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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
947 166
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

2
643 223
Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

3
346 141
Therion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
602 281
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

5
252 122
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

6
337 176
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

7
312 170
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

8
235 126
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

9
228 122
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

10
222 128
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

11
167 89
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

12
181 100
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

13
185 103
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

14
168 94
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

15
304 198
Delain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

16
237 150
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

17
222 145
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

18
199 131
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

19
135 84
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

20
219 160
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

21
195 157
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

22
51 24
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

23
92 63
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

24
108 81
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

25
168 147
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

26
70 50
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
sirius2112 added Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

27
76 59
Visions of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

28
79 66
Dark Moor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

29
32 17
Revamp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

30
77 70
Turisas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

31
82 76
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

32
67 64
Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

33
23 14
Ancient Bards is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

34
26 18
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 13
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

36
63 66
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

37
21 15
Diabulus in Musica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

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

39
36 38
Mayan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal

40
56 64
Stream of Passion is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

41
61 71
Lunatica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

42
29 30
Mechanical Poet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, New Prog, Heavy metal

43
55 64
Dragonland is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

44
17 15
Ex Libris is listed (or ranked) 44 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!

45
13 10
Gloryhammer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

46
35 39
Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

47
12 9
Dark Sarah is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

48
14 13
Carach Angren is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Symphonic black metal

49
58 72
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

50
16 16
Arven is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added