Greatest Japanese Metal BandsVote! Vote! VOTE! I want to see your opinions! It can be Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Symphonic Metal, Visual Kei, Alternative Metal, Experimental Metal, Nu Metal, Metalcore, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Neo-Classical Metal, Funk Metal, Industrial Metal, Speed Metal and even Folk Metal. Please under any circumstances DO NOT add Kat-Tun!
The Top Ten
No matter what you say, babymetal is still metal and will always be metal. If you are a genre expert, how come you always stay on comment section spouting nonsense about "this is metal, that is not metal" thing. If you still want to stick to your rules, better keep quiet and listen to your choice of music. If those famous metal bands acknowledge them, who are you to say the opposite? Better make your own band and say that you are a true metal.
Overrated as all hell, not even a metal band either and before you say "BUT THEY ARE" please tell me how heavy "alt rock" riffs combined with several other styles of music including, Trance and even reggae is metal? The 3 girls can sing but that's about the only good thing about them. - MetalWorldOrder
This band is... Uh... Man I can't even figure out what to say. 3 teenage girls singing j-pop vocals and dancing to metal music. Fusing the two really makes for an interesting and oddly catchy and listenable combination. They've actually become a huge hit here in the States, with their debut album going high up on the charts and hitting #1 on the iTunes metal charts. They've even been praised by well-known metal artists like M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Matt Heafy of Trivium, Marty Friedman, and even members of Metallica have reacted positively to them. I'm a diehard metalhead who's listened to everything from Avenged Sevenfold to Black Sabbath to Dying Fetus to Satyricon, and I can say that this is probably one of the best metal acts to come out of Japan. - MetalFoREVer1228
Uniquely there are metal bands from Japan who combine j pop with metal and they are still young and beautiful
One of the best metal band from Japan. Their song "Vinuskha" is a masterpiece!
It is hard to find words to describe the creative spectrum that Dir en Grey has made their own. Their compositions range from old school heavy metal to progressive, alternative metal, experimental, neo-classical metal while all the while the members incorporate the peak of instrumental skill- sets of the scene. The depth, the emotional power, the political and social contexts of their songs still search its equal and can hardly be matched by any of the other top-scoring J-Rock/J-Metal acts with similar international acclaim.
More than 15 years consistent with their genre and give different feeling in every album released, I can't stop my body to move when listen their song
They can do anything from alt rock to death metal. That is impressive - MetalFoREVer1228
Long time band despite going inactive for a while but still a great band. Of the Japanese bands I listen to, I put them at number one no questions asked.
A dark, melancholic yet powerful feel, visual kei perfection
Its just amazing especially the times when Hide was alive. I just love there performances and songs.
Not just the best Japanese metal band, also one of the best all over the world
Koi No Mega Lover? Zetsubou Billy? WHAT'S UP PEOPLE? These guys are awesome! Ryo and Nao are the Japanese brother and sister version of Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul!
I love their diversity and virtuosity! - Flav
How is that baby metal crap ahead of these guys?
Wanna know metal, listen to them.
Go and listen their DIM album. And you will know how great they are.
The GazettE is the best band in the world! Their songs hold messages, sadness & true emotions! Also, they're an inspiration n super hot
Best out of all jrock band
Grrreeeaaattt remember the urge!
One of the best neoclassical power metal bands out there. Both singers that have been in the band are very great at their singing, the atmosphere in the music gives it an almost holy feeling that would make it sacrilegious to defy it, and Syu is an awesome guitarist.
Galneryus is the best power metal band out there. It deserves a place among the top 3! Both the singers are great and the music is divine. Listening to a song of galneryus gives off a feeling of intense satisfaction.
Galneryus is the best band I have ever listened to. If the songs of the above mentioned bands are good, then the songs of gallery us are epic.
I REALLY THINK THAT GALLERY US DESERVES THE TOP PLACE!
What 47!? they are one of the best death metal bands in the world!
One of my favorite Death Metal bands. They combine Melodic Death Metal with Old-School Death Metal, which sounds very interesting and brutal. Listen to some of their songs and you'll fall in love with them: e.g. "Banquet in the Darkness", "Agony in the Stone Chamber".
If you are not into Melodic Death Metal or Death Metal you might skip this, but if not: Give them a try!
Wish more people knew about them. Also wish they would bring out more albums. - Flav
Loud band, with some of the best attitudes in the business
Great they are awesome I love them
They Started the whole thing
Saw them here in Vegas and it was a blast. Husband saw them in Japan years ago.
