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Symphonic black metal

Symphonic black metal is a subgenre of black metal that emerged in the mid to late 1990s, and incorporates symphonic and orchestral elements.[1]

Characteristics

Symphonic black metal is a style of black metal that incorporates symphonic and orchestral elements. This may include the usage of woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboards and strings. Bands like Carach Angren may feature solo instruments such as violins in addition to virtual or live orchestral arrangements. Vocals can be "clean" or operatic in style, and song structures are more defined or are inspired by symphonies, albeit not adhering to forms found in Western music (e.g. sonata, rondo, theme and variations) and following a typical riff-based approach. Many of the characteristics of traditional black metal are retained, such as shrieked vocals, fast tempos, high treble gain and tremolo picked electric guitars.

List of notable symphonic black metal bands

Band Country Formed Notes
Abigail Williams USA 2005 [2]
...And Oceans Finland 1995 [3][4]
Anorexia Nervosa France 1995 [5]
Apostasy Sweden 2000 [6]
Bal-Sagoth England 1993 [7][8]
Carpathian Forest Norway 1992 [9]
Catamenia Finland 1995 [10]
Chthonic Taiwan 1995 [11]
Crimson Moonlight Sweden 1997 [12]
Dark Fortress Germany 1994 [13]
Darzamat Poland 1995 [14]
Diabolical Masquerade Sweden 1993 [15]
Dimmu Borgir Norway 1993 [16][17]
Dragonlord USA 2000 [18]
Emperor Norway 1991 [19]
Equilibrium Germany 2001 [20]
Gehenna Norway 1993 [21]
Graveworm Italy 1992 [22]
Hecate Enthroned England 1993 [23]
Kekal Indonesia 1994 [24]
Limbonic Art Norway 1993 [25]
Opera IX Italy 1988 [26]
Shade Empire Finland 1999 [27][28]
Stormlord Italy 1991 [29]
Tiamat Sweden 1988 [30]
Tvangeste Russia 1996 [31]
Twilight Ophera Finland 1996 [32]
Vaakevandring Norway 1999 [33]
Vesania Poland 1997 [34]

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