Best Symphonic Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Nightwish Nightwish Nightwish 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. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, ...read 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

They were great with Tarja and also are great with Anette. It's not really about the singer - this band has such great arrangements and big symphonic sound that it blows you away.

Nightwish is my favorite band and I will always love them first but when I die I will be buried with their music records I have purchased will be with me forever, to be with me in spirit and be a good friend to the plants and animals. They make me feel so spiritual and that's what really is awesome!

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?

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2 Kamelot Kamelot Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced ...read more.

Roy Khan is better than Tarja in my opinion his deep voice gives me goosebumps especially on Poetry For The Poisoned. Plus they are more reliable to put out good albums than Nightwish even after Roy's departure

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's music = ART!
My favourite band. So many wonderful elements - classic, oriental, heavy - so many emotions. Almost everything is a masterpiece to hear.
Every time I listen to them, I really feel like I'm into a fantastic new world.
Khan's voice is without a question a wonderful one, and he hits the notes so awesomely. But non the less there is Tommy, which isn't there to prove, he can sing. No, he really sings the songs with the emotions the song bring, and fits his voice to the song. That's what I call real artists and musicians.

Best band ever. Since that moment in which I heard "Wings of Despair" at random in YouTube, I fell in love with the band and with every single album they released.

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3 Within Temptation Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.

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

Objectively the best vocals out of any bands on this list.

Hydra was the first album I heard from Within Temptation. I can't believe I had never heard of them before this. They are such a great band musically and vocally. Perhaps it's because they are Dutch and the US & UK media are only interested in throwaway plastic pop.
I now have all their albums and can quite honestly say there is not one track of theirs I dislike. Yes some songs are better than others but all are good. There has been a lot of debate that Within Temptation are not as good now as when they started and that they have become more commercial. So let me give my perspective as a new fan. I agree that their sound is more commercial now but this is just a sign that the band is developing and maturing otherwise they would just get stale. Lets hail Within Temptation for what they are, a fantastic band who can write & perform many different styles of music. Sharon den Adel sounds great singing in any style and has got to be considered one of the best female vocalists of all ...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

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4 Epica Epica Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever.

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.

They never stop improving their musical skills.

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...

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.

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5 Rhapsody of Fire Rhapsody of Fire Rhapsody of Fire is an Italian symphonic power metal band created by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, widely seen as a pioneer of the symphonic power metal subgenre.

Best metal band ever!

My favorite metal power band! It really makes me fly!

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!

Wonderful songs.

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6 Sirenia

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.

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!

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

I like Nightwish better but Sirenia is amazing. Definitely my second favorite band.

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7 Delain

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.

Great voices, afination, inteligent music.

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!

My Favorite ever.

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8 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

What? How can these music geniuses be in such a low position? They are just GREAT!

I Think, Blind Guardian has to place in Top 10!

When I added them, they weren't even on this list, now they're at 16th! Hope they reach the top 10 - RalphSaad

This band DESERVES to be in the Top 10!

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9 Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal.

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.

Very good band... They have a great symphonic keyboard music... Especially in the songs paid in full and blacksheep

SA is the first group I've heard in symphonic metal and the first I see in concert. It's my favourite group and I try to the group will discover. (I'm French so sorry for my bad English)

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10 Therion Therion Therion is a Swedish symphonic metal band founded by Christofer Johnsson in 1987. Its name was inspired by the Celtic Frost album To Mega Therion.

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.

I've listened a lot the other bands on this list, and as good as many of them are, there is still a huge gap between Therion and the other bands.

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11 Dimmu Borgir Dimmu Borgir Dimmu 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.

Their compositions are complex yet beautiful and the overall sound is just epic.

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.

Gateways is a masterpiece, so is Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse.

WHAT? SECOND LAST? NEEDS TO BE WAY AHEAD OF CRAFLE OF STUPID DANI FILTH BANSHEE SCREAMING LITERAL FILTH.

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12 Septicflesh Septicflesh

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!

Listen to their album " A GREAT MASS OF DEATH", they are pure amazing.

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13 After Forever

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.

Only Floor Jansen is the best!

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14 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.

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.

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!

Opeth is amazing! But I would classify more as progressive rather than symphonic - Jukass

Opeth is awesome and precised but NOT symphonic!

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15 Fleshgod Apocalypse Fleshgod Apocalypse Fleshgod Apocalypse is an Italian death metal band. Formed in 2007, the group resides in Perugia and are currently signed to Willowtip Records and Nuclear Blast. The band is known for their fusion of metal with technical death metal.

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

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16 Leaves' Eyes Leaves' Eyes Leaves' Eyes is a German-Norwegian symphonic metal band from Stavanger, Norway and Ludwigsburg, Germany.

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.

Before Liv Kristine was in Leaves' Eyes, she was the lead for Theater of Tragedy.

After Tarja left Nightwish, these guys became my favorite band.

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17 Xandria Xandria Xandria is a German symphonic metal band, founded by Marco Heubaum in 1997. The band's music combines elements of symphonic metal with light electronic elements.

