Best Japanese Rock Bands


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81 Oblivion Dust

Oblivion Dust (sometimes OD) is a Japanese rock band first active from 1996 to 2001, they reunited in 2007. Although they were originally largely influenced by early 90's American grunge bands, since reuniting their music has become straight alternative rock. They stand out in the Japanese scene as most of their songs are written and sung in fluent English

This is a great band. Should not be this low on the list. They can really rock!

82 Do As Infinity

very nice and meaningful from this band......and they are great musicians... - deathangel

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!

Best Japanese Rock Band

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83 Back-On

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.

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84 Loudness

If not for Loudness and their attempts in breaking into the English market, I wouldn't have come to know and hear about so many other great bands that Japan has to offer. And these guys can really rock it. Akira is no doubt the virtuoso here, but each band members has so much to offer that, together as Loudness, they really are greater than the sum of its parts. I use to hunt down and buy every single album they release till I was broke because I was still a student. I feel that the only reason they are not even in the top ten in this list is because they are not

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 is a huge influence for all the rockers out the in the early days especially in Japan. Their music is kinda unique with combination with some western and Eastern music. With a great guitar solo by akira takasaki I can recommend you to listen to them.!.

They're the god... heavy metal bands from Japan... 80's

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85 Taia
86 Plastic 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 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!

I love Plastic Tree, they are that perfect middle ground between hard and crunchy, and lyrical and melodic.

T.T why do I find them on bottom? They're really original and creative.

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87 Acid 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.


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 - ronluna

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 - ronluna

very underrated band, why does everyone knows x and forgot this band? dir en grey even cited that d'erlanger is one of their idols - ronluna

The first band in the history of the j-rock, they are on the same level as X, they are still almost been formative for the direction of visual kei as X...
Why they are not among the top ten? That they had earned more than...

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89 Anthem

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.

Easily comparable to Judas Priest, and therefore amazing. - dubsinthetubs

90 Kiryu

Kiryu is a visual kei band that takes its visual identity from traditional Japanese culture. Wearing elaborate outfits with stunning prints, the band often appears around breath-taking settings reminiscent of ancient Japan. Kiryu's music does take some influence from their image, it can be calming and relaxing and matches very well with the idea of old Japan in a modern context. However, some of the band's music has definite heavy metal tones and will surprise the listener with how forceful it can be.
Bass: Isshiki Hiyori.
Guitar: Sakai Mitsuki.
Guitar: Kujou Takemasa.
Voice: Kurosaki Mahiro.
Drums: Tokai Junji.

Kiryu is amazing. The visuals, the vocals, the instruments. I have no words to describe how mystical this band is. I love each of their songs. They never cease to amaze me.

Their music is more than awesome, and they look so damn hot!
I can't understand why they aren't in top 10!

91 MoNoLith

THE best band. Period. Go listen, the dual vocals are amazing! You won't regret it.

It's the bes band I love the band and I will always be a fan of them the sing so awesome you have to see there songs

92 Soundwitch

Saw 'em at Tekkoshocon and they blew my mind. Easily one of the best Japanese bands I've seen live. One of their guitarists May isn't in the band anymore which makes me sad, but their new stuff with the "Machinist" is much harder and edgier and I am in love all over again. SoundWitch. Check them out. Do the Google! You won't regret it ^^


Deathgaze is just awesome, really. Its one of the best bands around the world, Ai's voice just awesome, it's really worthwhile listening.

Amazing heavy metal band and their voices are amazing too! I am obsessed with this band!

Deathgaze is in my opinion, one of the best j-metal bands out there. There's not a single song that I hate from them. Deathgaze rocks m/


The are simply amazing, and their sound is beautiful! - derek3men

just perfect. not heavy metal. not soft rock.

even I'm not japanese I liked their music.. so amazing!

The balance of the voices makes this band so powerful.

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95 the pillows

1989 to present day with 270 songs crossing multiple styles while keeping they're alternative rock sound, the pillows are the best. no question.

From the moment I first heard them, I fell in love. They always manage to both calm me and pump me for the next day. I can't imagine anyone not liking the raw awesomeness, the classic sound. The pillows are my favorite band. Period. The moment you hear their songs, you will be hooked.

An expansive discography without a dud in the bunch! The Pillows have been around in the jrock scene for almost 2 decades now.

The pillows is Japanese Beatles.
We believe, good music has no borders, no race, and is timeless.
They can play good music

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96 Matenrou Opera

Matenrou Opera creates a lyrical and compositional masterpiece with every single album. With a symphonic rock style that carries elements of speed metal, 80s rock, and some electronic elements, their sound always stays interesting. Sono's voice is gorgeous; it pains me to see them so low on this list.

No way this band is 150... Sad more people should listen to this awesome band.

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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 ^_^

98 Nico Touches the Walls

One of my best rock bands.. The vocalist Tatsuya Mitsumura has a very attractive accent... Their songs as different and DIVER with have was signed as NARUTO SHIPUUDEN 9th opening was a great without forget brokenyouth and yoru no hate

Even though they broke up this band is amazing from they have this unique sound to them. From fullmetal alchemist to Naruto these guys are amazing!

They didn't. I just read about them.

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99 The Candy Spooky Theatre

Is The Candy Spooky Theater :3

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100 Kenji Ohtsuki & Zetsubou Shoujotachi
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