Japanese Metal & Hard Rock Bands A to Z

Август 30, 2016

 
JUNXION
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
2000s
Recommended:
Proud CD 2003

Hard to find indie hard rock outfit from Japan.


JUPITER
Japanese Visual / Symphonic Metal
2014~
Recommended:
The History of Genesis CD 2015

Well known to fans of Versailles.


JURASSIC JADE
Japanese Thrash Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Gore CD 2010
Left Eye CD 2004
Akathisia CD 2010
Wonderful Monument CD 2000

 


JUSTY NASTY
Japanese Indie Glam / Sleaze
Late 1980s / 1990s
Recommended:
Crash CD 1990
Eden no kajitsu CD 1994
すべてをこの夜に CD 1990
Pleasure of the sluts CD 1987

Started out as a decent sleaze/glam band, before turning into what some would consider inspiration for Crazy Lixx when they penned their now classic «All Looks, No Hooks’. 😉


KABUKI ROCKS
Japanese Hard rock / Glam
1990s
Recommended:
Kabuki Rocks CD 1990
勇気 CD 1993
Masquerade CD 1991
CD 2005

Very well known Japanese hard rock group.


KAMAITACHI (かまいたち)
Japanese Indie Sleaze
1989
Recommended:
Itachigokko CD 1989


KATSU OHTA
Japanese Shred / Instrumental
2000s
Recommended:
Eternal And External CD 2009
Micronist II CD 2015
Micronist III CD 2016
Micronist CD 2014
The Right Brain Revolution CD 2015

One of the best known Japanese guitarists (and often dubbed Japan’s answer to Yngwie Malmsteen).



KAZUMI SUDO (see AKIRA SUDOU)


KEIKO TERADA
Japanese Female AOR / Hard Rock
1990s ~
Recommended:
Piece of my heart CD 2016
Out of bounds CD 1994
Wonderground CD 2003
Bad Dream CD 1994
Body & Soul CD 1992
Invisible CD 1993
End of the world CD 1996

No introduction needed.  These were solo releases from Show-Ya’s lead vocalist which delivered a more mainstream (AOR/Hard rock) sound, than her work with Show-Ya (heavy metal).


KILLER MAY
Japanese Sleaze / Glam
1980s
Recommended:
Joy Stick CD 1986
Rebel Dreams CD 1987
Sangre CD 1988

It ain’t easy being sleazy.  Or was it… it ain’t sleazy being easy?  Either way… if you are into Japanese sleaze, sex, and rock n’ roll… these guys were your ticket in the late 80s.


KILLING FROST
Japanese Melodic Power Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Forbidden Gate CD 2008

 


KING’S EVIL
Japanese Thrash Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Sacrosanct CD 2011
Deletion of humanoise CD 2001

 


KINGS
Japanese Hard Rock
1995
Recommended:
Kings CD 1995

Really well done hard rock, featuring ex Night Hawks, Seikima, D.T.R., 44 Magnum members.


KINNIKU SHOUJO TAI (筋肉少女帯)
Japanese Pop / Hard Rock
Late 1980s
Recommended:
仏陀L CD 1988
Sister Strawberry CD 1988
猫のテブクロ CD 1989
Banzai! Banzai! Mata Banzai! CD 1991
Shinjin CD 2007
Season 2 CD 2009
再結成10周年パーフェクトベスト+2 CD + DVD 2016


KIX-S
Japanese Female AOR / Hard Rock
1990s
Recommended:
Gorgeous cD 1996
One night in heaven CD 1992
Virginity CD 1992
Les=Beat CD 1992
Kix-S CD 1991
Body CD 1995
Mother CD 1994

One of the top selling all female AOR/hard rock groups of the early 90s, ala Pink Sapphire.


KLAP
Japanese Indie Glam
Late 1980s
Recommended:
Live n’ Direct CD 1990
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Very hard to find CD- the only release from these guys.


