Best Japanese Rock Drummers

This are the list of best Japanese Rock Drummers from early Japanese rock years to recent years. Only Japanese drummers with a band or was in a band should be included on the list.

The Top Ten

1 Uke Yutaka - The GazettE

I really feel he has something, he plays drums so fantastic, I'm not saying he's like Yoshiki, but this guy has... I don't know, I can say he doesn't make any face when he's on rehearsal, ahhm... It looks so easy to him just take the instrument and start to hit it... I don't know why, but he catch me.

Some of the others on this list are very good. They've had years more experience than Kai, and that's great and all, but Kai's got so much passion when he drums. Any video you see of him, his whole body moves with the music; he sings along, while maintaining a perfect rhythm. His licks are really unique more often than not. Anyone can learn to kick the bass in 16ths, but to have that strong ability and the variety to make it matter is why I think he's the best.
Plus... He's just so damn nice. You can't NOT love him.

I love his smile, he is the best drummer ever, he always work so hard in everything and love what he does, we can always be happy with him

He can't be like Yoshiki about drums, really. But he knows how to play it, really really. Especially with Ugly and Undying, he show us what can he do with drums and we can be sure now, he'll be a legend about drums at least in Japan. Normally, I must choose Yoshiki, but I want to give a chance to Kai.

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2 Yuki - Versailles

The craziest drummer I ever seen, I'm not the type who root for a drummer but he made me go crazy with his skill. I'm just impressed!

Yuki's playing style is unique. he dwells on complexity. and of course you gotta give props to this guy. his stamina is monstrous!

If you see his old band, you couldn't see how good he was, but now... O my god Yuki, DAISUKI! I mean, his speed, his rhythm and his energy. It just gives a good vibe.

He has it all - speed, technique, complexity, endurance. And on top of this, he's very elegant. As a drummer, Yuki is in a different league.

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3 Shinya Terauchi - Dir en grey

I can say that although Yoshiki is an amazing composer and an amazingly fast drummer that Shinya has a higher quality drumming style. There is so much depth and emotion in his drumming. It really pierces you. Take the time really focus on his drumming. It's complex and unpredictable.. yet beautiful, brutal, intense and satisfying. It really reverberates in your chest when you listen to him drum.

Shinya does not only keep the rhythm, like many modern drummers - he also adds feeling and emotion to the song. There is so much texture to his playing, he's very unique.

There is a lot of drummers on this list that I would like to vote for (Yoshiki, Sujk, Tetsu, Yuki) but Shinya is probably the most unique. Love the small solo in Vinushka.

You will never know how powerful this skinny drummer is until you see him on the stage. Powerful & beautiful movement.

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4 Yoshiki Hayashi - X JAPAN Yoshiki Hayashi - X JAPAN Yoshiki Hayashi is a Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. Better known by his stage name Yoshiki, he is best known as the leader and a co-founder of the heavy metal band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and main songwriter. The band achieved breakthrough success more.

I did have second thoughts, despite the fact that I am a X freak. I do think that Shinya from Dir en grey has more variety in skills and techniques than his drum hero, but Yoshiki basically started everything in what we consider as the j rock / visual kei scene today. I am more rooted for the "old" Yoshiki.. and I am referring to the time period between X's breakthrough in the underground music scene until roughly 2 years ago. As an emotional and talented drummer, Yoshiki devotes all of himself into his drums. He drums with his heart. You feel his emotions - usually sadness and pain- by just watching the way he drums. You can mute your TV and feel "something" by just watching. He's trying to fight through all his emotions when he drums, and it just catches you. Other than drumming skills, which everyone has a different standard for "bad/good", Yoshiki is an overall more talented, and polished, musician. He can write music, write lyrics, plays piano(which ...more

How could he be 4th place!? THIS IS NOT FAIR! After all that he'd done, this is what he get? I do believe that many others vote those above Yoshiki right now JUST BECAUSE OF HIS LOOKS. Yoshiki is handsome, but he is even more talented! I'll tell you the truth, I don't really have a thing for drummers (I LIKE BASS! ). However, I'm very attached to Yoshiki- WHY? Try listening to his solos. If you don't want to, then that's because you're too afraid to admit he's good. He's good- no, HE'S LEGEND. JUST LIKE THE OTHER X MEMBERS. I'm not saying Kai, Shinya and Yuki is bad. They're good. It's just that they"ll never be able to play it like YOSHIKI.


He is the god of the Japanese music world. His composing and intense drumming are beautiful.

In Art of Life by X Japan he pounds the drums and piano for 30 minutes straight! Check it out!
Can Shinya do that? Ha. No.

I don't know how he need strenght more powerful, it's about ability and his ability is perfect very perfect

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5 Nao - Alice Nine

Nao has very nice and heavy drumming. I can always hear his drumming in songs. I always air drum to the drums because it's really audible and heavy. I really admire his drumming and hope I can be as good as him one day.

His hands very quickly when he drumming. I like that sound when he drumming, it has step to step slow to fast and Quiet sound to heavy sound. He make me amazing all the time when he drumming.

