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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In Flames Children Of Bodom
Immolation Tiamat
Deceased Stratovarius
Cradle of Filth Norma Jean
Kalibas Overkill
Circle II Circle Mark Boals
Fozzy Brainstorm
Evolution Catch 22
Iced Earth Sevendust
Runemagick Rob Rock
Sludge! Duke
Halloween Attacker
Pharaoh Wicked Sensation
Brides of Destruction Asperity
Body Count Royal Anguish
Dreamaker Soil
TNA Node
Death Angel Cryonic Temple
Jag Panzer Disarmonia Mundi
Gary Moore Acrid
Mob Rules Scorpions
Bonfire Skeletonwitch
Lilitu After Forever
Final Dawn Images of Eden
Beaten Back To Pure Potential Threat SF
Lullacry Katagory V
Division Age Of Silence
Jungle Rot Mine
The Project Hate Ironhorse
Cryme Tristania
Betrayer Of Infinity
Ligeia Rottweiller
Miles Beyond Corrosion Of Conformity
Loudblast Maze Of Torment
Labyrinth Yyrkoon
Soulscar Desire Black
Samael Antares
Kaamos Marduk
Alex Skolnick Trio Derek Sherinian
Lord Gore Soul SirkUS
Debris Inc. Holy Moses
Strapping Young Lad Thunderblast
Babylon Burden Of Grief
Hatesphere Sothis
Darkane Kult ov Azazel
Supagroup Gemini 5
Ritual Killer Frameless Scar
Alice Cooper Nightvision
Impaled Nazarene Clutch
A Lower Deep Future is Tomorrow
Lake Of Tears Barcode
Twilight Phantom X
Balatonizer Dechrist
Mistress Asrai
Gorefest Virgin Steele
Taunusheim Insense
Nobody's Fool Brother Hawk
Katatonia Firehouse
Down Factor Hirax
The Sword Ensoph
Before Silence Fragments of Unbecoming
Jotunspor Bloodbound
Swashbuckle Hydrogyn
Nachtmystium Shadows Within
Skyforger Death Breath
Wastefall Biolich
Lupara Panzerchrist
Cheva Steve Cone
Urkraft The Gathering
Melechesh Fu Manchu
Necrophobic Madking Ludwig
Nagelfar Pentacle
Nominon Aborted
Wuthering Heights Malevolent Creation
JR Ewing Pathosray
Mongrel Dantesco
Bilocate Ride The Sky
Deceiver Mortiis
Jesus Martyr Straight Line Stitch
Manilla Road Armory
Kreator Bible Of The Devil
Son of Eric Winterfylleth