Best Symphonic Metal Albums

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The Top Ten

1 Oceanborn - Nightwish
2 Once - Nightwish

All the songs in Once are masterpieces.

amazing.

3 Theli - Therion
4 At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
5 Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian
6 Dark Passion Play - Nightwish

Easily the best Epic Metal album of all time! The symphonic compositions of Holopainen are unrivaled, and are a testament to his skill. Nightwish are a new bold force in world music.

7 The Sham Mirrors - Arcturus
8 Symphony of Enchanted Lands - Rhapsody
9 Century Child - Nightwish
10 Divine Conspiracy - Epica

The Newcomers

? World of Glass - Tristania
? Nighttime Birds - The Gathering

The Contenders

11 Secret of the Runes - Therion
12 Epica - Kamelot
13 La Masquerade Infernale - Arcturus
14 The Scarecrow - Avantasia
15 Wishmaster - Nightwish
16 Design Your Universe - Epica

Excellent multi faceted album

17 The Black Halo - Kamelot

Huh? That is the Black Halo doing way down here? The Black Halo is easily one of the best Symphonic Power Metal Albums ever. Top 5 easy.

18 Dawn of Victory - Rhapsody (of Fire)
19 Enter - Within Temptation
20 Lemuria / Sirius B - Therion
21 Metal Opera - Avantasia
22 Mother Earth - Within Temptation

Mother Earth is an awesome album. So is Silent Force.

No Contest. Every WT Album beats anything on this list.

23 Noble - Versailles

Great songs in great album by great band.
Unfortunately they have been disbanded dec 2012.
Maybe many people don't know them because the are Japanese bands.
In my humble opinion their music is better than nightwish and within temptation.

24 Beyond the Veil - Tristania
25 Endless Forms Most Beautiful - Nightwish
26 Dusk and Her Embrace - Cradle of Filth
27 Songs of Love and Death - Beyond the Black
28 S&M - Metallica

Yes it is a live album but by definition this is a Symphonic Metal album in fact this might be the only example of Symphonic Thrash Metal even though not all the songs are Thrash (Some are and some aren't) - christangrant

29 Enthrone Darkness Triumphant - Dimmu Borgir
30 Prison of Desire - After Forever
31 Disclosure in Red - Trail of Tears
32 Gods of War - Manowar
33 Paradise Lost - Symphony X
34 Reckoning Night - Sonata Arctica
35 Imaginaerum - Nightwish
36 Midian - Cradle of Filth
37 Cruelty and the Beast - Cradle of Filth

This is better than any of these above.

38 Death Cult Armageddon - Dimmu Borgir
39 Eppur Si Muove - Haggard
40 Phantom Agony - Epica
41 Vovin - Therion
42 Frozen Tears of Angels - Rhapsody of Fire
43 Gothic Kabbalah - Therion
44 Sitra Ahra - Therion
45 Stand Up and Fight - Turisas
46 Power of the Dragonflame - Rhapsody (of Fire)
47 At Sixes and Sevens - Sirenia
48 An Elixir for Existence - Sirenia
49 Njord - Leaves' Eyes
50 Lichtgestalt - Lacrimosa
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Top Remixes (5)

1. At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian
3. Oceanborn - Nightwish
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1. Enter - Within Temptation
2. Prison of Desire - After Forever
3. Beyond the Veil - Tristania
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1. The Sham Mirrors - Arcturus
2. Theli - Therion
3. Dark Passion Play - Nightwish
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