Best Japanese Rock Drummers


The Contenders: Page 2

21 Natsume - LEZARD
22 Minato Masafumi - DEAD END

His drum fills are just out of this world, He's one of the most influential drummers of Japan. His tempo is amazing, his live performance is just as good as his studio recordings. He's got everything a drummer needs.

His technique, speed, fills and ghost note are outstanding. His creative drums lines can be simple and complex at the same time. You'll be surprise on how you can rediscover the 4/4 time signature.

he is once a roadie of 44magnum but don't underestimate him because he is one of yasunori sakurazawa's great influences just like john bonham - ronluna

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23 Ruka - Nightmare

He delivers what few other drummers can. I'm sure if he was part of Gazette he would be at #1, Ruka is amazing beyond comparison, and not only as a drummer but also as a song writer and composer as well. His solo project is brilliant, his drumming is amazing.

God-like drummer, if I should say. He's strong, every beats he delievers are meaningful, thoughtful in skillfull technique. He's beyoond comparison. He's not number 1 here, but he's absolutely the best drummer the world ever have. Oh not only in drumming. He's also the composer along with Sakito. And every songs, every each of the songs he composed, are truly beautiful. He's the best of all.

Although he looks tired most of the time
I'm still really impressed by his drumming skills~

24 Takasama - Spell Box
25 Shinya Yamada - LUNA SEA

I'm surprised this man is not listed among the ten. If I just watched the spinning drum sets, I don't think I would have admired him. There is so much more to drumming than just power, speed, and anything else mentioned in comments here. He does a switch from drumsticks to mallets in his efforts to express, teases with manipulation of volume, develops different themes through background recordings (the tribal theme in Tokyo Dome Rebot was just beautiful) and puts so much emotion into his art. Add to that playing in a suit, which makes movement and range of motion more difficult, if the drummer chooses to go crazy. Even with the craziness he seems to want before J comes in, he still puts so much dignity into the art of drumming. This man should be occupying that number 1 spot.

I think, he is the best senior drummer in Japan. Not like another drummer in another band, shinya can make his "signature sound". He can create characteristic sound that LUNA SEA can make it. If you curious, see the PV or listen Luna sea - Rosier.

Amazing drummer, just watch the concert Never Sold Out - Capacity and you'll see

26 Yasunori Sakurazawa - SONS OF ALL PUSSYS

Sakura, still doing a great job still nowadays. He inspired himself in bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Police; to me he is epic in Japanese music world. I recommend searching about him, he's a winner in many other aspects in his life.

27 Yagami Toll - BUCK TICK

Experienced, long time drummer of the back BUCK-TICK. He can play any kind of beats on any kind of music. Since the band is always changing styles and such, he has possibly went through a lot of changes as well on his drumming; always improving. He is that amazing.

I find his drumming really interesting and almost flawless. After years of experience he developed his own, unique style. It doesn't mean though that he's not versatile, on contrary, his drumming works well on every album in every song, and the band went through lots of changes. - saaarsdej

28 Kami - Malice Mizer

Amazing Visual kei drummer. Listen to his drum duet with Gackt on piano and Bel air, Le ciel, Illuminati or Au Revoir. - TD17

Kami is one of the few drummers who can deliver what I call "melodic percussion". Listen to his duet with Gackt on piano. Truly one of a kind. He will always live in his fans' hearts.

A truly inspirational drummer. He started up my love of the drums and now I play for his memory.

He is very talented Drummers, Malice Mizer give respect for him.. Rest in Peace KAMI SAMA

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29 Hideki Aoyama - JAM Project

He is calm and exciting power, spirit

Just listening to him gets my all hyped up

He's more accurate than a drum machine

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30 Kiyoshi Ijichi - Asian Kung Fu Generation

Super solid and great feel. Supports the song in perfect ways and you know he could do way more but he keeps playing as a musician more than a drummer. Mad respect

Check out "Blue Train" by Asian Kung-fu Generation. Kiyoshi rocks. Amazing.

great indie drummer. Listen to Haruka Kanata or After Dark. - TD17


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31 Amano Tatsuya - Crossfaith

He is the best, top 10? no, of course he must be in the top 5, the best rock or metal or whatever drummer alive. No doubt.

I think he is the next joey jordison - hrf23

Amano is the the fastest and most hardcore drummers in the world!
With double kicks and double bass, Crossfaith's songs are always fast beating and bass-tastic!
Who doesn't love bass?!
Plus his hair is super glossy and is always flicking his hair around.
On their ' Into the Zion ' tour around Britain and United Kingdom, everyone was awestruck at his drumming skills.
" The drummer dude. Oh man he's crazy. Just crazy! " said one of the fans after seeing an event.

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32 Munetaka Higuchi - LOUDNESS

This guy was amazingly good when he was alive - locus14

a deceased drummer of LOUDNESS - ronluna

33 Nao Kawakita - Maximum the Hormone

The drummer chick that can pound the drums effectively and quickly. She can sing very well while drumming too. She is good, I think someone like her deserves some respect! - MeowMix

Nao plays an insane number of different styles from death metal to jazz and makes them all look easy. She's also a true show-stopper with her entertaining performance style and she sings too! There is literally nothing she can not do.

By far the BEST female drummer and backup vocalist in the WORLD! Not just Japan!

34 Jun-ji Sakuma - BULL ZEICHEN 88

A very famous drummer in the Japanese rock scene. Jun-ji is a former member of Siam shade, and has done support drums for Gackt, T.M. revolution, Vamps, Acid Black Cherry, LM. C, and Janne the Arc. He's known for his humor and great talent.

I love that he can play drums really well, his orange hair his singing voice and his orange hair... Wait did I mention his orange hair?

35 Tomonori - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Tomonori is a super hardcore and fast - paced drummer of the metalcore electronica band - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He's one of the oldest members in the band and most skilled. He has a great ability of collecting different crash symbols and high hats with almost 10 different kinds in his set. All for different sounds. He can make a cowbell sound great in a song!
He also has double kicks and lots of tom-toms for more variety of sounds. He like to be in the back of the group and hides himself. I guess that's why he wears a hat to cover his eyes and has long black hair.

In my opinion, the only drummer that can match him is Amano Tatsuya from Crossfaith. Both from Japanese screamo rock bands and lightning-triggered wrists. Tomonori deserves to be at least in the top 10 of Japan's most focus drummers.

He's got sick chops, he's creative, and tasteful. Most drummers here only have the first of these qualities.

One of the best drummers I've ever heard in my life... Sick talent and mad fills.

Very excellent drummer I've seen!

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36 Ko-Ki - ViViD

I LOVE KO-KI! The Crazy drummer King & the DJ! Ko-Ki's drumming beats really put my soul to the beat when I listen to ViViD's songs. He also has lots of cr8tiveness. So be sure to support our Ko-Ki sama!

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37 Shintarō - UVERworld

This should have a higher ranking ;A;

38 Hiroshi Iwasaki - FLOW

Another great indie drummer. - TD17

39 Sano Hana - Gacharic Spin/Doll$Boxx

Cute and unique offset but once she's on she's breaking it down! Uses double pedals often, effectively, and is amazing at it! She really knows how to rock it with her whole body and sing/scream at the same time too. Plus she's hot/cute.

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40 Ryo - Girugämesh
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