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    Symphonic Metal...

    I trust someone can help me define what the term Symphonic Metal means. Apparently there is a great hole in my knowledge base and I would be most grateful for a sensible definition of the term in question.

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    Giovanni

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    Re: Symphonic Metal...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphonic_metal

    Hope this helps.

    Actually, I was under the impression that symphonic metal was simply when a symphony orchestra and/or symphony orchestra instruments were used in metal music. But apparently the genre encompasses more than that...

    I guess I`m not all that familiar with the genre either.

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    Hi rojo,

    Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for your taking the time to find the reasonable definitions for symphonic metal - goodness, what a plethora of genres and subgenres.

    Cheers,

    Giovanni

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    Lol, I like the thought of what you think it is, exactly what I had in mind but imagine how it would sound??? hmmm lets use a violin as a guitar solo, sorry just my lame jokes

    Gareth.

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    Hi gareth,

    Wikipedia brings up names of subgenres like symphonic thrash metal, gothic metal, death metal and other titles which furrow my brow to say the least. The stuff seems to sell, especially after it has been *marketed to death*. From the term death metal the image of a giant *necropolis*( City of the Dead ) pops up in my mind and I wonder why all this predilection for death and dying. I could go on but mow I will stop.

    Cheers,

    Giovanni

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    Re: Symphonic Metal...

    With the exception of some powerhouse metal bands like Metallica, and some of this garbage that's out now that's commonly mistaken for "metal" (Korn, etc.), that is the first time I've seen the premise of "marketing sells" lumped into a statement about metal music.

    I'm certain that I've never seen an advertisement for, or heard a radio play anything from at least 90% of my collection. And "yes", my collection largely consists of death, thrash, and hardcore.

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    Hi jason,

    I understand that you take objection to my lumping together *marketing sells* and metal music, so be it. I used the term *marketed to death* to illustrate that with *life support* you can get almost anything to sell. I take it that you might have your expertise in marketing - then I doff my hat in deference to you.

    Cheers,

    Giovanni

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    Therion is really great band. Especially ''Theli'' is the best symphonic metal album ever done.

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    Hi marionette,

    Thanx for the tip.

    Cheers,

    Giovanni

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    Re: Symphonic Metal...

    Hi jason,

    I understand that you take objection to my lumping together *marketing sells* and metal music, so be it. I used the term *marketed to death* to illustrate that with *life support* you can get almost anything to sell. I take it that you might have your expertise in marketing - then I doff my hat in deference to you.

    Cheers,

    Giovanni
    You're right, I'm a Marketing Director.

    I do understand though, with a little "life support", anything can sell. I've long believed that most pop music is exactly that, "sold".

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    Re: Symphonic Metal...

    I used to listen to a Japanese band called Malice Mizer who are a bit gothic. But their early music fused rock with classical compositions very nicely. They then moved on more opera style which I wasnt too keen on because it wasn't rock and it was a bad rendition of opera too.

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    Hi jason,

    Must be interesting to have *fingerspitzgefuehl* aka tip of finger sensitivity to the pulse of a fickle consumer society. In the music field, this is truly the case. It is probably the most vicious, cutthroat business on the planet.

    Cheers,

    Giovanni

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    Re: Symphonic Metal...

    according to a definition I've found;symphonic metal is a metal type which includes songs that has been performing with the symphony techniques and using classical music instruments.(I thought my definitions can be inadequate)their innovator is therion but haggard is an example of this type,a really good example..

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    I found a style lately very similar to symphonic metal, perhaps is Black metal a branch off symphonic metal, as of the instruments used and how they used them?

    Gareth.
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    Yeah i'd say Therion.
    Some of the awesome albums are: Vovin, Deggial, Crowning of Atlantis, Secret of The Runes, Lemuria, Sirius B, and of course Theli.

    Been to two of their concerts so far. It is, after all, my favorite band.
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