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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Racer X Slipknot
The Great Deceiver Exmortem
Rebellion December
Twisted Tower Dire Commit Suicide
Dirty Power Nazareth
Steel Attack Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Legend Hammerwhore
Agony Divine Shakra
Catch 22 Runemagick
Evanesce Guardians Of Time
Stalker Hypocrisy
Krisiun Fear Factory
Drowning Pool Gothic Knights
Messiah's Kiss Donnerkopf
Destructor Acrid
Joe Lynn Turner Fireaxe
Scorpions Bonfire
Killswitch Engage Occult
Otep Witchburner
The Lizards Karmakanic
Triumph Sonata Arctica
Hellfueled Korpiklaani
Astral Doors Hibria
Diecast Bleed The Sky
Magica Operatika
Fastkill Throes of Dawn
Nightrage Embraze
Vicious Art Subterranean Masquerade
Circus Maximus Prowler Inc.
Frameless Scar Wetwork
Agents Of The Sun Nuclear Assault
V:28 Violent Storm
Forever Slave Barcode
Running Wild Avenged Sevenfold
Avulsed Asrai
Define Divine Nocturnal Rites
Absolution Early Man
Sodom Mental Care Foundation
Katatonia Cardinale
Cannibal Corpse Codeon
Scum Degree Absolute
Pyramaze Athanator
Apiary Sun Descends
Cult of Luna Hurt
Wastefall Isis
Eighteen Visions Cult of Daath
Venom Lesbian Bed Death
Deicide Lecherous Nocturne
Blood Tsunami The Gathering
Stonegard Manticore
Lord Belial Denial Fiend
Warner Drive Retrospective
Glorior Belli Blut Aus Nord
Architect Spheric Universe Experience
I Shalt Become Ride The Sky
Mortiis Ost Est Ima
Pop Evil Blood Haven
Manilla Road SOS
Bullet For My Valentine Alestorm
Kiuas Cursed
Dread the Forsaken Mustasch
Sotajumala DC4
Uli Jon Roth