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12 minutes ago, ParisNavy said:

MMMM..I didn't know exactly where to go with this question, but, here goes: How come there is no symphonic metal thread among the other the different metal subgenre threads??? Just curious is all...8-[ 

"Symphonic" could refer to bands who play a few different styles - gothic, power, death, or black metal mostly. If there's a specific band you're looking for, they'll likely be in one of those subforums, and if you can't find them, feel free to start a thread in the appropriate spot.

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1 hour ago, ParisNavy said:

MMMM..I didn't know exactly where to go with this question, but, here goes: How come there is no symphonic metal thread among the other the different metal subgenre threads??? Just curious is all...8-[ 

I would class the broach church of 'symphonic metal' as one of my favourite aspects of metal, although like Sweet FA says, it would be too hard to nail down a specific genre. We'd be talking about Fleshgod Apocalypse next to Nightwish, and that just doesn't feel right! 

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1 hour ago, FatherAlabaster said:

"Symphonic" could refer to bands who play a few different styles - gothic, power, death, or black metal mostly. If there's a specific band you're looking for, they'll likely be in one of those subforums, and if you can't find them, feel free to start a thread in the appropriate spot.

2 minutes ago, Requiem said:

I would class the broach church of 'symphonic metal' as one of my favourite aspects of metal, although like Sweet FA says, it would be too hard to nail down a specific genre. We'd be talking about Fleshgod Apocalypse next to Nightwish, and that just doesn't feel right! 

I tend to view "symphonic" as a sort of prefix that is applied on top of other metal genres (much like "melodic" or "technical").  It seems to indicate a style of playing/musicality rather than a genre.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Balor said:

I tend to view "symphonic" as a sort of prefix that is applied on top of other metal genres (much like "melodic" or "technical").  It seems to indicate a style of playing/musicality rather than a genre.

Yeah, that's a pretty good call. Then again, what would you call a band like Nightwish? Symphonic power metal? Symphonic gothic metal? You wouldn't turn up to a party and say, "Hey, are you guys into the symphonic power metal band Nightwish?". 

Fleshgod is definitely symphonic death metal, as is Septicflesh these days. Dimmu Borgir could safely be called symphonic black metal, although there's hardly any blackness in their metal these days. 

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10 minutes ago, Requiem said:

Yeah, that's a pretty good call. Then again, what would you call a band like Nightwish? Symphonic power metal? Symphonic gothic metal? You wouldn't turn up to a party and say, "Hey, are you guys into the symphonic power metal band Nightwish?". 

Fleshgod is definitely symphonic death metal, as is Septicflesh these days. Dimmu Borgir could safely be called symphonic black metal, although there's hardly any blackness in their metal these days. 

You could always just blend the genres as well.  Thus Nightwish could be labelled a "symphonic power/gothic metal" band.  That being said, Encyclopedia Metallum lists them as a symphonic power metal band.

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1 minute ago, Balor said:

You could always just blend the genres as well.  Thus Nightwish could be labelled a "symphonic power/gothic metal" band.  That being said, Encyclopedia Metallum lists them as a symphonic power metal band.

This is where genres aren't always a safe bet. When I listen to Nightwish I don't think of power metal at all, and I listen to them quite a lot. But there just seems to be no other place to put them other than symphonic power metal. Straight 'symphonic metal' might actually be better for them, but it's just too broad a description. 

 

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2 hours ago, Requiem said:

This is where genres aren't always a safe bet. When I listen to Nightwish I don't think of power metal at all, and I listen to them quite a lot. But there just seems to be no other place to put them other than symphonic power metal. Straight 'symphonic metal' might actually be better for them, but it's just too broad a description. 

 

I am not familiar enough with their work to say for sure, but perhaps they just are so unique with their sound that any categorization is simply a "best fit."

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On 7/1/2018 at 3:36 AM, ParisNavy said:

Cool, thanks for all the suggestions!! 

Was there anything you wanted to discuss regarding symphonic metal, or where you literally just wondering why there wasn't a thread for it?

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