Metal 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.

list ordered by

1
1,001 174
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

2
676 241
Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

3
371 156
Therion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
629 302
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

5
358 183
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

6
270 129
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

7
328 179
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

8
252 137
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

9
244 134
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

10
79 21
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added Gothic Rock, Gothic Metal

11
184 99
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

12
75 21
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added

13
200 112
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

14
237 139
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

15
195 109
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

16
184 104
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

17
320 211
Delain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

18
246 160
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

19
234 154
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

20
210 141
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

21
62 21
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added Gothic Rock, Gothic Metal

22
145 94
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

23
232 169
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

24
202 164
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

25
115 88
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock