Best Symphonic / Power Metal Bands

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.

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.

Been watching since I was 6

seen many more bands but they are still number 1

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2 Rhapsody / Luca Turilli

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.

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3 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 more.

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_Treasure

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4 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 more.

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 earth

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5 Dragonforce Dragonforce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

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. - Caleb9000

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6 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.

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...

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7 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.

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.

8 Ensiferum Ensiferum

Another Finnish band.. Listening to these guys just makes you want to grab a beer.

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

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_Treasure

I love this band!

10 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.

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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The Contenders

11 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

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

12 Angra

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!

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13 Avantasia Avantasia Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy.
14 Theocracy Theocracy Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens, Georgia.
15 Edguy Edguy

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!

16 Primal Fear Primal Fear Primal Fear are a German metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner. They play heavy metal, power metal and speed metal. Primal Fear remind of Judas Priest but Primal Fear are faster and heavier. They use twin (dual) lead guitars. Ralf Scheepers voice reminds of Rob Halford.
17 Dark Moor

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 changed

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18 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.

Within temptation music is very melodius with very strong lyric. I think this group will be one of the best gothic metal band ever

19 Dragonland

One of my favourite bands of all time, so diverse and always very melodious

Dragonland's songs good to hear, this my list
1. Stratovarius
2. Angra
3. Dragonland

20 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.

Straight up symphonic metal

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