#1 Posted by Berezov (504 posts) -

Simple question really, I'm looking for more orchestral, prog metal kinda bands. 
 
  

  One of my favourite songs by one of my favourite bands. I just can't find anymore bands like them! Anyone know of any good orchestral metal out there?
#2 Posted by Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamoto (592 posts) -
@Berezov: Nightwish, without a doubt. 
  
    
#3 Posted by marlow83 (239 posts) -

  

  Something like this?
#4 Posted by StaticFalconar (4850 posts) -

  

  probably not what you had in mind, but orchestral metal brings this song in my head. 
#5 Posted by Demokk (196 posts) -

I love Symphonic Metal. 

My favorite band: Kamelot

  

#6 Edited by iam3green (14390 posts) -

you should check out apocalyptic.
    

  
  they do metallica covers with cellos. newer albums are their own songs.
#7 Edited by NickL (2247 posts) -

Kind of a similar thing, out of season for them though

I listen to trans siberian orchestra all the time during the christmas time of year

#8 Edited by Adus (68 posts) -

I do, and I'm just going to link rather than embed or else this post will have too many videos in it. I'll try to go alphabetical and no particular order. I'll put an asterisk next to the ones I consider favorites (though they all are in a way) in particular, as well as an (h) if they contain harsh/growling vocals because I know some people don't like that.

In Nomine... by Adagio

Monolith of Doubt by After Forever

* (h) Soothsayer by Amorphis

Endeavour by Andre Matos

Winds of Destination by Angra

* The Scarecrow by Avantasia

* Wheel of Time by Blind Guardian

(h) The Shining Was A Potent of Gloom by Carach Angren

April Rain by Delain

* (h) Progenies of the Great Apocalypse by Dimmu Borgir

The Ministry of Lost Souls by Dream Theater

Unleashed by Epica

Score to a New Beginning by Fairyland

The Quest by Freedom Call

(h) La Terra Santa by Haggard

* (h) Leonor by Heavenwood

(h) Son of Perdition by Hollenthon

(h) L'Alchimista by In Tormentata Quiete

Paschendale by Iron Maiden

(h) One of Fail by Kalmah

The Black Halo by Kamelot

The Age of Mystic Ice by Luca Turilli

* Lonely Winds of War by Masterplan

The Oswald File by Mob Rules

7 Days to the Wolves by Nightwish

Last Regret by Paradise Lost

Dawn of Victory by Rhapsody of Fire

* (h) A Great Mass of Death by Septic Flesh

Velatum by Serenity

Iron Soul by Shaman (Shaaman)

With Honor by Shadow Gallery

* (h) Euphoria by Sirenia

Soul of a Vagabond by Stratovarius

The Art of Loss by Stream of Passion

(h) Resurrected Messiah by Suffering Souls

Egypt by Symphony X

Sitra Ahra by Therion

Maybe more later.

#9 Posted by Bruce (5264 posts) -

Isn't there a Japanese band that makes really out there prog metal?

#10 Posted by Thule (692 posts) -

You should check out Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Star One. Star One's first album is inspired by various sci-fi novels and/or movies(Dune, Star Trek, Stargate, Alien, Star Wars, etc)

The second album does the same thing but with various post-apocalyptic novels/movies.

#11 Edited by TheSilentTruth (1186 posts) -
#12 Edited by King_Bonzo (183 posts) -

for something a little bit more "insane" than these bands try Biomechanical, I'm not sure I'd say they're "orchestral" certainly not in this track but they do use classical music in some songs and the vocals are there.

   
 @Bruce: do you mean SIGH?:
 
  
 

#13 Posted by stubbleman (292 posts) -

I recently found this newish band by the name of Xerath. They aren't like the best band ever or nothin, but I dunno. I like them.

Then there is this Russian band, Sunless Rise. They still only have a four track demo out, but they're one of the sickest new bands I've heard. They're a bit more on the power metal side of things, but they're still pretty great.

#14 Posted by Adus (68 posts) -

Hadn't heard of Biomechanical, but I like it.

Been trying to think of which Ayreon song to add to the list but it's difficult since they're pretty varied and no single song really represents them.

I suppose I'll go with Abbey of Synn.

#16 Posted by Berezov (504 posts) -
@Adus:  
 
Just listening to some of this stuff now. Thanks man.
#17 Posted by Adus (68 posts) -

@Berezov: No problem. That's only a fraction of the stuff I know and I left out a few things on purpose for one reason or another, but if you ever want more recommendations just let me know. Also my last.fm will list a number of things. Not everything there is symphonic or orchestral but most of it is and if it isn't then it's on there for a good reason.

#18 Edited by teh_destroyer (3583 posts) -

@marlow83 said:

Something like this?

Fuck yes.

That is actually called Operah Metal.

#19 Posted by Bollard (6032 posts) -
@Berezov: <3 you for being an SA fan :D Did you get the double disc version of that album? Cause the second disc has like 7 songs from that album all with a full orchestra rather than guitars etc - sooooo good! 
 
Also, if your music taste is anything like mine then you might like this band: (Symphonic metal) 
 
   
  
  
Also if you want something epic: 
 
  
   
 

@Adus: Amorphis are sooo damn good, I only have the album Skyforger, I really need to get more. I didn't know they did growling vocals (or at least, I don't seem to remember Skyforger having any!)  Also just noticed you put Velatum in your list, from Serenity, that songs pretty good but Fairytales is in my opinion more orchestral and more awesome :P 
#20 Posted by Adus (68 posts) -

@Chavtheworld: Yeah, Amorphis is one of my favorite bands at the moment. Skyforger is excellent and I really suggest checking out the rest of their stuff. I personally prefer everything with the newer vocalist which starts at the Eclipse album, but the stuff before is still good. Their latest album is the best album this year so far.

#21 Posted by Jothel (943 posts) -
#22 Posted by Bollard (6032 posts) -
@Adus: Awesome stuff, but I'm hoping Opeth's new album will trump it later this year :P
#23 Posted by Thule (692 posts) -

@somnambulist said:

Then there is this Russian band, Sunless Rise. They still only have a four track demo out, but they're one of the sickest new bands I've heard. They're a bit more on the power metal side of things, but they're still pretty great.

Thanks for posting that. I just got the entire demo and it's great.

#24 Posted by Bollard (6032 posts) -
@Thule said:

@somnambulist said:

Then there is this Russian band, Sunless Rise. They still only have a four track demo out, but they're one of the sickest new bands I've heard. They're a bit more on the power metal side of things, but they're still pretty great.

Thanks for posting that. I just got the entire demo and it's great.

Oh my, just started listening to Nothing to Save and its blowing my mind so far, howcome they haven't done anything since 2009?!
#25 Posted by EvilKatarn (466 posts) -

The entire Enthrone Darkness Triumphant album by Dimmu Borgir should also be up your alley. There's some really awesome stuff there. 
 
  

  The last part of this song is out of this world. 
 
  
#26 Edited by Berezov (504 posts) -
@Chavtheworld:  
 
Oh I'll have to check those extra tracks out - thanks man! 
 
 By the way, the stuff posted in here is just the kind of thing I was looking for. Thanks guys.
#27 Posted by Akeldama (4259 posts) -

@Berezov: