Best Symphonic Metal Bands
The Top Ten
I discovered Nightwish as a 12 year old going to the public library and picking up The poet and the pendulum. I put that cd on my walk-man on the ride home and.. I transcended to a higher plane..
I would like to vote for Xandria, Epica, Flyleaf, or one of my other loved but less popular groups, but I listen to Nightwish ten times as much as them, and deservedly so.
Composition of Tuomas, skill and versatility of Floor's vocals, and lets not forget the charisma and perfection of Marco on bass and vocals, Emppu's refined sophistication on guitar, Jukka and Kai's precision and dynamics on the drums, and Troy's soaring and lilting pipe play, all combine to make this group unbeatable. The emotional breadth of a film score, combined with the gut-power of metal, and the elegance of classical influences seem to all be perfected in their music.
To top it all off, they are unparalleled live performers.
What's not to like?
Nightwish is the best band in the world. This is all coming from a 12 year old but I'm mature. I've been a huge Nightwish fan for 6 years. First heard 'Poet and the Pendulum' and fell in love with Nightwish. Have been with them ever since. I even got to meet them one time and I nearly passed out I was so excited. I am such a huge Nightwish fan that I know everything there is to know about Nightwish. Everything. I really like what Tuomas does with not only the piano and keyboards but the lyrics and songs themselves. Nightwish has got to be the deepest, best, and darkest band of all time. And I love them. They have inspired me to write my own songs. My father says I'm absolutely amazing at song writing, saying I could compete with Tuomas at only age 12. Some of my songs are titled 'Crimson Moon', 'Black Memories', and 'Don't Go Back'. Very dark songs. Anyway, I love Nightwish to the bottom of my heart. They have been my favorite band for six years straight. I've never wavered. And I ...more
It's not just the lead singers, it's the whole package. Every member of the band is exceptional at what s/he does.
1. Jukka's drumming is really powerful and drives the energy of the music.
2. Emppu attacks those guitars in a really crisp rather than distorted way.
3. Marco plays some sick bass and his powerhouse voice is not only unique in a genre populated by growlers, it's an elemental force that is somehow capable of warm beauty in softer songs.
4. Anette's voice was melodic, lovely and dynamic, sometimes beautifully aggressive, other times soothing and motherly. Tarja's operatic soprano was unique with its dark, heavy timbre and capable of remarkable icy melancholy. On the early albums, she also sang with a full classical voice rather than the watered-down pseudo-classical vocals so many lead singers adopt in this genre. She was the real deal. Her powerful voice harmonized against itself also created a full choir effect where other bands needed to hire an actual ...more
Kamelot have been releasing exceptional albums for well over a decade, they don't rely on a backup tape the way other bands so often do, but rather play as much of the orchestrations as possible themselves live. When Kamelot perform live, they perform - they don't play bland repetitive crappy riffs while tip-toeing around a backup tape. Their lyrics, studio AND live, are crisp and clear, you don't have to pull out the lyrics sheet to know what is being said like you do with so many others. WT and Epica are both unreliable live, Anette was also very erratic live. Tarja was solid live, but you couldn't understand a word she said, so who cares if she's on key? Both Roy and Tommy enunciate properly and sound as good (sometimes better! ) live as they do in studio. No one else on this list can say that.
Kamelot has been the soul inspiration for many of the bands in the symphonic metal genre as a whole. They have beautiful, heavy, fast and powerful music and can cover a wide range of the desire people look for in the metal genre. Not to mention its made up of some of the best musicians you will ever find and probably the best singers in music HISTORY... Roy Khan and Tommy Karevik. They have wonderful lyrics in concept album themes that will tell beautiful stories of tragedy, love, and anger. They have Fast paced and intense Drum sections, incredible guitar tone coupled with great riffs and melodies, Powerful and epic orchestral backbones for their music. You just can't get any better then Kamelot.
They are great, I saw them live last year in Bologna and they have been wonderful, I saw them interact with fans and almost saw Tommy cry when some wonderful guys from the public threw him a big cloth with "BENVENUTO" (welcome) written on. They are a band wich, despite of the success they had, have stayed down_to_earth. I have always appreciated their intellectual honesty and the fact that they aren't showoff like others.
Then, the music! Kamelot's music is very peculiar, I haven't found anything like that. They're a band with a unique style, with complex songwriting and not just crazy-speed arpeggios, extremely high-pitched notes and showoff solos. And there aren't many singers capable of rendering the very soul of a song like Roy (before) and Tommy (after) do.
