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Best Symphonic Metal Bands

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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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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  5. 5
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    Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  6. 6
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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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  7. 7
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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  8. 8
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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  9. 9
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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  10. 10
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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  11. 11
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    Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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  12. 12
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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  13. 13
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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  14. 14
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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy 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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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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  17. 17
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  18. 18
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    Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

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  21. 21
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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  22. 22
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    Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

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  23. 23
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

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  24. 24
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    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black 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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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  27. 27
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    Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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

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  29. 29
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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  30. 30
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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  32. 32
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  33. 33
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    Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

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  34. 34
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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  35. 35
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    Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Viking metal

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  36. 36
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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  37. 37
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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Melodic death metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Melodic death metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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    new! & added by DanielShterev Elysion

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    Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Gothic rock, Folk music, Gothic metal

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  46. 46
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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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  47. 47
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Claymore Black metal, Symphonic metal, Death metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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