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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    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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    - 81

    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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  5. 5
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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  6. 6
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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  7. 7
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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  8. 8
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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  9. 9
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    Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  10. 10
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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  12. 12
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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  13. 13
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    Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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  14. 14
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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  15. 15
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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  16. 16
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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  17. 17
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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  18. 18
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

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  19. 19
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    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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  20. 20
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    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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  21. 21
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

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    Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

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    added by sirius2112
    Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  27. 27
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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    Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

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  30. 30
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    added by gandi5
    symphonic metal, power metal, fantasy metal Bendida ( БЕНДИДА) is a symphonic power metal band, formed in the town of Sofia, Bulgaria in 2008.

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

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    Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal

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    Melodic death metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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

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    Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Symphonic metal

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    Imperia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands

    Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    - 23

    Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Viking metal

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    added by Skilletfan
    Dark ambient, Nu metal, Rock music

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

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