I like his style of drumming.. So cool, and the sounds that he makes.. Really awesome. And I really like when I see him drumming in every songs, he looks like really enjoy it. It always looks like he could communicate with his drums, for me. (call me crazy )

Noa is the best drummer I ever seen I really like there music and he seem so nice and kind person a happy go lucky man and a good member ;) I really like you noa. :3

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6 Yukihiro Awaji - L'Arc~en~Ciel

I like he's style of playing drums... He was my inspiration to continue playing drums,.. He's technical is good, he is better than the other... HE'S THE BEST DRUMMER IN JAPAN

Very high technical...
Very high speed drumming
Different drummer

yukihiro is not a simple fast drummer, like tetsu kikuchi, he was a drummer of die in cres zi kill and l'arc en ciel. tetsu kikuchi and yukihiro are endorser of pearl drums. for tetsu kikuchi see his drum solos in youtube, why does people thinking about only x-japan is the best? - ronluna


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7 Rina Suzuki - SCANDAL

She's the cutest drummer ever and the most talented

Most beautiful and most cutest drummer IN THE WORLD! And she ROCKS! SHE IS RINA SUZUKI WE ALL KNOWN! Reinkoku

She definitely can rocks! Talented, nice, cute, and a hardworker ^^ And top of that she will improve knowing she is still young~

She's also funny

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The best drummer I've ever seen so far! His drums solos are terrific! His skills, his motion, his passion for drums! You can see all of them. His every move is full of emotion. I love him!

You had too see how he play the drum! Spins the drumstick without loose the tempo, he already had his special character! SUJK sensei was great!

He is MY BEST DRUMMER I've seen in the world
I think, in my Opinion, he is my best INSPIRATION...
He Played totally, from basic to the difficult the song rhythm...
He always looks happy with his performance, and enjoying his played...
His hands is very FANTASTIC I LOVE HIM

He is badass drummer

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9 Jin - ScReW

Jin might be small but he can kick ass with his drumming

10 Shirato Yuuya - SID

Not only is he an amazing drummer, he gives life to a band as brilliant as SID. Often, bands lack a sense of union amongst their members, and even if their music is great, the chemistry between them is no good. This definitely doesn't apply to SID, there's an amazing bond between the four members of this band; they're not individuals, they're a true group, and Yuuya is a fundamental piece of this union. The music they make is amazing and creative, and he gives SID the soul they have. He's an incredible drummer and person! Go, Yuuya!

He is just amazing. Really skillful. His drumming beats are precise, fit every rhythm the band play. He is really talented and does a great work!

To me his not a amazing drummer that keeps his rhythm, add feelings and groove to SID's songs. He composed a few of SID's song and those song were one of the more popular song among their albums too. He is also a entertainer in the band, he adds laughter and joy to the band. Overall he is a talented musician.


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The Contenders

11 Tomoya - One Ok Rock

" He deserves to be one of the most outstanding drummers in Japan whom really give all his energy to perform at the high stage level. His technique, style that never made the audiences bored. He really make the ONE OK ROCK songs into a SPECTACULAR- those beats. He really make ONE OK ROCK a rock solid ever.."

Tomoya is not only an AMAZING drummer who can play pretty much any style, but the energy and enthusiasm that comes from him while he plays is contagious. It really get's you excited!

Tomoya's drum skills are outstanding! Beat and the energy are so awesome. He deserves to be on the top as well. He is like the heart of one ok rock. The beating of the drums is like the heart that beats and you can definitely feel his passion and determination. Tomo you're so cool and cute at the same time.

He is great

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12 Minase - D=Out
13 Junji Tokai - Kiryu
14 Kei - Sadie
15 ROI - Jackman
16 Shinpei - SuG

An excellent drummer who shows not only his own skill, but compliments his band altogether as well.
Shinpei's incredibly well-trained. He's got all the flexibility to play any style of music he wants and the musical ear to be able to tailor his style to perfectly suit any song presented to him. As a result, SuG's sound has significantly improved since they added his talent into their lineup. An amazingly adept young artist, shinpei has managed to pull SuG out of three years worth of stagnation left behind by their undeniably charming but unfortunately average original drummer.

He had his own style of playing drum, unlike some other bands drummer, they play crazily, but Shinpei looks calm and enjoy when he is playing drum. And he looks cute and we can know that he put in a lot of effort when playing drum, because he is so chibi and the drum looks like a giant compared to him.

His talent surprised me. Being raised with a drummer for a dad, I've learned much about drummers and how style varies, etc. And I have to say shinpei is one of the best in my opinion. Very cute and very talented indeed!

A lot of sound for sutch a little guy!

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17 Tetsu Kikuchi - D'ERLANGER

it doesn't mean if u're being first visual kei in japan, u're the best. being second band who influenced today's visual kei bands, and better than yoshiki of Japan. they are way underrated. - ronluna

don't believe in dir en grey fans, this one is one of the pioneers of visual kei and had drummed in many bands including CRAZE and this - ronluna

the top two drummers here are well known try to discover new drummers like tetsu kikuchi - ronluna

see their 2007, 2008 concerts his drum solo is fast and unique - ronluna

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18 Shuji Suematsu - Janne Da Arc

He's could be the leader of drummer. see GUNS, RED ZONE, DIAMOND VIRGIN and LABYRINTH songs to see it.. - rakora77

I like he, his drum, & his style... I hope shuji, yasu, you, ka-yu, & kiyo will reunite and make janne the arc on the top again...

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19 Makoto - EAT YOU ALIVE
20 Nero - Merry

Probably the best drummer in the Neo Visual Kei scene, very unique style of playing.

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Uke Yutaka - The GazettE
2. Nao - Alice Nine
3. Jin - ScReW
1. Shinya Terauchi - Dir en grey
2. Yuki - Versailles
1. Yuki - Versailles
2. Shinya Terauchi - Dir en grey
3. Uke Yutaka - The GazettE

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