Best Japanese Rock Bands


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The Top Ten

The most professional modern rock band what I've ever heard. They're fantastic. Very very good musicians, and they're the BEST band for me. I had a lots of impression of them to make my own music /I'm rock-musician too/
The GazettE is by far my favorite band simply because their music touches me and moves me. they have the ability of making me happy, accompanying me when I'm sad, cooling down my anger and just being fun to rock out to. It's the combination of vocals and instrumental that make the songs so touching. Every member is so talented. Uruha's and Aoi's guitar, Reita's bass, Ruki's voice and Kai's drums are just awesome. Their lives are always amazing and prove their talent and dedication to what they create and do.
The GazettE will be the band that every kid in japan will look up to, like how they did when X-japan or luna sea was together. They simply have every variation of music, from rock to metal to alternative metal and rock and of course BALLADS too. They are so awesome I will still listen to them until I get married...
[Newest]My favorite j rock band, second is Matenrou Opera. I love both of these bands
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2X Japan
X Japan does somethings other bands can't.
They actually HELP people, their lyrics touch our hearts.
They disbanded 1997 and came back. Why?
Because not only are they the gods of J-rock and Visual Kei, They love what they do. And we can hear it. :)
We are X.
X Japan has changed my life completely last 20 years. They showed me 'The dream WILL come true, if you try very hard' YOSHIKI never betray me. How long take it, once he said so, he will do. 20 years ago, YOSHIKI said he wanted to go to the world. 20 years on, he is now conquering the world. As I'm Japanese, I'm really proud of X Japan. They are loved all over the world now.
I can't imagine my life without their songs. I'm a fan of X-Japan since 8-9 years and their songs are the best medicine for my sadnes. This year is unique, because I was at X-Japan's gig in Berlin. I must say that it was the best day in my life! And... how couldn't love Yoshiki?
We are X! Now, tomorrow, forever.
[Newest]X Japan is probably the most important Japanese band because of their incredible quality and feeling. They are truly inspirational.

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you are the best l'arc en ciel...

you are my inspiration..

never die l'arc en ciel...
I just love them! I love every single of their songs. Each of the member have their own specialty and getting it all together resulting a very great and beautiful tone. Their music gives the same feeling when we see a rainbow on the sky, so beautiful, warm heart, comforting, and... Majestic! They are just the best! Simply the best!
L'Arc en Ciel is the first band I've ever admire since I'm a child and I will never stop listening to them. their music have its own style and I love all of their songs. I always get crazy when I saw them on TV.

Laruku! Never stop composing new songs! I wish to hear more great songs from L'Arc en Ciel! HYDE! TETSU! KEN! YUKI! YAMENAIDE KUDASAI YO!
[Newest]Your are the best in the world
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SCANDAL Must be the first, SCANDAL have the fastest guitarist girl ever, the beat is impressive, all of them is Beautiful, Kawaii, Moe I'll always supporting SCANDAL, keep up the good work girls, I'll always waiting for you Mami chan
SCANDAL may not be the #1 Rock Band, but they're definitely the #1 All-girl Rock Band! They had it all---Talent, Looks, Attitude---and they're still improving! And the combination of Haru's and Tomo's voices is just so amazing! I'm so looking forward to what these girls can do in the future.
Scandal is the most powerful girlband! They must be the first. Other than that, their songs was really great and awesome just like them! So COOL! And take note! All of them were GIRLS!
[Newest]SCANDAL are inspirational. Their music is absolutely amazing, and I cannot imagine loving any group better than I love them.

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5Dir en grey
I love Kyo's voice, it's great! And I find their music special. No other j-rock band doesn't have similar style.
"I think that we have the courage to do what the others are scared to. I mean, musically we go beyond the format established elsewhere. Our visuals and videos are meticulous, outrageous and grotesque. The whole identity of the band is unique. This is our strength. We motivate each other, the idea is to grow together, develop together, and continue to inspire each other with what we each bring to the band. It's definitely a plus. Also, most of the bands try to be friendly to the people, to the media ; this is not our case. We are not here to please anybody and we have the courage to do what we want to do in every level. " - Die

Need to say anything else?
I've followed them for over 12 years and have not gotten bored of their music. They really know how to reinvent themselves and keep their fans interested.
[Newest]Did En Grey is more rock than the GazettE will ever be. I love the GazettE but recently their music has been more pop than rock so bye Felicia
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6One Ok Rock
One OK Rock... One of the best, yet underrated J-Rock bands (most likely because of the ever growing emo VKs). Because of their many different genres of emo, metal, rock, and sometimes a mix of all three, you'll never get tired of this band. This is seriously the first band in which I love EVERY SINGLE ONE of their songs. So, if you haven't heard them before and want to know which song is best to try out? ALL OF THEM. From "Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer" to "Naihi Shinsho" you'll never get tired of One OK Rock!
If you want to know the meaning of the word "rock", listen to One Ok Rock!
there's no band which can vary in types of melody in their songs like theys do
[Newest]Altogether, they're an awesome band. Taka doesn't force his voice, it just comes!
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I just LOVE them, I can't explain it. They don't give me a headache like L'Arc~en~Ciel and Dir en Grey give me. They're just AWESOME! I can listen to them all the time and not get tired of them. They have such a great variety of songs that I just enjoy listening to them all the time.

yes I can listen to UVERworld songs at least a hundred times in a row!
I don't know much about UVERworld but they have the most number of songs here in my playlist above all of these j-rock bands. All I can say is I love their music and I support them!
[Newest]Good band, nice song, I like it
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Beautiful. Visual. Elegant. Skillful. Everything that contributes to an amazing band is seen with Versailles, even now that they have a new member they are still going and reaching new limits. Soon they will rule above most and when that day comes and it will, it will because of their musical skill and artistry. They will be on top one day!
Versailles must be the First! They're simply perfect. The Visual Kei are based on lyrics, ero guru, the costumes and overreality videos, and Versailles is more completly and their sound is like the GODS. The Versailles music expresses all you wanted to hear all your life. I love the Visual Kei and Power Metal, my favorites of all genres I listen and Versailles is a combination o both and more, and their customes reflect the greatness and superiority, when the members are like kids and have good heart. X JAPAN must be the second, but Versailles is the new generation and a young band with excesive tallent an charism above these other bands 'cause in Japan are very commercial. WE ARE VERSAILLES!
Definitely deserves #1; these guys will go down in J-Rock history, if you can even classify their music in that genre. Kamijo's vocals are outstanding, Hizaki and Teru's solo leave me speechless. Seriously these guys are so underrated.
[Newest]They really know how to play their instruments and they make difficult music, not only some random screamo crap. It's elegant and they just have something unique.
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I like there music, it sounds great... Just follow what you see about SID, you'll love theme and there music, my heart... can't hide the emotion when I hear any song of SID! I love Mao's voice, so sweet like candy~ ^_^ Anyway, SID is the best Jrock Band in my life...
Mao's voice is the best! I believe he really puts soul into his music. Also he's so hot :3 I LOVE THEM! I can tell Mao really cares for his band members, and when I was watching the concert on youtube, they all seemed to be having fun making the music they were singing and playing. Which is important to me when doing stuff like that. You gotta love what you are doing to make it good. And they do that. They aren't just good they are epically awesome!
the best music ever! SID is my favorite band ever!
and Shinji is so handsomee
[Newest]Vocals are just extraordinary and the music they come up with is just on another level
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10Alice Nine
Alice Nine should be no.1! Some bands don't deserve to be higher than alice nine! Try playing "the last empire", "shunkatshuutou", "blue planet" and "kousai"... And also "akatsuki" then reconsider...

I love this band very much! Shou's voice is so beautiful! The lyrics are meaningful and touched my heart. Hiroto & Tora & Saga are talented on compose and I love Nao's drumbeat! All of them are talented! I love them very much
"They are definitely a band that is unique from the rest. They have a classical visual kei look and more rhythmic songs. Good catchy music and all are very HANDSOME!
[Newest]Alice Nine is just awesome! Shou is so cute
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The Contenders

I love girugamesh so so much. I can't ever get bored of them. That is why I can't come up of any idea would explain why the hell they are at the bottom of top 20. I bet you think the same as I do: girugamesh deserves in much higher placement for who they R. I know many fan stop follow them because they are disappointed of girugamesh new music style, but please do reconsider like how I did. Their music isn't just metal but always develops in unexpectedly great sound. The fact that each member getting older but they keep renewing their music like it was freshly made. They aren't outstanding like how they used to be in those old glory days(2005-2009) but still unique as ever. They are never perfect like the other bands that were voted that to be on top but nonstop working hard, also putting effort and soul into what they do, made them loveable and highly appreciated by us. Moreover, they hold unremarkably impressive lives both in Japan and all over the world. Not only that, their attitude towards fans and other artists/bands shows how well they understand their position. For girugamesh to take pride in themselves, they have already been on top. I am grateful to anyone that would read this comment then becomes more considerate towards girugamesh. We love girugamesh.
I just love their music, and would love to see them in concert one day.. Satoshi, Nii, Ryo, and Shuu are absolutely awesome. I would hate to see them disband. GO Girugamesh ~!
They are very Strong metal band. If you are into fast hard, melodic singing and hard guitar work. You should check them out.
[Newest]Girugamesh was one of the first Japanese bands I found and is still one of my favorites to this day. I'm even getting one of their jackets for Christmas~ ^. ^ They're how I really started getting into Japanese music, but I still find myself listening to them and can't find any band that really compares!
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12Asian Kung-Fu Generation
I have every single songs they have made and they are so great. This band is the only thing I could listen to all day. Their albums is not all the same or one thing but they are all different in a way that no other band could do. The point is that this band you should consider yourself listening to because their lyrics are amazing but not only that the instrument is phenomenal, everything in their songs combine so effectively.
Great, Asian Kung-Fu Generation... A great band, with addictive music
the most amazing band in the world is ajikan. the first time listening to them you will already be addictive to their music. Awesome are their concerts played with an additional orchestra.
[Newest]Definitely the best! After Dark remains one of the best songs I have till date!
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This is a band that I feel is slightly underrated in the VK world. Their style has evolved much since their indies day and is more polished in terms of musical skills and performance.
They're the best band in the world in my opinion. I really love them and their music, they experiment with a lot of different styles and every one of them are amazing.
[Newest]Just listen to their 'sleeper'... just do it.
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I like SuG's uniqueness with the pop styles they add into some of their more recent songs. Their positive rock approach is a breath of fresh air from all the darker j-rock bands
I believe SuG is a very amazing band no matter how many diffrent people they will have in this band the imagionation is this band is outstanding! Cause who doesn't love a band that is very creative? Haha
Hearing them live was probably the best thing that's ever happened to me. Their joy is infectious, I'm crazy about masato, though I do love Chiyu, Takeru, shinpei and yuji and their music just brings me through those bad days when you just need a bit of music to chase those blues away.
[Newest]They are cool and funny

15D'erspairs Ray
Forever the greatest band ever.. I miss them so terribly much, but I honestly really can't wait for the day of their comeback! I hope I'm not gonna die from happiness, that'd be really sad, ne? Their music gives me hope, strength, cheers me up and takes my anger away.. I've met the greatest people thanks to this band and they've saved my life so many times.. That a simple 'thank you' will never be good enough. Their music deserves to be appreciated more, plus they sound unbelievably AMAZING live. Hearing Hizumi's voice makes you tremble and shiver, makes you want to go insane and forget about everything.. Seeing Karyu fulfilling his dream as he plays the guitar, going all insane on the stage makes me feel alive.. Watching Zero with his pervy amazing smile, asking from audience for more noise makes me want to jump out of my skin and just give them my all.. Scream my heart out.. And hearing and watching Tsukasa playing drums makes my hear beat so fast I think it's going to tear itself out of my chest.. I wish I could experience this all again.. I believe in D'espairsRay. Thank you for your nearly 12 years..
I just rewatched their last live concert (human-clad monsters)
And I cried again at the ending Wishing I was there... To relive these feelings I've hidden after they'd disbanded!
Hizumi is/was such a good songwriter! To see how happy they were on stage! Karyu and Zero playing guitar and Bass like gods! Hizumi screaming his heart out with so much intense emotions! And then of course Tsukasa maniacally playing the drums > which enpowered their whole performance!

Though they all have different lives now (zero/tsukasa in the micro head 4n's, karyu in Angelo and hizumi being a producer (which made me really happy to hear > at least he's still writing awesome lyrics)!
I would sincerely hope that they'd come back one day!
it is simply, their music is for everyone who love rock with little metal sound, you will love and adore HIZUMI's voice and their whole sound, I know a lot of jrock bands, in past I was thinking they was only ordinary japanese rock band, but now I understand they are the best... try it... you can't be disappointed trust me
[Newest]One of the best bands... too bad they had to disband but their music lives on..

I don't know how but whenever I feel down this band manages to pull me back up...

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LM. C is my favourite Japanese band no doubt. Not only is the music great and catchy, but their lyrics are also surprisingly deep and ambiguous. I think prime examples of this are "little Fat Man boy" and "CHEMICAL KING-TWOON", with the former being a historically conscious song told from the perspective of a pacifistic atomic bomb (the clever use of allegories and symbols is what really makes it so great to me) and the latter the description of a man's journey to himself, his hardships and struggling filled with references to Buddhism and spirituality.

I thoroughly enjoy the musical side as well. Maya's voice is a very pleasant sound to the ear and he is rather versatile in the styles of vocal he adopts - low, grim recitations ("OH MY JULIET. "), high pitched, emotional ballads ("88", "Yellow Beauty"), even rapping ("Rock the LM. C", "SUPER DUPER GALAXY") - and he definitely doesn't disappoint in any of them. Aiji's guitar work is amazing and the solo in "Hoshi no Arika" is my personal favourite among them all. The use of other instruments is rather skillful as well. In general their music is always something different. With many other Japanese bands I get the impression that I've been listening to the same song with a few tweaks... This doesn't happen at all in LM. C's case. Each of their songs is very unique and they're always experimenting with new stuff.

Their songs are usually positive and upbeat and they try to convey an optimistic message. Their music is an excellent listen after a difficult day or when experiencing stress. I found they helped me relax and filled me with happiness when I most needed it. This is pretty much why I think they're such and excellent band and deserve to be at least in the top ten here.
Kya! Love you LM.C! When I see MAYA and aiji my heart is beating fast! My 1st song I heard by LM.C is BOYS AND GIRLS 2nd is PUNKY HEART! Love you LM.C!
Because they're amazing. I can't belive they weren't even on this list until I requested it. They are oustanding. Boys and girls, 88, John, and Galileo are my personal favorites.


