Emerging in the 1990s, symphonic black metal is one of the rare genres to incorporate two elements that are seemingly as far apart as black metal and orchestra and symphonic music. Before symphonic black metal, it's highly unlikely that you'd hear strings, horns and even woodwinds in black metal songs. But the best symphonic black metal bands have managed to exactly that. Their songs, to longtime fans of black metal, may sound obscure, but it actually fills out the sound and adds elements to black metal.
So, that said, what are the best symphonic black metal bands? Not to be confused with black metal, the top symphonic black metal bands' sounds are more progressive that any other type of metal. Some of the best symphonic metal bands could be confused with popular black metal bands. But you'll see the likes of Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Graveworm and Cradle of Filth on here.Ultimately it's up to you to decide what is the best symphonic black metal band. While symphonic black metal may be a specialized version of black metal, you should be able to determine what band can truly be considered the best of the bunch. This list answers the questions "who are the best symphonic black metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest symphonic black metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular symphonic black metal bands that you might've heard of.