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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 Bathory
Cave In LA Guns
Scanner The Haunted
White Skull Tiamat
Dokken Exmortem
Rebellion Neck
Impellitteri Twelfth Gate
Gun Barrel Godsmack
Warhorse Queensryche
Circle II Circle Firewind
Abigor Pelican
Inner Rage of Emotion Runemagick
Beautiful Creatures Savatage
Drillpoint Asperity
Secret Sphere Doro
Fairyland Neverland
F5 Volbeat
Node Shiva
Drowning Pool Cryonic Temple
downBleed Deep Purple
Donnerkopf Gamma Ray
U.D.O. Marillion
Iron Angel Acrid
Therion Unleashed
Final Dawn Aina
Lullacry Katagory V
Megadeth I.C.E.
Chris Caffery Dark Ruin
The Project Hate Incantation
Ironhorse Blind Guardian
Hanzel Und Gretyl Tsjuder
Tristania Betrayer
Fifth Cross Emerald Sun
Ligeia The New Breed
Audiovision Miles Beyond
Hellfueled Requiem Aeternam
Impaled Soilwork
Korpiklaani Seige of Hate
Desire Black Carina Alfie
God Fear None Axel Rudi Pell
Chastain Debris Inc.
Holy Moses Operatika
Fastkill Nightrage
Hatesphere Rudra
Manntis Sothis
Graveworm Slough Feg
Testament Nuse
Resurrecturis Wetwork
Blitzkrieg Flotsam & Jetsam
Warchild Redemption
Pagan's Mind Orphaned Land
1349 Shattersphere
Mistress Akercocke
Crystal Ball Bronx Casket Company
Dogs Of Winter Virgin Steele
End of Level Boss Witchery
Powerglove Cardinale
Nikki Puppet Nightmare
Tris Katone Clawfinger
Leviathan/Sapthuran Vore
The Smackdown Pyramaze
Elvenking Vreid
Jotunspor Suzukiton
Destruction Dendura
War Within Psycroptic
Skid Row From the Grave
Pump Enochian Crescent
Audrey Horne The Showdown
Starkweather Quest of Aidance
Steve Cone Gaza
Blood Tsunami Stonegard
Battered The Chronicles of Israfel
Old Man's Child White Willow
Almah Textures
Gotthard David Galas
Funeral Nation Beyond
Fight Ensiferum
Pathosray Mongrel
Alkemyst Orthodox
Bilocate Ride The Sky
40 Below Summer Deceiver
Kreator Embalming Theatre
Souls Of We Medieval Steel
End of Man Cursed
Papa Roach Suffocation