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The Best Symphonic Metal Bands 

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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
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal
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Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal
3
Therion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
4
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music
5
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal
6
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal
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Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
8
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music
10
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock
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Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal
12
Delain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal
13
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
14
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal
15
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal
16
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal
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Dark Sarah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal
19
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
20
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal
21
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal
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Savatage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal
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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Power metal, Symphonic metal
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Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
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Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal
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Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock