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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
Bathory Scanner
The Great Deceiver Twilight Odyssey
BloodDuster Tiamat
Exmortem Regurgitate
Usurper Ring of Fire
Advent Iron Maiden
Lamb of God Widowmaker
Black Label Society October 31
Hammerwhore Rob Rock
Stryper Stalker
Halloween Hypocrisy
Pink Cream 69 Whitesnake
DevilDriver Deivos
Doro Shiva
Black Stone Cherry Killik
Jag Panzer Jaw
Ebony Ark Bang The Union
Outworld Epica
Nova Lex Marillion
Dimmu Borgir Fabrizio Bonanno
Destructor Krokus
Joe Lynn Turner Fireaxe
Insomnium After Forever
Saxon Final Dawn
Tearabyte Eternal Flight
Necrodemon Jamie. St. James
House of Shakira Witchburner
Hanzel Und Gretyl Tsjuder
Cryme Betrayer
Sonata Arctica Azrael's Bane
Paradise Lost Image
Lost Soul Impaled
Dirt Shatterpoint
Hellfire Soulscar
Icarus Witch Carina Alfie
Chuck Schuldiner Mystic Prophecy
Oathean Alex Skolnick Trio
Pure Inc Holy Moses
Operatika Babylon
Def Leppard Nightrage
Raging Speedhorn Astarte
Agents Of Man Mirador
Dynamic Lights Secrets She Kept
Killing Spree Alice Cooper
Cannon Wetwork
Scar Symmetry Flotsam & Jetsam
Eternal Reign Orphaned Land
Russell Allen Forever Slave
Casus Belli Barcode
Shattersphere Vinterriket
Ghost Machinery Damnation
Mistress Akercocke
Spellbound Vile
Infliction Avulsed
Urizen Asrai
Bronx Casket Company Dogs Of Winter
Motorhead Beecher
Vader Grimfist
Fallen Wisdom Thryfing
Across Tundras Firehouse
Event Horizon The Ocean
Viron The Smackdown
Bal-Sagoth Down Factor
Black Crucifixion Gorgoroth
Bloodbound Hydrogyn
Nachtmystium Paul Bonrud
Scary Manilow Zero Hour
Abominant Belphegor
Wastefall Amputated
Zoroaster Panzerchrist
Demise Starkweather
Gaza Warmachine
The Gathering Melechesh
Stonegard Southern Gentleman
Battered Marc Sasso
White Willow Nominon
Malevolent Creation David Galas
Randy Ellefson Architect
Frosthardr Distorted
Orthodox Bilocate
Ride The Sky 40 Below Summer
Demonic Symphony Straight Line Stitch
Kreator Mar De Grises
Alestorm Luna Mortis
Papa Roach Faded Hope
Ihsahn Uli Jon Roth
Suspyre