Greatest Japanese Metal Bands

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The Top Ten
1 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.

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.

Love the music. Love the girls. Love the band. Love the choreography. Love the costumes. Love the narrative. Love the humor.

Not really a metal band to me though. More of a staged musical with the girls cast as the leads. They are putting on musical skits. Write a complete backstory and this could easily be turned into a full blown musical.

Ask yourself this...have you ever been to a metal concert and seen so many metal fans deliriously happy? Kama is amazing and the girls fronting the band with the vocals of Angels makes me smile every time I hear them...and it just seems to keep getting better with every concert!

2 Dir en Grey Dir En Grey is a Japanese heavy 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.

Every album and song never same!
Each song have hard and heavy sound altough in slow or medium song...
That's METAL!

The best Japanese metal band ever! Kyo's vocals skills are super amazing Arigato Kaoru for stealing your band members from their bands hehe love ittt

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

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

I love Loudness, I like Maximum the Hormone, I like Galneryus, I like Versailles, I like Area51, I like Dir En Grey, I like EZO, and I like Aion. I was actually undecided between Loudness and X Japan, as both are spetacular and extremely influential overall. But in the end, X Japan had to win. Overall, they shaped the Japanese Music Scene, and their diversity and virtuosity is beyond belief. Some of the most talented musicians ever.

R.I.P. hide and Taiji

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.

Founding father, totally deserve and must be in the number 1. Started the metal scene and very first Japanese metal band can compete with Jpop musician on the Oricon chart.
"X Japan by far is the most famous & versatile. They plays heavist music and soft at the same time. Other metal bands have no guts to do that." - Marty Friedman

Its just amazing especially the times when Hide was alive. I just love there performances and songs.

4 Maximum The Hormone

How is that baby metal crap ahead of these guys?

I love their diversity and virtuosity!

They are just amazing!

5 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.

Go and listen their DIM album. And you will know how great they are.

6 Galneryus Galneryus is a Japanese power metal band, formed in 2001 by Yama-B (original vocalist) and Syu (guitarist). The band now consists of Syu (lead guitarist and backing vocalist), Masatoshi Ono a.k.a Sho (lead vocalist), Taka (bassist), Yuhki (keyboardist) and Morishita Fumiya (drummer). Galneryus are best ...read more.

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.

7 Intestine Baalism Intestine Baalism is a death metal band hailing from Tokyo/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. ...read more.

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.

What 47!? they are one of the best death metal bands in the world!

8 Girugamesh
9 Sex Machineguns
10 Fastkill
The Contenders
11 Anthem

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

12 Boris Boris is a Japanese experimental band formed in 1992 in Tokyo and composed of drummer Atsuo Mizuno, guitarist/bassist Takeshi Ohtani and guitarist/keyboardist Wata, with all three members participating in vocal performance.

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

13 Loudness

With all due respect, Yes they're started this but their music especially the guitar riff is too flat & bland as the western 80s glam band. And the leader also the guitarist Akira Takasaki seems to have any shredder syndrome problem, have great skill but can't process interesting music. That's why they never reach Stadium-act level as X Japan (eventhough X Japan is a lot heavier band).

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.

Saw them here in Vegas and it was a blast. Husband saw them in Japan years ago.

They brought the genre to Japan.

14 D'espairsRay

The best Japanese band ever...

15 Sigh
16 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. ...read 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!

17 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...". ...read more.

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 full-length album ...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!

18 Terror Squad
19 Deluhi

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

20 Detroit Metal City
21 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. ...read more.

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

22 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 ...read 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.

23 Sabbat

Come on... they deserved some respect... they are the pioneer for Japanese black/thrash metal... and still one of the best... and no SIGH?

Black metal scythe is a classic.

24 Pay Money to My Pain
25 Siam Shade

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

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