A Symphonic Metal musical quick start

May 26, 2016

One of the trademarks of Heavy Metal is to use the iconography and dressing the way you want to sound. One of the beautiful things about this genre is the performances are as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the ears. In this musical survey, I'll be posting links for recommendations so people can get started listening to these awesome bands as they perform.

I am constantly updating the band lists and links to songs/videos on this page. As before, all the links were working when this blog post was originally created. I have included the albums the songs are from to enable folks to Google them or sample them in iTunes or Amazon should the links break later on down the line. If you hear anything you like, please support these bands by buying their music.

NIGHTWISH
Nemo, official music video, song from the album Once, with original frontwoman Tarja Turunen
Dark Chest of Wonders, song from the album Once, with original frontwoman Tarja Turunen
The Escapist, bonus song from the album Dark Passion Play, with second frontwoman Anette Olzon
Storytime, official music video, song from the album Imaginaerum, with second frontwoman Anette Olzon
Floor Jansen performs Storytime at Wacken Open Air 2013 with a power and conviction that has me wondering if there's anything she can't sing.
I Want My Tears Back, official live music video, song from the album Imaginaerum, with current frontwoman Floor Jansen
Plus the links posted on my previous blog post about Ghost Score Love.

WITHIN TEMPTATION
What Have You Done, official video featuring Keith Caputo, song from the album The Heart of Everything
Dangerous, official music video featuring Howard Jones, song from the album Hydra
Frozen, official music video, song from the album The Heart of Everything
Mother Earth, live from the Black Symphony in Rotterdam 2008, title track from the album Mother Earth
Fire and Ice, official music video, song from the album The Unforgiven
Plus the tracks listed in my previous blog entry.

EPICA
Storm the Sorrow, official music video, song from the album Requiem for the Indifferent
Unleashed, official music video, song from the album Design Your Universe
Never Enough, official music video, song from the album The Divine Conspiracy
Cry for the Moon, studio session recording, song from the album The Phantom Agony
Seif Al Din, studio session recording, song from the album The Phantom Agony
 
KAMELOT
The Haunting (Somewhere in Time), live with Simone Simons from Epica, song from the album The Black Halo
Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife), official music video, song from the album Silverthorn
My Confession, official music video, song from the album Silverthorn, featuring the quartet Eklipse
March of Mephisto, song from the album The Black Halo
Poetry for the Poisoned, parts 1-4 of this song stitched together with lyrics, songs from the album Poetry for the Poisoned

SIRENIA
Seven Widows Weep, official music video, song from the album Perils of the Deep Blue
The Other Side, official music video, song from the album Nine Destinies and A Downfall
The Path to Decay, official music video, song from the album The 13th Floor
Lethargica, song from the album At Sixes and Sevens
Fallen Angel, song from the album The Enigma of Life

DELAIN
The Gathering, official music video, song from the album Lucidity
Get the Devil Out of Me, official music video, song from the album We Are the Others
April Rain, official music video, title song from the album April Rain
We Are the Others, official music video, title song from the album We Are the Others
Suckerpunch, official music video, song from the album Lunar Prelude
 
LEAVES' EYES
Hell to the Heavens, official music video, song from the album Symphonies of the Night
Elegy, official music video, song from the album Vinland Saga
Frøya's Theme, song from the album Njord
My Destiny, official music video, song from the album Njord
Take the Devil in Me, official music video, showing scenes of the band performing and on the road, song from the album Njord
The members of the band talk about the work and production for the album Symphonies of the Night.
  
THERION
Rise of Sodom and Gomorra (live from Poland 1998), from the album Vovin (Featuring Martina Hornbacher who recorded the original on the album with Therion in 1997)
For comparison, the original album cut of Rise of Sodom and Gomorra, from the album Vovin
Son of the Staves of Time, official music video, song from the album Gothic Kabbalah
Summernight City, live cover of the ABBA song of the same name from Hellfest 2011, from the album Secret of the Runes
The Miskolc Experience (Preview Trailer), the opening is the 4th movement of Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 From New World
Compare the Perennnial Sophia (featuring Katarina Lilja) to Birth of Venus Illegitima (featuring Martina Hornbacher) to  Tuna 1613 as another example of the range of variation Therion has in its repertoire.
  
