Sorry for the late reply, I just left from the thread to listen to your stuff.
I honestly say I must in the future give more attention to Gamma Ray. They Are practicing the format in all fairness, however there indeed could be much more to discover. I will return to you with this thing.
Manowar ofc. I wish I'd seen them live. The stories about their live concerts are fucking crazy.
Demons and Wizards sounded a bit like a gamer stuff (I'm not into gaming sadly) however Jethro Tull influence was blatantly evident.
Iron Maiden. Nuff said. I met them as a high schooler during early 00's. They have lived with me ever since.
Nordic power metal, and Nordic music overall has had a major role in keeping me sane through the winds of the World. I have traveled quite a lot here and there due to my past job. Hasn't been fun always.