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.

See the bands here: [Full Column Link]

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Bathory Opeth
Steel Prophet The Haunted
White Skull Tiamat
Deranged Gun Barrel
Overkill Warhorse
Godflesh Advent
Fozzy Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Dark Moor Exawatt
Supervillain Fireball Ministry
Bloodbath Sevendust
Morbid Angel King Diamond
Silent Scythe Pink Cream 69
Brides of Destruction Dreamaker
Volbeat Jag Panzer
Evanescence Icon And The Black Roses
Gamma Ray Metalium
Cyst Brutal Mastication
Psychotron Shadows Fall
Wintersun Dark Age
Unearth Slowlife
House of Shakira Dark Ruin
The Lizards Ironhorse
Agnostic Front Napalm Death
Scenteria Kamelot
Requiem Aeternam Stormwarrior
Kaamos Oathean
Novembers Doom Derek Sherinian
Bruce Dickinson Drunkard
Ramesses Raintime
Grand Magus Pro-Pain
Biss Disbelief
Manntis God Among Insects
Subterranean Masquerade Monolithe
Prowler Inc. The Father Panic Riot Orchestra
Power Quest Thor
Fates Warning A Lower Deep
The Scourger Before The Dawn
Blood Thirsty Demons Twilight
Mabon Paths Of Possession
Akercocke Crystal Ball
Dreamland Wolfmother
Define Divine Khold
Sodom Across Tundras
Cannibal Corpse Poison
Tris Katone Viron
Elvenking Candlemass
Dream Or Nightmare Nicodemus
Gorgoroth Skid Row
Warface From the Grave
Burialmound Zero Hour
Anata Enochian Crescent
Thy Majestie Zoroaster
Rotting Christ Lesbian Bed Death
Deicide Steve Cone
Warmachine Omnium Gatherum
In This Moment Satariel
The Prophecy Katrina Johansson
Antigama Retrospective
Blut Aus Nord Malevolent Creation
David Galas Hellveto
Ensiferum Echoes of Eternity
Dantesco Witchfinder General
Straight Line Stitch Kreator
Hacksaw Surgery Equilibrium
Papa Roach Mustasch