Best Symphonic Metal Albums

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The Top Ten

1 Oceanborn - Nightwish
2 Theli - Therion
3 Once - Nightwish

All the songs in Once are masterpieces.

amazing.

4 Enter - Within Temptation
5 At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
6 Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian
7 Century Child - Nightwish
8 Beyond the Veil - Tristania
9 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.

10 The Sham Mirrors - Arcturus

The Contenders

11 Symphony of Enchanted Lands - Rhapsody
12 Mother Earth - Within Temptation

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

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

13 Divine Conspiracy - Epica
14 Secret of the Runes - Therion
15 Epica - Kamelot
16 La Masquerade Infernale - Arcturus
17 The Scarecrow - Avantasia
18 Wishmaster - Nightwish
19 Design Your Universe - Epica

Excellent multi faceted album

20 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.

21 Dawn of Victory - Rhapsody (of Fire)
22 Lemuria / Sirius B - Therion
23 Metal Opera - Avantasia
24 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.

25 Endless Forms Most Beautiful - Nightwish
26 Prison of Desire - After Forever
27 Dusk and Her Embrace - Cradle of Filth
28 Songs of Love and Death - Beyond the Black
29 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

30 Enthrone Darkness Triumphant - Dimmu Borgir
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 The Silent Force - Within Temptation
37 Decipher - After Forever
38 The Heart of Everything - Within Temptation
39 Mandylion - The Gathering
40 Midian - Cradle of Filth
41 Cruelty and the Beast - Cradle of Filth

This is better than any of these above.

42 Death Cult Armageddon - Dimmu Borgir
43 Eppur Si Muove - Haggard
44 Phantom Agony - Epica
45 Vovin - Therion
46 Frozen Tears of Angels - Rhapsody of Fire
47 Gothic Kabbalah - Therion
48 Sitra Ahra - Therion
49 Stand Up and Fight - Turisas
50 Power of the Dragonflame - Rhapsody (of Fire)
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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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