Best Symphonic Black Metal Bands
The Top Ten
Sebastian Bach of black metal
Known as the creators of symphonic black metal, listed to their first album, it's got all their best stuff on it.
In the Nightside Eclipse is more than just a masterpiece. It is a landmark of human accomplishment, it's the musical equivalent of the construction of the pyramids, the Great Wall, the moon landing etc.
Emperor is the EMPEROR
They have some good symphonic black metal songs
I don't care about what's considered too commercial. I appreciate quality production that talent warrants. I listen to all types of music and dimmu borgir is easily in my top ten of all genres not just black metal or metal in general for that matter.
I'd say 2-3 is a good spot for them. Elitists hate them with every fiber in them because they are too popular. I think they are great, and popularity should be a good thing.
Black metal is all about "no rules," but if a band doesn't follow a bunch of strict rules! They are considered posers. Dimmu Borgir is just hated cause they have good production and are symphonic. That's just stupid ino - ryanrimmel
Dimmu Borgir just...the best!
Carach Angren is one of the best black metal, and one of the best metal bands I have ever heard. They are simply amazing! The epic symphonies, the killer guitars, and the haunting vocals just make Carach Angren amazing. Seregor's vocals is one of the most unique black metal vocals ever, he sounds like he's possessed (by black metal). All of their albums are amazing stories. I honestly cannot wait for their new album "Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten" to come out! - SirSkeletorThe3rd
They know how to create atmosphere and captivate with their melodies... - Ananya
This band has everything. Extremely talented vocals, perfect instruments, well written lyrics, and the perfect level of symphony.
The band that has the most "symphonic" elements...
The least of the favoured in my opinion, they aren't really black metal but you should listen to their first 5 albums, they were the best.
The reason they are so good in the symphonic black metal scene is because they use the idea of slow burning long songs, and plus they have a very original sound, which mostly derives from Dani Filth's voice in combination with the rest of the band and the way they use short songs to lead into longer one which makes even more epic, truly brilliant!
I Love Cradle Of Filth!
I think earlier cradle was priceless...I don't think they care much about whether it is black metal or anything gothic.. It's just a change of direction... Yet so beautiful...
This band is great...
So many roads, so many places
A million towns, a milliard faces
It's called: world population
But the appropriate name, world domination
1 album, The best symphonic black metal album in the history of metal. Truly creative.
Probably the most similar to Dimmu Borgir and very underrated
Most underrated band in the black metal scene
Orion's band - Doomed_God
Vesania is syphonic blackened death metal from Poland. Very good band!
As per other comments. 2 absolutely brilliant efforts put this band in the top 3 at least
Definitely belongs with Emperor in first place
This band easily share the first place with emperor
Great band. One of my favorites.
Way too underrated. Their sound is truly majestic.
Too bad they haven't released anything since 2003. awesome and highly underrated band
Why are these Trannys on this list.
Wicked stuff but not symphonic at all.
Wonderful mixture of gothic metal and symphonic black metal. The melancholy atmosphere along with the intensity is very atmospheric.
Too bad they have ended...
... What is a symphonic black metal list without Summoning? I can't believe nobody brought them here till yet
It is so different in sound ffrom other metal bands - so original
This black metal band is pure EPICNESS. the music and choirs are just amazing! You don't have to growl, scream and sing about Satan, demons, and hell all of the time to be a black or death metal band like most people believe.
All you really need to do is have scary yet awesome music and sing (beautifully of course) awesome lyrics about death or doomsday or your woes.
The best on here
I think they were one of the first true symphonic black metal bands instead Emperor, alongside Arcturus (their second demo "Demo '92" made the appearance of symphonic keyboards) and they released it in 1992, even before the release of "In the Nightside Eclipse".
The throne of black symphonic metal belongs to them..
Good stuff. Really black metal.
Absolute masters of ambiental/symphonic black metal, they deserve so much more. Their first 2 albums alone should be a separate category of greatness, frustratingly underrated!
The best of the genre by far
Most kvlt band ever! - Diplomate
Nightwish is NOT black metal. They do not sing about death, hatred, religions, and crime!
Probably the best symphonic metal band, but not black at all; should not to be on this list - hub66
What the hell!
They are just symphonic metal not symphonic black metal!
Whoever put them in this list must stop listening metal and start listening rap!
One of the best band in India is demonic resurrection.. The demon king is just a killer and the unrelenting surge of vengeance no words for this song... Front man of this band he just incredible... Watch them they ate to good
Full of surprizes
Man, they deserve to be in the top 10. - disharna
The best a band can put up some melody in the BM genre
Underrated, and this band is the other creator of symphonic black metal.
This list is wrong along with many others. The Best symphonic black metal band of all time is Bal-Sagoth!
I agree bal-sagoth is very underrated and very unique in their sound my list would be bal-sagoth,dimmu borgir, cradle of filth, dark tranquility.
The best folk/viking black metal band out there! With songs like 1184, Todeswalzer, Journey to the End, and a lot more makes them unbeatable!
Omega Arcane excellent in every way
Love these guys
Completely underrated! They are almost the best!
Should be much higher. Omega Arcane is a masterpiece!
Check out the debut "Lost in Shadows Grey".
Underrated to say the least, they create aura that entrances. Check out "The Horror Grandeur"
They have a unique style of symphonic black metal
CoB is not Black metal, but Power/Death Metal
Nice Polish band with excellent multiple vocals.
Teipe symphonic black metal
That's the band you're searching! Deep and dark growls!
Best Growls ever. Look up "Like A Moth To The Flame"
Seriously one of the most original growls/screams in any black metal ever. gives me chills, and definitely should be higher on this list.
This is not a black metal at all! - Narsilion
They are simply great, tears of time, the fallen, fly...
An emerging symphonic metal act from India!
Cool christian black metal band
Why isn't this band in the top 3?
Extremely underrated band and would have easily been my favourite but haven't releasedone a new album for like 10 years now :(
Can't beat Behemoth and their growls are far superior to Slipknot (though, I don't listen to Slipknot), as well as their style and content. Much heavier, they don't pick fights with other bands and their stage/death paint blows any American wannabe metal band BS out of the water.
This is not symphonic black metal, this is black/death metal - Narsilion
Uses symphonic style black metal instrumentation and mixes it with the Slipknot style death growls, Demigod is one of their best albums.
They should be a must listen to for every black metal, doom metal, etc. Fan. Not only talented, but cool guys, GREAT live. They live, eat, breathe music. Do their own mixing/mastering. Immortal Black Art, so many great songs, that in my humble opinion best cd. But many like Salem 1692.
Like about Nightwish, Within is not black...
Symphonic black metal from North Carolina, USA. Solid stuff man