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The Best Symphonic Metal Bands 

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Updated March 26, 2020 25.6k votes 2.9k voters 71.7k views 252 items

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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
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Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Therion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Delain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Xandria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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After Forever is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Genre: Progressive metal, Gothic metal & Power metal; Nationality: Netherlands
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Haggard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Savatage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Visions of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands