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Symphonic Metal

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Symphonic metal is a subgenre of metal that tends to use elements normally found in symphonies or Classical Music. 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, its position on the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness 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 Black Metal 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 Black Metal, Power Metal, Gothic Metal, or Progressive Metal. In fact, a "pure" symphonic metal band is very hard to find.

Can involve Heavy Mithril.

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"Shudder Before the Beautiful"

Nightwish, formed by a group of music majors from Finland's Sebelius School (chiefly pianist and composer Tuomas Holopainen, and lyric soprano Tarja Turunen), is arguably the most successful symphonic metal band and was significant in popularizing the genre.

Shown performing "Shudder Before the Beautiful" with current vocalist Floor Jansen at Wembley Arena, London, in 2015.

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