"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! "

AMAZING new album Sacrifisium! Listen to it people, it is just perfect. Reminds me of the times when Nightwish and Within temptation were at their best. New singer has really beautiful and still powerful voice. It gives me goosebumps. I think that at the moment Xandria is totally in top 5 bands in the genre.

Just stumbled into this band and very very very few bands can hook me in as hard as this one did. I have a short list of symphonic metal groups I can listen to regardless of mood. the other ones being within temptation, lacuna coil, and nightwish. that being said I am surprised they are not higher up this list.

Killer band, all they need is some keyboards in the band and they would be EPIC!

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18 Avantasia Avantasia Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy.

The best
simply

What’s not to love? Tobias Sammet is an amazing singer and the music is beautiful! One of my all time favorite bands

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.

Listen to "The Seven Angels"!

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

Emperor are mind blowing!

20 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.
21 Haggard

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.

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!

Haggard is the best forget the rest!

Haggard.. First time I heard them I was thinking, what am I listening to, now its easily my favorite band. Its somewhere between Epica and Opeth, only with a stronger classical/medieval influence, its very well done and quite original.

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22 Symphony X Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

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.

Makes no sense to have Symphony x below bands like Cradle of Filth when it comes to symphonic metal. I agree that they should be in a top 5 at least

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.

It's a good metal band, I think it's more simple and more classic than dream theater

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23 Thy Majestie Thy Majestie Thy Majestie is an Italian power metal band that formed in 1999. Their music is typically cinematic, epic, symphonic, progressive and darker than typical power metal with symphonic influences.
24 Beyond the Black Beyond the Black Beyond the Black is a German symphonic metal band from Mannheim originally consisting of Jennifer Haben (vocals), Nils Lesser (guitar), Christopher Hummels (guitar, vocals), Tobias Derer (drums), Erwin Schmidt (bass) and Michael Hauser (keyboard). As of August 2016, the members parted ways, with Haben ...read more.

Jen is tremendous

One of the best new Symphonic Metal groups of 2016
İn future we will hear them a lot

25 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Trans-Siberian Orchestra Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an American progressive rock band founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team.

Yes yes definitely yes!

Absolutely incredible in concert!

The Second best Symphonic metal band ever! Secomd only to Haggard

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

They deserve to be in the top 5. Way better than most on this list. - SirSkeletorThe3rd

They deserve a way better place on this list.

27 Stratovarius Stratovarius Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released 16 studio albums, 4 DVD and 3 live albums.

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.

This is for me the end-all symphonic metal I've heard and no other band comes close. Check out the album Elysium.

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29 Theocracy Theocracy Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia.

It's nice to have a metal band with a positive message for a change. Matt Smith created an amazing band - at first singlehandedly. This a sort of opeth meets rhapsody of fire direction with Christian lyrics.

Excellent band with very well written songs and lyrics.

30 Cradle of Filth Cradle of Filth Cradle 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.

Cradle Of Filth are Gothic/Symphonic Black Metal, not a pure Symphonic Metal. - GREYBOYY

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

There's no equal to Cradle of Filth in composition and lyrics as well!

31 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

Great band, with some thoughtful lyrics. Especially songs like Panic Attack which I relate to.

Deserves to be here but am more Soundtrack and Progressive

This the best band ever
this is something we can't ignore

32 Fairyland Fairyland Fairyland is a symphonic power metal band from France created in 1998 by songwriters Philippe Giordana and Willdric Lievin in 1998.

There's something about their music that makes it really special. I can't really describe it but it's something I was looking for for a long time and now I just can't get enough!

The Fairyland's album Of Wars In Osyrhia is in my view one of the best albums of metal. The music is immensely intricate but at the same time very good and so the impression of it is great! I can recommend to all metal fans.

I like this band, it is special and their music is beautiful.

Quite underrated band. - zxm

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Grande luca turilli mitico

34 Lacuna Coil Lacuna Coil Lacuna Coil is an Italian metal band from Milan. Since their formation in 1994, the group has had two name changes, being previously known as Sleep of Right and Ethereal.

Though Lacuna Coil isn't exactly a symphonic metal band, they deserve a higher rank because of their unique style consisting of powerful riffs and beautiful melodies.
Last but not least there is that amazing singer-duo Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro, which manages to give every single song something special.

I'm surprised this group is not on here already. I think that they continue to produce really great songs with strong guitar riffs and great vocals from Cristina. I love love love Lacuna Coil.

Good band, but why are they on a 'Symphonic Bands' list? Because they use a little bit of synth/keyboard? Just no.

I am not a hardcore fun but simply a supporter of the band. I believe that their new killer album Delirium will finally make me fan!

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35 Lorenguard

Impressive indy new comers to the scene, the 2011 debut album "Eve of Corruption" is still chugging along picking up new fans by the hundreds. With Lorenguard preparing to begin work on their second album and novel, these guys are shaping up to be a force to be reckoned with in a new age of American Metal.