I must say that I was a big Nightwish fan and still I am, until I found Kamelot. It now have been 3-4 years and their songs are as fresh as they can be for me and not a week passes not listening to their songs. Their music gives me all the energies I need in harmonious proportions: power, cadence, sensibility, exaltation, rest, prayer, love, sorrow, communion with nature, human frailty, courage, soaring of my spirit. I do not have words to describe the state Kamelot gets me in. I found the Holy Grail! It was a tremendous wandering in search for it. It worth it. I finally have my rest!
While I love Kamelot, Nightwish and Within Temptation, I have to say that Epica is perfects the genre when it comes to calling it "metal. " The musicianship is absolutely excellent starting from "Design Your Universe" and is even more flawless with "Requiem for the Indifferent. "
Mark's compositions just become stronger and stronger with each record, and his voice improves. Simone has also improved her voice and expanded it to a rock/pop edge in addition to her operatic one. This way she can seamlessly go from each and decide to pick which is best for a song or certain part. The dialogue with the other members is amazing, and their live shows are amazing as well.
It's the balance between the symphonic and the heavy that is perfect, when it comes to both the vocals and the music. That is why Epica isn't too heavy or too soft, and the melodies and harmonies are perfect by the new album.
I think the quality that places "Epica" way ahead of all the other bands categorized under Symphonic Metal genre, is melody. Every single song composed by Epica is such a delight. You can feel the genius behind every melodic line and they haven't run out of ideas so far. One album after the other and the melodies get more and more beautiful and sublime. They are obviously familiar with indigenous music of different countries around the world and make use of them with perfect artistic vision and in a way that while being comprised of eclectic sounds and tunes, they sound just like what we want to hear when we say "Symphonic Metal". They truly represent the genre.
They are awesome... Every album and every song is a masterpiece. Their compositions and their lyrics are great and they are becoming better and better. Simone Simons has the greatest voice that I have ever heard (she has improved so much since the phantom agony) and Mark's grunts are great too. Also they have evolved through the years and every new record is better and heavier than the previous ones. I think that they can maintain the balance between symphonic music/operatic vocals and metal music/harsh vocals better than any other symphonic metal band. That can make them the definition of symphonic metal. One important thing is that they are really good live, they are great performers... And every time you say this is their best album/show ever they can't do anything better than this, they will surprise you with their next project... And you will never be dissapointed...
Epica, Nightwish and Within Temptation are all no. 1 for me, with Delain no. 2 but Epica get my vote here. All the bands have great compositions, and different things about them that make them great in their own ways, but what I really love about Epica is the way they write lyrics about really meaningful issues. The depth of feeling about the injustices they write about really come across in the music. True masterpieces created and performed by an awesome band!
Phenomenal musicianship, instrumentals and vocals. That goes without saying for every band on this list. They have the ability to go for a full orchestral sound or a full metal sound or amazingly ranged vocals/instruments or really tight vocals/instruments.
What makes Within Temptation unique and the best?
1. Every album is completely different. You can get folk/strings to a track in one album, a dance track backing to a track on the next album, and a rap collaboration track on the next album (and indeed we got that - and, incredibly for metal, all three worked really well).
2. They have actual songs. Most metal bands are great at producing symphonies but don't have tunes you can sing along to. Even Nightwish has one singable tune for every ten epic orchestrations. Within Temptation, however, achieve both pretty consistently.
3. Consistency. They recently released an album that was full of covers of popular songs, and every song on there was as good as the original. ...more
A lot of bands usually have the same vibe with every album and just a little addition to their sound, but Within Temptation are always unique with every album!
Sharon den Adel's voice is just absolutely angelic! Somewhere just makes me cry every time! A lot of vocalists also do not sound in their prime when live, but Sharon just kills it every time when they are live!
The Silent Force, in my opinion, is their best album. A lot of their songs are very nostalgic, plus paired up with Sharon's angelic voice just makes that album heavenly.
You just have to give Within Temptation credits for such beautiful and complex songwriting. Some remark that The Heart of Everything was commercially driven, but you can't deny that the lyrics are very meaningful! )
Within Temptation is the first Symphonic Metal/Rock band that I've discovered and definitely my absolute favorite! Within Temptation's sound varies from every album (but not straying away from the Symphonic ...more
Words seem inadequate to describe the effect Sharon den Adel's heavenly voice has on me. She is such a brilliant emoter of lyrics, the best I've heard. I'm a 50-something guy, and she brings tears with the passion and feeling that she pours into her singing - I adore her so much. WT as a band are brilliant, with strong songwriting (something else that Sharon contributes to as well). I love that each album experiments with styles, and that they don't stay stuck in one genre. From "Enter", which is raw, mystical and powerful and makes the hair stand on the back of your neck, to "Hydra" which is a great metal/rock triumph - I love it all! This band deserves to be known around the world, as they are the COMPLETE package and are fronted by the finest, classiest and most beautiful vocalist that I've heard and seen in my life!
