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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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RANDOM ACTS OF METAL
Anvil Demons and Wizards
Into Eternity Leng Tch'e
Steel Prophet Grave
Exmortem December
Deranged Machine Head
Solace Sickspeed
Vyndykator Johnny Lokke
Agony Divine Inner Rage of Emotion
Thunderbolt Runemagick
Steel Preacher Lanfear
Stryper Guardians Of Time
Vhaldemar Silent Scythe
Hypocrisy Pharaoh
Whitesnake DevilDriver
Out of the Lair Soul Reaper
Fairyland Dreamaker
Hard Echo Cryonic Temple
Celesty Construcdead
Scala Mercalli Jag Panzer
UFO David Shankle Group
Skyfire Highlord
Dragonspoon Spiral Madness
Joe Stump Estuary
Dimmu Borgir Krokus
Insomnium Unleashed
Killswitch Engage Imp
Dio Otep
Scavenger Valume Nob
Necrodemon Jungle Rot
GWAR Negative Creeps
Jackyl Tsjuder
Triumph Of Infinity
Scenteria Ligeia
Hibria Mechanical Poet
Samael Crimson Moonlight
Marduk God Fear None
Boomerang Bleed The Sky
Meshuggah Magica
Lord Gore Soul SirkUS
Impiety Slumber
Pro-Pain Nightrage
Astarte Subterranean Masquerade
Evemaster Horna
Resurrecturis Sheavy
The Scourger Warchild
Octavia Sperati To The Bone
Orphaned Land Monster Magnet
Algol3 Running Wild
Gojira Ram-Zet
Wolfmother The Tenth Circle
Detonation Hate
Enforsaken Thryfing
Cannibal Corpse Beyond Fear
Upwards of Endtime Wolves in the Throne Room
Steep Firehouse
Cryptopsy Speed/Kill/Hate
The Furor Abysmal Dawn
Ensoph Gorgoroth
Vengeance Skid Row
I Setherial
Belphegor The Finals
Enochian Crescent Semargl
Eighteen Visions Lupara
E-lane Audrey Horne
The Showdown Starkweather
Steve Cone Centinex
Fu Manchu Hardcore Superstar
Dream Theater Grenouer
Marc Sasso Pentacle
Since the Day Malevolent Creation
The Wonderfools Faith And Fire
Hellveto Depressed Mode
Keep of Kalessin Echoes of Eternity
Cauldron Diamond Dogs
Mongrel Night Ranger
Averse Sefira Orthodox
I Shalt Become Cockpit
40 Below Summer Jesus Martyr
Last Stone Cast UFOmammut
Papa Roach Coffins
Battleroar Sotajumala
Uli Jon Roth Giant Squid
Suspyre Dark Castle