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Nightwish
Nightwish
FINSymphonic Metal
Claimed Profile

Nightwish

FINMetalSymphonic Metal
Within Temptation
Within Temptation
NLDSymphonic Metal

Within Temptation

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Apocalyptica
Apocalyptica
FINSymphonic Metal
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Apocalyptica

FINMetalSymphonic Metal
Epica
Epica
NLDSymphonic Metal

Epica

NLDMetalSymphonic Metal
Linked Horizon
Linked Horizon
JPNProgressive Metal

Linked Horizon

JPNMetalProgressive Metal
Tarja
Tarja
FINSymphonic Metal

Tarja

FINMetalSymphonic Metal
Therion
Therion
SWESymphonic Metal

Therion

SWEMetalSymphonic Metal
Rhapsody Of Fire
Rhapsody Of Fire
ITASymphonic Metal

Rhapsody Of Fire

ITAMetalSymphonic Metal
Sharon Den Adel
Sharon Den Adel
NLDSymphonic Metal

Sharon Den Adel

NLDMetalSymphonic Metal
Wintersun
Wintersun
FINSymphonic Metal

Wintersun

FINMetalSymphonic Metal
Beyond The Black
Beyond The Black
DEUSymphonic Metal

Beyond The Black

DEUMetalSymphonic Metal
Delain
Delain
NLDSymphonic Metal

Delain

NLDMetalSymphonic Metal
FalKKonE
FalKKonE
POLSymphonic Metal

FalKKonE

POLMetalSymphonic Metal
Xandria
Xandria
DEUSymphonic Metal

Xandria

DEUMetalSymphonic Metal
Sirenia
Sirenia
NORSymphonic Metal

Sirenia

NORMetalSymphonic Metal
Eleine
Eleine
SWESymphonic Metal

Eleine

SWEMetalSymphonic Metal
Visions of Atlantis
Visions of Atlantis
AUTPower Metal
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Visions of Atlantis

AUTMetalPower Metal
Marko Hietala
Marko Hietala
FINHeavy Metal

Marko Hietala

FINMetalHeavy Metal
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Fleshgod Apocalypse
ITADeath Metal

Fleshgod Apocalypse

ITAMetalDeath Metal
Antti Martikainen
Antti Martikainen
FINSymphonic Metal

Antti Martikainen

FINMetalSymphonic Metal
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Top Artists by Radio Spins Last month

Nightwish
Nightwish
FINSymphonic Metal
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Nightwish

FINMetalSymphonic Metal
17.1K radio spins
Within Temptation
Within Temptation
NLDSymphonic Metal

Within Temptation

NLDMetalSymphonic Metal
10.1K radio spins
Apocalyptica
Apocalyptica
FINSymphonic Metal
Claimed Profile

Apocalyptica

FINMetalSymphonic Metal
5K radio spins
Epica
Epica
NLDSymphonic Metal

Epica

NLDMetalSymphonic Metal
3.4K radio spins
After Forever
After Forever
NLDSymphonic Metal

After Forever

NLDMetalSymphonic Metal
3.3K radio spins

Most Streamed Spotify Tracks

Past Month
1
Dim Days Of Dolor
Dim Days Of Dolor
362.5K streams
2
I Don't Care
I Don't Care
307.6K streams
3
Amaranth
Amaranth
298.2K streams
4
Nemo
Nemo
289.1K streams
5
Faster
Faster
245.4K streams
6
Wish I Had an Angel
Wish I Had an Angel
241.6K streams
7
I Don't Care - US Version
I Don't Care - US Version
197.6K streams
8
Not Strong Enough
Not Strong Enough
193.4K streams
9
The Phantom Of The Opera
The Phantom Of The Opera
155.4K streams
10
Élan
Élan
148.4K streams
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Nemo

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Wish I Had an Angel

7

I Don't Care - US Version

8

Not Strong Enough

9

The Phantom Of The Opera

10

Élan

Top Spotify Playlists

This Is Nightwish
This Is Nightwish
Spotify
233.4K followers
This Is Within Temptation
This Is Within Temptation
Spotify
155.1K followers
This Is Within Temptation
This Is Within Temptation
Spotify
150.7K followers
This Is Epica
This Is Epica
Spotify
57.4K followers
Nightwish - The Complete Discography
Nightwish - The Complete Discography
Nightwish
39.5K followers
This is Symphonic Metal
This is Symphonic Metal
Metal Playlists
30.2K followers

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      81.4K
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      Overview of Symphonic Metal music

      Symphonic Metal emerged in the mid-1990s as a fusion of classical music and heavy metal, combining the grandeur and power of orchestral arrangements with the intensity and aggression of metal.