[Newest]I love them they are my best j rock group ^^ <3
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17An Cafe
I love them so much they totally should be #1 everr!
I mean have you ever hear their songs? they're amazing no matter what!
vote vote vote vote fot AN CAFE!
I love them! An Cafe is my favorite band. I love Bou & Miku but I miss Bou so much. I hope that An Cafe will come back soon.
Awesomely catchy tunes with great musicianship all round (shout out to Kanon, who's a beast on bass), as well as some seriously talented songwriting ability.
[Newest]I love them more than everything. They saved my life.
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18Luna Sea
If Luna Sea is not in the top ten in this list... this list is stupid. I love X Japan but c'mon there style never evolve (Dhalia: 1997 album containing singles from 1993 and the sound of this album nothing out of the ordinary)(Still would put them around the 3rd position), The Gazette: Its awesome that this guys have crossover to the US but that is about it. Nightmare, SID and SKIN are you serious... c'mon fanboy you can do better then this. Janne Da Arc: awesome guitarist but I haven't heard something worth putting in top ten. Never heard of UVEworld. Laruku first stuff was out of this world but their latest album have been half ass work (I still would put them in top ten). Dir en grey and Asian Kung Fu I agree in the spot they are. As for Luna Sea I would rate them number one and let the music do the talking (forget what they look like and diva attitudes, jut listen to the music)
I'm sorry, but a list based on fanboy/fangirlism tends to be rather ridiculous. LUNA SEA #27? You have got to be kidding! When J says that there is no band like LUNA SEA, sometimes he tends to sound rather arrogant, but I don't mind. The man can back those words up. LUNA SEA is a band where ALL FIVE MEMBERS are independent of each other. This is a band in which each member can do very well without the others. Each one stands with so much strength on his own and with a completely different style from the other. When those independent, different styles come together, they transform each others' works to result in something beyond what one would have presented on his own. I keep reading about the other bands "Each member is so talented. " What happens when each member leaves the band? ALL MEMBERS OF LUNA SEA have already put that to the test AND HAVE SUCCEEDED (proof that they do not need each other to succeed because each one can easily do it on his own)! I still have to hear that about other bands. Each individual member's growth helped this band grow. It has been copied by others (heck, early L'Arc~en~Ciel was like a copy of LUNA SEA! Hyde totally copied the long haired, drunken sounding Ryuichi! Tetsu was like a copy of Sugizo. Young ken had a bit of J in his look. Even hyde mentioned going to Tokyo and watching LUNA SEA during the early Laruku days. ) but has never been equaled. This band deserves to occupy the top spot.
What? No. 27? You must be kidding me. Have people simply never heard of this amazing J-rock legend or are most people that vote just some random anime fanboys and fangirls that only listen to anime theme songs?

Luna Sea is a very influential band, their music is unique and they are all very talented indeed (if you watch their live DVDs you will know what I mean). They always sound perfect live with amazing technique that often surpasses their CDs. You never hear Ryuichi sound bad live (as opposed to Hyde from L'arc en ciel), and Sugizo's guitar technique is world class! Not to mention Shinya's drumming technique which blends well with the songs, with a strong sense of rhythm yet difficult drum beats, as well as Inoran's unique arpeggios.

I strongly recommend this band for those of you who have never heard of their music, especially now that they are finally reunited to produce more music! I really look forward to their upcoming original album in 13 years which I hope will be released this year (2013)!
[Newest]LUNA SEA is celebrating their 25th Anniversary and yet can still produce great music together. No other band can withstand the test of time and yet be great. To place them in #18 is blasphemy to us Slaves.
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FLOW are a popular modern Jrock band, theyre cool, fun and have a good mixture of crazy fun to kickass awesome songs


they are the best band that I heard to play good music with funny antics!
Love these guys I could listen to them all day. I sometimes do!
[Newest]Their Naruto songs are good

Neo visual kei band I love all song of royz. Amazing band
Well I love Royz they are one of my favorite bands, Subaru is my favorite I love his voice. I can be so mad and upset and listen to his voice I'm calm and happy. I love these guys.
MY favourite band is Royz. I like Subaru "voice and his cute face, Royz is awesome visual kei band
[Newest]Royz is the best band I have seen

21Stereo Pony
Stereopony has amazing songs, they have a superb vocalist, an amazing bassist and a very talented drummer! The girls have a style that's unique yet when they collaborate they create new magic! Go STEREOPONY!
Stereopony stands out as a band not just because they are amazing or the fact that they have style, it's because their music is full of life and their energy and their message travels way beyond words. Using simple but profound words, amazing talent at playing their instruments and a very fresh take on everything, Stereopony is a developed style that appeals because of their originality. Collaborating with other artists brings out their talent further~ YUI, Kariyushi58, Scandal and various others. STEREOPONY ALL THE WAY! ROCK THAT CARRIES US THROUGH THE DARK AND BRIGHT DAYS!
Best Japanese all-girl rock band ever ^_^ play their own instruments, write their own music as well as the lyrics... Great talent musicians
[Newest]In the Live Concert, I See they send Love and Happiness to listeners from their true mind through their voice with honesty. This thing make STEREOPONY different from other bands that just perform their energy and style.
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22Maximum The Hormone
MTH is so underrated and from what I can see, there isn't a logical reason for it. Even though I can, YOU DO NOT need to know Japanese if you want to rock out and dance to their songs. There first two EPs, Shine and Ootori had English songs and they rocked. Although everyone mostly knows the Buiikikaesu album, I'd say 99 percent of all their songs are awesome (excluding Kyokatsu...). It's 2013 and they've got a new album, Yoshu Fukushu. This ablum outdid the hardcore awesomeness of Buiikikaesu and has seven notable songs that top all the rest, such as Utsukushiki Hitobito no Uta, Mesubuta no ketsu ni binta KICK mo, Suwomints Hockelereiro Mifeho, A.L.I.E.N., (F), of course, maximum the hormone, theme song, Chu2 the beam, and Beauty Colosseum. Uehara-chan is fantastic on bass, everyone loves Daisuke-hans screaming, Nao's excellent and shockingly awesome voice and Ryo-kun himself shredding and singing on guitar and mike. MTH is uber-fantastic, has awesome shreds, screams, and hilariously inappropriate songs like Chuu Chuu Lovely, my girl, tsume tsume tsume, (and on the new album, the final song is an ode to beautiful SPERM! ), that any REAL music fan should listen to.
MTH is just godly... I mean... If you blend Pantera, Tool, Red Hot Chile Peppers and System of a Down... You end up with Maximum The Hormone. They mix Metal, Rock, Punk and Alternative to make you become a slave of their mind-blowing music. Daisuke-Han is insanely hyper with his strong screaming vocals. Ryo is great at shredding guitar and sings most of the chorus and softer vocals. Ue-Chan is the Japanese Flea! He is INSANELY good at bass! Nao is one of my favorite drummers... She's good AND hot! And she even sings a lot in 90% of their songs as well! Everyone in the band is just so talented! I can't pick a favorite because they are all AWESOME! And they are original, name a band that is nearly identical. Considering they have a lot of change ups meaning they don't just do a verse and chorus through the whole song. They don't do the visual kei
Maximum the Hormone is amazing! Dir en Grey was my favorite band. And then came along the MAX! I love how everyone in the band sings. Daisuke-kun with his screaming, Maximum the Ryo with his awesome guitar playing and melodic vocals (sometimes funny sounding too! ) Newo with her metal drumming and her "pop" sounding vocals and (my personal favorite) ue-chan with his crazy god-like bass playing and he does sing every now and then. They are just so fun to listen to. This is the one band that I can head bang to and smile about! The other bands on the list are good too but Maximum the Hormone just influenced me to make music too!
[Newest]I used to hate Japanese music but this band changed my life.

