Japanese Metal & Hard Rock Bands A to Z

Август 30, 2016

 
HEAVEN’S TRAGEDY
Japanese Traditional Heavy Metal
2014
Recommended:
Beginning of the tragedy CD Single (debut) 2015

 


HEAVY METAL ARMY
Japanese Hard Rock / Metal
Early 1980s
Recommended:
Heavy Metal Army CD 1981/1993

One of the few bands to gain a significant following outside of Japan in the early 1980s.  Well before Loudness started making waves across Europe and the rest of the world, these guys were already on the international metal radar.  Unfortunately… they disbanded far too quickly in the mid 80s.


HEKIRU SHIINA
Japanese Female AOR
1990s ~
Recommended:
Shiena CD 1994
No Make Girl CD 1995
Respiration CD 1995
With A Will CD 1996
Baby Blue Eyes CD 1998
Face to Face CD 1999
Right beside you CD 2000
Wings of time CD 2003
10 Carat CD 2003
Believe CD Single 2003
Rockin’ For Love CD + DVD 2007

Fantastic female AOR / Rock vocalist.  Some of the better AOR anthems from the 90s female scene were delivered by her.


HELLEN
Japanese Hard Rock / Metal
1980s
Recommended:
Talon of King CD 1985 / 2006

Fans of early Monstrosity, Suffocation, and similar old school death will enjoy these guys.


HER NAME IN BLOOD
Japanese Death / Grind ?
2000s
Recommended:
Bakemono CD 2016
Beast Mode CD 2014
Decadence CD 2010

See the video.  One of the cooler metal videos to come out of Japan recently, primarily for the band taking the piss out of the massively saturated J-Pop/Idol/K-Pop craze of the last few years.


HIDEAKI NAKAMA
Japanese Hard Rock
1980s
Recommended:
Point of no return CD 1989

Hurry Scuary/Anthem guitarist’s solo album.  Top class.  Fans of Marty Friedman’s Dragon’s Kiss CD will enjoy this especially.


HILO
Japanese Female Glam
Late 1980s
Recommended:
Girls Are Rockin CD 1989
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Very hard to find, this all girl band released just one indie CD before disappearing.


HIROSE SATOSHI
Japanese Hard Rock
2000s
Recommended:
Obsession CD 2010

44 Mganum guitarist’s solo album.


HIZAKI
Japanese Shred
2016
Recommended:
Rosario CD + DVD 2016

Versailles guitarist’s solo album.  Beautiful neoclassical shred.


HOLLYWOOD STAR WAY
Japanese Female Indie Hard Rock
Late 1980s
Recommended:
Easy Going CD 1992

All female hard rock group.


HONE YOUR SENSE
Japanese Metal Code
2010~
Recommended:
Absolute Senses CD 2014
Phenomena CD 2016

Metal Core, ala Suicide Silence, Asking Alexandria etc


HONJOH MISAKO
Japanese Female Hard Rock
1980s
Recommended:
Trigger CD 1985
TRAMPLING DOWN~麗華 CD 1985
Dreamer CD 1985
Deep Dungeon / Stay Gold CD
Visualize CD 1989
Visualize II CD 1990
Shall we dance? CD 1990
1984-1990 TWIN VERY BEST COLLECTION CD 2003
The Cruiser CD (2012 reissue)
13TH CD (2012 Reissue)
Messiah’s Blessing CD (2012 Reissue)
Visualize Complete Edition CD (2014 reissue, 2 on 1)
1984-1985 Complete Best CD 2015
本城未沙子~魔女伝説三部作・完全盤 (4 early albums on 2 CDs) 2002

One of Japan’s earliest and best known female hard rock/metal artists.  Legendary.


HOT ROD CRUE
Japanese Hard Rock
2000s
Recommended:
HOT ROD CRUEZIN’ CD 2003
HOT ROD CRUEZIN’II CD 2005
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Japanese cover band playing exclusively hard rock classics.


HOUND DOG
Japanese AOR
1991
Recommended:
Back to rock CD 1991

Hard to find, relatively unknown AOR/Hard FM release.


HURRY SCUARY
Japanese Hard Rock
1980s
Recommended:
Break it up CD 1988 (2005 Reissue)
Battle Of Metal (appearing w. Sexual, Marino, Rajas) CD 1992

Hurry Scuary is to Japanese metal collectors what Corn Flakes are to western breakfast tables.  An essential component.  Sadly, these guys delivered just one CD, but what a fine album it was.  Fluent, all English lead vocals by future Bad Loser singer.  Consider a harder edged Scandi sound of bands like Treat, late 80s Yngwie, crossing Pretty Maids and Vow Wow.  Top class.


IMARI TONES
Japanese Christian Rock/HR
1980s
Recommended:
Victory in Christ CD 2010

One of only a handful of Japanese white metal (Christian) bands.  Although Stryper had a massive following in Japan in the 80s (not so much these days, despite the band’s recent attempts at a comeback), considering Japan is a secular nation, the prospect for religious-oriented music created domestically was never high.  Yet, Imari Tones, and a handful of others did manage to secure a small following of «faithful» fans.


IMPALER
Japanese Thrash Metal
2009~
Recommended:
Nightmare Attack CD 2011

Another one of many solid thrash metal bands joining the massive resurgence of thrash metal over the last few years.


IRON ATTACK!
Japanese Melodic Power Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Takasago Army CD 2015
Triumph CD 2016



J-WALK
Japanese Rock / AOR / Pop
1980s
Recommended:
Gale CD 1989
Footsteps CD 1989
Old Fashioned Dinner CD 1987
Just Because CD 1987

One of the more popular major label rock groups of the 80s in Japan.


JACKS N’ JOKER
Japanese Hard Rock / Glam
1980s
Recommended:
Jacks n’ Joker CD 1990
Inside Outlaw CD 1991

Well produced, big sound, these guys delivered the goods… but like far too many bands, folded as soon as the major labels looked the other way.


JADESTER
Japanese Hard Rock
2000~
Recommended:
Egoist CD 2009
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Solid melodic hard rock group out of Japan.


JAGUAR
Japanese Hard Rock / Rock
2000s
Recommended:
Time Machine CD 2005
Follow to the Jaguar CD 2015
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JET MAYBE
Japanese Female Hard Rock / Glam
1980s

Incredibly rare, female fronted hard rock.  Released work on LP (no CD issues).


JEWEL
Japanese Hard Rock / Glam
1980s

Great band, unfortunately- did not release any albums (just some demo material that’s impossible to find today).


JILL’S PROJECT
Japanese Hard Rock / Neo Classical Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Nosferatu CD 2009
Last Contract CD 2004

Remember Impellitteri’s «Stand in line» CD?  These guys clearly do.  😉


JOE-ERK
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
Early 1990s
Recommended:
Living Alone CD 1995

Very well produced, hard hitting glam/hard rock.  Tough indie to find (unless you’ve got Kupiku on speed-dial (or… among your bookmarks)).  😉


JULIA MAZDA
Japanese Female AOR/Rock/Pop
1990s
Recommended:
Julia I CD 1994
Julia II CD 1995
Julia III CD 1996

Top selling solo female artist — one of the better known Japanese singers of the mid 90s.


JUN-ICHI KAWAUCHI
Japanese AOR
Late 1980s / Early 1990s
Recommended:
One Heart CD 1988
Private Heaven CD 1991
Juice CD 1992
Sweet CD 1994

Excellent AOR.  Very well produced, vintage late 80s movie soundtrack style AOR.  Highly recommended.


JU NI HITOE (十二単)
Japanese Heavy Metal
1980s