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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
971 171
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

2
657 226
Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

3
354 146
Therion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
612 285
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

5
344 177
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

6
258 126
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

7
318 171
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

8
239 128
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

9
232 124
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

10
28 2
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added Gothic Rock, Gothic Metal

11
28 2
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added

12
28 2
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added Gothic Rock, Gothic Metal

13
192 104
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

14
172 92
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

15
225 131
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

16
184 103
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

17
310 198
Delain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

18
172 96
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

19
240 152
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

20
227 145
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

21
201 133
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

22
137 87
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

23
224 161
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

24
196 159
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

25
93 64
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

26
52 26
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

27
110 82
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

28
170 148
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

29
80 61
Visions of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

30
70 52
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
sirius2112 added Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

31
33 19
Revamp is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

32
79 69
Dark Moor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

33
83 77
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

34
77 72
Turisas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

35
68 64
Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

36
22 13
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

37
23 15
Ancient Bards is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

38
26 19
Bal-Sagoth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Power metal

39
63 66
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

40
21 15
Diabulus in Musica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

41
39 38
Summoning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

42
57 64
Stream of Passion is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

43
36 38
Mayan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal

44
29 30
Mechanical Poet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, New Prog, Heavy metal

45
55 64
Dragonland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

46
61 72
Lunatica is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

47
17 15
Ex Libris is listed (or ranked) 47 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!

48
13 10
Gloryhammer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

49
35 39
Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

50
12 9
Dark Sarah is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added