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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
931 165
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

2
633 220
Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

3
343 137
Therion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
592 276
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

5
248 121
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

6
333 175
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

7
308 169
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

8
226 120
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

9
232 125
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

10
222 127
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

11
165 88
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

12
180 99
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

13
181 103
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

14
166 93
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

15
300 196
Delain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

16
235 150
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

17
220 143
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

18
196 130
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

19
133 84
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

20
217 160
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

21
194 156
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

22
91 62
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

23
49 24
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

24
104 80
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

25
166 145
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

26
69 49
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
sirius2112 added Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

27
32 15
Revamp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

28
71 58
Visions of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

29
78 66
Dark Moor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

30
76 70
Turisas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

31
81 76
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

32
23 13
Ancient Bards is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

33
66 64
Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

34
25 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
39 37
Summoning is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

36
62 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
20 15
Diabulus in Musica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

38
18 13
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal

39
56 63
Stream of Passion is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

40
29 29
Mechanical Poet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, New Prog, Heavy metal

41
35 37
Mayan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal

42
17 14
Ex Libris is listed (or ranked) 42 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!

43
60 70
Lunatica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

44
35 38
Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

45
53 64
Dragonland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

46
16 15
Arven is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

47
14 13
ReVamp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added

48
57 71
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

49
45 56
Northern Kings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

50
11 10
Gloryhammer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Power metal, Symphonic metal