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Symphonic metal

music genre that blends heavy metal with classical music

Symphonic metal is a genre that combines heavy metal with symphonic music.

Symphonic metal
Stylistic originsNWOBHM, symphonic rock, progressive metal, neo-classical metal, gothic metal, power metal, baroque rock, classical music.
Cultural originsmid-late 1990s, Continental Europe (mainly Scandinavia and the Netherlands)
(this regards symphonic metal proper; for symphonic variations on other styles of metal, especially extreme metal, the cultural origins are in late 1980s-early to mid 1990s in Switzerland and Scandinavia)
Typical instrumentsVocalsGuitar - Bass - Keyboards - Piano - Drums - Violin - other acoustic and electronic instruments - occasionally backing choirs
Mainstream popularityAlmost mainstream in parts of Europe, moderately large cult following elsewhere.
Fusion genres
Symphonic power metal
Symphonic gothic metal
Symphonic black metal
Cello metal

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