Within Temptation were the masters of the symphonic rock genre. However as a paradox they have moved away from their symphonic roots and became more successful. Although I like their new sound I loved their old symphonic style better. Sharon is still an excellent vocalist but she sounded much better in the early days. I watched the Silent Force DVD recently and this is what it is all about, a band at the top of their game. Candles was awesome (Sharon's best live vocal performance in my opinion). Sharon just oozes class throughout the whole performance and I love the way she used to dress and dance. I realize a band needs to develop & grow to remain successful and it is never a good idea to go backwards but for me the old symphonic WT is what defines them.
Rhapsody of Fire is, in my opinion, the best power metal band. I love everything about them, the band members, the music and the lyrics are great and really tell a story. You can really dream away with Rhapsody of Fire's music and the live performances are amazing! Rhapsody of Fire is the best band I have ever heard!
The band's most iconic song tells of a man searching for the Emerald Sword, or as the singer says, the "Eee-mah-rehld Swaahrd". But the band IS the Emerald Sword. It IS perfection. The music IS the power to overcome any obstacle. It IS the key to peace of mind. I can say that at late nights doing homework I would be singing my heart out to this band. In my mind, it is one of the best metal bands ever.
They are a superb band! The best in my opinion! They can easily make songs which sound Epic, some others sound Merry, others are darker and more aggressive, and the ballads are wonderful. Not to mention the fact that their Sagas are both FANTASTIC! Superhuman singer, godly guitarrist, extremely brilliant Keyboard plyer! PERFECT!
THE best band of all time. Even before when they were just Rhapsody, they had the best concept albums ever, with an amazing mythical folklore epic story. Besides The Gorillaz I've never known a band to make an amazing long lasting story through their albums and make it sound amazing, check these guys out!
At first I thought Sirenia has too soft singer (Ailyn), however I found it amazing and now it is my second favourite Symphonic Metal band! Monika was wonderful but maybe not so good for this type of music and generally metal. An Elixir for Existence and At Sixes and Sevens is much heavier than The Enigma of Life or Nine Destinies and A Downfall. If you wanna hear the best of them, check out their latest album Perils of the Deep Blue (best of all). The Enigma of Life is their worst album but it is good if you want to hear something depressive and even dark.
At first I thought Sirenia is for girls because of soft voice Ailyn has, but when I heard other songs like Seven Widows Weep I changed my oppinion. For me, Nightwish is the best but I will give a chance to Sirenia. Sirenia is amazing!
Sirenia is amazing! All of their past singers have great voices as well as their new singer! I love this band. Even though they are more gothic metal
It is my most favorite metal band (better than Nightwish, Epica etc.). Especially Perils of the Deep Blue is a masterpiece! I love you Sirenia!
Pretty much my favourite band at the moment. A brilliant run of albums with the last three being genuine five star belters. Charlotte's vocals are strengthening and the whole band are at the top of their game. At the heart are set of consistently great songs. 2016's Moonbathers is top notch from start to finish but perhaps The Human Contradiction and We Are the Others are their best release, each asked with superb melody driven rock and metal mixing symphonic elements with thundering energy, but never overspilling into melodrama. Can't recommend them enough.
My favorite band of all time. They were my intro to the genre, and while Within Temptation and Nightwish are my 2 and 3, Delain takes it for me. Each of their albums have a different flavor, and Charlotte's voice is incredible. Adding Merel at guitar only makes them more versatile and better. A great band that I wish got more recognition.
I love every band here! Actually the ones I want tat the top are already there! So, I will give my vote to Delain, because I think they are amazing, and also quite a mature band, in the sense of what they write about! Charlotte is beautiful, and the melodies are both powerful and super melodic!
Very good band. Charlotte Wessel's vocal are amazing, the songs are very heavy but with enough atmosphere to make them one of my favorite symphonic metal bands.
