The Best Symphonic Metal Bands

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Here's Ranker's list of the best symphonic metal bands of all time. Symphonic metal may seem like a paradoxical name, but it is in fact one of the most exciting genres of heavy metal. Blending traditional metal with elements of classical music, most notably symphonic instruments and the use of choirs. That said, what are the top symphonic metal bands? Any symphonic metal bands list has to include the likes of Nightwatch, Epica, Kamelot and Rhapsody of Fire. These names are easily some of the greatest symphonic metal bands, and their legacies remain strong.

Symphonic metal bands are influenced by gothic metal, power metal, and not too surprisingly, classical metal. Some of the best symphonic metal bands are some of the most influential metal bands in the world.

It's up to you, metal fan, to determine who deserves to be at the top of this symphonic metal bands list. With all of the symphonic metal out there, there may be a band missing from this list that should be on here. Feel free to add them if that's the case.

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  1. 1
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    Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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  2. 2
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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  3. 3
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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

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  4. 4
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    - 95

    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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  5. 5
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    - 60

    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  6. 6
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    - 64

    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  7. 7
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    - 72

    Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  8. 8
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    - 95

    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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  9. 9
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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  10. 10
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    - 64

    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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  11. 11
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    - 65

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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  12. 12
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    - 88

    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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  13. 13
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    - 39

    Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

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  14. 14
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    - 70

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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  15. 15
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    - 79

    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  16. 16
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    - 61

    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  17. 17
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    - 83

    Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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  18. 18
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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  19. 19
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    Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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  20. 20
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    - 42

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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  21. 21
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    - 77

    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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  22. 22
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    - 54

    Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

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  23. 23
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    - 42

    Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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  24. 24
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    Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

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  25. 25
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    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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  26. 26
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    - 6

    added by Kechos
    Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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  27. 27
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    - 17

    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  28. 28
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    - 8
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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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  29. 29
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    - 19

    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  30. 30
    + 15
    - 12

    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  31. 31
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    - 40

    Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

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  32. 32
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    - 43

    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  33. 33
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    - 35

    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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  34. 34
    + 37
    - 43

    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  35. 35
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    - 43

    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  36. 36
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    SoulSpell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands

    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

  37. 37
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    - 48

    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  38. 38
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    - 38

    Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

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  39. 39
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    - 42

    added by pocketraph
    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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  40. 40
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    - 33

    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal

  42. 42
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    - 26

    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  43. 43
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    - 29

    Melodic death metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  44. 44
    + 23
    - 29

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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  45. 45
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    - 14

    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  46. 46
    + 29
    - 38

    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  47. 47
    + 28
    - 37

    Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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  48. 48
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    - 20
    Imperia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands

    Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

  49. 49
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    - 47

    Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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  50. 50
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    - 23

    Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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