I’ve always found "power metal" (or "adventure metal," as it’s sometimes known) to be the most ridiculous of hard-rock genres. With all their neo-classical riffing and quasi-operatic vocals, bands of this variety are practically begging to be poked fun at.
Still, I admit to being compelled by D&D-inspired rockers. What would make a man (or woman) sing of wizards and battlements, anyway? The answer may never be clear. At least not to me.
Yesterday, while struggling to choose the spotlights for next week’s issue, I discovered that British power metallers DragonForce are playing at Higher Ground. It’s in the Ballroom, so they must be expecting some kind of turnout. I had no idea this kind of sound was a draw in sleepy Vermont. Maybe there are orcs in these here hills.
Anyway, here’s one of their tunes: "Through the Fire & Flames"
It’s totally goofy, no?