Symphonic black metal is a style of black metal that incorporates symphonic and orchestral elements. This may include the usage of music workstation keyboards to conjure up "pseudo-orchestral" landscapes with default presets (e.g. strings, choirs, piano, organs, and pads), or full orchestral arrangements containing woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboards and strings. Bands 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. The approached theme can be also considered wider that the traditional black metal, indeed a lot groups of symphonic black metal adduce to deal with themes such as the vampirism (Theatre des vampire, Cradle of Filth), the occultism and the paranormal ( Carach Angren). The political theme is also more neglected as in the other black metal subgenres.
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[...] In the Shadow of 1000 Suns is more in the symphonic black metal vein.
...establishing themselves as a symphonic black metal force to be reckoned with.
Sweden's Apostasy was formed in 1994 and performs keyboard-laden symphonic black metal inspired by the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Arcturus.
[...] The Chthonic Chronicles underscores the ambitious nature of the symphonic black metal style.
...Defending the Throne of Evil just falls in with the rest of the symphonic black metal pack.
Finland became a surprising hotbed of heavy metal talent during the late '90s, and symphonic black metal act Catamenia certainly ranks among the most consistent - if not commercially successful - of these.
Symphonic black metal will always be first and foremost associated with Norway, a locale that seems to spawn a new band sporting ghoulish face paint every bloody day. But by 2007, the style had long crossed over into other faraway territories, as evidenced by the emergence of Taiwan's Chthonic.
Symphonic black metal comes from all points of the globe, but it seems to have truly taken hold in Europe circa the early 21st century, as an avalanche of similarly styled bands began sprouting up from this particular locale. And one of Poland's leading entries into the symphonic black metal sweepstakes turned out to be the six-piece Darzamat.
...Sweden's Diabolical Masquerade released a string of symphonic and misanthropic black metal albums...
Dimmu Borgir's brand of symphonic black metal...
Equilibrium's folk metal/symphonic black metal attack isn't just about intensity; it is also about craftsmanship.
Since forming in 1992, Italy's Graveworm have unleashed a number of very sophisticated gothic-symphonic black metal albums...
Redimus is neither the best nor the worst that symphonic black metal and melodic death metal have to offer...
The relatively lo-fi, but still clear, production lends the songs a grainy nastiness that's integral to the overall feel of the record, which strongly represents the ugly, pockmarked side of symphonic black metal.
[...] Cadaveria did her part to make Opera IX one of the more unusual bands in symphonic black metal...
[...] But these guys take it a step further, providing music that is elaborate even by symphonic black metal standards.
...before turning their collective gaze northwards to Scandinavia's bustling extreme metal scene. There they found like-minded accomplices in up-and-coming symphonic black metal bands like Dimmu Borgir and Borknagar...
Over the course of the 1990s, Sweden's Tiamat evolved from a typical death metal outfit into one of the leading lights in 'symphonic' black metal.
Tvangeste was formed in 1996 in Kaliningrad, Russia, and its line-up at the time consisted of Miron Chirva, Edgar, Nikolay "Kok" Kazmin (of Candle in the Dark) and...
Twilight Ophera isn't terribly distinctive - plenty of other symphonic black metal bands have favored this type of sound in the Nordic countries...
[...] Firefrost -Arcanum-, an album so hugely, unapologetically over the top that at first it almost sounds like a deadpan parody of symphonic black metal.