Best Japanese Rock Bands

No limitations. Put your favorite Japanese rock band here and vote for them. Rock/punk, Rock/Pop, Rock/Visual Kei and similar genres are accepted.

The Top Ten

1 X Japan X Japan X Japan is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi.

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.


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2 Gazette

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...

They produced the best songs and of course they’re the best live

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3 L'Arc~en~Ciel L'Arc~en~Ciel L'Arc-en-Ciel is a Japanese rock band, founded in Osaka in 1991. With a reported 40 million records sold, they were the first Japanese act to headline at Madison Square Garden.

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!

I don't know why I just interesting with L'arc~en~Ciel.. and then I looking forward anything about them.. and now maybe I'm falling in love with them...

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4 Girugamesh

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 ...more

They are very Strong metal band. If you are into fast hard, melodic singing and hard guitar work. You should check them out.

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 ~!

Pitty they disband. Saw them a few days ago. NEVER seen so much power on stage. NEVER!

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5 Nightmare


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.

Pure love for this group

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6 Alice 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!

If AliceNine or A9 always my number one Band,love'm all equally but most important the music speaks for itself lots of energy and love the mix from slower to heavyer music what's also the lyrics are what spoke to me especially Show-san Voice there's no one coming close 🤘🏻😘and as said by others already all are so talented and beeing so long around that's something really special.

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7 Dir en grey Dir en grey Dir En Grey is a Japanese heavy metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.

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.

They should be number 2

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8 Flow

FLOW are a popular modern Jrock band, theyre cool, fun and have a good mixture of crazy fun to kickass awesome songs - sheila101

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!

My absolute favv they'll make you jump up and scream with joy in the midst of your sadness you can just laugh and get and Danceee to nearly all of their songgss❤❤❤❤

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9 D'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 ...more

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

The first J-Rock band I've ever listened to in my live. I adore Hizumis voice, and Tsukasas, too. I was crying really hard when I heard that they broke up. Nobody can reach them, they will be in my heart forever. Their sound is just great, I'm really happy that I got to see them live once. I adore their dark sound and I LOVE every single song they released in their nearly 12 active years as a group of musicians together. I hope that Hizumi will get healthy soon and that the old D'espairsRay will have a comeback. I'm praying for it. - hitsuxx

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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10 Stereo 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 is the only Japanese band that Speaks to me... I really liked their lyrical wise and musical wise. I could really Relate to their songs when I'm angry or happy or trying something new, their song will always be there for me... If you're sad Listen to Hoshikuzu Kandelaar or Everything OK and more... If you're Happy, simply Happy A And there's much much more! And trying something new, with the "GO! GO! GO! " In OKAMI will really makes you go and do it... So Stereopony's the best band and you can relate too.. They are cute and Rock on the Same time..

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!

They have such unique sound and the guitar riffs are amazing

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The Contenders

11 Lm.C

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 ...more

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. - Floppypanda

LMC is the best

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12 SuG

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.

I love SuG, they're my favourite band of all time, it's a shame they broke up. Their music inspired me and make me happy.

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13 Luna 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 ...more

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 ...more

What, Luna sea #19... re u kidding me? and ONE OK roCK #5 LMAO... Luna sea is best jrock band of all time, not number 1 but they're superb and better than 1okrock

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14 Maximum 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 ...more

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!

This guys are amazing, they created the own genre! you have to listen to this for SURE, is crazy, these guys don't care about what people think, they only have fun with their music and are passionate about it and that's contagious.

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15 hide 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 (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.

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~

Just hear he (hide) play music an you all can know. Remember always hide
No anyone can play guitar like that

16 Asian 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.

These guys are so creative, they remind me of a punk rock/ punk pop vibe..I love them even though I don't understand what they say. They transit their harmony very good and I feel like they are one of the best bands I have ever heard!

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17 One Ok Rock One 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

They're the best and Taka' vocal range is no kidding.

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18 Malice Mizer Malice Mizer Malice Mizer was a Japanese visual kei rock band active from August 1992 to December 2001. Formed by guitarists Mana and Közi, the band's name stands for "malice and misery", extracted from "Nothing but a being of malice and misery." - their reply to the question "What is human?" Their earlier music more.

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.

The Best jrock group ever. No contest

Just underrated😦

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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!

Pure talent.

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20 Fear, 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..

Just a very interesting band right here. A group of very special members.

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21 An Cafe An Cafe An Cafe, also known as Antic Cafe or Antikku Kafe, is a Japanese dance rock band consisting of Miku (vocals), Takuya (guitar), Yu-ki (keyboard), Teruki (drums) and Kanon (bass), that formed in 2003. Guitarist Buo left the band in 2007. more.

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.

These guys should be number one

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22 Abingdon 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

Every song of the band in amazing. Takanori's voice is unique.

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23 D=Out

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

The best band, the best music! Really great tunes and arrangement always!

The name sounds like a Tenacious D esq. comedy band. - AdamDestructorJr.

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24 Omnyouza

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.

The greatest heavy metal band of Japan with elements of Japanese folk music (and some paint strokes of pop music) and mythology, mystery, epic ancient stories of ghosts, fairies, dragons and demons.
Two lead singers, a strong male voice and an ethereal female.
A band with only good albums since 1999.

Technically perfect! Love it

25 Royz

Royz is way too talented to have been around since '09 and not even be in the top 10. Royz's "visual" is the most impressive "visual" in Visual Kei. They have the perfect balance between dark and sparkly and have done the more pop-rock sound AND some heavier work AND ballads. I was looking at legend acts when I first got into Visual Kei (X Japan, the Gazette, Alice Nine), but none of them held my attention or had such enjoyable sounds as Royz. And while, like 90% of Visual Kei bands are über-fun for no reason, nothing really compares to Royz. Like, I'm a K-Pop fan, and I've seen some ridiculously hilarious things with them (and heck, Black Veil Brides, whom I have been into for a long time) but Royz is even more over. Royz needs to at least be in top 10. This is an injustice, really.

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.

They are amazing!

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26 Screw

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!

Screw band best group

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27 Versailles

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.

Should be to 3

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Spyair is the one and only band I love from the bottom of my heart! I swear if you listen to them, you'll be into them as much as I am. I generally listen to different people judging by their music, so if I like their music I'll listen to mostly anything. However, spyair. This band is just different. The lyrics are written by Momiken, bs. His straight and strong lyrics really gets listeners to relate to the songs. And the music that goes with it is written by Uz,gt. His spence of music vary from just simple four piece rock to heavy rock and also even a little ballad like songs too. And the best thing is Ike's voice. It is truly amazing! It's the type of voice no one can copy it's so unique and strong but at the same time it's so hot and so energetic. The lyrics are just perfect for him. This really shows how good the four are together as a team. Another thing I love about spyair is that the four instruments, vocal, guitar, base and drums all shine and stand out in every song. It's not ...more

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.


If the criteria for this poll is how great the band and its songs are, then this list is inaccurate. SPYAIR doesn't an inch deserve this spot. Cause this band has more than enough to be part of the top 5...

Their songs are absolutely amazing! I found out about them after I watched the anime Haikyuu! where they played the openings. I love the sings "Imagination" and "I'ma believer! "

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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.

They are amazing!

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30 Dio - 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.

Dio was a great band. The whole band is really nice and I'm happy that I was able to see them in cologne in 2009. I was really sad as they said they will disband, because dio was one of my favourite bands. Luckily mikaru and denka (now syu) created a new band.

31 Mejibray

MEJIBRAY deserve better rank than 65 I think, their song is somehow beautiful

This is my favourite band. The lyrics are wonderful, always touching, always well written. The guitar is always wonderful, the solos always make me smile and also calm me, Mia is really talented. Also, the bass and the drums are beautiful. The music is fantastic, really, please listen to them. This band saves my life.

They have a unique sound and always surprises with their new singles and albums. The lyrics are always very beautiful and poetic and I love how they're able to suck you right into the world of Mejibray.

MEJIBRAY is life

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32 Mucc

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.

MUCC are a band that can just do about everything. Any genre, they'll do an awesome job. From jazzy to electro, heavy rock stuff to poppy. They always play with a lot of emotion, and a lot of energy! Their bassist is just amazing.

MUCC is the best! Tatsuro's voice is simply amazing! MUCC is one of the best bands ever, their lyrics are great and MUCC members are the best, they are so cool, nice and kind really down to earth... I love them and they deserve to be on first places here!

There is no better japanese band. Guys are just awesome, you have to check it out.

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33 UnsraW

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!


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.

They deserve more than this, Glay is at par with X Japan and L'arc en Ciel

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35 Beat 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...

Legends. Wish they got back together.

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36 FLiP

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!

Good music, I like it a lot.

I love FLiP! Their song 'Girl' is the catchiest song I've heard in ages! Go FLiP! GO, GO, GO!

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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^

38 Aqua 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.

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.

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...

Oow I love they's musics *.* my favorite is Alones

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39 Galneryus

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

Best guitar solos ever

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40 Rookiez 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.

Yeah, In My World and Complication are my favourite songs by them. - FrozenHatingPokefan

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!

In my opinion not many song, but the style is amazing.

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41 UVERworld

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!

I fall in love with their music since I heard it for the first time which is the blue exorcise op.. I can listen to their songs all the time and never get tired... they just the best! Love uverworld

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42 B'z B'z B'z is a Japanese rock duo, consisting of guitarist, composer and producer Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto and vocalist and lyricist Koshi Inaba, known for their energetic hard-rock tracks and pop ballads.

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...

B'z should be more higher than this, a combination of Koshi Inaba's lyrics/great voice (Which was once quoted as being a treasure of Japan) & Tak Matsumoto's amazing guitar skills, makes them one of the greatest rock bands to come out of Japan & next year they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary as B'z!

Simply the Best All-Round Package!

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43 Crossfaith

These guys are what you get when you "cross" (get it? ) Killswitch Engage and DragonForce. Metalcore with DragonForce-type speed and of course the synth from time to time.

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.

They're amazing!

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45 Seikima 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.

The most badass band from Japan

46 Deluhi

even they already disbanded, I had to admit that DELUHI was a band with a great talented members. Juri's great scream and able to change for sudden soft voices. Leda guitar abilities, such a young, ambitious, and skillfully guitarist, he;ll be a legend. aggy modest bass, DELUHI won't be complete without him. And sujk, one of the coolest drummer I ever seen, the way he rotating his drumsticks was epic. bye2 DELUHI, please come again with another departure..

This is the best ever! What else can I say? The feel of their song and their live is the best. That make people a crybaby... Leda rocks! He is a great composer and a guitar player! They all are charming in person too.

They have talent, they need the top ten, they are good go to YouTube if you wanna watch videos of them put DELUHI...

. They are greatest metal, rock or whatever band for me
. I hope DELUHI will come beck soon
. Their songs likes Departure, Frontier, Flow Snow, Two Hurt, Revolver Blast, the Farthest, Orion Once Again... All of the songs can give me a spirit to my life

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47 Ling Tosite Sigure

A three person Japanese rock band that is utterly beautiful. Both singers have incredibly unique voices, and play their instruments wonderfully. The music that they write and preform is like poetry. And they combine many different rhythms, singing styles, and lyrics to create masterpieces. They are my absolute favorite. Listen if you want your heart broken.

This is my personal favorite band and I can totally see why some people dislike them. They are so incredible, though, because of the unique style of Math Rock and Prog they do. Not to mention they have two vocalists. Every member of the band is extremely and they are far too underrated. (TK's voice is not for everyone. )

Incredible skill and talent. They are beast during their live that sound exactly like the album and that's a feat. Great talent and chemistry, that's all that you ask in a band.

For a second I thought I wasn't looking at Japanese bands because I didn't see TK at the top.

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48 Born

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.

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.

They're really nice, especially their first songs.

They're totally awesome! Ryoga's vice is really nice! And their music is incredible!

49 Exist 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!

These girls rock. They ain't no fake air band or Lip Singing plastic group. They are the real deal and have lots of impressive songs. The member Omi is usually shy but she has this amazing energy on stage with her guitar. Each member is lovable and talented. Exist Trace for life!

Oh my gosh...58? NO! Jyou's voice is amazing. I used to be a big fan of Babymetal, (and still quite like the dark Lolita feel from them, ) but I fell in love when I heard 'True, ' I heard Jyou and y jaw DROPPED. These women are mature, strong, independent, and have the amazing rock and visual kei to prove it. They're awesome.

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50 GReeeeN

They are great! Their songs are awesome! The lyrics are so touching!

Best MVs ever m/

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