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A collection of metal albums that heavily use the likes of classical instrumentation, orchestral, opera or/and symphonic keyboard synths. Suggestions/Recommendations are welcome.

Created by: CyberSymphony | 06.03.2010



1. Aesma Daeva - Dawn Of The New Athens
2007 - USA
2. After Forever - Decipher
2001 - The Netherlands
3. Almôra - Kalihora's Song
2003 - Turkey
4. Ancient Bards - The Alliance Of The Kings
2010 - Italy
5. Anorexia Nervosa - New Obscurantis Order
2001 - France
6. Angtoria - God Has a Plan for Us All
2006 - UK/Sweden
7. Apocalyptica - Reflections
2003 - Finland
8. Avantasia - The Metal Opera Part I
2002 - Germany
9. Bal-Sagoth - Battle Magic
1998 - UK
10. Beto Vázquez Infinity - Beto Vázquez Infinity
2001 - Brazil
11. Carach Angren - Lammendam
2008 - The Netherlands
12. Crimfall - As the Path Unfolds...
2009 - Finland
13. Crysalys - The Awakening of Gaia
2011 - Italy
14. Dark Lunacy - Devoid
2000 - Italy
15. Dark Moor - Autumnal
2009 - Spain
16. Delain - Lucidity
2006 - The Netherlands
17. Devil Doll - Eliogabalus
1990 - Slovenia
18. Diabulus In Musica - Argia
2014 - Spain
19. Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
2001 - Norway
20. Dol Ammad - Ocean Dynamics
2006 - Greece
21. Dragonland - Astronomy
2006 - Sweden
22. Dreams Of Sanity - The Game
2000 - Austria
23. Edenbridge - MyEarthDream
2008 - Austria
24. Epica - The Phantom Agony
2003 - The Netherlands
25. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
2007 - The Netherlands
26. Estatic Fear - A Sombre Dance
1999 - Austria
27. Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Before The Bleeding Sun
2006 - Finland
28. Fairyland - Score To A New Beginning
2009 - France
29. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
2011 - Italy
30. Graveworm - As The Angels Reach The Beauty
1999 - Italy
31. Haggard - Awaking The Centuries
2000 - Germany
32. Haggard - Eppur Si Muove
2004 - Germany
33. Hollenthon - With Vilest Of Worms To Dwell
2001 - Austria
34. Illnath - Cast Into Fields Of Evil Pleasure
2003 - Denmark
35. Imperia - Queen Of Light
2007 - Norway
36. Kamelot - Epica
2003 - USA
37. Leaves' Eyes - Vinland Saga
2005 - Germany/Norway
38. Le Grand Guignol - The Great Maddening
2007 - Luxembourg
39. Limbonic Art - In Abhorrence Dementia
1997 - Norway
40. Lingua Mortis Orchestra - LMO
2013 - Germany
41. Mechina - Xenon
2014 - USA
42. Nightwish - Oceanborn
1998 - Finland
43. Nightwish - Once
2004 - Finland
44. Old Man's Child - In Defiance Of Existence
2003 - Norway
45. Profanum - Profanum Aeternum - Eminence Of Satanic Imperial Art
1997 - Poland
46. Rhapsody Of Fire - Dawn Of Victory
2000 - Italy
47. Saturnian - Dimensions
2012 - UK
48. Septicflesh - Communion
2008 - Greece
49. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
2011 - Greece
50. Shade Empire - Omega Arcane
2013: - Finland
51. Sigh - Hangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien
2007 - Japan
52. Stravaganzza - Sentimientos
2005 - Spain
53. Stream Of Passion - Embrace The Storm
2005 - The Netherlands
54. Therion - Theli
1996 - Sweden
55. Therion - Vovin
1998 - Sweden
56. Throes Of Dawn - Quicksilver Clouds
2004 - Finland
57. Todesbonden - Sleep Now, Quiet Forest
2008 - USA
58. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night
2000 - USA
59. Waltari - Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony In Deep C
1996 - Finland
60. Whyzdom - From The Brink Of Infinity
2009 - France
61. Winds - Reflections Of The I
2002 - Norway
62. Wilderun - Olden Tales & Deathly Trails
2012 - USA
63. Within Temptation - Mother Earth
2001 - The Netherlands
64. Xandria - Neverworld's End
2012 - Germany
65. Xerath - III
2014 - UK



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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.
CyberSymphony - 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 CyberSymphony 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.
CyberSymphony - 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  
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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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