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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Cathedral Hate Eternal
The Kovenant Racer X
Opeth The Haunted
White Skull Poisonblack
Tiamat Disturbed
Solemnity Deceased
Twisted Tower Dire Machine Head
Gun Barrel Nazareth
Godflesh Advent
Fozzy Lamb of God
Mortician Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Legend Late Nite Romeo
Dr. Butcher Vyndykator
Evolution Nicta
Paragon The Graveyard Boulevard
Kilfast Rage
Victory Malstrom
Drillpoint Pharaoh
Royal Anguish Neverland
Tesla Shiva
Cryonic Temple Gothic Knights
Jaw Kingcrow
Donnerkopf Gamma Ray
Estuary Feinstein
Devil In The Kitchen Mob Rules
Scorpions Meliah Rage
Beaten Back To Pure Throcult
Mine Acheron
Negative Creeps Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Cryme Twisted Sister
Code Black Bloody Sign
Cradle To Grave The Mighty Nimbus
Corrosion Of Conformity Crionics
Veni Domine Seige of Hate
Yyrkoon Icarus Witch
Angtoria Darkthrone
Marduk Oathean
Ignitor Shade Empire
Secrets She Kept Monolithe
Prowler Inc. Sebastian Bach
Dam The Father Panic Riot Orchestra
Nightvision Edenbridge
Clutch Future is Tomorrow
Mercyful Fate Bolt Thrower
Forever Slave Mabon
Algol3 Arthemis
Paths Of Possession Mistress
Wolfmother Detonation
Motorhead Absolution
Absu Brother Hawk
Fallen Wisdom Pile of Heads
Thryfing Totalisti
Southern Black Sand Intronaut
Poison Beyond Fear
Valhalla Manngard
Nicodemus Stormcrow
The Furor The Strongest Proof
TK-421 Abysmal Dawn
Apiary Spawn of Possession
Theater of Tragedy Jotunspor
Vengeance Skid Row
Mouth of the Architect Skyforger
Teeth of the Hydra Twinball
Lordi The Showdown
Cheva Deicide
Celtic Frost Urkraft
The Gathering Fu Manchu
With Passion The Chronicles of Israfel
Dezperadoz Five Finger Death Punch
The Prophecy Gotthard
Spit Like This Katrina Johansson
David Galas Randy Ellefson
Himsa Hellveto
Alkemyst Ride The Sky
Deceiver Father Befouled
Aetherius Obscuritas Trivium
Witchfinder General Last Stone Cast
Puscifer Medieval Steel
Deadsea Son of Eric
Cursed Sotajumala
Suffocation Earthen Grave