Japanese Metal & Hard Rock Bands A to Z

Август 30, 2016


SHOKO MATSUZAKA
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
1990s
Recommended:
Discography

Melodic, female fronted AOR/FM Rock.  Excellent stuff.


SHOW-YA
Japanese Female Hard Rock / Metal
1980s~
Recommended:
Discography

No introduction needed.  One of the best known all female hard rock/metal grounds who to this day get massive audiences when they get together for a show in Japan.


SHY BLUE
Japanese Hard Rock / AOR
1990s
Recommended:
Crime And Pain CD 1995
One of the more sought after Japanese hard rock CDs, featuring an all start lineup of big names from the 80s heavy metal scene of Japan.


SIGH
Japanese Black Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Hagman’s Hymn CD 2007


SILVER DOGS, THE (ex Devils)
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
Early 1990s
Recommended:
Sundance Kids CD 1992
Double Deuce CD 1993


SIXRIDE
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
early 2000s
Recommended:
Ticket to ride CD 2003
Sixride CD 2004

 


SKYWINGS
Japanese Melodic Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Sky Legacy CD 2015
Vice Versa CD 2014
Grace Grade CD 2012
THE ADVENT MELODY CD 2009

 


SLEAZY WIZARD
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
1986~
Recommended:
Under my spell EP CD 1992
Stone Dead CD 1997


SLIDE RARE
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
Early 1990s
Recommended:
Vermilion Vice CD 1994

Very tough to find indie glam/sleaze. Only one CD released before they folded.


SLY
Japanese Hard Rock
1990s
Recommended:
Discography

One of the best selling metal groups in Japan in the mid 90s (ex Loudness).


SNAKE HIP SHAKES
Japanese Indie Sleaze
2000s
Recommended:
Discography
Featuring an all-star lineup, fronted by former Ziggy vocalist.


SOLITUDE
Japanese Power Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Virtual Image CD 2001
Brave The Storm CD 2009
Reach For The Sky CD 2015


SOUND OF HEART
Japanese Indie AOR
2001
Recommended:
Longin’ for love CD 2001

Without doubt, among the top 10 most wanted AOR indies from Asia today.  I can count on one hand, the number of Japanese albums that sounded this genuine- if you’re after the classic American AOR sound of the late 80s/early 90s.  Unfortunately, Sound Of Heart released only this CD- a 5 track outing, and vanished.  Even in Japan, the CD is completely unknown and cannot be found anywhere (in shops, websites, etc).  There are virtually no traces of this release anywhere (believe me — we’re always on the lookout for this gem as it’s on the radar of countless ‘in-the-know’ collectors around the world, and for good reason).


SPINALCORD (feat. SYU  of Galneryus)
Japanese Melodic Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Remember me ti’ll your dying day CD 2009


SPAED
Japanese AOR / Rock
1990s
Recommended:
Spaed Vol. 1 CD 1994
Spaed Vol. 2 CD 1995
Led Moon CD Single 1996
Physique CD 1997

One of the more popular AOR/rock outfits of the 90s.


SPLASH
Japanese Female AOR / Hard Rock
1980s
Recommended:
Lookin’ for CD 1988

Most Japanese hard rock enthusiasts, consider this among the top releases from the scene.  Sadly, they released just one CD in 1988 before disappearing.  Fantastic melodic AOR/hard rock.


STARLESS
Japanese Female Hard Rock / Traditional Prog (early 80s)
1980s
Recommended:
Gin no Tsubasa (銀の翼) — Silver Wing CD 1985
IV Story never ends CD 2007

Very solid early 80s progressive rock/metal.


STEFFANIE
Japanese Female Hard Rock / AOR
1980s
Recommended:
Hideaway CD 1985
Pink Noise CD 1986

One of the underground sensations in the California scene, Steffanie’s prime fan base remained in Japan (being she was of Japanese origin).  However, as she lived in California (born, I believe), her two solo albums were sang in fluent in English, recorded, and written in the U.S., with the assistance of established names in the American scene at the time.  She later joined Show-ya (early 90s) for their highly elusive Under The Sun CD.


STILL ALIVE
Japanese Hard Rock
Early 1990s
Recommended:
Breakin’ Everything CD 1990
Dynamix CD 1991
No Reason To Pray CD 1992
Say no more CD 1993

Well produced, hard hitting glam/hard rock.  Superior to most of their Japanese counterparts, but probably best known to collectors for the fact their last studio CD (Say no more) featured Florida legend, David Dennis on all lead vocals (of Zaza, Double D).


STINGRAY
Japanese Hard Rock / Metal
1980s
Recommended:
Rain CD 1985
Heaven’s Door CD 2000
Implant Seed CD 2010


STRAND
Japanese Progressive metal
1990s
Recommended:
Make it Shine Vol 3 (Mandrake Root Compilation, featured on) CD 2000


SUICIDE HEAVEN (pre Gyze)
Japanese Indie Thrash / Melodic Death
2000s
Recommended:
…future ages [Memorial Edition] CD 2014


SWEET VEIN
Japanese Indie Female Hard Rock
1990
Recommended:
Fourth Dimension’s Door CD 1990


SYU (of Galneryus)
Japanese Hard Rock
2010
Recommended:
Stand Proud CD 2010

Superb solo album from Galneryus axe-slinger featuring an absolutely awesome setlist of mandatory hard rock/metal gems.


TAIJI FUJIMOTO (ex Dancer)
Japanese AOR
1991
Recommended:
My Quest CD 1991
Very elusive solo CD from ex Dancer vocalist.


TAKASHI O’HASHI (ex Cats in Boots)
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
2000s
Recommended:
ROCK’N’ROLL CD 2006


TAKAYOSHI OHMURA
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
2007
Recommended:
Emotions in motion CD 2007

Melodic metal feat. Riot singer, Tony Moore, Doogie White, and a number of other notable names.


TEARS OF TRAGEDY
Japanese Melodic Female Metal
2013
Recommended:
Continuation Of The Dream CD 2013

Very slick female melodic metal, like a better Cyntia


TERRA ROSA
Japanese Female Hard Rock
1980s
Recommended:
Discography

Female fronted hard rock / metal legends from Japan.


TETSUYA MITANI
Japanese Indie Neo-classical metal
2000s
Recommended:
With a miracle CD 2014