While in Columbus, Ohio this week I caught a show by two bands I would describe as symphonic heavy metal - Nightwish and Kamelot.
I had never heard Kamelot before this show but was won over by their music and stage show. I look forward to seeing them again in the future.
It was my second time to see Nightwish, a band from Finland fronted by an operatic-style female singer (Annette Olson). In addition to the routine guitar/bass/drums instruments, Nightwish are also fairly keyboard intensive and of late have incorporated Troy Donockley on something akin to the bagpipes. Their bombastic orchestrations flavored with a Celtic flair and heavy metal riffs makes for some really interesting music. It's not for everyone but I love it.