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maidenpriestmanic
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:15 pm 
 

I am looking for more bands Like Nightwish, Epica, and After Forever, pretty much female fronted symphonic metal bands with emphasis on guitar like the 3 said bands. I can't seem to find other bands in this style that I like, even the early more metal stuff by Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil are very weak compared to these bands.

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Diamhea
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:29 pm 
 

Sirenia.
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ChildClownOutlet
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:14 am 
 

Edenbridge is pretty good.
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Kommanderhooyah
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:08 pm 
 

Xandria sounds like a good fit.


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ZEROMETAL
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:03 pm 
 

Leaves' Eyes -



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Jophelerx
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:28 pm 
 

Yeah, Xandria's good. I also like WT's 'Mother Earth' a lot, but it's symphonic rock. 'Enter,' the more metal release, is indeed underwhelming. Perhaps Theatre of Tragedy's 'Aegis'? I like the first two better, but that one is more the style you're looking for. I was also once fond of Aesma Daeva's debut, but I don't remember it too well so take that with a grain of salt. Really, I haven't found too many good female-fronted europower bands, but I don't like europower in general too much.
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Twin_guitar_attack
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:49 pm 
 

Kommanderhooyah wrote:
Xandria sounds like a good fit.



This, I'd go so far as to say that the new album by them is the best symphonic metal has to offer, and I couldn't stand their previous material.

Their singer Dianne is also in Ex Libris, who's latest album Medea sits alongside Xandria's Sacrificium in my top ten albums of the year so far.

As do the latest releases from both Stream of Passion, a great symphonic/progressive metal band with Marcela singing in both English and Spanish, and Delain, who's new album has a lot of great riffs with a heavy guitar tone, even if the song writing is rather poppy. Their first two are also fantastic, but We are the Others was a letdown with a lot of filler (get the devil out of me was great though)

If you like After Forever I assume you know Floor's new project Revamp? She even does death growls on it, it's fantastic.

Would also second Edenbridge, Lanvall is a fantastic soloist and Sabine has a really pretty voice.

If you want things a little doomier and Ethereal, the first album by The 3rd and the Mortal, and The Gathering's Mandylion are also classics too, the latter's opening track is filled with great riffs (and they also happen to be my favourite band) Neither are symphonic, but felt they had to be mentioned as it's vaguely similar.
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Jophelerx
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:36 pm 
 

Oh yeah, early 3rd and the Mortal is fantastic, the EP rules too. Also Sins of Thy Beloved for doomier stuff, the lead electric violin (yes, you heard me) is mindblowing.
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aetilla
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Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:16 pm
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:21 pm 
 

Hmm, there is too much gothic and doom metal being suggested here. 3rd and the Mortal has little to do with Nightwish or Epica.

Diabulus in Musica are one of the best symphonic metal bands around currently:


Ancient Bards are a little more power metal than the others, but very symphonic/epic and very good:


Haggard:


Xandria's two most recent albums are very Nightwish-sounding, and Edenbridge is also a good suggestion.

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nightwishxdreamtheater
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:17 am 
 

Eihwaz is a Russian band that's pretty good.
http://youtu.be/QXkdHRNnb6g

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