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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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    Death Cult Armageddon, In Sorte Diaboli, Godless Savage Garden

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    In the Nightside Eclipse, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, IX Equilibrium ...

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

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    Cruelty and the Beast, The Black Goddess Rises, Harder

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    Diabolical Figures, Collateral Defect, (N)utopia

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    God the Lux, Firefrost Arcanum, Distractive Killusions

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    Mystic Places of Dawn, Sumerian Daemons, Ophidian Wheel

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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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    The Sham Mirrors, La Masquerade Infernale, Aspera Hiems Symfonia

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    angL, The Adversary, Eremita

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    Wolfheart, Under Satanæ, The Great Silver Eye

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    Clouds, Skeleton Skeletron, Judas Christ

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

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    Once, Century Child, Oceanborn

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    Eskhata, Halls of Frozen North, Morning Crimson

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    The Black Halo

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

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    Zero Nexus, Intoxicate O.S., Sinthetic

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    Damnation of Regiomontum, Firestorm

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    Sagas, Turis Fratyr, Rekreatur

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

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

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    Blot, Norwegian Native Art, Odin Owns Ye All

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    Storm Seeker

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

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    Rapture, Black Wings of Destiny

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

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

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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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    Songs From the Archives, Eternal Emperor, The Covenant Progress

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    Diabolicanos – Act III: Armageddon, Ertis Sicut Deus, Eritis sicut Deus; ...

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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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    Nightbreed of Macabria, The Vampire Chronicles, Vampyrìsme

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    Grimoires, Legend, Under the Dark Mystic Sky

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    Beyond the Cursed Eclipse, Psychotic Sculpture, Regenesis Creation

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    Erika Szobája

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    Mystica, Awaken, Rise Pantheon Dreams

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