      Symphonic Metal often features complex arrangements, soaring vocals, and epic narratives, drawing on themes of mythology, fantasy, and history. The use of operatic vocals, choirs, and symphonic instrumentation distinguishes Symphonic Metal from other subgenres of metal.

      The genre has evolved over the years, incorporating elements of progressive rock, folk music, and electronic music, among others. Despite criticism from some quarters for its bombast and theatricality, Symphonic Metal continues to attract new fans and push the boundaries of metal music.

      Which musicians and bands defined Symphonic Metal music?

      Symphonic Metal is a genre that combines the power of metal music with the grandeur of classical orchestration.

      Some of the most notable artists in this genre include:

      Nightwish, with their enchanting blend of symphonic elements and powerful vocals, have become icons of symphonic metal, taking listeners on epic musical journeys through their atmospheric compositions.

      Epica combines symphonic grandeur with heavy riffs and operatic vocals, creating a dramatic and symphonic metal experience that immerses listeners in a world of dark beauty and introspective themes.

      Within Temptation, known for their melodic sensibility and captivating frontwoman Sharon den Adel, have crafted a signature sound that fuses symphonic elements with rock and metal, resulting in anthemic and emotionally-charged compositions.

      Kamelot's symphonic metal style is characterized by its soaring melodies, intricate orchestrations, and the charismatic vocals of their lead singers, creating a grand and theatrical atmosphere.

      Sonata Arctica's symphonic power metal approach features fast-paced guitar work, catchy melodies, and keyboard-driven orchestrations, delivering a dynamic and energetic sound that appeals to fans of both power metal and symphonic metal.

      Sirenia's symphonic metal sound incorporates elements of gothic and doom metal, with soaring female vocals and symphonic arrangements, evoking a sense of melancholy and ethereal beauty in their compositions.

      These bands, each with their unique blend of symphonic elements and heavy metal, have contributed to the rich tapestry of symphonic metal, captivating audiences with their grandiose soundscapes and evocative performances.

      Which songs and albums defined Symphonic Metal music?

      Symphonic metal, a genre that combines classical music, symphonic arrangements, and heavy metal, has been defined by several notable songs and albums.

      Nightwish's "Nemo" (2004) stands as a symphonic metal anthem, blending majestic orchestral arrangements with Tarja Turunen's enchanting vocals, taking listeners on a captivating musical journey.

      Epica's album "The Phantom Agony" (2003) showcases their symphonic metal prowess, featuring a perfect balance of heavy riffs, bombastic orchestrations, and Simone Simons' operatic vocals, creating a rich and immersive listening experience.

      Rhapsody of Fire's "Symphony of Enchanted Lands" (1998) is a symphonic metal masterpiece, combining epic storytelling, symphonic elements, and Luca Turilli's virtuosic guitar work, transporting listeners to a world of fantasy and adventure.

      Kamelot's song "Rule the World" (2007) embodies the grandeur and power of symphonic metal, with Thomas Youngblood's crunchy guitar riffs, Roy Khan's soaring vocals, and orchestral arrangements that elevate the song to epic heights.

      Theatre of Tragedy's self-titled album (1995) is a seminal work in symphonic metal, featuring a unique blend of beauty and darkness, with Liv Kristine's ethereal vocals and atmospheric symphonic elements weaving a haunting and captivating sonic tapestry.

      These songs and albums, among others in the symphonic metal genre, exemplify the fusion of orchestral grandeur and metal intensity, creating a harmonious balance that defines the captivating world of symphonic metal.

      Which music festivals and events represent Symphonic Metal music?

      Symphonic metal finds representation and celebration at various global music festivals, providing a platform for bands to connect with fans who appreciate the genre's grandiose sound. Notable events include:

      Wacken Open Air, renowned for its diverse metal lineup, welcomes symphonic metal acts like Nightwish, Epica, and Within Temptation, drawing metal enthusiasts from all walks of life.

      Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium focuses on female-fronted bands, featuring symphonic metal acts such as Delain, Sirenia, and Xandria, showcasing the genre's talent and diversity.

      ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia, primarily focused on progressive metal, also includes symphonic metal bands like Kamelot, Therion, and Symphony X, attracting fans of intricate compositions.

      The Metal Female Voices Fest in the Netherlands celebrates female-fronted bands, including Epica, After Forever, and Stream of Passion, uniting symphonic metal fans from around the world.

      Beyond the Black Festival in Germany, dedicated to symphonic and melodic metal, offers a platform for both established and emerging acts like Beyond the Black, Serenity, and Visions of Atlantis.

      These festivals provide essential platforms for symphonic metal bands to connect with fans, share their music, and contribute to the growth and recognition of the genre, delivering immersive experiences that showcase a diverse range of global symphonic metal acts.