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Mallcore Kid

Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:26 am
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:38 pm 

Wondering if anybody could recommend some nice, epic, heavily symphonic/orchestrated metal in the vain of Rhapsody of Fire (and Luca Turilli's other projects). Any recommendations would be gladly appreciated!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:21 pm 

Not power metal, but rather progressive metal, the band Pain Of Salvation released an album called "BE" that blended an orchestra with prog. metal. It's also an incredibly elaborate concept album.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:21 pm 

My specialty!

After Forever
Intense and epic, just
like you asked for.

Later Blind Guardian
While more well-known for
their straight-up speed/power
metal of the early-to-mid 90s,
Blind Guardian know their way
around an orchestra.

Dark Moor
Quality power metal with unique
female vocals.

One of the great standouts in
the symphonic metal world.

You probably know about these
guys already. Big, bombastic,and epic.

See above.

Leaves' Eyes
For your ethereal and moody
symphonic metal with a Celtic
touch needs.

These guys pretty much
foundedthe genre.

These guys used to be awesome.
You'll see why when you click.

Within Temptation
I'm a huge fan of these guys, and
when they want to make an
intense, epic song, they deliver in spades.

Age of Artemis
These guys do the whole "symphonic
power metal" thing with a bit of a proggy flair.

Amberian Dawn
More in the vein of symphonic
pop-gothic metal, but they do some great stuff.

Ancient Bards
Pretty much Rhapsody of Fire with
a female vocalist. And 10x the bombast.

See Age of Artemis above. Same
guy's responsible for both.

Symphonic gothic metal with thick,
heavy guitars and thick, heavy
symphonics. Love this album.

When Avantasia wants to be big and
epic, they're goddamn fucking big and epic. Holy shit.

Dawn of Destiny
Oh man, these guys know how to make
a goddamn intense, goddamn catchy
tune. Fantastic female vocals.

Poppy gothic metal with some great
orchestrations. One of my favorites
in the pop-gothic metal genre.

Diabulus in Musica
Similar to AnsoticcA, but not quite
as thick. Still freaking awesome for fans of the genre.

Another titan of the genre, these
guys can craft an intense and complex
song like no one else.

Not much to say. It's Euro-power
metal, it's got symphonic elements,
and it's awesome.

See above.

Apparently their record's crackin' down,
because few of their songs are available,
but still, pretty epic symphonic metal with
some great female vocals.

A very solid power metal act, but this
song in particular is exactly the sort of
thing you ordered.

These guys are highly inconsistent. When
they do good, it's really good, and this
is one of those times!

I'm going to just assume you've crossed
paths already, so here's a reminder.

Orphaned Land
A bit different from the usual, but I
figured you'd appreciate it, anyway.

These guys are often too light for even
me, but when they hit home (like here),
I can't resist for even a second.

Solid Euro-power metal, great
symphonics, one hell of an album.

This is the only song I dig from the album,
but you may enjoy the others. This is a
fucking phenomenal track, though.

The Slow Death
Not symphonic, but shut up and listen.

These guys don't always add symphonic
elements to their songs, but when they do, HOLY SHIT.

Timeless Miracle
A heavy contender for my favorite
album of all time. Fantastic stuff.

Virgin Black
Dark, heavy, bleak, and symphonic, too!

Big, bombastic, heavy, and highly operatic.
Perfect for your request.
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Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:17 pm
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Location: Canada
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:51 pm 

Oh yeah, there's also Diablo Swing Orchestra. Pretty wacky band, but you might like them.

Metal newbie

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:30 am
Posts: 160
Location: United States
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:58 pm 

These guys aren't Rhapsody of Fire-like, but perhaps you'd appreciate them. Aquilus are orchestrated as in, full-on classical orchestra, sometimes mixed with black metal and others times pure classical. Griseus is spectacular. Can't recommend highly enough.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:36 am 

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Location: Bangladesh
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:58 am 

Wintersun's latest album fits the bill perfectly

Mallcore Kid

Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:26 am
Posts: 13
Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:26 pm 

Sweet. Exactly what I was looking for from all of you! And in no time flat. Thank you'll so much!


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Posts: 1421
Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:37 pm 

I know about 2/3 of the bands in that list Zelkiro, will give the rest a listen. And I need to second Delain and After forever as they are amazing.


Joined: Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:01 am
Posts: 498
Location: United States
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:55 am 

In the wave of more modern releases, there's...

Septic Flesh - Communion
Septic Flesh - The Great Mass (Has a live orchestra)
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
Wintersun - Time I

I really prefer symphonics like Septic Flesh, they're definitely a leading thing, but they don't drown out the "metal" perse.

Metal newbie

Joined: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:55 pm
Posts: 357
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:20 pm 

Fleshgod Apocalypse- Agony Brutal/Technical Metal with heavy orchestrations

Wintersun- Time I Melodic Death Metal also has really heavy orchestrations

Septic Flesh- Communion Death Metal with orchestrations

Other stuff that is more like power metal and epic metal


Mallcore Kid

Joined: Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:54 am
Posts: 29
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:13 am 

Carach Angren: Symphonic Black, not sure if that's what you search.

It could be more like Celesty's album Vendetta, or even the last two albums from Alpthraum (highly orchestrated)

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