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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Hate Eternal Leng Tch'e
Loudness Scanner
Misery Index Tiamat
Exmortem Impellitteri
Twelfth Gate Twisted Tower Dire
Skullview Godsmack
Queensryche Usurper
Vaginal Carnage Rawhead Rexx
Mortician Firewind
Power of Omens Vyndykator
Led Zeppelin Evolution
Byfist Kilfast
Victory Axenstar
Eidolon Tad Morose
Vhaldemar Halloween
Hypocrisy Pharaoh
Wicked Sensation Defiled
Dreamaker Soil
Epica Graveland
David Shankle Group Disarmonia Mundi
Jorn Iron Angel
Estuary Feinstein
Destructor Ungodly
Black Destiny Saxon
Final Dawn Theocracy
Age Of Silence Polterchrist
Jamie. St. James House of Shakira
Conquestador Six Feet Under
Overlorde Fifth Cross
Milkweed Code Black
Paradise Lost Motley Crue
Gods Of Fire Image
Divine Fire Veni Domine
Maze Of Torment Soilwork
Shatterpoint Tarot
Mechanical Poet Chuck Schuldiner
Backyard Babies Crimson Moonlight
Chaoswave Novembers Doom
Kryoburn Operatika
Babylon Shade Empire
Disbelief Embraze
Goddess Of Desire Unchained
Taake Killing Spree
Frameless Scar V:28
Black Majesty Dirty Americans
ASG 1349
Mabon Shattersphere
Doomfoxx Gojira
Overmars Define Divine
Motorhead Virgin Steele
Sodom Craft
Witchery Hell-Born
Moonspell Silver Dirt
Elvenking Vreid
Speed/Kill/Hate The Sword
Stormcrow Sun Descends
Suzukiton Dendura
Sahg Warface
Agalloch Shadows Within
Burialmound Skyforger
Death Breath Enochian Crescent
Thy Majestie Sathanas
E-lane Escape The Fate
Kotipelto Urkraft
Handful of Hate Phazm
Warmachine Stonegard
Diagnose: Lebensgefahr Hardcore Superstar
Threat Signal Throne of Katarsis
Blood of the Black Owl Nagelfar
Mendeed Gotthard
Hacride Spit Like This
Nominon Retrospective
Nation Beyond Randy Ellefson
Spheric Universe Experience Heresi
Orthodox Ride The Sky
Cockpit The Obsessed
Virgin Black Bullet For My Valentine
The More I See Place Of Skulls
Luna Mortis Coffins
Eighteen Wheels Burning Caliban