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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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Emperor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

2
163 61
Dimmu Borgir is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

3
131 55
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
KevinBell added Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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125 54
Carach Angren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal

5
84 29
Old Man's Child is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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70 21
Arcturus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

7
51 17
Anorexia Nervosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

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47 18
Bal-Sagoth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Power metal

9
47 21
Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

10
54 29
Limbonic Art is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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57 32
Graveworm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

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19 4
Summoning is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
1519135667926 added Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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31 16
Ihsahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Technical death metal

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22 13
Devilish Impressions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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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

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

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33 27
Stormlord is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Power metal, Melodic black metal

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7 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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7 2
Ajattara is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Doom metal, Black metal, Acoustic music

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20 16
The Kovenant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal

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51 51
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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6 3
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Samuel Martel added Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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15 13
I.C.S. Vortex is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

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23 22
Sigh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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13 12
Opera IX is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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19 19
Shade Empire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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8 7
Obtained Enslavement is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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14 15
Catamenia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Black metal

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36 42
Moonsorrow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Viking metal

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12 14
Einherjer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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10 12
Hollenthon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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13 16
Shagrath is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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9 12
Black Messiah is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Viking metal, Heavy metal

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13 17
Theatres des Vampires is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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13 17
Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Viking metal

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8 11
Forest Stream is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal

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10 14
Dragonlord is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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2 5
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1467809310997 added Epic Symphonic Black Metal - Onirism is a french epic symphonic black metal created in 2014 by Antoine Guibert. Lyrics are centred on lucid dream.

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1 4
Nader Sadek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
robbyisinfamous17 added Death metal

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5 9
The Blood Divine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal

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8 13
Illnath is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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4 8
Crionics is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Black metal

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4 8
Aborym is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Black metal

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7 12
Silenoz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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7 12
Mustis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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3 7
Darkwoods My Betrothed is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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6 11
Galder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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5 10
Sakis Tolis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

50
1 5
Unicorn Death is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
Sparky Leaver added