Anyone familiar with Rhapsody? A popular band from Italy that plays in the style of Blind Guardian? Seems equally as goofy but some tracks sounded alright.
I'm pretty familiar with their music and history.
I think they took what Blind Guardian was attempting to do and what Helloween was half-assing and they took it all the way, embraced it as having a special, transcendent meaning and produced the most involving music in the genre.
Rhapsody is the to-go epic Power Metal band. Nothing here is for the sake of pretentiousness (all elements are a contribution to the whole) and I know no other band that achieves the intensity and 'real' feeling in their fantasy atmosphere. But that's just my opinion.
I recommend going through their first 5 albums which work as 5 chapters to a fantastic story written by their guitarist. A silly, naive story on the level of pulp fantasy ala Conan imbued with Tolkien cliches. Nothing intellectual, but the whole product is well-done.
Also, do not listen to "tracks". Listen to the whole album. They're supposed to be stories. Not random catchy songs.
"Keep away (monsters of hell)" if you cannot stand power metal fantasy cheese at all. The thing with Rhapsody, though, is that they do not sound like a joke. This is pulled off really professionally, unlike most bands in this subgenre.
To be honest, I cannot stand listening to them more than once every few months now, though. I guess I've grown out of it. But I still respect their good songwriting, effective vision and realization of this musical project.