23Aqua Timez
A lot of Animes have their opening or ending songs singed by them.
They truly do have great tunes and the singer have an OUTSTANDING voice.
Great songs!.. I really love his voice.. The first time I heard they songs, that was actually different than other.. 'cause if we look from the meaning of lyric, it's so deep.. I really can't say anything to show how great they are...
I love their songs. The lyrics are very interesting and Futoshi's voice is rather unique and stand out a lot. Though, they need to improve when it comes to singing live.
[Newest]Great songs... They're very talented

Best shows.... It's all...


This band has some of the only Japanese songs I ever liked.
GACKT YOU Chacha Junji Chirolyn = AMAZING! they perform live flawlessly always with the most enthusiasm, in my opinion anyone who turns down an oportunity to see GACKT Job live is crazy
[Newest]Amazing vocalist, amazing group members.. amazing music =) LOVE 'em all! GACKT and his Job are the reason I introduced myself in Japanese music since 9 years ago and still love them =)

BUCK-TICK is absolute Visual legend, the fact that they're No.30 baffles me. New younger foreign fans all just like to focus on newer, neo-visual bands that are at the front of line like the GazettE or get into X because they're so internationally successful but they don't delve into the root of VKei. When X was first starting, rising and struggling, B-T was right there rising above the ranks with them. They didn't gain as much international recognition as X, but they are a fundamental part of Visual Kei. It's as common to hear that newer visual stars where influenced by B-T as it is to hear they're influenced by X, yet people don't take a clue and look them up. BUCK-TICK has evolved beautifully as a band, and the fact that their still going strong after all these years, with the same lineup at that, is definitely admirable. Sakurai has a voice like no other in the VKei scene, very Bowie-like and unique, the instruments blend so perfectly together always. There are songs that I don't like by them but the arrangements and sound I can always appreciate. I' not bashing the GazettE or saying they're a bad band or anything, but they're so overrated and a lot of their sounds are indistinguishable from others. Other bands such as Royz, now they just have no talent at all. Bands nowadays don't make music like BUCK-TICK does, they don't have the ability to just touch you or take you places like Sakurai's voice can. They're not one of the most known by international fans, who are more than likely the majority of the voters, but they definitely deserve to be in the top 5. In my opinion, because of their diverse discography and ability to still remain fresh after 30 years of making music, they deserve to be number 1.
Buck-Tick always amazes me with their ability to make songs that really reach the deepest core of humanity. When I just listen to these songs that are deceivingly simple but catchy, I just think to myself "These guys really GET IT! ". Sakura, Romance, Speed, Rendezvous etc. all are amazing songs that contemplate on the deeper meanings of life, and it's fragility. Their style is unique among all J-rock bands, not having to even mention the huge influence they've had in the evolvement of Visual-kei. Whenever I'm in a part of my life when things start to feel overwhelming I listen to their songs and everything falls back to it's real proportion. Their music helps me see what really are the important things in life.
Buck-Tick is awesome and they make beautiful music that I can listen to again and again. And they seem to rock live as well!
[Newest]Listen to the "Dress" track and you'll understand why
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Screw is in my opinion one of the best jrock bands out there and they are quite underrated, they put a lot of effort into everything they do to please their fans and their music is awesome &
I don't know why but I always love their music. I really love how they compose songs. It always full of emotion. Also, I really really love their ballads! Their rock ballads are the best in my opinion. My favorite always be "Shirayuki to Mau".
They are simple the aggressive mix with beauty.. Screw is awesome! They are great musicians and always make a wild show! For me, Screw is the best band in japan! I hope more people can find Screw and enjoy their music!
[Newest]I love screw. They are a nice band <3 <3 they are the bests

27Abingdon Boys School
Those who dose not have any idea of music can easily be educated in music if they listen to it carefully but if they don't understand this because of all the extreme things these guys are doing then you better stop listening to rock. Abingdon boys school combines both guitars which plays in the same scale and level at same beat but with different touches... Keyboard not only supporting guitars but giving new effects and bass IKUO my 3rd god is awesome at everything, and drums makes it perfectly clear that this band is awesome... And then vocals TAKANORI totally makes this band immortal to music
Thanks God, you have been giving this band to the world
Their play, combination guitar, bass, drum and keyboard with great synthesis
Plus Takanori's voice is so damn sexy!
Takanori is just the best. Guitarists and the rest are doing an amazing job, because every song has that "something", that makes you wanna listen to it for eternity. And you can sense all these emotions they've put into it. Sorry for any mistakes, because I'm not English
[Newest]Great Sound. They Have 2 great guitar players, They should have longer leads to showcase their talents. Excellent drummer too. I suppose a jam band might not appeal to Japanese fans but if your already a fan then longer guitar leads is icing on the cake.

28Malice Mizer
Malice Mizer in my opinion was/still is one of the most influential and stylish bands out there. Event though they had three different singers they managed to keep a stylish image that fit well with their music. One of the only j-rock bands out there to have music covering everything from almost opera-like vocals to pop and dark songs.
Malice mizer should be 2nd on the list after X Japan. Malice mizer made a big impact on visual...
Their music was beautiful and unique and their concept, imagery and performances were breathtaking. They were one of the most gorgeous and inspiring visual kei bands to have ever existed and after their hiatus they produced quite a few amazing artists and bands as well. THey are truly unforgettable.
[Newest]MaliCE MIZER was one of the best bands ever

29hide w/ Spread Beaver
Hide's solo projects were amazing, given that it wasn't like the work he did with X Japan but it had to be the most successful out of all the other members solo projects. His guitar playing is truly unique and even today people still remember him as a Legend
Hide rocked! It's a shame he passed, talented musicians always seem to die young... I like hide because I've never heard guitar the way he played it and he was such a unique individual with his vocal style as well as his appearance. Pink Spider~
Hide (since he did not capitalize his name) was and always will be the best rocker for me. He was caring and amazing and his voice was just awesome. Hide, though gone now, will never, ever be forgotten because he is the best there is. He even had a museum built for him. Hide will always be in my heart, my thoughts and my music player.

I HATE that Sadie is ranked 81. I'm not saying "Make them #1" but I personally believe that they are worth a lot more than this. Their lyrics express the pain and dangers of life, and turn it into something beautiful. I personally don't just like their sound. I like the emotion and the message I get from their music. If you catch the meaning and sync with it, you'll see that there is more to Sadie than just music and sad lyrics.

I hope that they will get better recognition than this, because they deserve it because they are true artist. They focus not just on making it sound good, they pull you into the song and give it much deeper meaning and purpose.
They are so incredibly skillful. Just because they aren't 'The GazettE' doesn't mean that they aren't just as amazing musicians. Each member makes this band even more perfect. Please vote, they deserve it.
Sadie is one of the best j-metal band ever and deserves far more attention than he actually gets.