They brought the genre to Japan. - Caleb9000
Best Japanese Band ever
Easily the best band to come out of Japan. For those unfamiliar with them, check out Domestic Booty or Bound to Break - dubsinthetubs
Are you kidding me. BabyMetal is at number 1 while the gods Boris sit back here?!?!?
The best Japanese band ever...
This is pretty much Intestine Baalism 2.0.
If you like Old-School Death Metal with a melodic twist in it like old Dismember or Intestine Baalism: This is your music! - Flav
Black metal at its finest
Easily my favorite band on this list. They have such a unique sound to them, for example, their vocals. I can think of 7 different vocal styles they use right from the top of my head (there are probably a few more styles I could think of if I actually went and listened through all their albums right now). They also have a habit off putting the orchestra versions of some of their songs on their albums as a little bonus since their 2014 EP. I'm pretty sure the band themselves have classified themselves as "Symphonic Decadence Metal" (don't quote me on that), but since that's actually a made up genre (obviously), they would most likely fall under the symphonic extreme metal genre, but because their style of music is so unique it's hard to classify them as anything particular (their bandcamp site classify them as symphonic black metal FYI). I have no words that could actually describe how awesome this band truly is.
My favorite one of their albums is their second ...more
Overwhelming Symphonic Melodic Death Metal (? )! Its not that easy to categorize their genre, since they have a lot of different influences, just try it out they are awesome!
Especially their second studio album is highly recommended! - Flav
Very good Prog Thrash. - Flav
Insane song composing skill.
You can really see the progress, their works always been better from time to time.
You like Slam? Then check this out!
Much brutal. Very slam. Such Death Metal. Wow. - Flav
Samurai Death Metal with Slap Bass, what else do you need?
This is like the Red Hot Chili Peppers of Death Metal or Maximum The Hormone of Death Metal. Only that they haven't released a single bad album. - Flav
Black metal scythe is a classic. - reay
Come on... they deserved some respect... they are the pioneer for Japanese black/thrash metal... and still one of the best... and no SIGH?
English fluent j-metal
Siam Shade is awesome. A band that always believed in its sound and with all talented members.
One of the best innovative thing out there, the screaming make them the Japanese The Devils Wears Prada and the electric part just throw mainstream crap like Bring Me The Horizon out of the stage.
The best band I have ever seen live.
Dubstep and metal... they managed to merge them into perfection :D
'Why don't you take that drink and chug it?... EEEYAAHHH! '
Perfect combination of power metal sounds and symphonic framework.
Nice atmosphere, the band's been evolving a lot through time.
Yui's got a very great voice. Nice instrumental.
I simply fell in love with this band since I first heard them. Their music is something else with fantasy feeling!
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Spectacual band. Hard driving guitars and Yui's amazing vocals. One of the best bands I've heard.
They are if DragonForce was more than just speed!
Awesome Japanese melodic death metal with hints of symphonic, black and neoclassical elements in it.
Sadly they have only 2 albums, but both of them rule hard! - Flav
Electronica metalcore. Insane drum parts, and ridiculous guitar parts that aren't even noticed in the first few listens because the focus is on the vocals. And damn, those vocals. Sure the cleans are autotuned but it's part of the sound. Nothing to stress over. But those black metal screams (that rip and are clean to the core) from the keyboardist (who is classically trained on piano and can play a beautiful melody in the midst of a hardcore song). Damn. This band doesn't leave any part alone, not even the bass. Beautifully put together if you take the time to sort out the chaos into individual parts. Even if you don't, the songs can be catchy, brutal, straight up weird. But this band has it all.
This. Is. Brutal.
Like the most incredible thing I've seen in the Tech-Death world. Their album "Orphic Signs" is a Brutal Technical Death Metal masterpiece.
Just watch their music videos on YouTube and you'll see how incredible their instrumentation is. - Flav
They're french, not japanese - Escavan
This is very good symphonic melodic death metal! Especially their second album "The Highest of Dystopia" is a masterpiece.
Go listen to them, you won't regret it. You also won't believe that the vocalist is female. - Flav
Best Band Period, Many styles and beastly Guitar Solo's
Greatest Japan Metal Band EVER!
One of the best bands in the world.
Amazing vocals! My favorite song of theirs is "Ageha. "
If you don't belive me, listen yourself.
Favourite band, and met the whole band. They are incredible live and need all the recognition they can get.
Best Japanese band out there enough said
It's coldrain what do you expect
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Not metal but very good rock band.