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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. 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. Of course most metal bands do use classical music scales at least to some extent, but this is about metal bands adopting instruments and movements from the classical music.

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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Majestica - "Ghost of Marley"

Majestica's eighth studio album A Christmas Carol retells the Dickens story as a power metal opera. Here, frontman Tommy Johansson plays the role of Scrooge in his fateful encounter with the condemned ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley.

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