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The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands

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Emerging in the 1990s, symphonic black metal is one of the rare genres to incorporate two elements that are seemingly as far apart as black metal and orchestra and symphonic music. Before symphonic black metal, it's highly unlikely that you'd hear strings, horns and even woodwinds in black metal songs. But the best symphonic black metal bands have managed to exactly that. Their songs, to longtime fans of black metal, may sound obscure, but it actually fills out the sound and adds elements to black metal.

So, that said, what are the best symphonic black metal bands? Not to be confused with black metal, the top symphonic black metal bands' sounds are more progressive that any other type of metal. Some of the best symphonic metal bands could be confused with popular black metal bands. But you'll see the likes of Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Graveworm and Cradle of Filth on here. 

Ultimately it's up to you to decide what is the best symphonic black metal band. While symphonic black metal may be a specialized version of black metal, you should be able to determine what band can truly be considered the best of the bunch. This list answers the questions "who are the best symphonic black metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest symphonic black metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular symphonic black metal bands that you might've heard of.
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    In the Nightside Eclipse, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, IX Equilibrium ...

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    Death Cult Armageddon, In Sorte Diaboli, Godless Savage Garden

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    Lammendam, Where the Corpses Sink Forever, Death Came Through a Phantom ...

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    In Defiance of Existence, Born of the Flickering, The Pagan Prosperity

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    Cruelty and the Beast, The Black Goddess Rises, Harder

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    Legacy of Evil, The Ultimate Death Worship, Epitome of Illusions

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    Mystic Places of Dawn, Sumerian Daemons, Ophidian Wheel

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    The Sham Mirrors, La Masquerade Infernale, Aspera Hiems Symfonia

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    God the Lux, Firefrost Arcanum, Distractive Killusions

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    Diabolical Figures, Collateral Defect, (N)utopia

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    Mare Nostrum, At the Gates of Utopia, The Gorgon Cult

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    Verisäkeet, Voimasta ja kunniasta, Kivenkantaja

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    angL, The Adversary, Eremita

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    Death's Design, Ravendusk in My Heart, The Phantom Lodge

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    Clouds, Skeleton Skeletron, Judas Christ

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    Wolfheart, Under Satanæ, The Great Silver Eye

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    Once, Century Child, Oceanborn

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    Redemption Process, New Obscurantis Order, The September E.P.

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    Animatronic, In Times Before the Light, S.E.T.I.

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    Hangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien, Gallows Gallery, Imaginary ...

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    Zero Nexus, Intoxicate O.S., Sinthetic

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    Sagas, Turis Fratyr, Rekreatur

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    Eskhata, Halls of Frozen North, Morning Crimson

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    Storm Seeker

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    In the Flesh

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    Damnation of Regiomontum, Firestorm

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    The Black Halo

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    Atlantis Ascendant, The Chthonic Chronicles, Starfire Burning Upon the ...

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    Tyrants and Wraiths, With Vilest of Worms to Dwell, Opus Magnum

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    Blot, Norwegian Native Art, Odin Owns Ye All

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    Centuries of Sorrow, Witchcraft, The Shepherd and the Hounds of Hell

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    Rapture, Black Wings of Destiny

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    Comalies, In a Reverie, Unleashed Memories

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    Oath of a Warrior, Of Myths and Legends, The Final Journey

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    Tears of Mortal Solitude, The Crown of Winter, Last Season Purity

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    Erika Szobája

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    Songs From the Archives, Eternal Emperor, The Covenant Progress

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    Armageddon's Evolution, Neuthrone, Beyond the Blazing Horizon

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    Second Skin of Harlequin, Cast Into Fields of Evil Pleasure, 4 Shades of ...

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    The Black Opera: Symphoniae Mysteriorum in Laudem Tenebrarum, Sacro Culto, ...

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    Feast of the Blood Monsters, Circle of Death, Demo

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    Nightbreed of Macabria, The Vampire Chronicles, Vampyrìsme

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    Beyond the Cursed Eclipse, Psychotic Sculpture, Regenesis Creation

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    Grimoires, Legend, Under the Dark Mystic Sky

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