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Anyone Into Symphonic Metal/Opera Metal?

  1. Feb 23, 2012 #1
    I've just really started getting into more symphonic/melodic metal and I stumbled across Therion. Their pretty awesome and I would love to hear some bands that are in the same style as them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Here's a great Therion song for anyone who hasn't listened to them: An Arrow From The Sun

    Enjoy and thanks ahead of time for any suggestions!
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  3. Feb 23, 2012 #2
    Meh, I used to listen to Within Temptation in the past, but I'm not listening to a lot of 'hard' music anymore.

    EDIT: And of course there's Nightwish. Although I prefered the 'misheard' versions.
  4. Feb 23, 2012 #3
    I don't get into the really heavy stuff. Every now and then I might put on something really heavy but I usually keep it light. That's why I'm asking for bands like Therion. Less on the metal, more on the symphonic. I love heavy use of keyboards and violins but a good bass riff and supporting drums seems to tie it together for me.

    I like Nightwish and Within Temptation. Both aren't bad bands. But they don't really do anything amazing.
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  6. Feb 23, 2012 #5
    They are more of a mostly instrumental doom metal band but you may like Agallolch.
  7. Feb 23, 2012 #6
    I have all of Dimmu's albums. Awesome, awesome band.
  8. Feb 23, 2012 #7
    @bp psy: Good stuff. I've listened to them before. They do some great instrumentals.
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    Lamb of God is another one. You certainly probably have heard of Cradle of Filfth. There's a band called Dismal Euphony that had one good song and I can never find it.
  10. Feb 23, 2012 #9
    I've listened to Cradle of Filth. Gotta be in the mood for them. They've really gone down hill. I've never heard of Dismal Euphony. I'll have to look them up.

    Some how I knew a physics forum would be a great place for metal.
  11. Feb 23, 2012 #10
    If you can listen to black metal there are some bands and there is Emperor:
  12. Feb 23, 2012 #11
    Emperor is awesome. I love black metal.
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    The problem with many symphonic bands is that they compromise a little on the brutality to maintain the symphony. It's the rare band that manages to pull off beauty and brutality in equal measure. One such band is the Italian technical death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse.

    'Agony' is the album where they truly come into their own. IMHO, it is a truly amazing album, and they are a vastly underrated band.

    Check them out:

    Temptation (intro) followed by The Hypocrisy:

    The Violation (their only music video):

    The Betrayal:

    Just three of my favourites, but the entire album is breathtaking. It should be listened to as an organic whole without gaps in between the tracks. And you need a really good sound system to pick up all the nuances - there's very complex layering. Youtube definitely does not do it justice.
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  14. Feb 23, 2012 #13
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'm definitely gonna have to find their album and listen to it. I'm always down for a good album. Rare to find metal bands that put out an album that's actually worth listening to all the way through (except Dimmu). I have a pretty nice set of headphones that's perfect for this kind of music.

    EDIT: Fleshgod Apocalypse. Awesome. Just what I was looking for. If you got any more suggestions I would love to hear them.
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    "Oh what would they care if I were gay? No one should know, oh no..." (some old YouTube comment! :rofl:)

    If you like the second song, look into "post black metal".
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  16. Feb 23, 2012 #15
    Your post made me go back to my 2006-7 metal.Here is some Summoning and Root:
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    Don't worry, I'm the biggest Opeth fan, and I'm already familiar with all their music. In fact I just went to see them 2 weeks ago (9th Feb) when they came to Singapore for the first time as part of their Heritage tour. 2nd row, right up close and personal. Managed to catch not one but TWO guitar picks when they were thrown by Fredrik Akesson after the set (hooray for static electricity!). Couldn't catch any of the ones thrown by Mikael Akerfeldt, though - probably for the best, because he licked one before flinging it into the crowd! :biggrin:

    This was the setlist (yes, I created it as soon as I returned from the gig): http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/opeth/2012/fort-canning-park-singapore-singapore-3bdea0f8.html
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    Well, I've heard other people recommend Septic Flesh (a Greek band), but to my ears, it still falls short of FA. :smile:
  19. Feb 23, 2012 #18
    I'll check Septic Flesh out.

    I've added Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony to my list of albums I need to buy along with Therion - Lumeria.

    Btw, Opeth is great. Been listening to them since 4th grade :D
  20. Feb 24, 2012 #19
    I just found this awesome French symphonic black metal band, Abstrusa Unde. I strongly suggest that you guys check them out. They've only got one album out, Introspection. Here's my favorite song off of it: (well intro and song)

  21. Feb 24, 2012 #20
    Yeah, I like their stuff. But I wouldn't call it symphonic metal. It starts out sort of operatic. I'd just call it heavy metal.

    Your last post was cool too. The French band. But, imho, it's heavy metal. I don't see any symphonic apect to it.

    Correction/Edit: I notice now that "Opera" is in the title of the thread. Yeah, operatic in a sense. But basically, heavy metal.

    Thanks for the tunes.
  22. Feb 24, 2012 #21
    I used to listen to Symphony X all the time! Not so much anymore.
  23. Feb 25, 2012 #22
    I just go off of what their listed as on metal archives. If they use keyboards well and they still incorporate good metal into it, I call it symphonic. Just because there is a TON of heavy metal out there that never uses keyboards.
  24. Feb 25, 2012 #23
    I started looking up H.P. Lovecraft inspired metal and while a lot of it isn't very heavily inspired by him I did find one band, Catacombs, where their whole album is almost completely devoted to R'lyeh, the place where Cthulhu sleeps. Good album. Here's my favorite off it. I suggest listening to the whole album if you guys get a chance.


    EDIT: Friggin can't get anything to embed.

    Another EDIT: Here's another great song, this time by Daemonicium.

    Another another EDIT(full of edits today: For any of you guys that haven't stumbled onto metal archives, check it out. Very worth wasting an hour finding new awesome metal.

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  25. Feb 25, 2012 #24
    Why not just call it heavy metal with keyboard stuff?
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