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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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1
917 164
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

2
623 215
Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

3
336 133
Therion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
583 269
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

5
246 119
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

6
330 173
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

7
305 166
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

8
222 118
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

9
227 122
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

10
221 125
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

11
176 98
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

12
300 191
Delain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

13
178 101
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

14
159 87
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

15
232 145
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

16
162 92
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

17
216 142
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

18
195 128
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

19
130 82
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

20
213 159
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

21
192 155
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

22
90 61
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

23
48 22
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

24
103 79
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

25
166 144
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

26
67 49
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
sirius2112 added Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

27
30 13
Revamp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

28
78 65
Dark Moor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

29
69 58
Visions of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

30
73 69
Turisas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

31
23 12
Ancient Bards is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

32
77 75
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

33
64 63
Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

34
25 17
Bal-Sagoth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Power metal

35
20 14
Diabulus in Musica is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

36
61 65
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

37
37 36
Summoning is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

38
17 12
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

39
55 61
Stream of Passion is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

40
60 69
Lunatica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

41
34 36
Mayan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal

42
16 13
Ex Libris is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
ZiaulQaderMirza added Symphonic metal, Progressive metal - Dianne Van Giersbergen's (former Xandria's frontwoman) current band. Their music is amazing!

43
34 37
Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

44
16 14
Arven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

45
53 63
Dragonland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

46
26 28
Mechanical Poet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, New Prog, Heavy metal

47
57 70
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

48
11 9
Gloryhammer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

49
45 55
Northern Kings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

50
12 12
ReVamp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added