Sonata has meant more to me than any other band for the past 7 years. Their personalities, their awesome music, inspiring lyrics and one of a kind attitude are the cause of that. I never saw any other band like them, and their uniqueness is what really makes them the top of the crop. Their shows are filled with humor, the frontman is an insane but oh so lovable maniac and all of them are masters in what they do, both on stage as on album. Every song they ever wrote has a story of its own, and the sweeping melody's and chilling guitarsolos in combination with Tony Kakko's versatile voice, makes me have no mercy for my 'repeat' button whenever sonata is playing!
This band is truly one of a kind. Whereas many other bands in this genre have some nice songs, Sonata Arctica always has something special. They have an incredible sense of melodies and harmonies that always stand out. Also, if you're searching for the very best ballads in metal: Sonata Arctica is where you will find them.
I love all these bands, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood for them, ya know? Not so with Nightwish or Sonata Arctica. Nightwish may or may not have treated their lead singers pretty crappily (depending on who you believe...), so, my vote goes to the non-drama-filled but always great Sonata Arctica.
What a band! All those five talent man in same band. You can feel their joy and willing to sing/ play when they are on the stage. And Tonys voice is something you can't tell using words. You understand when you listen it and see how he perform each song. Thank you Sonata Arctica! See you in Satama Open Air Kemi in August!
I absolutely love Therion, I never get bored with their amazing songs! I have seen them twice and they have blown me away. Plenty of singers and musicians have taken part of this awesome band and all of the albums have a unique style. The songs are not the same at all and they are extremely complex. They have so many flawless songs that I can't choose which ones to listen in a concert. I'd rather go and see a 10 hour live performance and listen to all of their songs.
Though they are hard to get into, Therion is one of those bands you can listen to for years and still hum in your head as you go to sleep. Some of the operatic elements in the album Secret of the Runes are simply stunning. The force of Theli is stunning. Every album has a unique style, and almost all of the songs are crazy awesome. Therion is to symphonic metal as Tolkien is to fantasy, simply the best. (If you have any doubts listen to: To Mega Therion, Vanaheim, Asgard, Enter Vril-Ya, Cults of the Shadow, and Uthark Runa)
Therion aren't only the founders of Symphonic Metal, their Innovative complex-structured albums are clearly a step above their brethren.
Lately the Symphonic genre has been plagued with mediocrity, generic keyboards, boring songs performed by hot singers.. Gives a really bad image to Symphonic and metal in general.
Best music organisation ever. Therion is not an ordinary band and should never be considered as such. For those who do not know therion you should listen to the albums Secret of the runes, Deggial and Lemuria. All 3 of them should leave you speechless...
Well, Nightfall in Middle Earth. Listen to it and you'll understand. Though they are somewhat symphonical, this album is deserves much higher places.
Blind Guardian is my favorite band. However I wouldn't put them on this list. They're mostly power metal.
They were mostly power metal. But they already released 2 awesome symphonic metal albums.
When I added them, they weren't even on this list, now they're at 16th! Hope they reach the top 10
What? How can these music geniuses be in such a low position? They are just GREAT!
If you know some music theory and can deal with fast and brutal groove then you realize this band is a rare one which makes these two worlds truly combine. not to palm mute on a simple 4th note in half of the song, not to make you predict the next instrument and scale, Heavy as the suns core and deep and glorious that melts your heart and drops your tears which makes you experience the heaviest and saddest climaxes.
They also have a great evolution, each album is better or either good and different from the one before, most fans favourite is The Great Mass which is so dark you can imagine a rain of dead bodies from the sky!
Fleshgod Apocalypse and Epica are also bands I think they deserve to be honored the best Symphonic Metal bands, too sad to see FA also in the 40's if this list. There's a problem if artists like this are so underrated...
Damn these guys are so underrated!
These guys are pure genius. They are artists
Probably the best symphonic death extreme metal in the planet.
Their music evokes ancient demon, brings ancient knowledge again to the high spot. Everything they do... Mythology, personal thoughts,
You can't find any bands better than septic flesh in symphonic metal!
Top! Just the great mass of nothingness behind.
Have their distinct sound in the symphonic metal scene, Floor is one of the best singers in symphonic metal and is used much better in this band than her current band: Nightwish (also an amazing band) Not to mention the instrumentation is phenomenal.
Thanks to their music I am able to type this message. Their music saved me in my darkest days. I am still sad that the no longer exist as a band, but thankfully the ex-members are still involved in the music business
It's difficult to chose one band and not select Delain, Within Temptation or a host of many others. But when it comes to putting out nothing but great quality albums, it's hard not to pick Sharon and the boys.
