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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· Anvil· Bathory
· Steel Prophet· BloodDuster
· Perzonal War· Kataklysm
· Warhorse· Legend
· Masterplan· Firewind
· Valley's Eve· Brainstorm
· Exawatt· Agony Divine
· Artension· Steel Preacher
· Drillpoint· Halloween
· Primal Fear· Secret Sphere
· Dew Scented· F5
· Node· I Hate Sally
· Cryonic Temple· Gothic Knights
· Construcdead· Scala Mercalli
· Jag Panzer· Madison Paige
· Bleeding Inc· Graveland
· Amityville Whore· Icon And The Black Roses
· Van Helsing’s Curse· De Lirium's Order
· Fabrizio Bonanno· Schenker/ Pattison Summit
· Fireaxe· Vox Tempus
· Unleashed· Black Destiny
· Psychotron· Dark Age
· Theocracy· Eternal Flight
· Neurosis· Conquestador
· Blind Guardian· Cryme
· Tristania· Milkweed
· Emerald Sun· Audiovision
· Crionics· Soilwork
· Heartcry· Desire Black
· Nevermore· Chuck Schuldiner
· Wolverine· Cemetary
· Argument Soul· Freedom Call
· Soul SirkUS· Neil Turbin
· Callenish Circle· Fastkill
· Python· Naglfar
· Amorphis· Ektomorf
· Unshine· Dynamic Lights
· Voyager· Slik Helvetika
· Supagroup· Leaves Eyes
· Sebastian Bach· Ritual Killer
· Love Forsaken· Resurrecturis
· Iron Maidens· A Lower Deep
· Nuclear Assault· Redemption
· Illuminatus· Third Degree
· Shattersphere· Paths Of Possession
· Thrones· Ram-Zet
· Infliction· Wolfmother
· Midnight Idols· Nocturnal Rites
· Decapitated· Early Man
· Enforsaken· End My Sorrow
· Pile of Heads· Katatonia
· Nikki Puppet· Thyrane
· Scum· The Berzerker
· Vore· 8th Sin
· Dreams of Damnation· Stormcrow
· Ensoph· Upon Infliction
· Fragments of Unbecoming· Bloodbound
· She Said Destroy· Swashbuckle
· War Within· Time Requiem
· Shadows Within· Wednesday 13
· Battle Bratt· Mastodon
· Biolich· Audrey Horne
· Deicide· Celtic Frost
· Lecherous Nocturne· Warmachine
· Blood Tsunami· Lost Eden
· Southern Gentleman· Terry Sullivan
· In This Moment· Lord Belial
· The Chronicles of Israfel· Madking Ludwig
· Crescent Shield· Incrave
· Divine Empire· Spit Like This
· Rob Zombie· Retrospective
· Kruger· David Galas
· Hearse· Faith And Fire
· Randy Ellefson· Echoes of Eternity
· Heresi· Pathology
· Glenn Hughes· I Shalt Become
· Ride The Sky· Gutted With Broken Glass
· Blood Haven· Manilla Road
· Medieval Steel· End of Man
· UFOmammut· Mustasch
· Dark Castle