Excellently composed power metal from the midwest United States - typically a barren wasteland for good metal in general, let alone metal with fantasy themes and symphonic soundscapes. These guys have songwriting chops that can compete with some of the most popular power metal acts of today. These guys are a very rare treat that no one should miss.

Lorenguard is the musical embodiment of magic, myth, and adventure, fully realized in sweeping symphonic metal that will keep you invested through their entire album... And then through it again and again. I am definitely excited to hear the next chapter in their melodious journey!

Really just a fantastic New breath of fresh air. If there is a New band you need to listen to its this. one

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36 Amberian Dawn

Great band. With some catchy songs like Court of Mirror Hall, or Cherish My Memory, and other such ( other good songs include Dragonflies, Fame and Gloria, and River Of Tuoni).

It's a crime to rank Amberian Dawn so low. They are a Top 10 contender!

So underrated.. , great band. !

37 Turisas Turisas Turisas is a Finnish metal band from Hämeenlinna. They were founded in 1997 by Mathias Nygård and Jussi Wickström, and named after an ancient Finnish God of war.

The more you listen the more you hear. Turisas goes beyond simple metal. Layers of melody crafted with an ever growing artistic vision. Andwway to much gleam rock thrown in to make every one think twice before buying

38 Versailles

Versailles is a group that has been through lots of difficulties, and went on hiatus after five years of great works, with four albums. Most of their songs are not in English, but they have so many great songs. I think everyone who likes symphonic metal should give them a chance and try to listen to songs like The red carpet day, God Palace, Destiny -the lovers-, Flowery, or Aristocrat's Symphony.

Simply amazing on every level. The stage show and look. The technical playing. The concerto style compositions. They are beauty on every level.

After seeing live performances on YouTube of songsl like Princess, I was hooked. The lead singer's voice is hard to get into, but the musicianship is superb. I love Hizaki's and Teru's twin leads. Fantastic music!

Great concept, great songs, everything's perfect.

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39 Tristania

They are not really a symphonic metal band, they are gothic metal. - Diplomate

This is a whole new level of orchestral metal. I think Tristania should be on top of the list. Harsh vocals and Vibke's voice is just the perfect blend and do concentrate on the keyboards and drums, amazing coordination. If you haven't heard the band, you're missing something.

The only drawback is that they changed they're line up. Angina from the album Beyond the veil is the song you really should listen to.

One of the best if not the best. Their music defines the genre.

They should be on top.

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40 Ayreon Ayreon

Do you like concept albums? If even a little, you have to listen to Ayreon.

These guys are philosophers and musicians.

Simply one of the best prog/symphonic metal opera artists of all time - Arjen Anthony Lucassen's genius and the talents of many a great musicians and singers along for every project he does.

Arjen is BRILLIANT

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41 Wintersun Wintersun Wintersun is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland and was originally created by guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, songwriter and vocalist Jari Mäenpää as a side project to folk metal band Ensiferum for whom he was lead singer and guitarist.

Best band ever

You WILL listen to their (currently only 2) albums NON-STOP. If you like fast, heavy and symphonic metal about dying in the dark, cold, unforgiving winter or if your just looking for something to please your musical soul, you can't go wrong with these guys.

Time I is one of the most awe-inspiring symphonic/progressive/power metal albums ever recorded. Hands down.

Just listen Time I

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42 Immortal Immortal Immortal is a black metal band from Bergen, Norway, founded in 1990 by frontman and guitarist Abbath Doom Occulta and former guitarist Demonaz Doom Occulta.
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45 Serenity

Their music is awesome and their theme is cool.

How are they not higher

The most underrated band of all times. I love those enchanting medieval atmospheres that only the guys and gal from Serenity can deliver.

46 Apocalyptica Apocalyptica Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén.

4 electric Cellos covering Metallica and then branching out into their own unique style, they occupy a niche that few can rival

This band is amazing and it's such a shame it's not better known, because their music is the best.

Melhor banda!

47 Dark Moor

They have not particular keyboardist but they combine power metal with great orchestral arrangements. Enrick garcia is guitar god. Elisa martin and romero both are great vocalist. Best symphonic metal band. Kamelot should be second. Nightwish was great upto 2001.

First-class melodic and epic

48 Angra

Angre is the best, top of mind, masters of masters, wonderful band.

Angra and Nightwish are the best, just listen to whatever song and fall in love.

I'm surprised Angra is so low on this ranking. They're amazing, powerful music!

Best Brazilian band ever, they have a great melody

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50 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Not metal. - Diplomate

My all-time favourite band along with Lacuna Coil. They definitely have symphonic elements - violin, piano, orchestras, choirs, are used in their songs. And we also must mention Synthesis, which is a perfect symphonnic rock album - GeorgiPeev03

Amy Lee has an amazing voice capable of very low and very high notes and she always sounds great! And she can play the piano and the harp! Her songs can appeal to every emotion a human could feel.

They must be higher! No singer of any band is able to complete with Amy Lee... Evanescence is just the best band of all time. Go listen to Lost in paradise and you'll see what I talk about

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