Hyde in L'arc en ciel have 'angelic' voice while Hyde in VAMPS have a 'demonic' voice
I really like HYDE in VAMPS because he's look so cool and very handsome
Hyde has created the NEW best group in Japan. He's taken everything that was awesome in L'arc and created a group that, I feel, is very accessible to an American audience, not to mention a global audience.
You can't say rock is dead when a band like this exists. Rock is not dead, it has moved to Japan.

32Janne Da Arc
I just found this band and so far I love them! I love their mix between classical and rock in Gekkouka.
Best J-Rock ever!
One of the best guitarist in Japan!
Great vocalist with great voice too..
Their song are different..


Best Best Best J-rock ever!



[Newest]L love both janne the arc and acid black cherry. Vocalist of them is the best singer of japan, I think.

ACID is one my favourite J-Rock bands. Why? Because their music is special. Their songs can be really hard but other times they can be soft. Their lyrics are positive. Lyrics that make you smile and hope. The instruments are played great, Also, their vocalist, Jumpei, has a really beautiful and unique voice.
Not gonna lie acid is awesome and I can say they can compete against american metal any day. Gives me chills each time I listen to them. Gotta be my favorite band in jrock
ACID is the BEST. No one's even close to how good they were.

A fairly new band that was formed in 2009.
But their music is incredible.
Some songs that I would suggest,
Fake, yume no michishirube, 69 11,
Across the border, precious.
ViViD rocks to the MAX!
They have a lot of talent in progressing with their new songs which gets better & better!
I am sure one day, when ViViD is well known, they will be in the top 5!
Vivid is one of the best out there might be right after gazette and alice nine! I would suggest "ear" if you want to listen and try out vivid!
[Newest]ViViD are amazing. Shin is the most amazing live singer there ever was! I loved all the more popular bands but once I heard vivid they all flew out the window!
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Hey, you put B'z on number 34? Wake up!
They should be at least in top three. They are the first Jap band that had their name on Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
Listen to the melodic side from Tak Matsumoto.
This is band is very awesome, just two members but high quality... With awesome guitar playing and very very good vocal... And as you know they are the first japanese rock band at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...
Hahaha putting rock band(the best rock band in japan) in a list with bands for girls(gackt or other visual shows) is an joke. No one from this list is better than B'z. B'z play with linkin park, Aerosmith, Red hot chilli pepper, Slash and Stevie S. No one in japan have so much support from Gibson. They just B'z(the best japanese rock band)
[Newest]Seriously, B'z at 32?
It's an offense to them to put them at anything other than 1

BEST J-ROCK BAND EVER! Their music video's are alright as well. Wish I could perform in a band like That! That dj hardly does anything though! It almost seems stupid... Well their songs have really good lyrics, pretty catchy as well.


I love their song "Some Like It Hot! "
The first time I heard it, I pretty much fell in love with that song! And so, I decided to download it. And the guitarist dude is awesome, too.


SPYAIR is my favorite J-Rock Band! I like Ike (vocalist) most, because of his pretty strong and impressive voice- especially when he sings live! But Uz (guitarist), Momiken (leader, bassist) and Kenta (drummer) are talented too and together they are PURE AWESOMENESS! (Unfortunately their DJ Enzel didn't continue as a member of the band-- but even so, the band still keeps on playing! )
I started to love SPYAIR when I watched a video of their last live in Nagoya- 'Just like this'! Get a load of this!
And if you don't know them, you have to check them out soon! The band really is amazing, you won't regret it! =333

SPYAIR daisuki! X33
[Newest]Great vocalist, great music

Anthem is the one Japanese metal band that has always delivered great, melodic, powerful metal since the 1980s, without going off into some strange (and boring) areas on a few albums like Loudness did. Their sound (and production) has gotten more modern, but not in the sense of going nu-metal or any other such abomination. Straightforward, heavy, energetic, with nice, tight instrumental work.
As a plus, Anthem has yet to record even a single ballad on any of their 16 studio releases (as of November 24, 2013).
Close to NWOBHM with excellent references to late 80's European metal (Accept/Helloween). The most listenable to those Brits new to J-Rock/J-Metal. Enjoy then Vote.
This is as straight forward as good ROCK gets. If you like rock you have to like this.

38Orange Range
orange range is a great band. they have great sound and flow and their song "orange range" which was the openener for the first season of bleach was probably one of if not the best songs ive ever heard.
I've liked Orange Range ever since I saw the first opening of Bleach. After that I began listening to their music and haven't found a song I didn't like. Although they where not around for the longest time, they have a large number of songs with inventive and revolutionary sounds. Orange Range is, in my opinion, is a pioneer of Japanese bands and will continue to be for years to come!
Orange Range is so cool, they got 3 vocalists with totally unique voices, and they're so unique and talented and funny.

I only wish I could find a c. d. for them! they are a great band! I rly messed up in 2007 when I saw them in concert! and didn't buy anyhing :C
S.k.I.N. will be the most famous band. no only in japan! in all the world. go! YOSHIKI,GACKT,SUGIZO & MIYAVI! god of music
the super band!! with only 4 songs i know that S.K.I.N. is the best band ever!
[Newest]I was too young when they rocked together but God, I'd like to see them, hear them... Hope one day. Anyway, it's the only best band in the world!

Amazing Japanese Metal band, with some of the most beautiful guitar playing I've heard.
best japanese noe classical metal band sept for versailles lol
The best Metal band in Japan
[Newest]Best Rock band In Japan

Don't surprise to me they are underated, it takes me a long time to recognize Mucc as the awesome band that they are. I use to love larc, gazette, giru, etc. but with the time they bored me because they became monotone and low creative. Mucc has a mixture of the amazing voice of Tatsuro in first place and the music made by the talented musicians who are Miya, Yukke and Satochi really are very creative musicians and they are so cute and nice. Mucc is low rated because they dont use outlandish costumes so common in j-music groups that appeal to people, but they do not need it!
This position is inappropriate to think a band like MUCC. MUCC is not just a band, but a project that has stood since they were kids. Miya, the leader has a great knowledge of music, a sad past but it does force, and always creates touching melodies, Tatsurou is the singer that makes me move and understand how much life is important, their lyrics are the proof. The energy of Satoshi, the" loyalty" of Yukke, their appearance so funny and original at the same time makes them a unique band in their genre, not classifiable as a visual kei genre. They like no other.. MUCC are not mere appearance, cool outfits and fanservice. MUCC are music.
^-^ I think the ranking position is PERFEKT! I mean it! Look at it! Mucc has the rang ___69___ How can any number be better than 69? ;)

But MUCC is the band of my life!
I don't want to give a thanks to Tatsurou, Miya, Yukke und SATOchi but a thanks to the band MUCC who is my most favorite band for about 10 years! You got all of my teens and you will get almost all of my twentys.

But WHY is your music so special?
To keep it short: Mucc's music is one of the only ones which keep me moving, which sends goosebumbs dowm my spin, which I emotionally react to.
Your music was there for almost half of my life and I have to thank you Mucc, for Music that inspires me, that did help me in many times of my life. Your music is so amazing! You can create so many different songs, every song a beautiful piece, and even so its still Mucc! I could go on for about hours why your music is amazing, but I think I will keep it short.

I am there for you, keep beeing your fan und want to watch your Music grow and change. Your LIVE performances are at the top (and I saw a lot of live bands... ). Your music is able to move people in front of you!

I hope to see even in future from you! I am your fan for about 10 years now and I will definitely stay your fan for many many years from now on! DO YOUR BEST!
[Newest]MUCC was the first J-Rock band I ever listened to, so they hold a very special place in my heart.

MEJIBRAY deserve better rank than 65 I think, their song is somehow beautiful
Great songs! Tsuzuku has a somehow cute voice which is very powerful :3, MiA is VERY good at guitar and solos, Koichi is adorable and I love the way he moves when playing bass :') and Meto is just adorable and very sweet even though he never speaks. they're my favourite band!
Great vocals, from screams to cleans. Awesome guitar, amazing bass, and Meto. He is a great drummer and has some of the best/craziest makeup.
Awesome sound all together and cool pv's. Sometimes crazy but still cool.
They need to be higher up than 65

I think this band you should be at no. 2 or 3 after Laruku because...
Teru voice and Hisashi solo and Other
Their longevity is more than a proof how great they are, really? Not at the top 10? They are holding the record for the largest concert in Japan for 12 years! And can still fill huge arena and domes after being formed in 15 years! I don't know what will qualify you as the best band if those feats is not enough
Glay is one of my own top 10 best japanese band. actually they are my second following X Japan.
[Newest]Guys, seriously? Glay is ranked No. 54? They are definitely Top 5.

44Plastic Tree
Their music and talent are underrated, as always!
I found it difficult to listen to other band's music after I got hooked on theirs.
They are the most talented band I have ever listened to! Their music captures my heart<3 The music is very touching. I am completely in love with them!
They are the best! Ryutaro's voice is perfect, I can't compare them with The Gazette, because the music is different, different style. But without any doubts Plastic Tree is a great band with unusual performance and melodies! And the lyrics are out of this world, really charming and impressive!
[Newest]I love you guys, your songs! Thank you so much! You really hot band!

45Black Line
Black Line is my favourite Band and I'm so happy to see Mikaru and Syu there. Their music is really good and I can't stop to listen to their music. Jun and Yudai are two funny and cute guys and it's great that they are parts from Black Line.
I'm happy that I was able to see Black Line 5 times. Every concert was special. I love them. I hope to see them again next year
Awesome band! They're really friend and they're also joking during the concerts. Members are also really talented and they make really deep contact with the audience during gigs. Though they're really young band, they're talented and I can't believe, they've already done an European tour. 14.12, when they had gig in Finland, was the best day in my life!
Really good shows, really friendly. Love them
[Newest]They are still a very young band, and they make some mistakes for sure, but their closeness to the fans is the best I ever experienced! So, they deserve to come much more known in the music business. Please support them everyone! That they can come back to europe 2013, with an even more exciting tour!

I wouldn't say they're THE best, but definitely one group people should recognize. Reason being - They're one of if not, the first band to introduce Hard Rock into the Japanese music industry. X Japan - probably my favorite group has the most respect for the group and you can actually hear Loudness' influence in some of their earlier music.
Loudness was my first touch to Japan culture and music in the early 80ies. Now I am a huge J-Rock Fan (and Japan as well). Loudness is still one of my favorite Metal Bands but the very best is: They are from Osaka. My absolutely number one city in the World!
I also like Akiras Solo Albums. He is a genius.
I loved this band the first time I heard them. Amazing solos, drums crisp and clean. Vocals for English speakers not too bad. These guys definitely hit it hard and often.
[Newest]They're the god... heavy metal bands from Japan... 80's

Hey! D=Out should be up there shouldn't they? Their songs and PVs are really nice and interesting! Music Nippon, Zenshin zenrei Live, One, Sunrise. Listen to them and you'll know what I mean. Please vote for D=Out!
D=out is such a new band, mut they make good songs and Kouki's voice is awesome and other band member are very expert too
D=out should definitely at least get to top 20! Their music is wonderful and unique. I you haven't listened to their music try Taion, Rain Man, Sunrise or Zipang! You'll be happy that you did!

Impressive virtuosity! Sounds like heaven!
Matatabi is a great composer, and Kuroneko has a great voice and attitude.
The songs that they sing together are all great.
The last albums are great from beginning to the end.
very good technical band! I've kind of considered them japans iron maiden.
Technically perfect! Love it

49Do As Infinity
very nice and meaningful from this band......and they are great musicians...


i was so sad when they broke up. tomika van is hot and her voice is awesome
Their music have a powerful character.. Very nice, keep compose new song!
[Newest]Best Japanese Rock Band

50Dio - Distraught Overlord
Although they disbanded they managed to combine dark lyrics and growling with melodious songs, and let's not forget about their costumes. I just love them, and they have been my favourite band for 6 years!
The Gazette is my all time favorite band, but I am so in love with DIO and had to vote for them. Mikaru is an amazing vocalist, as well as an amazing person. Even though this band broke up and he created a new band... He still said that DIO is his heart and soul. I love his voice, the music is great, it has a heavy, dark feel to it that is amazing. The band is so nice and truly loves their fans!
I am a Gazette fan, but Dio easily deserves to be #4.. They are the best dark rockers in Japan. God Forsaken. Buff said.

Kagrra, should be on top ten list. Their music is unique. Dark and beautiful at the same time. Isshi's beautiful vocals.
Their music is very atmospheric. Very dark, moody, and even beautiful.
come on know they got mad skills!! =)
[Newest]No matter what, I will always love them.

I heard Chain when I watched Air Gear, and I immediately though, damn these guys are like the Jap Linkin park, but better. After that I found the rest of their music and was blown away by them. Awesome band, certainly the top played on my iPod
First J-rock band I ever listened. This practically made me get into anime. A Great start to something new. Chain will always be one of my favourite songs!
These are the guys who inspired me to listen to J-Rock. Like one of the other guys, "Chain" is still my favorite J-Rock song to this day.

53The Brilliant Green
I Love their song 'Ash Like Snow' very much! It never fail to amuse me when I play it in my mp3.
Take a listen their "The Winter Album" album and you'll instantly fall in love with this band.
The Best Motto as well as Japanese song'

"Rainy Days Never Stay"..

54Shonen Knife
I am impressed that Shonen Knife is this high on this list. Not because they don't belong this high, no they belong even higher, they belong at number one, but because they weren't teen sensation and crap. Their music was art. Their art was beautiful.
Finally, someone with a decent view on this subject. It pains me to see all these weaboos yelling how their favorite band is special.. Music is music. Looks come second, or even third.
God, all these vk lovers. Music is about the MUSIC, not how they look. Shonen Knife, although not as popular in Japan, although didn't have technique I would consider them having the magic that the Beatles had.
[Newest]If not for Shonen Knife there wouldn't be half the bands on this list.

55Seikima II
Watch them on YouTube. Awesome showmanship! Who cares if they got inspired by kiss or not... Listen to "big time changes" for example.
Seikima are not inspired buy KISS. Although I agree with the rest of your statement. How the hell are they ranked at 38? X japan and Loudness have nothing on these guys.

Have no idea why UnsraW is so low on the list! Great guitar, vox, bass, everything. When I first heard their song Beginning of Loop, I actually cried. Like tears were streaming down my face. It's such a beautiful song, one of the best I've heard in a while. If you haven't checked 'em out, give them a try! They mix screaming and singing, and always have unique guitar riffs in all of their songs. They seriously deserve to be higher up on the list!
UnsraW already are a legend. There's no other band that is so honest when it comes to the expression of emotions, the characterization of life itself and the dephts of mankind. Everyone of the musicians who made up this extraordinary band in the two eras of existance is a character how they are seldomly found nowadays. With their ideals, skills and look they created an all new genre within their scene. Everyone who missed UnsraW missed a unique phenomenon in Japanese music history.
Best Japan Metal Band ever, good rithm I can't stop moving my head!

The iconic Queens of Heavy Metal. One of the few band that can muster a music Festival on their name alone, even 30 years after its creation.

58Exist Trace
That is an epic all girl band. They are in my opinion up there with the GazettE and X-Japan because they have proven themselves.
Exist Trance is an amazing band! A lot of people forget that they're all girls when they get into the music. They are all really talented people and deserve to be higher!
75?! Really?! Jyou is the best female singer I have ever heard! They make amazing music and she puts a lot of emotion in her songs! And they have two vocals! The best Japanese girl band in the world! ♡♡ they need to be up more! Way up more!

59Rookiez Is Punk'd
They're quite new so not many recognise their talent in J-Rock industry. I personally like the song Complication from Durarara! Hopefully this band can go up higher in this list. I can't wait for new songs from them.
These guys are really good. Because they're still pretty new compared to the bands that are higher up on the list, they're pretty down low here, but they're still some of the best. I fell in love with them when I heard "In My World". LIsten to their music. You won't be disappointed.
I thought this band would have been higher they're just too good! There's not one song of theirs that I don't like. I could listen to them forever. Hope they release some more songs and can get appreciated more!

d'erlanger is one of the best bands ever born in japan. the song "moon and the memories" is one of their rock anthems that every citizen of japan knows about. they reunited again in 2007 after disbanding in 1990 to achieve more success and rock again their beloved country. once again, one of the greatest bands of japan with b'z


Cool punknoise ballad rock visual band touring in Taiwan but I'm getting annoyed by dead end, this one, zi:kill, gastunk, etc are UNDER APPRECIATED than new indie yr2000 bands


one of the greatest band in japan ever. with x-japan, they created the visual-kei. without this band, the sounds of the newer bands like l'arc~en~ciel, dir en grey, girugamesh, and other japanese bands will be much different or worse.


[Newest]nightmare is in underrated japanese band list? they are very popular. this one is really underappreciated unlike those mainstream newer bands.


DIAURA is the only band that ever made me say "Whatever they are up to next, it's going to be epic. " They drew me in and didn't let me go until the end. I have listened to all of their songs, and these guys didn't let me down, not even once. They are the best.
"Sirius", "Lily" and "Lost Rain" has got to be their best songs from their new album! This band never seize to amaze me!
I love diaura very much, yo-ka's voice is the best!

The are simply amazing, and their sound is beautiful!


just perfect. not heavy metal. not soft rock.
even I'm not japanese I liked their music.. so amazing!
[Newest]High And Mighty Color is simply amazing; from "Pride" to "Remember", this band is truly the best of the best, and deserves a higher rank than it currently is now.

FLiP's all the way down here? After Kazana and Kaa to Naigo? Plus putting all their PV's on the LE for their second album? Plus the B-sides from their two singles prior to it?

These girls are FAR more talented than 51st place. Yuko's guitar solos ALONE with Sachiko's vocals and how Yuumi can pull off the cute and cool thing are why I'm a fan. Their first full album sealed the deal and even in their indie days they were good. I was hooked the first time I heard them, and it pains me to see them all the way down here.
This band is outstanding! Girls! Kick out Scandal!
I love FLiP! Their song 'Girl' is the catchiest song I've heard in ages! Go FLiP! GO, GO, GO!

64Spiv States

Hero is a really good band the lyrics have meaning and the instrumental are really good
I really love Jin's sound.
I really like this bands music... Jin's voice is awesome! ^0^

66Acid Black Cherry
They are amazing!
You're missing out if you don't listen to them!

Acid Black cherry is a good band they if everybody here heard there song "Rebirth" I'm pretty sure this band would sail right to the top
Yasu is one of the best singers I have ever heard in my life. Period. His showmanship as a performer is top notch. He knows his craft and is so humble about it. Honestly, he should be in the top ten. I can't live without ABC's music.

Well, they are the best example to show, that a metal band can be cute and deadly at the same time. They are awesome! They play a very powerful metal, so if you enjoy power metal and like cute japanese girls, they will be your next favourite band!
They are going to be at the top someday...
The mix of cute and metal make this idol a brand new of metal. Single after single have great improvement.
[Newest]By far the best band here.

Spitz should be on the top 10 list, though they're more popular for their pop songs, their rock sound are just as awesome. They have perfected their own unique and instantly recognizable sound and have lasted in the industry for more than 25 years. Vocalist Kusano is also an incredible lyricist with a smooth and beautiful voice that isn't afraid to go husky on harder rock tunes, leader and bassist Tamura is energetic and incredible on bass, guitarist Miwa plays smoothly with his cool vibe and drummer Sakiyama is known as "King of the Drums" in Japan due to just being a kickass drummer.
Many great songs they have indeed

I saw them live on the Vans Warped Tour '13 in Klokgebouw, NL and they are so badass on stage! TranceMetal Party at its best!

Maybe You should watch the Jägerbomb video and you will realize that this band needs a damn higher place on this list! Even the Kerrang! Magazine ranked the front singer Kenta Koie into the 50 best Rockstars of all time at place 46! The new album Apokalyze is really worth to be checked out, songs like we are the future, eclipse and countdown to hell are an amazing experience, as kenta koie would say. SWEDISH
The most exciting metal band I've heard in I can't remember how long, every song leaves me with aching mosh muscles and a thirst for more. MORE I TELL YOU!
I'm disappointed that these guys are so far down in this list. They produce the most amazing music.


71Fear, and Loathing In Las Vegas
I didn't think techno and scream went together when I first heard them, but after forcing myself to listen to them for awhile I found that I love this band. My music taste has changed insanely since I started listening to this band. This is my favorite group and I can honestly say that I love very one of their songs. Do you know how rare it is to not dislike a single song that a group has made? Falilv rocks. Go check them out!
Everyone should lists to Just Awake be Fear, and Loathing in las Vegas its a great song
Very creative band. They just keep getting better and better after every song they make. Minami's unique screaming plus the autotune voice with great guitar riffs and synths makes the band very unique from tje others.. My favorite band of all time..
[Newest]Awesome combination electronica x screamo

Not really rock as much as it is J-pop, but an amazing band nonetheless. I recommend it to anyone into Japanese music. When it comes to J-rock, I'd have to go with The Pillows over anything.
this band should be in top 10 or maybe the number one,zone fans come and vote for it zone forever ^_^
This band should be in top 10 or maybe the number one, zone fans come and vote for it zone forever ^_^

I love BORN so much. As soon as I heard them they became my top favourite band. Ryoga's voice is beautiful & the music is amazing & fits together perfectly. They are all also really nice, funny & sweet guys. They deserve to be higher on the list & deserve every piece of fame & glory they get. Keep it up BORN. You're doing amazingly well.
Born is really awesome, because they have a quality to their music that you don't find that often in visual kei bands. I really hope that the next time I am here they will be in the top 10's. They really deserve it.
They're totally awesome! Ryoga's vice is really nice! And their music is incredible!

