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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.
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Dimmu Borgir is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

2
138 46
Emperor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

3
130 58
Carach Angren is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal

4
88 32
Old Man's Child is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

5
74 24
Arcturus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

6
135 64
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
KevinBell added Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

7
52 20
Anorexia Nervosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

8
50 21
Bal-Sagoth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Power metal

9
50 22
Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

10
56 31
Limbonic Art is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

11
23 4
Summoning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
wattleview01 added Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

12
58 34
Graveworm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

13
35 16
Ihsahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Technical death metal

14
26 13
Devilish Impressions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

15
27 18
Diabolical Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Experimental metal

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30 21
Vesania is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

17
34 27
Stormlord is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Power metal, Melodic black metal

18
24 17
Tvangeste is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Heavy metal

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9 2
Caladan Brood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Symphonic Black Metal

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23 17
The Kovenant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal

21
53 52
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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7 3
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Samuel Martel added Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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7 3
Ajattara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Doom metal, Black metal, Acoustic music

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24 22
Sigh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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15 13
I.C.S. Vortex is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal