25 days ago:
Honestly this genre has so much variety that I could really listen to this single genre alone for the rest of my life. Bands in this genre can mix elements such as folk, opera/classical, Industrial, orchestral soundtrack, Baroque, etc., together with basically any metal genre, the most common one being power metal, and there are also bands that use death metal vocals, either as the lone frontman or alongside operatic vocals, for those that like the heavier stuff. And they don't just mix those genres with guitars - it's not uncommon for symphonic metal bands to write (a) classical song(s) or atmospheric folk song(s) for an album, and the fans don't think anything of it, because experimenting with other genres aside from metal is almost expected in symphonic metal. The musicianship is quite top-notch as well. I could go on to say that I also love worldly, classical and opera, orchestral soundtracks, Halloween music, other metal subgenres, etc., but symphonic metal already has all of that covered.