Greatest Japanese Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 BabyMetal BabyMetal Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

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

No other have a genre like this...
The best Metal is only BabyMetal... !

Need to get higher. No1 maybe. Best band in all Japan Atm and one of the bests ever and the girls are young as hell. In Future they will dominate the metal scene and maybe, who knows, the world!

Did NOT exspect these to be this high here but they without a doubt deserves it. Few of the really good female artists lately.

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2 Dir en Grey Dir en Grey DIR EN GREY is a Japanese metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.

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

Is the best

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

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.

we are x

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4 Maximum The Hormone

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

Wanna know metal, listen to them.

They are just amazing!

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5 The GazettE The GazettE The Gazette, originally known as Gazette, is a Japanese visual kei rock band from Kanagawa formed in early 2002. The band is currently signed to Sony Music Records.

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!

6 Intestine Baalism Intestine Baalism Intestine Baalism is a death metal band hailing from Tokio/Kanto, Japan. The band was formed in 1991 as "Euthanasia" and changed 1992 their name to "Intestine Baalism", which is a term for the Sumerian god of the harvest. more.

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

7 Girugamesh

Loud band, with some of the best attitudes in the business

Great they are awesome I love them

8 Fastkill Fastkill
9 Boris Boris

Are you kidding me. BabyMetal is at number 1 while the gods Boris sit back here?!?!?

10 D'espairsRay

The best Japanese band ever...

The Newcomers

? Esprit D'Air

Has my vote! - karot90

The Contenders

11 Loudness

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

Akira Takasaki is an excellent guitarist. I like every member of this band and really like when Taiji Sawada was in Loudness. X Japan and Loudness are my two favorite Japanese bands.

12 Terror Squad

Very good Prog Thrash. - Flav

13 Imperial Circus Dead Decadence Imperial Circus Dead Decadence Imperial Circus Dead Decadence (ICDD) is a Japanese metal band with a lot of different influences. The band was formed in 2007 in Fukuoka. They have released 2 EPs and 2 full-length albums so far, which are received well among fans of Japanese extreme metal, especially their second full-length "Kuruoshiku...". 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

14 Deluhi

Insane song composing skill.
You can really see the progress, their works always been better from time to time.

15 Vomit Remnants Vomit Remnants Vomit Remnants is a Brutal Death Metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1997 and are currently signed to Unique Leader Records. They released besides 2 EPs and 2 split-albums only one full-length called "Supreme Entity" so far and are rather unknown among metal fans. more.

You like Slam? Then check this out!
Much brutal. Very slam. Such Death Metal. Wow. - Flav

16 Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Gotsu Totsu Kotsu is a Death Metal band from Tokyo/Kantō, Japan. Formed in 2000, they released 3 full-length albums so far, which all had success in the underground scene, but are still very little known in the metal community. Their band name comes from the name of an ancient samurai, which they also more.

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

17 Sabbat

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?

18 Galneryus

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.

Op band

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.

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19 Siam Shade

Siam Shade is awesome. A band that always believed in its sound and with all talented members.

20 Onmyo-Za
21 Crossfaith

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


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22 Serpent Serpent Serpent is a Melodic Death Metal Band from Kobe, Japan. They formed in 1993 as Awaken and changed their name in 1994 to Serpent. They split up in 2000, but reformed in 2002 and are still active. more.

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

23 Desecravity Desecravity Desecravity is a technical brutal death metal band from Tokio/Kanto, Japan, which was formed in 2007 and is currently signed to Willowtip Records. They released 2 full-length albums so far, which are both very little known among metal fans. more.

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

24 Yousei Teikoku

Nice atmosphere, the band's been evolving a lot through time.

Yui's got a very great voice. Nice instrumental.

Great band.

I simply fell in love with this band since I first heard them. Their music is something else with fantasy feeling!
Join the subjects!

Spectacual band. Hard driving guitars and Yui's amazing vocals. One of the best bands I've heard.

25 Transgressor Transgressor
26 Deadly Spawn Deadly Spawn Deadly Spawn is a Death Metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1997. One of the members was a former guitarist in Japanese Death Metal band Intestine Baalism, which explains the somehow similar sound. more.

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

27 Serenity in Murder Serenity in Murder Serenity in Murder is a Japanese symphonic melodic death metal band with black metal influences, formed 2009 in Tokyo. more.

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

28 Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

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.

29 Blood Stain Child
30 Nocturnal Bloodlust
31 Dead End

Best Band Period, Many styles and beastly Guitar Solo's

32 Sex Machineguns
33 Lightning

If you don't belive me, listen yourself.

34 Anthem

Easily the best band to come out of Japan. For those unfamiliar with them, check out Domestic Booty or Bound to Break - dubsinthetubs


Amazing vocals! My favorite song of theirs is "Ageha. "

36 Thousand Leaves Thousand Leaves A Thousand Leaves is the 10th studio album by the American experimental rock band Sonic Youth, released on May 12, 1998, by DGC Records.
37 Detroit Metal City Detroit Metal City
38 Versailles

Perfect combination of power metal sounds and symphonic framework.

39 Coldrain

Best Japanese band out there enough said

It's coldrain what do you expect

40 Deathgaze


41 Abigail
42 Abingdon Boys' School

Not metal but very good rock band.

43 Dio - Distraught Overlord
44 ViViD
45 Moi Dix Mois

Greatest Japan Metal Band EVER!

46 Her Name In Blood
47 Iron Attack!
48 Angry Frog Rebirth
49 A Crowd Of Rebellion
50 Mono
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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. Intestine Baalism
2. Fastkill
3. Boris
1. Dir en Grey
2. Maximum The Hormone
3. Girugamesh
1. Intestine Baalism
2. Gotsu Totsu Kotsu
3. Serpent


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