Most Underrated Japanese Bands

Bands which are rarely seen in Japanese rock forums, websites, fansites, file sharing sites, etc but have/had great influence. Most popular bands should not be included here.

underrated>more popular but still underrated + talent

The Top Ten


with exception of Nightmare, which is overpopular in japanese rock forums, all of them are very underappreciated and this is the most underappreaciated legendary band that I know in history of japanese rock because people listening to japanese rock are into newer bands like Dir en grey, Gazette, X-JAPAN, Nightmare, An Cafe, etc. - ronluna

They got an original sound that no newer bands have. They're known as "musicians' musician" for a reason! A lot of famous jrock musicians look up to them or had been greatly influenced by them. They're definitely underrated!

2 Seikima-II
4 Sex Machineguns
6 Buck-Tick

This band has been around since the beginnings of Visual Kei, and have never had a single lineup change. Not to mention, their music is absolutely genius. I have never met a single person who disliked their music. Truly an underrated band.

Terribly underrated band, they have many fantastic albums.

7 Nightmare

I liked them ever sence Death Note!

8 The Dead Pop Stars
10 Janne Da Arc

Yasu has an epic voice. It's really unique and yeah I agree. This band need way more attention, including his other band.. 'Acid Black Cherry'. Dolls is such a catchy and great song by Janne the Arc!

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The Contenders

11 BUG

Hard to find online - name gets hits for all sorts of unrelated content

12 Fatima

Disbanded, but that's not a reason to forget about them. Their music was really unique. They had one of the best bassists in Japan (so underrated as well) and a really good vocalist with really strong and unique voice. Their live performances were also always creative, original and simply fun to watch. They definitely deserve more attention! - saaarsdej

14 Der Zibet

If I weren't a huge BUCK-TICK fan, I would never hear of them, even though great part of Japanese music industry is connected to them at some point. Issay himself is a great inspiration for many vocalists and performers in general. They reactivated not long time ago, which that means people wanted to hear them again. And still nobody ever says a word about them when it comes to "artists who started visual kei", "most influential bands", not to mention "the greatest artists all the time". That's really sad. Please, go and listen to their song "Der Rhein", you'll know what I'm talking about. - saaarsdej

15 B'z B'z B'z is a Japanese rock duo, consisting of guitarist, composer and producer Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto and vocalist and lyricist Koshi Inaba, known for their energetic hard-rock tracks and pop ballads.
16 Maximum the Hormone

Ronluna? What's wrong with newer Japanese bands? How come we have to listen to older bands? MTH is from the 90's anyway. And so is Dir en Grey. - Buddha

No one accepts this band cause they don't do visual kei. Fangirls... - Buddha

Meh, they are not as underrated as most bands in Japan, but everyone I know always go for DEG, the GazettE, L'arc~en~Ciel etc... Maximum the Hormone is not band... Just no one gives them a try...

Laugh out loud at Buddha, that is so true, fangirls only care about visual kei nowadays... - MeowMix

17 emmuree emmuree Emmure is an American metalcore band formed in 2003. Originally based in New Fairfield, Connecticut, but now residing in Queens, New York, the group has a total of seven releases, with their first public release being a 2006 EP entitled The Complete Guide to Needlework.

Oh my God! It's so hard to find good quality samples of their music anywhere! Such a shame! Such a great band! - saaarsdej

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