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On the Horizon: 5 Bands to Watch in 2017!
2/24/2017 5:25:08 PM by Frank Hill





Heavy metal and hard rock isn't an unexplored phenomenon. Its musical landscape is in its fifth decade, leading many to wonder just how many stones are truly left unturned. The two genres have been expanded into countless hybrids, offshoots and sub-genres that leave even experienced fans like myself a bit overwhelmed. Now, with so many streaming avenues it's hard to even find a playlist or album to turn on without going down the rabbit hole of endless visuals and recommendations. I've narrowed down five bands to watch.

The criteria? They have to be new bands with no more than two official full-length album releases. I am straying from extreme music because its future doesn't excite me that much. This list features youthful, energetic bands that play a form of hard music that's electrifying and speaks to me in some way.

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RANDOM ACTS OF METAL
· Cave In· In Flames
· Into Eternity· Lost Horizon
· Racer X· Slipknot
· The Great Deceiver· Twilight Odyssey
· Exmortem· Grave Digger
· Narziß· Usurper
· Rawhead Rexx· Dark Moor
· Legend· Wizard
· Abigor· Powergod
· God Dethroned· Circle of Nero
· Sevendust· Victory
· Rob Rock· DevilDriver
· Slayer· Probot
· Fairyland· Devil To Pay
· Exodus· Ebony Ark
· Deep Purple· Bleeding Inc
· Icon And The Black Roses· Gamma Ray
· Marillion· Lonewolf
· House of Lords· Fabrizio Bonanno
· Insomnium· Chapter VIII
· Meliah Rage· Killswitch Engage
· Psychotron· Beaten Back To Pure
· Marshall Law· Slowlife
· GWAR· Within Temptation
· Agnostic Front· Hanzel Und Gretyl
· Avenue F· Creed
· Napalm Death· Azrael's Bane
· Divine Fire· Crionics
· Shatterpoint· Nevermore
· Mystic Prophecy· Samael
· Crimson Moonlight· Argument Soul
· Novembers Doom· Bleed The Sky
· Magica· Thunderblast
· Sinisthra· Babylon
· Throes of Dawn· Groundcrew
· Circus Maximus· Voyager
· Monolithe· Killing Spree
· Sheavy· To The Bone
· Loits· Orphaned Land
· Monster Magnet· Casus Belli
· Arthemis· Gojira
· Chain Collector· Gorefest
· Virgin Steele· Absolution
· Machina· Nobody's Fool
· Totalisti· Katatonia
· Upwards of Endtime· Firehouse
· Manngard· The Smackdown
· Imagika· Speed/Kill/Hate
· The Sword· Ensoph
· Upon Infliction· Royal Hunt
· Cult of Luna· Fragments of Unbecoming
· Fleshgore· From the Grave
· Anata· Myon
· Thy Majestie· Semargl
· Mastodon· Eyes of Ligeia
· Cult of Daath· Venom
· Sathanas· Escape The Fate
· Urkraft· Handful of Hate
· Diagnose: Lebensgefahr· Incrave
· Cattle Decapitation· Mithras
· Fight· Faith And Fire
· Bilocate· The Lamp of Thoth
· Iron Fire· Deadsea
· Wolfgate· Suspyre