Best Symphonic / Power Metal Bands
The Top Ten
They are ultimately a symphonic metal band, but their music is so diverse they have a song for just about every emotion. Incredible songwriting from Tuomas and simply amazing live shows, especially since Floor joined.
Second place? Seriously? Nightwish should be first! I really love Sonata Arctica too but Nightwish is my best! - CenturyChild
Needless to say, this Finnish band has been a major icon in the world of symphonic metal for quite some time.
Tuomas Holopainen is the best thing to happen to music since Stephen Sondheim! The music of Nightwish is written with such attention to detail, and the lyrics are so moving, I guarantee that they will shake you to your core...in a good way! If you have not tried out this band yet and are thinking about doing so from this top 10, stop reading and go to YouTube and look them up. I'm serious! Do it now! Go!V 10 Comments
Rhapsody, Rhapsody of Fire, Luca Turilli, Luca Turilli's Dreamquest, Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, Thundercross... These are all names of separate bands technically speaking.. But they all revolve around Italians Luca Turilli and/or Alex Staropoli. Talented Italian musicians who focus on technical compositions and symphonic interludes, rather than lyrics or instrumental talent.
The spearhead of rhapsodic metal!
One of the best ones but the best one in the symphonic power metal genre.
They are the best. Just listen Emerald Sword.V 3 Comments
With their new - Beyond The Red Mirror album they stormed the rightful throne in the genre and showed amazing performance during the 2015 Europe tour. It was the best show (Warsaw) I've been to and I hope not last... ;) Songs like Sacred Worlds, Wheel of Time, The Ninth Wave, Prophecies, At The Edge of Time, The Holy Grail and The Throne represent power/symphonic metal from their very best side. May their music reign eternally the hearts and minds of those who wish to listen to the Bards.
All other Symphonic power metal bands are cute, but when you listen to "Sacred Worlds", you have no doubt who is the best.
One of the best bands in the world.
'Sacred Worlds' is #1 but 'Wheel Of Time' is awesome, too! And I just listened to their new 2015 album - amazing pure symphonic metal! I loved all songs but some of them stand out - 'The Ninth Wave', 'The Holy Grail', 'The Throne'. This album is so perfect and impressive that sends Blind Guardian right to the throne up there with a huge crown! Blind Guardian are already THE BEST in this business, too (symphonic metal). - Metal_TreasureV 1 Comment
Regal symphonic power metal complete with top notch songwriting, expert musicianship, and otherworldly vocals.
This band should be number 1 on this list! The Rhapsody guys should learn a few things from Kamelot! - Raya
Best band to ever walk the earthV 2 Comments
Despite all the hate this UK band receives.. None can deny its epicness. Most of the haters are people who prefer thrash metal and are simply jealous that Herman Li can play faster than them.. A lot of hate also came from their Inhuman Rampage tour, in which the technicians messed up the tuning and the whole tour was a disaster. Many rumors spurred from that tour which questioned Dragonforces ability to play their studio music as fast live.
Those rumors were quick to diminish after they performed live and instrumentally played perfectly.. The singer ZP Theart though was blamed for having a terrible voice... Which is why as an executive decision he was asked to leave the band and make way for a new singer!
This is the best band ever, I just fell in love with it for the first time I have heard it. They work so hard and talented musicians, I wish this band was on way on the top of the list :( they deserve much more love
The name is wrong: it's DragonForce. Also this is the best band of all time. No competition. All hail Herman Li.
There was really only symphonic stuff on their debut. - Caleb9000V 1 Comment
Another Finnish band... Their old music has been praised by power metal artists around the world. Their new music is less "power metal" and more 'rocky', but still SA is a fantastic example of a great metal band.
The greatest power metal band. The best album for me is "The Days of Grays".
Excellent band. Not corny like most generic power metal bands. I love how they progress as a band and go a little bit torwards the progressive side, all of their albums and songs are gold. Best Metal band ever.
The best band for me are only Sonata Arctica FOREVER...V 1 Comment
Slightly more prog metal than power metal, but with songs such as "The Odyssey" and "The Divine Wings of Tragedy", this band definitely deserves a spot on this list.
Another Finnish band.. Listening to these guys just makes you want to grab a beer.
Even though I am not a big fan of female-fronted metal bands I feel that this band should be higher than #25 - I think they deserve a spot in the top 10. - Metal_TreasureV 1 Comment
Yet another band from Finland.. These guys influenced many power metal artists worldwide and have been around for a very long time.
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awesome band.. Just listen and enjoy! Also check out demon and wizards. They are a combination of blind guardian singing, and iced earth playing riffs. I can't figure out my favorite, cause I love em all
A very intricate Brazilian band that plays very technical music and includes a vast amount of symphonic interludes and other obscure snippets of music in the midst of their songs.
Such powerful and strong songs. I just love every song of them!V 1 Comment
I am just addicted to Tobi's voice! I love both Edguy and Avantasia!
I'm just addicted to Tobi's voice! Avantasia and Edguy are the best!
A band with wonderful compositions and brilliant technical skill.
I fell in love with this band when I first listened to their song "The Dark Moor" and "Night of The Age". Now I have all their albums.
When I first heard them I fell in love with their music and that still hasn't changedV 2 Comments
Within temptation music is very melodius with very strong lyric. I think this group will be one of the best gothic metal band ever
One of my favourite bands of all time, so diverse and always very melodious
Dragonland's songs good to hear, this my list
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List StatsUpdated 19 Aug 2017
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