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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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504 150
Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Epica Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

3
460 170
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Within Temptation Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

4
211 95
Therion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Therion Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

5
261 134
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

6
192 92
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

7
237 126
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Xandria Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

8
178 88
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
After Forever Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

9
185 96
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

10
229 135
Delain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Delain Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

11
129 69
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

12
160 96
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

13
162 99
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

14
137 82
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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151 102
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Leaves' Eyes Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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169 118
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Floor Jansen Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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157 108
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Sirenia Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

18
155 109
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

19
103 67
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Haggard Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

20
93 67
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Edenbridge Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

21
90 67
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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62 42
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

23
77 63
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Ayreon Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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123 114
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Lacuna Coil Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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45 32
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
sirius2112 added Wintersun Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

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63 52
Dark Moor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Dark Moor Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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32 23
Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Galneryus Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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32 23
Mayan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Mayan Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal

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51 50
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Fleshgod Apocalypse Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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11 3
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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50 51
Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Septicflesh Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

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8 1
Diabulus in Musica is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Diabulus in Musica

33
8 1
Ancient Bards is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Ancient Bards Power metal, Symphonic metal

34
46 48
Stream of Passion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Stream of Passion Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

35
7 1
Arven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Arven

36
43 46
Visions of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Visions of Atlantis Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

37
50 55
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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46 51
Dragonland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Dragonland Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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7 2
Carach Angren is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Carach Angren Symphonic black metal

40
6 1
Scarleth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Scarleth

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6 1
Ex Libris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Ex Libris

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6 1
Legenda Aurea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Legenda Aurea

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6 1
Wildpath is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Wildpath

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14 12
Pathfinder is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands

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30 33
Fairyland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Fairyland Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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50 59
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Diablo Swing Orchestra Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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5 1
Bal-Sagoth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Bal-sagoth Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Power metal

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5 1
Damnation Angels is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Damnation Angels

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5 1
Revamp is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Revamp

50
5 1
Blackthorn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Blackthorn