In my opinion After Forever is one of the best in this category, very powerful song performance and composition! Excellent!
Absolutely incredible band, progressive/poetic/demonic and HEAVY, songs are almost never shorter than five to six minutes, one song is over 20 minutes long and they have plenty of albums to submerge your time/life in. Great live, as well!
Do you guys/girls even know what Symphonic metal is? Come on! This is a genre specific list, not your all time favourites list. Learn the genre, then think twice about putting Opeth on the list.
Opeth is not a Symphonic Metal band. PLEASE! It's a fantastic band, one of the best metal bands of all the times, but it is not a symphonic metal band, I repeat.
Opeth is amazing! But I would classify more as progressive rather than symphonic
Emperor are mind blowing!
Fleshgod Apocalypse, particularly with their new album, is breathtakingly melodic and powerful.
Quite often, the music will give you the awe-inspring sensation of being flung forcefully through the air, with the force of the harsh vocals and the cry of the opera.
Definitely deserves to be at the top of the list, a definete presence of metal, with a opera presence clear
This is one of the most original and amazing bands to come out of a flooded generic everybody sounds the same genre.
This is the symho death band we need.
Lol why is FGA so low
The first and best singer of female fronted metal with an amazing band mixing gothic, symphonic, folk and some of the most incredible melodies and vocals you will ever hear. All hail Leaves Eyes and the goddess of metal Liv Kristine
Whenever I'm listening to a symphonic metal playlist and there is a song I really like, I check the band's name. It usually is Leaves' Eyes.
One of my all time favorite bands! Listen to their albums lovelorn & vinland saga! They have a really cool dvd too. their latest album is also pretty good.
Would be a great band if one of their sings stopped grunting and growling all the time.
If you could listen to only one song from this band, I'd recommend Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse. Pay attention to piano their solos. Even better, find a live version with an orchestra on YouTube.
Absolutely my favorite satanic melodic metal band.
The way they incorporate their message through metal with hints of classical is truly exciting in a way no other band has commanded
Their compositions are complex yet beautiful and the overall sound is just epic.
Gateways is a masterpiece, so is Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse.
Talented musicians who meld visceral metal rhythms with majestic orchestration and operatic vocals. They're music has evolved with their last three albums, possibly a staple for what the genre is supposed to represent; art. Whilst Nightwish will be forever the flagbearer, Xandria is becoming a more versatile band able to deliver incredible music.
"I am a xandria fan, I have never seen or heard anything like this! Save my life is quite possibly one of the most emotionally intense things I have ever witnessed before in my entire life EVER! I love this band, and Diane van Giersbergen is NO doubt one of the most awesome female performers I have ever seen or heard in my entire life! Lisa is also awesome, and extreemly emotionally powerful! Save my Life makes me cry! I am currently seriously considering starting my own band and I can honestly say that Xandria is beyond a shadow of a doubt one of the most important inspirations in my life ever! I love you Xandria! "
Xandria phenomenal, but very sadly underrated. Neverworld's End is just absolutely amazing. Manuela's dark and haunting voice will send you shivers down your spine.
Now, Sacrificium. The real deal. It's one of those albums that just give the definition of Symphonic Metal. Dianne's amazing vocals just stuns me! It's such a great album with a lot of songs also giving a nostalgic vibe. Nightfall and Until the End just kills this album!
A few bands are able to balance classical and rock elements, and Xandria is definitely one of them.
SO UNDERRATED! T_T
Xandria with the Diane Van are so impressive. Her voice is so deep and epic. She is one of the rare dramatic sopranos in the world. Their music is really good too in Scarifisium my favorite is Star Dust and Dream Keeper. Very good solos and good drums work all over the LP. I saw them live in Joliet, IL. as an opening bad for Sonata Arctica and Delain, which were both very awesome, but still Xandria songs were much better for me and resonated with me after the concert. I felt they should have opened for Xandria getting more of their time live. Check them out they well deserve it.
Avantasia is my favourite ''Symphonic Metal'' Band for on reason. Tobias Sammet! I seen an Edguy show in Quebec City ten years ago. Only a few hundred people were attending to it... But wow, he gained the crowd in a minute, he<s an ultimate frontman and an incredible vocal talent... He remembers me a guy, Bruce Dickinson! So when I saw the name Avantasia on the 2013 Bill of the Festival d ete de Quebec, I bought my pass and I seen a powerful performance by stars as Tobi, Sommerville, Kiske and many others... Go to an Avantasia show and I can assure you all, you will vote for Avantasia!
