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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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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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+ - 487 144
Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Epica Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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+ - 446 154
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Within Temptation Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

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+ - 250 127
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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+ - 192 91
Therion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Therion Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 227 116
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Xandria Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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+ - 184 90
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 175 88
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 223 122
Delain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Delain Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 164 83
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
After Forever Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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+ - 122 60
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

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+ - 158 87
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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+ - 133 74
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 151 89
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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+ - 165 109
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Floor Jansen Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 138 101
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Leaves' Eyes Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 143 106
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Sirenia Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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+ - 87 59
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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+ - 61 35
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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+ - 86 66
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Haggard Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

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+ - 74 57
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Ayreon Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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+ - 118 102
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Lacuna Coil Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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+ - 79 66
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Edenbridge Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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+ - 42 28
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Wintersun Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

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+ - 31 21
Mayan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Mayan Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 54 49
Dark Moor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Dark Moor Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 25 22
Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Galneryus Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 43 46
Stream of Passion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Stream of Passion Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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Visions of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Visions of Atlantis Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 44 48
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Fleshgod Apocalypse Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 30 31
Fairyland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Fairyland Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 44 50
Dragonland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Dragonland Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 37 41
Northern Kings is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Northern Kings Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 47 54
Lunatica is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Lunatica Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 27 29
Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Shadow Gallery Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 46 54
Turisas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Turisas Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

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+ - 48 57
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Diablo Swing Orchestra Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 40 49
Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Septicflesh Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

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+ - 12 13
Hizaki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Hizaki Rock music, Power metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 10 11
Pathfinder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands

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+ - 2 0
Theocracy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Theocracy Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 20 25
Pain of Salvation is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Pain of Salvation Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 25 32
Circle II Circle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Circle II Circle Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 42 57
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Moonspell Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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+ - 21 28
Adagio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Adagio Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 16 21
Orphaned Land is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Orphaned Land Death-doom, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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+ - 18 24
Freedom Call is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Freedom Call Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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+ - 42 58
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Lacrimosa Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 2 2
Medan Agan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands