I like Blind Guardian as each of their albums gives me the fist pumping power metal candy that I want. I don't like them because they are special or whatever. That being said, I think their new one is pretty good and deserves AMG's runner up status.
As bavinck mentioned try new Angra. Serious Black – As Daylight Breaks from this year has cheesy name, but good musicians behind it. Last year Elvenking, Iced Earth, Sanctuary were pretty good. Power metal peaked in 90s or early 2000s for me, so a bit of a stagnant subgenre at this point unless you diving in fresh.
Most of the metal nowerdays is prog in some way, too broad for recommendation. So far this year Steven Wilson's new record is my favorite prog, but not metal at all.
I just switched to a silver plated cable for my westone pro50 iems. This brings out a fair bit of subbass which I like. Listening to leviathan Scar sighted I had no idea how much subbass rumble is going on on that album. So awesome. Anyone else experience this rumble on this album? It is not just something I hear, but I am feeling it too.
Glad to hear! I recall recommending City in particular, unmatched in intensity and craziness. Which SYL records have you listened to so far? I usually dislike live albums, but No Sleep 'Till Bedtime (yes, I see what Devin did there) is absolutely fantastic. Devin's preface to Far Beyond Metal really captures the essence of metal in general and SYL in particular.
City and Alien are my favorite two as well, but the others are still good albums. Funnily I was listening to City and then Casualties of Cool back to back on my HE6, amazing contrast by an amazing musician.