Best Japanese Rock Bands


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81 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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82 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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83 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.

84 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

85 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!

86 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

87 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/

89 Coldrain

Come on 124? They should be at least on Top 10, performance wise, they ROCK the stage and their songs have essence.

Coldrain, yeah Such a Good Metal, but maybe it's the best metal band in Japan

Come on 124 really now. They should be higher up. This band is amazing.

Unique kind of rock, after listening to lots of jrock this band and one ok rock are the one that really stood out to me as well as Sim

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90 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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91 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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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 ^_^

93 Wagakki Band

Japanese Folk fusion with rock by an amazing female lead vocalist and her awesome band with very skilled traditional and modern artists. A perfect blend!

They are the best in folk-rock, just awesome, all of them have an impressive talent.

I like Wagakki Band

The most Amazing japanese Band with impressive skill, awesome live performance, and Epic Song. my favorite is kishikaisei, senbonzakura, ikusa, Akatsuki no ito!

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94 The Candy Spooky Theatre

Is The Candy Spooky Theater :3

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95 Kenji Ohtsuki & Zetsubou Shoujotachi
96 Oyuugi Wagamama Dan x Paradeis
97 Show-Ya

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.

98 Zilch
99 Namie Amuro
100 Guardian Hacker
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