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.
Needless to say, this Finnish band has been a major icon in the world of symphonic metal for quite some time.
Second place? Seriously? Nightwish should be first! I really love Sonata Arctica too but Nightwish is my best! - CenturyChild
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!
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.
Simply the best band of power/symphonic metal of the world
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
This band should be number 1 on this list! The Rhapsody guys should learn a few things from Kamelot! - Raya
Regal symphonic power metal complete with top notch songwriting, expert musicianship, and otherworldly vocals.
Best band to ever walk the earth
Kamelot is just the most awesome band ever. No matter wether you listen to Tommy Karevik or Roy Khan, you will autommatically love it. I think it deserves the first position as it has been releasing outstanding albums along their whole life, and they haven't gained their fame just due to one good album. This band was the one who made me fall in love with prog/symph/power metal so they deserve all the recognition a band in this gender can have.
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
The best metal band ever!
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.
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_Treasure
I love this band!
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
Let the Storm decend upon you, let Avantasia into your life
Avantasia is such an amazing project. They have been one of my favourite bands for a while now.
Not only are they good musicians and Tobias is a great songwriter, but the way the include guest musicians into most of their songs just makes them even better. Although, the core sound remains the same throughout most of of their work, the way they use their guests gives all songs and albums a unique feeling.
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!
This is the best band, yeah
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 changed
When you listen to some songs of Dark Moor you get an "eargasm"
Are you kidding me? This band stands alone for symphonic metal. Period. The closest to them is Delain. Sharon den Adel is amazing, as good as Amy Lee with better songs.
Within temptation music is very melodius with very strong lyric. I think this group will be one of the best gothic metal band ever
Without Rainbow, none of these bands would exist
The true metal epicness started here: Stargazer, Gates Of Babylon, A Light In The Black.
Difficult To Cure (a metal instrumental, which is a Beethoven cover, Ode To Joy).
It's an AWESOME Beethoven interpretation - Beethoven just went heavy metal! And you will get that symphonic metal feel. - Metal_Treasure
Straight up symphonic metal
Definition of symphonic power metal. UNICORNS RULE
Best on the list
Absolutely epic! Can't wait for Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex! ALL HAIL ANGUS MCFIFE XIII!
Dragonland hooked me into Symphonic Power Metal. Comprehensive and atmospheric with progressive elements that add to their powerful symphonic creations. They will always be #1 with me.
One of my favourite bands of all time, so diverse and always very melodious
Dragonland's songs good to hear, this my list
They don't have symphonic elements in their music. - Metal_Treasure
Great song from versailles especially to hizaki and teru. you're amazing
Trust me.. They performed live better that studio recording..
I was very surprised not to find this band on the list, maybe not at the top but still. If you don't know this guys, you should really check them out. Starter Pack : firebird, two hundreds men, secret door ( lyrics are strong with this one. ), and much more to discover if you're willing to. No pressure, just sharing something I consider very special.
This band is so underrated! Their songs are awesome and so is their theme.
Completely underrated austrian band with very good symphonic elements
The best ever
I can't believe these guys are not on the list. My three favorite Power metal bands are Dragonforce, Falconer and in Third is Twilight-Force. In Europe, Twilight Force opens for Sabaton, a headlining act. In the states we get Sabaton opening for Trivium? What's with that?... It's lame
The best for Christmas songs. and they sound like dream theater at times.
Some of the smartest lyrics I have heard, totally different Vocals from a London trained stage performer. Every Album with Mathias Blad is awesome
If Cradle of filth ever gets added to this list. I hope it gets deserted. This band has everything. Symphony, screams, powerful lyrics and thumping riffs. Needs to be at number 2.
This music is full of talent, unlike rivals Cradle of Filth which ruin symphonic black metal with stupid banshee shrieks.
Rock hard metal from the heart of Sweden, driving riffs and the solos are most of the time very blistering, that uses shredding quite a bit, definitely up there
This is the Mother of them all
Truly the Keeper of the seven keys, to what?
'Heavy Metal Hamster"
They should be in top 5
Just listen to them
Simply the best
It's not power metal at all.. And it's not even Symphonic Metal... But when the poll circled around, almost everyone asked "Does Dream Theater count? Can I include this band? "...
Because of it's popularity and absolutely brilliant technicality, it deserves a spot on this list, despite its genre.
Prog rock/metal. Not power/symphonic metal. - zxm
Why would someone make a stupid comment like add dream theater to this list is like adding MJ, Dream Theater is in the same genre, the right comparison would be adding Metallica to the list.
No, DT don't belong and their general popularity outside power/symphonic metal can't be a reason. Somebody may insist on including Michael Jackson, too. He's even more popular than DT, haha. - Metal_Treasure
Great band but they are not symphonic / power metal and I am surprised to see them on this list. - Metal_Treasure
Iron maiden is the best
Iron Maiden is simply the one of the best bands ever, the music, the vocals and the lyrics all come together in a blast of awesomeness^^
Not sure but don't think they're power/symphonic metal band. - zxm
They aren't a metal band. - Metal_Treasure
Pure symphonic power metal. Check out their song Heart Of Battle, 2010. - Metal_Treasure
Check out their metal covers of Vivaldi's Summer and Beethoven's 5th. Amazing. - Metal_Treasure