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Edited from 'top 10' to ultimate Symphonic albums of all time. Suggestions are welcome. Highlights are my personal favorites from the albums.

Created by: Dark†SymphonY | 06.03.2010



1. After Forever - Decipher
2001: Highlights - Monolith Of Doubt, Forlorn Hope, My Pledge of Allegiance: The Sealed Fate
2. Anorexia Nervosa - New Obscurantis Order
2001: Highlights - Mother Anorexia, Stabat Mater Dolorosa
3. Angtoria - God Has a Plan for Us All
2006: Highlights - God Has a Plan for Us All, Six Feet Under's Not Deep Enough
4. Apocalyptica - Reflections
2003: Highlights - Somewhere Around Nothing, Heat
5. Bal-Sagoth - Battle Magic
1998: Highlights - Battle Magic, Return To The Presidium Of Ys, Blood Slakes The Sand Of Circus Maximus
6. Carach Angren - Lammendam
2008: Highlights - Haunting Echoes From The Seventeenth Century, Hexed Melting Flesh
7. Dark Lunacy - Devoid
2000: Highlights - Dolls, Cold Embrace, December
8. Dark Moor - Autumnal
2009: Highlights - Swan Lake, Phantom Queen
9. Devil Doll - Eliogabalus
1990: Highlights - (Whole Album)
10. Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
2001: Highlights - Kings of the Carnival Creation, Puritania
11. Dol Ammad - Ocean Dynamics
2006: Highlights - Solarwinds, Aquatic Majesty
12. Dragonland - Astronomy
2006: Highlights - Cassiopeia, The Old House On The Hill
13. Edenbridge - MyEarthDream
2008: Highlights - Shadowplay, Paramount, Remember Me
14. Epica - The Phantom Agony
2003: Highlights - Cry For The Moon, Facade Of Reality, The Phantom Agony
15. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
2007: Highlights - The Obsessive Devotion, Fools Of Damnation
16. Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Before The Bleeding Sun
2006: Highlights - Red Dawn Rising, Sinister Rain, Angelheart Ravenheart
17. Fairyland - Score To A New Beginning
2009: Highlights - Assault On The Shore, Rise Of The Giants
18. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
2011: Highlights - The Hypocrisy, The Violation, The Egoism
19. Graveworm - Scourge Of Malice
2001: Highlights - Unhallowed By The Infernal One, Fear Of The Dark
20. Haggard - Awaking The Centuries
2000: Highlights - Heavenly Damnation, The Final Victory, Awaking The Centuries
21. Haggard - Eppur Si Muove
2004: Highlights - Per Aspera Ad Astra, Of A Might Divine, The Observer
22. Hollenthon - With Vilest Of Worms To Dwell
2001: Highlights - Y Draig Goch, Fire Upon The Blade, Conspirator
23. Kamelot - Epica
2003: Highlights - The Edge of Paradise, Center of the Universe, Farewell
24. Leaves' Eyes - Lovelorn
2004: Highlights - Ocean's Way, The Dream, Temptation
25. Limbonic Art - In Abhorrence Dementia
1997: Highlights - In Abhorrence Dementia, A Demoid Virtue, When Mind And Flesh Departs
26. Nightwish - Oceanborn
1998: Highlights - Stargazers, Gethsemane, Moondance
27. Nightwish - Century Child
2002: Highlights - End Of All Hope, Slaying The Dreamer, Phantom Of The Opera
28. Old Man's Child - In Defiance Of Existence
2003: Highlights - Black Seeds On Virgin Soil
29. Profanum - Profanum Aeternum - Eminence Of Satanic Imperial Art
1997: Highlights - The Descent Into Medieval Darkness
30. Rhapsody Of Fire - Dawn Of Victory
2000: Highlights - Holy Thunderforce, The Village Of Dwarves
31. Septicflesh - Communion
2008: Highlights - Communion, Babel's Gate, Persepolis
32. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
2011: Highlights - The Vampire From Nazareth, Pyramid God, Oceans of Grey
33. Shade Empire - Omega Arcane
2013: Highlights - Ruins, Ash Statues
34. Sigh - Hangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien
2007: Highlights - Me-Devil, Dies Irae/The Master Malice
35. Therion - Theli
1996 : Highlights - To Mega Therion, In The Desert Of Set, Nightside of Eden
36. Therion - Vovin
1998: Highlights - The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah, Clavicula Nox, The Draconian Trilogy
37. Throes Of Dawn - Quicksilver Clouds
2004: Highlights - Vertigo, Quicksilver Clouds
38. Todesbonden - Sleep Now, Quiet Forest
2008: Highlights - Surrender To The Sea, Fading Empire, Battle of Kadesh
39. Waltari - Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony In Deep C
1996: Highlights - A Sign, Deeper Into The Mud
40. Whyzdom - From The Brink Of Infinity
2009: Highlights - The Witness, Daughter Of The Night
41. Winds - Reflections Of The I
2002: Highlights - Remnants of Beauty, Of Divine Nature
42. Within Temptation - Mother Earth
2001: Highlights - Mother Earth, Ice Queen, The Promise



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Erik M. - 08.04.2013 at 22:18  
Great list, but I have a few suggestions for you (if you're interested, don't feel obliged to check them all out):
- Dimmu Borgir - Spiritual Black Dimensions (my favourite DB album, though you already have a DB album in this list)
- Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse/Anthems to the Welkin' at Dusk (these really need to be on this list in my opinion, classic albums of symphonic black metal)
- Galadriel - The Mirror of Ages (great symphonic doom band with female vocals)
- Graveworm - As Angels Reach The Beauty (symphonic black metal)
- Old Man's Child - In Defiance of Existence (best OMC album for me, symphonic black metal)