XANDRIA
Valentine, official music video, song from the album Neverworld's End, featuring former frontwoman Manuela Kraller
Forevermore, a fan video done with lyric subtitles, song from the album Neverworld's End
A Prophecy of Worlds to Fall, song with lyric subtitles, song from the album Neverworld's End
Nightfall, official music video from the album Sacrificium
 
SONATA ARCTICA
I Have A Right, official music video song from the album Stones Grow Her Name
Full Moon, song from the album Ecliptica
Victoria's Secret, song from the album Winterheart's Guild
Only the Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful), song from the album Stones Grow Her Name
Don't Say a Word, song from the album Reckoning Night
The Wind Beneath My Wings, cover of the famous song performed by Bette Mildler of the same name
 
SYMPHONY X
Paradise Lost, title song from the album Paradise Lost
Serpents Kiss, official music video, song from the album Paradise Lost
The Divine Wings of Tragedy, title song from the album The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Iconoclast, title song from the album Iconoclast
When All Is Lost, song from the album Iconoclast
 
BLIND GUARDIAN
A Voice in the Dark, official music video, song from the album At the Edge of Time
Nightfall, song with lyrics from the album Nightfall in Middle Earth, an album inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion.
Sacred Worlds, song with lyrics from the album At the Edge of Time, this song appears as an in-game concert in the RPG action game Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
War of the Thrones (piano version), song from the album At the Edge of Time, inspired by George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones.
Wheel of Time, song from the album At the Edge of Time, inspired by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga.
 
SERENITY
Velatum, official music video, song from the album Fallen Sanctuary
Serenade of Flames, featuring Charlotte Wessels (Delain), song from the album Death & Legacy
Wings of Madness, official music video from the album War of Ages
The Chevalier, official music video, featuring Ailyn (Sirenia), song from the album Death & Legacy
 
BAL-SAGOTH
Callisto Rising, song from the album The Power Cosmic
In Search of the Lost Cities of Antarctica, song from the album Atlantis Ascendant
Of carnage and gathering of the wolves, song from the album The Power Cosmic
Atlantis Ascendant, song from the album Atlantis Ascendant
Six Score and Ten Oblations To a Malefic Avatar, song from the album The Chtonic Chronicles
   
HAGGARD
Per Aspera Ad Astra, song from the album Eppur Si Muove
Chapter II: Upon Fallen Autumn Leaves, song from the album Tales of Ithiria
Chapter III: La Terra Santa, song from the album Tales of Ithiria
Chapter V: The Hidden Sign, song from the album Tales of Ithiria
Awaking the Centuries, live video at Wacken 2007, song from the album Awaking the Centuries
  
EDENBRIDGE
Higher, official music video, song from the album Solitaire
Alight A New Tomorrow, official music video, song from the album The Bonding
The Undiscovered Land, live video during the Aphelion Tour 2004, song from the album Aphelion
Shine, song from the album Shine
  
RHAPSODY OF FIRE
Rising From Tragic Flames, song from the album Dark Wings of Steel
Angel of Light, song from the album Dark Wings of Steel
Sea of Fate, official music video, song from the album The Frozen Tears of Angels
Wisdom of the Kings, official music video, song from the album Symphony of Enchanted Lands
The Magic of the Wizard's Dream, official music video feat. Christopher Lee, song from Symphony of Enchanted Lands II - The Dark Secret

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
New Dawn, official music video, song from the album Delta, Mario Plank and Maxi Nil on vocals
Seven Seas, song from the album Trinity, Mario Plank and Melissa Ferlaak on vocals
Lost, official music video, song from the album Cast Away, Mario Plank and Nicole Bogner on vocals
  
TRISTANIA
Equilibrium, official music video, song from the album Ashes, Vibeke Stene and Østen Bergøy on vocals
Year of the Rat, official music video, song from the album Rubicon, Mariangela Demurtas and Kjetil Nordhus on vocals
Himmelfall, song from the album Darkest White, Mariangela Demurtas and Kjetil Nordhus on vocals
   
UNSHINE
The Paradise Lost, song from the album The Enigma of Immortals
Catherine His Beloved, song from the album the Enigma of Immortals
Spellbinder, song from the album Dark Half Rising

LEAH
Old World, song from the album Of Earth and Angels
Prisoner, song from the album Of Earth and Angels
Ex Cathedra, song from the album Of Earth and Angels
Old World, live video from 12-12-12, song from the album Of Earth and Angels
Dreamland, song from the album Otherworld
Kings and Queens (2015) album sampler/teaser

LUNATICA
The Neverending Story, song from the album Fables & Dreams
Hymn (Ultravox Cover), song from the album Fables & Dreams
New Shores, song from the album New Shores
Who You Are, song from the album The Edge of Infinity
The Edge of Infinity, title song from the album The Edge of Infinity
The Day The Falcon Dies, song from the album New Shores

KATRA
One Wish Away, official music video from the album Out of the Ashes
Beast Within, official music video from the album Beast Within
Grail of Sahara, song from the album Beast Within

APOCALYPTICA
I Don't Care, official music video (featuring Adam Gontier on vocals) from the album Worlds Collide
Cold Blood, official music video from the album Shadowmaker
Life Burns, official music video (featuring Lauri Ylonen on vocals) from the album Apocalyptica
Hall of the Mountain King, official live video from "Apocalyptica: The Life Burns Tour DVD"
Farewell, instrumental track from the album Apocalyptica

FADING AZALEA
Track samples from Maze of Melancholy can be found here