On the Horizon: 5 Bands to Watch in 2017!
2/24/2017 7:18:02 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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· Anvil· The Kovenant
· Sinner· Carpathian Forest
· Karaboudjan· Rebellion
· Narziß· Steel Attack
· Powergod· Power of Omens
· Brainstorm· Goat Horn
· Exawatt· Shakra
· Catch 22· Inner Rage of Emotion
· Dragonforce· Silent Scythe
· Edguy· Project: Failing Flesh
· Dreamaker· I Hate Sally
· Freakhouse· Wolf
· Gamma Ray· Low Earth Orbit
· Zaius· Joe Stump
· Devil In The Kitchen· Insomnium
· Goatsnake· Joey Belladonna
· Unearth· Annihilator
· Scavenger· Polterchrist
· Valume Nob· Jungle Rot
· Tartharia· Dark Ruin
· Incantation· Rush
· Dark Tranquillity· Of Infinity
· Code Black· Cradle To Grave
· The Mighty Nimbus· Entombed
· Impaled· Labyrinth
· Heartcry· Mystic Prophecy
· the missing:· Darkthrone
· Crimson Moonlight· Marduk
· Boomerang· Frantic Bleep
· Holy Moses· Kinrick
· System Of A Down· Callenish Circle
· Hatesphere· Mirador
· God Among Insects· Brand New Sin
· Darkane· Power Quest
· Nightvision· Widow
· Holy Blood· Iron Maidens
· Pagan's Mind· Dragonia
· Forever Slave· Even X
· Crystal Ball· Dreamland
· Ram-Zet· Khold
· Across Tundras· Fields Of The Nephilim
· The Berzerker· The Ocean
· The Smashup· Down Factor
· Dream Or Nightmare· Stormcrow
· The Furor· Abysmal Dawn
· Ensoph· Black Crucifixion
· Jotunspor· Smohalla
· Dendura· Skid Row
· Ynis Vitrin· The Finals
· Semargl· Teeth of the Hydra
· Eighteen Visions· Twinball
· Winger· Extium
· Centinex· Gaza
· Stonegard· Threat Signal
· Merciless Death· Pantera
· Warner Drive· Malevolent Creation
· Faith And Fire· Hell N' Diesel
· Pathosray· Cockpit
· SOS· Armory
· Wolfgate· Something Beautiful
· My Dying Bride· Caliban