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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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    Kitee, Finland

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    Reuver, Netherlands

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    Waddinxveen, Netherlands

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    Bielefeld, Germany

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    United States of America

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    Zwolle, Netherlands

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    Trieste, Italy

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    Kemi, Finland

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    Netherlands

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    Stavanger, Norway

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    Helsinki, Finland

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    Krefeld, Germany

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    Germany

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    Milan, Italy

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    Helsinki, Finland

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    Munich, Germany

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    Austria

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    Middletown, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Madrid, Spain

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    Germany

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Chiba Prefecture

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    Hämeenlinna, Finland

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    Amadora, Portugal

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    Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Gothenburg, Sweden

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    Helsinki, Finland

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    Petah Tikva, Israel

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    Dortmund, Germany

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    Nice, France

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    Munich, Germany

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    Sacile, Italy

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    Tampere, Finland

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    Nuremberg, Germany

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    Athens, Greece

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