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Edited from 'top 10' to ultimate Symphonic albums of all time.
A collection of metal albums that heavily use the likes of classical instruments, orchestras, opera vocals and symphonic keyboard synths. Suggestions/Recommendations are welcome.

Created by: Dark†SymphonY | 06.03.2010



1. After Forever - Decipher
2001 - The Netherlands
2. Ancient Bards - The Alliance Of The Kings
2010 - Italy
3. Anorexia Nervosa - New Obscurantis Order
2001 - France
4. Angtoria - God Has a Plan for Us All
2006 - UK/Sweden
5. Apocalyptica - Reflections
2003 - Finland
6. Bal-Sagoth - Battle Magic
1998 - UK
7. Carach Angren - Lammendam
2008 - The Netherlands
8. Crimfall - As the Path Unfolds...
2009 - Finland
9. Crysalys - The Awakening of Gaia
2011 - Italy
10. Dark Lunacy - Devoid
2000 - Italy
11. Dark Moor - Autumnal
2009 - Spain
12. Delain - Lucidity
2006 - The Netherlands
13. Devil Doll - Eliogabalus
1990 - Slovenia
14. Diabulus In Musica - Secrets
2010 - Spain
15. Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
2001 - Norway
16. Dol Ammad - Ocean Dynamics
2006 - Greece
17. Dragonland - Astronomy
2006 - Sweden
18. Edenbridge - MyEarthDream
2008 - Austria
19. Epica - The Phantom Agony
2003 - The Netherlands
20. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
2007 - The Netherlands
21. Estatic Fear - A Sombre Dance
1999 - Austria
22. Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Before The Bleeding Sun
2006 - Finland
23. Fairyland - Score To A New Beginning
2009 - France
24. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
2011 - Italy
25. Graveworm - As The Angels Reach The Beauty
1999 - Italy
26. Haggard - Awaking The Centuries
2000 - Germany
27. Haggard - Eppur Si Muove
2004 - Germany
28. Hollenthon - With Vilest Of Worms To Dwell
2001 - Austria
29. Illnath - Cast Into Fields Of Evil Pleasure
2003 - Denmark
30. Kamelot - Epica
2003 - USA
31. Leaves' Eyes - Lovelorn
2004 - Germany
32. Limbonic Art - In Abhorrence Dementia
1997 - Norway
33. Lingua Mortis Orchestra - LMO
2013 - Germany
34. Nightwish - Oceanborn
1998 - Finland
35. Nightwish - Century Child
2002 - Finland
36. Old Man's Child - In Defiance Of Existence
2003 - Norway
37. Profanum - Profanum Aeternum - Eminence Of Satanic Imperial Art
1997 - Poland
38. Rhapsody Of Fire - Dawn Of Victory
2000 - Italy
39. Septicflesh - Communion
2008 - Greece
40. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
2011 - Greece
41. Shade Empire - Omega Arcane
2013: - Finland
42. Sigh - Hangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien
2007 - Japan
43. Stream Of Passion - Embrace The Storm
2005 - The Netherlands
44. Therion - Theli
1996 - Sweden
45. Therion - Vovin
1998 - Sweden
46. Throes Of Dawn - Quicksilver Clouds
2004 - Finland
47. Todesbonden - Sleep Now, Quiet Forest
2008 - USA
48. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night
2000 - USA
49. Waltari - Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony In Deep C
1996 - Finland
50. Whyzdom - From The Brink Of Infinity
2009 - France
51. Winds - Reflections Of The I
2002 - Norway
52. Within Temptation - Mother Earth
2001 - The Netherlands
53. Xandria - Neverworld's End
2012 - Germany



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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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