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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· Leng Tch'e· Mudvayne
· The Haunted· Twilight Odyssey
· Big Dumb Face· BloodDuster
· Neck· Narziß
· Twisted Tower Dire· Machine Head
· Commit Suicide· Kalibas
· Dirty Power· Seven Witches
· Seether· Majesty
· Usurper· Agoraphobic Nosebleed
· Crematorium· Angel Dust
· Dr. Butcher· Black Label Society
· H.I.M.· Exawatt
· Byfist· Godiva
· Sevendust· Artension
· Lanfear· Assrockers
· Thunderstone· Stalker
· Edguy· Primal Fear
· Wicked Sensation· Out of the Lair
· Doro· Mother Misery
· Fear Factory· Yngwie Malmsteen
· Gothic Knights· downBleed
· Wolf· Disarmonia Mundi
· Donnerkopf· Marillion
· Zaius· Juggernott
· Mob Rules· Fireaxe
· Rhapsody of Fire· Final Dawn
· Potential Threat SF· Aina
· Tearabyte· Medusa
· Theocracy· Eternal Flight
· Jamie. St. James· Conquestador
· Overlorde· Agnostic Front
· Triumph· Legion
· Kinetic· Helgrind
· Divine Fire· Hellfueled
· Requiem Aeternam· Impaled
· Yyrkoon· Hellfire
· Nevermore· John Sykes
· Antares· Stormwarrior
· Kaamos· Alex Skolnick Trio
· Swallow The Sun· Gizmachi
· Def Leppard· Groundcrew
· Embraze· Agents Of Man
· Sothis· Amorphis
· God Among Insects· Communic
· Sentenced· Taake
· Voyager· Secrets She Kept
· Horna· Supagroup
· Holy Blood· Iron Maidens
· To The Bone· Future is Tomorrow
· Lake Of Tears· Pagan's Mind
· Orphaned Land· Evergrey
· Dirty Americans· Ignarus
· Algol3· Phantom X
· Gojira· Infliction
· Beecher· Taunusheim
· Second Shadow· Sepultura
· Steep· Pyramaze
· Ampast· Stormcrow
· Black Crucifixion· Michael Orlando
· Unsilent Phenomenon· Psycroptic
· I· Death Breath
· Jeff Walker und Die Fluffers· Belphegor
· Semargl· Isis
· Satyricon· Lesbian Bed Death
· Sathanas· Escape The Fate
· Demise· Lecherous Nocturne
· Quest of Aidance· Centinex
· Skullflower· Twisted Into Form
· Old Man's Child· Dezperadoz
· Grenouer· Marc Sasso
· White Willow· Gotthard
· Nominon· Rob Zombie
· Antigama· Denial Fiend
· Warner Drive· Wuthering Heights
· Trenchfoot· Malevolent Creation
· Kruger· David Galas
· Randy Ellefson· Distorted
· Pop Evil· Burzum
· Manilla Road· Puscifer
· Intolerant· Kiuas
· Papa Roach· Battleroar
· Giant Squid· Earthen Grave