Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands

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1Dimmu BorgirDimmu Borgir is a Norwegian symphonic black metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993. The name is derived from Dimmuborgir, a volcanic formation in Iceland, the name of which means "dark cities" or "dark castles/fortresses" in Icelandic, Faroese and Old Norse.

I don't care about what's considered too commercial. I appreciate quality production that talent warrants. I listen to all types of music and dimmu borgir is easily in my top ten of all genres not just black metal or metal in general for that matter.

I'd say 2-3 is a good spot for them. Elitists hate them with every fiber in them because they are too popular. I think they are great, and popularity should be a good thing.

Black metal is all about "no rules," but if a band doesn't follow a bunch of strict rules! They are considered posers. Dimmu Borgir is just hated cause they have good production and are symphonic. That's just stupid ino - ryanrimmel

My favorite band alongside amon amarth, machine head, lamb of god, nile and bodom! Saw them live and they were great!

Best ever band

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2EmperorEmperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands.

Known as the creators of symphonic black metal, listed to their first album, it's got all their best stuff on it.

3Carach AngrenCarach Angren is a symphonic black metal band from the Netherlands, formed by two members of the now-defunct bands Inger Indolia and Vaultage.

Carach angren is not an ordinary band, they know how to create atmosphere and catch the attention completely with their guttural vocals and melodies... - Ananya

This band has everything. Extremely talented vocals, perfect instruments, well written lyrics, and the perfect level of symphony.

The band that has the most "symphonic" elements...

One of the best bands ever

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4Cradle of FilthCradle of Filth are a British extreme metal band that formed in Suffolk in 1991. The band's musical style evolved from black metal to a cleaner and more "produced" amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic black metal and other extreme metal styles.

The least of the favoured in my opinion, they aren't really black metal but you should listen to their first 5 albums, they were the best.

The reason they are so good in the symphonic black metal scene is because they use the idea of slow burning long songs, and plus they have a very original sound, which mostly derives from Dani Filth's voice in combination with the rest of the band and the way they use short songs to lead into longer one which makes even more epic, truly brilliant!

I think earlier cradle was priceless...I don't think they care much about whether it is black metal or anything gothic.. It's just a change of direction... Yet so beautiful...

I hate this band

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6Eyes of Noctum

1 album, The best symphonic black metal album in the history of metal. Truly creative.

7Old Man's ChildOld Man's Child is a Norwegian black metal band from the city of Oslo. The band is the brainchild of Galder who is the only permanent member of the band now.

Probably the most similar to Dimmu Borgir and very underrated

Most underrated band in the black metal scene


Vesania is syphonic blackened death metal from Poland. Very good band!

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10Obtained Enslavement

This band easily share the first place with emperor

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12Dark Fortress

... What is a symphonic black metal list without Summoning? I can't believe nobody brought them here till yet

It is so different in sound ffrom other metal bands - so original

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Wonderful mixture of gothic metal and symphonic black metal. The melancholy atmosphere along with the intensity is very atmospheric.

15Opera IX

I think they were one of the first true symphonic black metal bands instead Emperor, alongside Arcturus (their second demo "Demo '92" made the appearance of symphonic keyboards) and they released it in 1992, even before the release of "In the Nightside Eclipse".

17Demonic Resurrection

One of the best band in India is demonic resurrection.. The demon king is just a killer and the unrelenting surge of vengeance no words for this song... Front man of this band he just incredible... Watch them they ate to good

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18WindirWindir was a black metal band from Sogndal, Norway. The band combined black metal with folk music and mythology.
19Limbonic Art

The throne of black symphonic metal belongs to them..

Should be #1 or #2!
Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth are not black metal! - farckashkun

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20NightwishNightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen.

Nightwish is NOT black metal. They do not sing about death, hatred, religions, and crime!

What the hell!
They are just symphonic metal not symphonic black metal!
Whoever put them in this list must stop listening metal and start listening rap!

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List StatsUpdated 9 Dec 2016

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Top Remixes

1. Emperor
2. Eyes of Noctum
3. Cradle of Filth
1. Emperor
2. Dimmu Borgir
3. Old Man's Child



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