- Here are the top 20 Symphonic Metal Bands of all time: 1 - Blind Guardian, formed in Germany, they've been powering music for 30 years. Talented songwriting and wide range of sounds take them to the top of our list. Start with "Nightfall" and "Mordred's Song," then the more advanced "Maiden and the Minstrel Knight."
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The Symphonic metal bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in Germany. If you think the best German Symphonic metal band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts. List features Kreator, Blind Guardian and more.
Hoy, there are quite a few but here we go (I won’t explain why I ranked them there): Rammstein Gamma Ray Helloween Powerwolf Blind Guardian Avantasia Equilibrium Sodom Kreator Scorpions
- Nightwish. Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen.
- Epica. Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever. While I love Kamelot, Nightwish and Within Temptation, I have to say that Epica is perfects the genre when it comes to calling it "metal. "
- Within Temptation. Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. A lot of bands usually have the same vibe with every album and just a little addition to their sound, but Within Temptation are always unique with every album!
- Kamelot. Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011.
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- Scorpions. The Godfathers of all things German and metal, the mighty Scorpions have been around for a staggering 50 years. Vastly influential, particularly on any metal musicians that grew up during the ‘80s, and still one of the most ludicrously entertaining live bands on the planet, the Hanover heroes ruled the world with albums like Blackout and Love At First Sting, but earlier works like Taken By Force and Virgin Killer are equally seminal.
- Accept. Guardians of the Teutonic kingdom of steel for over four decades, Accept are arguably the archetypal German heavy metal band. Aided by the peerless six-string skills of Wolf Hoffmann and the paint-stripping shriek of Udo Dirkschneider, they established their status as legends with albums like 1982’s Restless And Wild, its 1983 follow-up Balls To The Wall and the classic Metal Heart in 1985.
- Rammstein. It’s hard to imagine anyone doing more to promote German heavy music around the world than these pyro-obsessed eccentrics. Although plainly affiliated with the industrial rock scene, Rammstein have always made massive, cudgelling metal riffs a central part of their sound and the sheer bombastic insanity of those flame-drenched live shows could hardly be more in keeping with metal’s over-the-top philosophy.
- Kreator. Germany’s answer to the burgeoning mid-80s thrash scene in the US came in the form of three snotty teenagers with heads full of rage and bellies full of cheap booze.