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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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    Once, Century Child, Oceanborn

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  2. 2
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    Design Your Universe, The Phantom Agony, Consign to Oblivion

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    The Silent Force, Enter, The Heart of Everything

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  4. 4
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    Ravenheart, Salomé – The Seventh Veil, India

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    The Black Halo, Epica, Karma

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    Lucidity, April Rain, We Are the Others

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    Songs of Silence: Live in Tokyo, Orientation, Takatalvi

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    Dawn of Victory, Symphony of Enchanted Lands, The Frozen Tears of Angels ...

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  10. 10
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    Theli, Vovin, Gothic Kabbalah

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  11. 11
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    Invisible Circles, After Forever, Prison of Desire

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  12. 12
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    At Sixes and Sevens, Nine Destinies and a Downfall, An Elixir for ...

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  13. 13
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    Vinland Saga, Lovelorn, Elegy

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  14. 14
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    Imaginations From the Other Side, Nightfall in Middle-Earth, A Twist in ...

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  15. 15
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    Infinite, Visions, Twilight Time

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    Worlds Collide, Inquisition Symphony, Amplified // A Decade of Reinventing ...

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    The Metal Opera, The Scarecrow, The Metal Opera

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  18. 18
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    Comalies, In a Reverie, Unleashed Memories

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  19. 19
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    Shine, The Grand Design, Arcana

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  20. 20
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    Awaking the Centuries, And Thou Shalt Trust... The Seer, Tales of Ithiria ...

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  21. 21
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    The Divine Wings of Tragedy, Paradise Lost, The Odyssey

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    The Lost Christmas Eve, The Christmas Attic, Christmas Eve and Other ...

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    The Human Equation, Into the Electric Castle, 01011001

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    The Gates of Oblivion, Dark Moor, Tarot

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    Antagonise, Quarterpast

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    The Butcher's Ballroom, Pandora's Piñata, Sing Along Songs for the ...

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    Mystic Places of Dawn, Sumerian Daemons, Ophidian Wheel

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    Fables & Dreams, The Edge of Infinity, Atlantis

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    Battle Metal, The Varangian Way, Stand Up and Fight

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    Echos, Elodia, Revolution

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    Astronomy, Starfall, The Battle of the Ivory Plains

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    Oracles, Labyrinth, Agony

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    Time I, Wintersun, Winter Madness

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    Trinity, Eternal Endless Infinity, Cast Away

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    The Flame Within, Out in the Real World, Live in the Real World

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    The Farthest Shore Bendida ( БЕНДИДА) is a symphonic power metal band, formed in the town of Sofia, Bulgaria in 2008.

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    El Norra Alila, Sahara, The Never Ending Way of ORWarriOR

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    The Scroll of Stone, Lightseeker, Hereafter

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    Reborn, We Don't Need Another Hero, Rethroned

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    The Black Mages II: The Skies Above, The Black Mages, The Black Mages III: ...

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    The Fall of an Empire, Of Wars in Osyrhia, Realm of Wonders

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    In Deep Waters, Schuld

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    Release the Panic, End of Silence, Innocence & Instinct

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    Heathenreel, Wyrd, Two Tragedy Poets ...and a Caravan of Weird Figures

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    ART OF LIFE, Art of Life 1993.12.31 Tokyo Dome, Complete Singles

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    Wolfheart, Under Satanæ, The Great Silver Eye

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    Gates of Time, Kiyamet Senfonisi, 1945

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    Sahara, Tietäjä / Vaaratar, Katra

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