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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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Emperor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Emperor Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Dimmu Borgir is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Dimmu Borgir Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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Old Man's Child is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Old Man's Child Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Carach Angren is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Carach Angren Symphonic black metal

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Arcturus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Arcturus Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Anorexia Nervosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Anorexia Nervosa Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

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Graveworm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Graveworm Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

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Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Septicflesh Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

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Ihsahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Ihsahn Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Technical death metal

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Limbonic Art is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Limbonic Art Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Moonsorrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Moonsorrow Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Viking metal

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Stormlord is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Stormlord Symphonic black metal, Power metal, Melodic black metal

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Diabolical Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Diabolical Masquerade Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Experimental metal

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Vesania is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Vesania Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Moonspell Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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Shade Empire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Shade Empire Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Bal-Sagoth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Bal-Sagoth Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Power metal

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The Kovenant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
The Kovenant Dark ambient, Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal

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Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Equilibrium Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Viking metal

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I.C.S. Vortex is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
I.C.S. Vortex Doom metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

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Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Tiamat Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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Catamenia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Catamenia Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Black metal

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Devilish Impressions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Devilish Impressions Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Obtained Enslavement is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Obtained Enslavement Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Shagrath is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Shagrath Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Einherjer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Einherjer Symphonic black metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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Opera IX is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Opera IX Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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Hollenthon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Hollenthon Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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Sigh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Sigh Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Tvangeste is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Tvangeste Symphonic black metal, Heavy metal

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Onirism Epic Symphonic Black Metal - Onirism is a french epic symphonic black metal created in 2014 by Antoine Guibert. Lyrics are centred on lucid dream.

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Nader Sadek is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Nader Sadek Death metal

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Silenoz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Silenoz Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Illnath is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Illnath Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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Forest Stream is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Forest Stream Doom metal, Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal

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Galder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Galder Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Crionics is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Crionics Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Black metal

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Dragonlord is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Dragonlord Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Unicorn Death is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands

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Mustis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Mustis Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Darkwoods My Betrothed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Darkwoods My Betrothed Symphonic black metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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Black Messiah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Black Messiah Symphonic black metal, Viking metal, Heavy metal

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Theatres des Vampires is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Theatres des Vampires Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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Kátai Tamás is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Kátai Tamás Post-metal, Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal

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Vesperian Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Vesperian Sorrow Symphonic black metal, Heavy metal

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Sakis Tolis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Sakis Tolis Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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Crimson Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Crimson Moonlight Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Blackened death metal

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Aborym is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Aborym Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Black metal