I know I am relatively new to this, so if my opinion is entirely wrong, I hope you will just ignore me instead of berate me.
If I were going for more a power masculine angle, I would start with a classic aftershave like English Leather and attempt to pair a cologne for a support driven role. I realize I just completely worked around your modern scent rule.
Apart from that, try Tuscan Leather, a 2007 scent. I guess leather is a component I think of as masculine, I guess. Maybe a 1740 Marquis de Sade. Possibly a bottle of Summer Night, for when (if) it ever warms up.