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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

2
605 208
Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Epica Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

3
326 126
Therion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Therion Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
563 261
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Within Temptation Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

5
240 114
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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320 170
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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291 160
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Xandria Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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218 118
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Leaves' Eyes Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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214 116
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
After Forever Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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214 120
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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172 91
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
172 97
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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227 140
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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151 83
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Edenbridge Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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155 87
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Haggard Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

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285 186
Delain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Delain Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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189 124
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Sirenia Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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207 140
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Floor Jansen Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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126 79
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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206 157
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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90 57
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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44 18
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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186 152
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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98 76
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Ayreon Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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158 139
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Lacuna Coil Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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65 46
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
sirius2112 added Wintersun Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

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76 62
Dark Moor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Dark Moor Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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26 12
Revamp is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Revamp

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71 66
Turisas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Turisas Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

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76 72
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Diablo Swing Orchestra Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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21 10
Ancient Bards is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Ancient Bards Power metal, Symphonic metal

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24 14
Bal-Sagoth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Bal-sagoth Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Power metal

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60 57
Visions of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Visions of Atlantis Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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63 62
Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Septicflesh Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

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16 9
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Power metal, Symphonic metal

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60 63
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Fleshgod Apocalypse Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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35 33
Summoning is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Summoning Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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34 34
Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Galneryus Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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33 33
Mayan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Mayan Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal

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16 12
Diabulus in Musica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Diabulus in Musica

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59 67
Lunatica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Lunatica Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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51 58
Stream of Passion is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Stream of Passion Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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25 25
Mechanical Poet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Mechanical Poet Progressive metal, New Prog, Heavy metal

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52 61
Dragonland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Dragonland Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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14 12
Arven is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Arven

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14 12
Ex Libris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
ZiaulQaderMirza added Ex Libris Symphonic metal, Progressive metal - Dianne Van Giersbergen's (former Xandria's frontwoman) current band. Their music is amazing!

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43 52
Northern Kings is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Northern Kings Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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54 67
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Lacrimosa Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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10 8
Twilight Force is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Twilight Force

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9 7
Gloryhammer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Gloryhammer Power metal, Symphonic metal