They are great! Their songs are awesome! The lyrics are so touching!
Best MVs ever m/

I really love their band (next to An Cafe)... They got good songs too

76Beat Crusaders
Mad catchy songs! Every song has a different feel and very creative. Songs like Ghost, Let's Escape Tonight are awesome and can't be found anywhere else!
Beat crusaders is total ownage compared to the others. 'Hit in America' and 'Tonight' super sweet songs. Just can't beat the crusaders.
Why isn't this in the top 10! This dusnt make any sense

Really I don't get it...
[Newest]Legends. Wish they got back together.

77Oyuugi Wagamama Dan x Paradeis
Awesome. But then I love all jrock.
Oh my goodness, there is no comment here... PaRADEiS isn't my favorite JRock band, but it was the first one I liked. They mean so much to me, their music is epic.


79the pillows
The pillows should be in the top ten on list bogus list. LOVE Maximum the Hormone and Dir En Grey, but their borderline J-Metal and J-Punk/Metal (MTH). Can't believe that the pillows are near the 80's on this list. I grew up on them and was shocked when the premiere of FLCL came out and 'Ride on Shooting Star' came on at the credits, along side the instramentals of many of their best jams ever. The pillows are an inspiration to me. Being a Japanese-Irish-American, I appreciate what they've brought me in my musical obsessions.
This band opened me up to the jrock world. Their rhythm is unique and is very inspiring. They have been around for a long time and still keep going with new material but still keep that unique sound around that separates them from everyone else. This is my all-time favorite band and will always be.
1989 to present day with 270 songs crossing multiple styles while keeping they're alternative rock sound, the pillows are the best. no question.
[Newest]One of my favorite bands of all time. Every time I listen I just get super nostalgic

80Inugami Circus-dan


82T.M. Revolution
Gundam Sountracks are always awesome!
Why is this not in the top twenty? Granted, I'd settle for thirty just for the simple fact that T.M. Revolution is more rock pop if anything, but how can anyone seriously hear Takanori's voice and not feel moved? Heart of Sword, Resonance, Joker. Have fun with it.


How is T.M. Revolution not higher up on the chart?!?

Asagi, Ruiza, Hiroki, Tsunehito & Hide-Zou, they are all so very talented, I find their music perfect in every way. Asagi's voice never fails to impress me, especially how amazing it sounds live. D's music style is unique and beautiful!
WHAT? D is on 91? What the hell...
They are one of the best Band I've ever heard.
Go and support them!
They are very talented and possess a long musical trajectory full of successes. They can make powerful songs to harmonic ballads without losing their style like no other band in the world! The 5 are unique: Asagi, Ruiza, Hide-zou, Tsunehito & Hiroki. They are simply my favorite band of all. His music is full of feelings, mix different elements to create a perfect, they never fail to impress me.
[Newest]Most underrated band ever! The music is amazing!


85DOG in the PWO

I found this band by happy mistake while looking up some visual kei for my fashion class. I was young, didn't know much about visual kei, and assumed that it was a female band, until I heard the music. Fairy times memory is the first song I heard, and my all time favorite by far. Just give them a listen, and you'll fall in love as I did.
Riku, Kisaki, Jun, Iori and Matoi, what more do you want!
Eternal Silence was the first song I had ever heard by them, fell in love instantly. The instrumentals could bring a tear to even the iciest of hearts.

PIERROT combines aggressive lyrics and pop melodies, the fragile balance and the stable performances.
Anyone who knows the Japanese V-Rock may have seen the peculiar makeup in the shape of a cross at least once.
They are the best ever!

Jin has such a unique voice and NEGA always surprises with their songs. Their sound is amazing with beautiful piano solos and talented guitar, bass and drums. They really need more votes and love, they are talented, unique and way too awesome band
I just simply love this band! I found them on You Tube by an accident and I am so glad I did so! Their songs are so compelling, and the their sound is awesome with so much talent with each individual member! I love songs like Soul Cry, Muddy Cult, and Neo Destruction. They are an extremely talented band and not to mention Jin's voice is so beautiful, I love how he sings! *_* I definitely recommend Nega to anyone! If not better they are just as good as The Gazette! :D
Love nega! Though they don't deserve to be in the 66th place!


Their just awesome!
To bad they don't get the fame they deserve!
Vistlip's music is the mix of slow serenades, pure hard metal screaming and sometimes even jpop. I love them because they aren't frozen into one style of music, but show their talent by using different types, therefore bringing the original quality to their music. I'm really sad that they don't get the fame they deserve, but I'll keep supporting them the best I can!
Only just started listening to this band but they sound incredible!
I have looked at their live performances and they always put on a great show for the audience hope they get popular and start going all over the world as I would love it for them to come to Birmingham

This is my favorite Japanese band ever. Listen to their Sound, each of their song, and you'll know why this band is so special
Jinn is awesome, love this band from watching the anime blood + and love their new album for the seeker... This band should at least be in the top 20


93BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

Sigh, My favorite all time band. Sure they don't have the "meaning full" lyrics that some other bands do, but that doesn't matter. Their style has always been something I loved, and there is no way I ever get bored listening to their albums. A huge effort is put into this type of "Avant-Grande" music. Their concerts are definitely worth watching if you are a true metal fan. I would never forget to mention that Dr. Mikannibal is my Heroine. I never expected Sigh to even make it here, and frankly that is fine. I love Sigh and I HIGHLY recommend anyone who likes metal to give them a listen. The song that won me over had to be "Slaughtergarden Suite. "

95No Regret Life
NoRL is so great! Listen to their "can't explain" song and you"ll know they're awesome!
cool guitars, nice singer, very nice melody and ending soundtrack in naruto.
Cool even in Soundtrack naruto

KAT-TUN.. Best of the best.. I love this boyband since one year ago and, I miss akanishi jin's voice in their song.
Their songs are just amazing all of their singles/albums/DVD EVERYTHING has been #1 at some point or another


Listen to "Lips" or "Keep the faith"... and "Real Face"! I want this kind of song moarr! All their songs are awesome. But I love pop-rock style~ I hope KAT-TUN will produce more great songs in the future~ >. <
[Newest]They change my WORLD! They made me love music in a different level that it became my LIFE. KAT-TUN will always be the best band for ME.

9754 Nude Honeys

Nice songs! I really love it! Especially the song of naruto shippuden opening and ending nice!
Ikimono gakari should be at least one of top tens. I listen to there song every day they rock. And specially because there song (Blue Bird) was the first japanese song I heard. The second song was (hanabi) and then (hotaru no hikari). And the main thing is they are the reason I have started listening to japanese songs.
A heart calms down when I listen to "ikimonogakari".
[Newest]Blue Bird amazing song

99Oblivion Dust

They are young up coming band watch out, you might know them from Naruto ending, they are a really good band awesome punk rock.
Young hot good japanese/punk band very bright watch out for these guys.
Really great voice and music. One of the best vocal in japan

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