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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
994 173
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

2
671 235
Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

3
365 154
Therion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
625 296
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

5
268 129
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

6
353 182
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

7
324 177
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

8
246 135
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

9
72 15
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added Gothic Rock, Gothic Metal

10
238 132
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

11
68 15
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added

12
199 111
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

13
179 98
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

14
232 138
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

15
190 108
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

16
178 102
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

17
318 209
Delain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

18
245 158
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

19
59 15
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added Gothic Rock, Gothic Metal

20
233 153
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

21
206 140
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

22
142 93
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

23
230 168
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

24
200 163
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

25
114 87
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock