I tend to like most power metal, though I've heard some pretty awful shit
I like Dragonforce despite what people say. I don't really care if they don't sound the same live as the do in the studio. I mean, it's the STUDIO with a lot of machines and special recording devices and they can do as many takes as they want.
I think a lot of the negativity they get tends to stem from the fact that they're getting some mainstream attention (the song on Guitar Hero 3, etc) and once that happens, fans of certain genres get all pissy about who else is now listening to the music.
And power metal lyrics are supposed
to be cheesy, IMO. Like Manowar and Rhapsody.