"
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Fifth Angel
26.  Fifth Angel by Fifth Angel
The list author says:
  "Priest inspired metal riffs and dokken sounding vocals. catchy simple metal anthems."
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The Deluge
27.  The Deluge by Manilla Road
The list author says:
  "Of the first epic metal bands."
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Parallel Minds
28.  Parallel Minds by Conception
The list author says:
  "Epic, Awesome, Obscure masterful technical, progressive/power metal from Norway, created around the time of the first wave of black metal."
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Hypertrace
29.  Hypertrace by Scanner
The list author says:
  "Like Helloween or Gammay Ray?"
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The Damnation Game
30.  The Damnation Game by Symphony X
The list author says:
  "epic, neoclassical Prog/power metal. Their best, most underrated album. Also check out Divine Wings... and Twilight... New age metallers will like the loud production and tough guy vocal style present on their latest albums Paradise... and Iconoclast which kinda suck but are Ok to me."
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Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
31.  Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I by Helloween
The list author says:
  "powermetal godfathers. these guys crystalized the sound and definition- "Power Metal"."
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Land of the Free
32.  Land of the Free by Gamma Ray
The list author says:
  "Better than Helloween... This album is where they really defined their sound. also check out Somewhere out in Space and Powerplant. The first three albums with vocalist Raplph Scheepers are decent too if you don't mind goofy /uplifiting powermetal."
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Episode
33.  Episode by Stratovarius
The list author says:
  "Uplifting, positive power-metal. don't listen to naysayers who are just hardasses insecure about getting in touch with their lighter side. their first 5 albums are all solid. The first 3 are the darkest and sound nothing like new strato at all with different vocals."
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Paradox
34.  Paradox by Royal Hunt
The list author says:
  "Forget Dream Theater (I like their first 3 albums), they beat around the bush too much with show-off wankery. these guys compose similar prog-metal but are way better and to the point."
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Labyrinth Of Dreams
35.  Labyrinth Of Dreams by Elegy
The list author says:
  "like Crimson Glory with more technicality and shredding. Awesome."
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Programmed
36.  Programmed by Lethal
The list author says:
  "Best original Queensryche imitation I have ever heard. If I walked into the room and this was playing (having never heard of these guys), I'd ask what Queensryche album is this?"
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