Tobias Sammet's ability to bring the perfect voices to the right songs and never put out a stale album is amazing. From The Metal Opera I to The Mystery of Time Avantasia's ability to haunt you with one sang and then bang your head with the next is brilliant and displays the creative force of Sammet who never lets things get out of control or get stagnant.
Avantasia made "The Scarecrow", in my opinion the best song ever made, powerful, beautiful, melodic, great lyrics, awesome and unique voices, it has everything a song need to be perfect!
I love The Mystery of Time, especially tracks within it such as 'Sleepwalking', 'Black Orchid' and 'Invoke the Machine'. Every song has it's own epic riff and hook. Love it!
Honestly, Haggard may be one of the most under-rated bands I've seen. Yes, there are bands like Epica, Nightwish, WT, Avantasia and Therion which have awesome Symphonic Metal songs, but this band seems really different to me! They have a blend of classical, real classical musics mixed with growling and amazing vocals. I've searched for bands similar to them, and failed to find any.
Every single song is a masterpiece and it really saddens me seeing that this band got only 1%!
To get a quick idea, check Awaking the Centuries, you won't regret it!
I genuinely have no idea how Haggard is not popular. So few people know about them that it is saddening. Eppur Si Muove is probably my favorite album of all time. They easily blow every single band in the top ten out of the water. They put on amazing performances and they are one of the most unique bands I've ever listened to. 10/10, I've had their albums since 2009 and for 5+ years I've seen symphonic metal completely different since then.
Haggard is from another world, there is not one symphonic metal band like them, closest I can get is Therion but not even then... Haggard really blends classical with metal, I totally love it and I wish they would release a new album but they haven't in a long time because is extremely fantastic.
Haggard is one of the most original bands in world, pure music and classic forms and instruments, right usage of every instrument and no effects, real strings even live, brightness and darkness. also enjoyable and also develops your brain like classic music! Epica and WT also deserve to be 1
I know that despite being a symphonic metal one it also falls on the progressive category. But they must be within the top 5 in this list for their musical arrangements, flying guitar licks, awesome progressive drumming and above all their awesome soothing sound quality of recording. I will be pleased to get caught myself and imprisoned at the DUNGEON until death.
Symphony X are a brilliant band, combining symphonic & progressive metal. I find it hard to believe that Cradle Of Filth would be rated a better symphonic band than Symphony X (for two reasons - 1, C.O. F isn't symphonic, and 2, Symphony X is a better band, regardless of genre pigeon-holeing.
Symphony X is very good, but I would not call them Symphonic, more of a Neo-Classical vibe to me. I am not putting them down, they are amazing. Paradise Lost is a Masterpiece. Revelation (Divus Pennae Ex Tragoedia) is one of the best pieces of music that has come out in the last 20 years.
Recently (in the past year) found this band. When I think of all the years I missed not listening to their music, it kills me. At least I found them before I died.
Jen is tremendous
One of the best new Symphonic Metal groups of 2016
İn future we will hear them a lot
My father has been following Stratovarius from the 80's, so when I was born, I wasn't given much choice. If I recall correctly, I was only 2-years old when I attended my first Stratovarius live event. My father just decided in cold blood that I will follow them. I don't even dare to think about what would have happened if I would have started to follow Eminem for example.
The real following of Stratovarius started maybe five or six years ago for me. As I said, Stratovarius has been my favorite since I was a little boy, but that wasn't the same at all compared to today. Stratovarius has changed to love and passion. Despite my young age, I have been following Stratovarius for quite a long time, but year after year my interest and love for the band is only getting stronger. You can say, that Stratovarius is a big part of my life, for which I can't live without, and don't even want to live without.
My favorite band of all time! They are the musical love of my life. With Stratovarius I really learnt to love metal, they defined my musical tastes in the long run. They are the fathers of the most of the bands listed here, they defined the symphonic-power metal genre as we know it nowadays, they deserve the #1
... Just like to hear Stratovarius a lot - what more do I need to say?!? This is reason enough to vote for the band. It has been shining, then surviving and later developing during time.
Just the best. I can't describe exactly how I feel when I listen to Stratovarius, but I'm sure that I can't live a day without them. The best Power and Symphinc metal band of all time!
There's no equal to Cradle of Filth in composition and lyrics as well!
Early Cradle is devilish poetry beyond compare. A must listen-to band.
Some of listed bands isn't Black Metal. So COF is best in this list
Cradle Of Filth are Gothic/Symphonic Black Metal, not a pure Symphonic Metal.