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      CommentAuthorAva Jarvis
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2008
    I'm not sure why I like them so much. I think it's the symphonic components; I've never heard so much string section or winds in ... I guess it's some subset of metal?

    The lead singer's voice is like listening to an angel, too, which helps.

    So that's Within Temptation. I need some recommendations because I think I'll lose my mind if I don't get more of this type of stuff... whatever it is.

    Oh, and please no recommendations for Evanescence. My future self will come back and kick me into next year if I keep listening to that. I know people compare Evanescence and Within Temptation, but Within Temptation is rather different. And reminds me of opera; Evansecence doesn't.

    • CommentAuthorDracko
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    The moment you said opera, I thought of E Nomine. That might be up your alley. See if you can hear <em>Schwarze Sonne</em> anywhere.
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
    *shrug* 'Spose you could check out Nightwish, maybe Theatre of Tragedy or Midnattsol. Really, my recommendation would be to stop flirting with all that symphonic stuff and get some PROPER metal, but that's me first thing in the morning without coffee for you.
  1.  (667.4)
    nevermore are fucking great...
  2.  (667.5)
    I'd recommend Lacuna Coil and The Gathering as halfway decent bands doing the Gothic Metal with Female Vocals thing. I'd also highly recommend Therion who pioneered the whole opera singer thing way back before it was fashionable and have the advantage of being a decent thrash band underneath the pretentious trappings.

    Straying slightly further away from the established formula there are more than a few Power Metal bands flirting with classical influences. Rhapsody are probably the best of a very silly bunch.

    The epic doom band Candlemass have a classically trained opera singer as their vocalists for all their best albums, including their latest which is great. They're something of an acquired taste but they'd be worth checking out.

    Nightwish have already been mentioned but in terms of sounding similar to Within Temptation they're your best bet.

    Not being a fan of the mainstream sound I'm also going to suggest that you might be able to find some stuff with heavy orchestration that you like in the Black Metal scene. Bands like Emperor and Dimmu Borgir make heavy use of keyboards and classical sounding riffs and have the advantage of being properly extreme.

    I'd recommend searching for all of the above bands on MySpace and YouTube. I'd have provided links but I'm a little short of time this morning.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
    I'd second the Lacuna Coil suggestion.

    As for Evanescence - what seemed to happen to Within Temptation, is after they had a hit, WT seemed to decide they had to be more like them. Which is a pity, as their stuff prior to this was amazingly good.

    Black Metal has actually gone from being awful rubbish for spotty teenagers to something very interesting, as they've discovered Wagner and orchestal accompaniment. I'm not that knowleagable about it, so I'd ask for other recommendations, but don't rule it out.
  3.  (667.7)
    Most of these are a little more progressive or power metal, but you might enjoy them. As several people already mentioned, Nightwish is probably your best bet, though I'd avoid their most recent album, Dark Passion Play, since they replaced their opera singer. Symphony X is one of my favorite metal bands, though their most recent album is much more focused on aggressive playing than symphonic elements. I'd suggest listening to their album, The Divine Wings of Tragedy, especially the title track. Kamelot's recent albums, The Black Halo and Ghost Opera, are excellent symphonic power metal albums. You might also enjoy Krypteria's most recent album, Bloodangel's Cry. Apocalyptica is an interesting band that I'd suggest trying out. It's a cello metal band, with all members playing the cello. They do a lot of covers of classical pieces, such as "In the Hall of the Mountain King", as well as many Metallica songs. After that, I'd suggest trying Dark Moor, Epica, Leaves' Eyes, Rhapsody of Fire, Sonata Arctica, Therion, and Xandria.
      CommentAuthorAva Jarvis
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
    Thanks, guys! Wow, I've got a lot of listening to do.

    I always thought metal was, you know, people screaming into the microphone and heavy, fast guitar riffs.
  4.  (667.9)
    essentially yes, but there's a lot you can do with that!
  5.  (667.10)
    I'd suggest going to and searching there - usually gives good results for bands in a similar vibe to what I ask for.
  6.  (667.11)
    I only discovered that I actually liked metal about a year ago for mostly the same reasons. Bands like Blind Guardian and Gamma Ray introduced me to good metal, and I've used Pandora and to expand my horizons from there.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
    Somebody mentioned Rhapsody. They are very silly, but if you don't mind silly (I call it D&D metal), you might dig it.

    Really, the only metal I listen to is Meshuggah, Metallica, and the first System of a Down album. Other then that, I don't really know what I'm talking about, so take it with a grain of salt.

    Also, you might enjoy Diamanda Galas. She's sort of an avant-garde opera singer. You'll occasionally find her albums in the goth section at record stores, but that doesn't make much sense to me.