Symphonic metal is a subgenre of metal that tends to use elements normally found in symphonies or ClassicalMusic. That's the basic description of the genre, but its actual implementation can vary widely. The symphonic part can be an entire symphony, a keyboardist, or violin and cello player. The usage of the symphonic elements can vary from trying to create a classical feel, to simply adding thickness to the music. As such, it's position on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness can vary considerably. On the softer end are bands where female vocals are frequently used (with bands often featuring female lead vocalists), and acoustic guitars may be included. On the harder end are bands whose style more closely matches BlackMetal or another type of Extreme Metal. A band might specialize in Symphonic Metal, or might play a song or album in the style.

Bands of the genre frequently combine symphonic metal with another genre, in most cases either BlackMetal, PowerMetal, GothicMetal, or ProgressiveMetal. In fact, a "pure" symphonic metal band is very hard to find.

Can involve HeavyMithril.
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!!Bands that perform in this style:

* Abigail Williams
* Music/AfterForever
* Music/AkikoShikata (although she can be ''very'' ecclectic, some of her songs fall into this)
* Angra
* Antestor ([[ChristianRock Christian]] symphonic black metal.)
* Music/{{Apocalyptica}} (four guys on cellos that started out doing {{Metallica}} covers and later their own songs. Possibly the strangest band of the lot.)
* Arcturus
* Music/BalSagoth
* Music/CradleOfFilth
* Music/{{Delain}}
* Dimmu Borgir
* {{Emperor}} (TropeMaker, and possible UrExample, of symphonic black metal)
* Music/{{Epica}}
* Music/ESPosthumus
* Eternal Tears of Sorrow (their later albums)
* Ex Deo (overlaps with MelodicDeathMetal)
* Music/FleshgodApocalypse (mixed with TechnicalDeathMetal. Easily the most intense band under this genre.)
* Music/{{Galneryus}}
* Haggard
* Hollenthon (one of the few Symphonic DeathMetal bands; also has a fair amount of FolkMetal influence)
* Music/{{Kamelot}}
* Keep Of Kalessin (Symphonic BlackMetal)
* Music/TheKovenant (originally Symphonic BlackMetal, added electronics in future albums but kept a symphonic approach)
* Leaves' Eyes
* Music/{{Lyriel}}
* ChristopherLee - Yes, you read that correctly.
* Magni Animi Viri (an Italian project headed by classical maestros; the metal component is barely there, but present nonetheless)
* Music/{{Metallica}} (on their album S&M)
* Music/{{Nightwish}} (TropeCodifier of symphonic power metal)
* Music/RhapsodyOfFire
* Septicflesh (mixed with DeathMetal and GothicMetal)
* Music/{{Sirenia}}
* Music/SonataArctica
* Music/SoundHorizon (Though they're not against playing BaroquePop either)
* Stormlord
* Music/{{Therion}} (Pretty much the {{Trope Maker}}s.)
* Music/{{Tristania}} (TropeCodifier of symphonic gothic metal)
* Music/{{Versailles}} (Symphonic PowerMetal)
* Winds of Plague (Fused symphonic metal with {{Deathcore}})
* Music/WithinTemptation

!!Tropes that apply to the genre:

* [[ChristianRock Christian Metal]] - Antestor.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Music/FleshgodApocalypse, Septic Flesh, or Antestor.
* EpicRocking - Quite common.
* HeavyMithril - The lyrical theme of most of the bands in the genre.
* SopranoAndGravel - Most symphonic metal bands feature this technique. It's interesting to note that the Soprano tend to be the lead vocals, although Fleshgod has it reversed, with the harsh vocals being more prominent.
* TropeCodifier - Nightwish
* TropeMaker - Probably Therion, overall. The TropeMaker for symphonic black metal is most likely Emperor.

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