These are all albums I give at least a 9/10, so I really like them. That being said, I ignored all the symphonic gothic albums (and I know a lot of great ones, haha) since most of those are already in your other list.
Dark†SymphonY - 09.04.2013 at 16:09  
Written by Erik M. on 08.04.2013 at 22:18

Great list, but I have a few suggestions for you (if you're interested, don't feel obliged to check them all out):
- Dimmu Borgir - Spiritual Black Dimensions (my favourite DB album, though you already have a DB album in this list)
- Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse/Anthems to the Welkin' at Dusk (these really need to be on this list in my opinion, classic albums of symphonic black metal)
- Galadriel - The Mirror of Ages (great symphonic doom band with female vocals)
- Graveworm - As Angels Reach The Beauty (symphonic black metal)
- Old Man's Child - In Defiance of Existence (best OMC album for me, symphonic black metal)

These are all albums I give at least a 9/10, so I really like them. That being said, I ignored all the symphonic gothic albums (and I know a lot of great ones, haha) since most of those are already in your other list.


I prefer Puritanical... from DB than the one you suggested, but thanks anyway.
I did have Emperor on this list before I deleted them. I didn't feel they were 'symphonic' enough, but more black metal. I will think about them.
I didn't like much of Galadriel's music that much to be honest. I have listened to most of their albums, but I found them a bit 'meh' IMO.
Graveworm are interesting and I do like the album you suggested. Listen to their 'Scourge of Malice' too. Might possibly add them.
OId Man's Child, I agree and will add soon... thanks
Erik M. - 09.04.2013 at 22:40  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 09.04.2013 at 16:09

I prefer Puritanical... from DB than the one you suggested, but thanks anyway.
I did have Emperor on this list before I deleted them. I didn't feel they were 'symphonic' enough, but more black metal. I will think about them.
I didn't like much of Galadriel's music that much to be honest. I have listened to most of their albums, but I found them a bit 'meh' IMO.
Graveworm are interesting and I do like the album you suggested. Listen to their 'Scourge of Malice' too. Might possibly add them.
OId Man's Child, I agree and will add soon... thanks


About DB, fair enough, it's personal preference I guess. I think the first two albums of Emperor do belong here though as they're definitely symphonic black metal. I have only heard two albums of Galadriel so far, but I'll check out every album eventually because I do like their music a lot. About Graveworm, I only know their first two albums and I liked the 2nd one better, hence why I suggested that one. I'll definitely check out their other stuff too. I personally feel Old Man's Child is pretty underrated. After Defiance Of Existence, I think Revelation 666 - The Curse Of Damnation is his (Galder's) best, although it's rated quite low on MS. Incredibly catchy album, but you could think about adding that one too (or The Pagan Prosperity, another very good one). Funny to see your favourite song on that album is the same as mine (Black Seeds on Virgin Soil), that intro is sick.
Rhiannon - 10.04.2013 at 10:15  
Nice list, I've known most of it, and I agree these are great albums, and you gave me some to check out.
I'm surprised you didn't put Estatic Fear - A Somber Dance here, since it's your all time-favourite album
I also have some suggestions:
Whyzdom's two albums, From The Brink Of Infinity and Blind?, these are great imo

also Waltari - Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony In Deep C
it's a really underrated and unknown album here, from 1996, when Epica and most of the symphonic bands didn't even exist, yet it's better than a lot of them imo. Great blend of classical music and death metal, with harsh vocals and a female opera singer, who is alto, and not soprano for a change. My favourite song is "A Sign", it's a masterpiece imo.
Dark†SymphonY - 10.04.2013 at 15:36  
Written by Rhiannon on 10.04.2013 at 10:15

Nice list, I've known most of it, and I agree these are great albums, and you gave me some to check out.
I'm surprised you didn't put Estatic Fear - A Somber Dance here, since it's your all time-favourite album
I also have some suggestions:
Whyzdom's two albums, From The Brink Of Infinity and Blind?, these are great imo

also Waltari - Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony In Deep C
it's a really underrated and unknown album here, from 1996, when Epica and most of the symphonic bands didn't even exist, yet it's better than a lot of them imo. Great blend of classical music and death metal, with harsh vocals and a female opera singer, who is alto, and not soprano for a change. My favourite song is "A Sign", it's a masterpiece imo.


Estatic Fear are in my gothic metal list, they could easily fit here too, but I'm sticking them in the gothic category.
Whyzdom aren't good enough for my list IMO and I've never got interested in band at all. The female vocalists didn't impress me on any of the albums, but musically it was ok though, and thanks for suggesting them too.
I have listened to Waltari's Yeah! Yeah!.... and it definitely does fit here. Adding soon. Thanks
Rhiannon - 10.04.2013 at 17:30  
Quote:
Estatic Fear are in my gothic metal list, they could easily fit here too, but I'm sticking them in the gothic category.
Whyzdom aren't good enough for my list IMO and I've never got interested in band at all. The female vocalists didn't impress me on any of the albums, but musically it was ok though, and thanks for suggesting them too.
I have listened to Waltari's Yeah! Yeah!.... and it definitely does fit here. Adding soon. Thanks


Whyzdom just changed singers recently, so maybe the new one will be more to your taste. And glad you liked Waltari.

On a side note, in the two Septicflesh albums, the highlights and the album titles are mixed up. Just saying

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