Originally Posted by GloucesterChief
I think Helloween and Scorpions had a much bigger impact at least in Europe. Along of course with NWOBHM like Priest, Saxon, and Maiden.
You should watch Sam Dunn's "Metal Evolution". Great documentary.
Bands like Blind Guardian, Stratovarius, and Rhapsody of Fire all consider the roots of Power Metal to be in Maiden, Scorpions, Helloween, and Manowar.