KODOMO BAND
Japanese AOR / Rock
1980s
Recommended:
No Gimmick CD 1986
Before Zero CD 1987
Silent Survivor CD Maxi (6 Tracks) 2007
100% Pure CD 1986
Rock CD 1988
Heart Break Kids CD 1983
ROCK&ROLL WILL NEVER DIE!! CD 1988
Hungry Boy CD
Power rock Generation CD 1994
Dynamite Live! CD
Footprint of Kodomo Band CD 1987

 


KRUBERABLINKA
Japanese Female Hard Rock
2000s
Recommended:
s/t CD 2001
Kaizu CD 2013
Blanko CD 2014
Conicalify CD 2016

Excellent hard rock from ex-Terra Rosa singer.


KUNI
Japanese Hard Rock
1980s ~
Recommended:
Masque CD 1986
Lookin’ for action CD 1988 (2010 SHM Remaster)
Fucked Up CD 2000
Kuni Rock CD 2011

Fantastic hard rock, featuring an all-star lineup of European and North American big names performing on every album (Jeff Scott Soto, Kal Swan, Doug Aldrich, Mark Boals, and many others).


KYAN MARIE with MEDUSA
Japanese Female AOR / Hard Rock
1990s
Recommended:
I was born in Okinawa CD 1992
First Live CD 1991
Burning Blood CD 1990

Highly sought after female fronted hard rock group.  Often sells for big money on websites like eBay and Discogs, but of course… with direct access to the Japanese market via Kupiku, you can usually score these for about half of what you’d pay outside of Japan.


KYOSUKE HIMURO
Japanese AOR
1990s
Recommended:
Flowers for Algernon CD 1988
Neo Fascio CD 1989
Higher self CD 1991
Master Piece #12 CD 1992
Memories of blue CD 1992
Shake the fake CD 1994
Missing Piece CD 1996

Major label, top seller AOR artist, very successful in the early 90s in Japan.


LA★69
Japanese Indie Glam / Hard Rock
2000s
Recommended:
New Breed Bad Boys CD EP 2004
Shout at the Bastard CD EP 2006
Generation Rockstar CD + DVD 2011
Hello, hello, hello CD 5 song EP 2012
R&R with I love you CD EP
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One of the better recent indie hard rock / glam bands out of Japan.


LADIES ROOM
Japanese Glam / Sleaze
1980s / 1990s
Recommended:
Sex sex sex CD 1989
Made in sex CD 1991
Lock and key CD 1992
Eat a peach CD 1993
Rhythm Crush CD 1994
Rhythm Crush 2 CD 1994
Super Girl CD 1995
Super turtle attack CD 2001
Get a thrill CD 2003
地獄までドライヴ CD 2004

Top selling glam/sleaze outfit that was signed to Sony records early in their career and had a massive following throughout the 90s.


LANCE OF THRILL
Japanese Hard Rock
1990s
Recommended:
Thrill Show CD 1994
Poison Whiskey CD 1996

Atsushi Yokozeki’s band from the mid 90s.


LAST MAY JAGUAR
Japanese Female Hard Rock / Metal
2012~
Recommended:
Ready for… CD + DVD 2014

One of the better, more «fresh» sounding female fronted hard rock/metal groups rockin’ the Japansese scene today.


LAWSHED
Japanese Thrash Metal
1990s
Recommended:
Let us not talk falsely CD 1991

Released only one, but highly revered CD in the early 90s.


LAZY
Japanese Hard Rock
Late 1970s
Recommended:
Best CD
Dream a dream CD
This is the Lazy CD
宇宙船地球号 CD

Outside of Japan, known as the band that effectively gave birth to Loudness.  In Japan, known far better than Loudness (they were absolutely huge in the late 70s).


LEGACY OF THE SOUL
Japanese AOR
2000s
Recommended:
Self Titled CD 2014

Ex Vaxpop.


LIGHTBRINGER
Japanese Female Progressive / Melodic Symphonic Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Monument CD + DVD 2014
Scenes of infinity CD + DVD 2013
Genesis CD 2012
Burned CD Maxi (4 tracks) 2011
Midnight Circus CD + DVD 2010
Heartful message CD 2007

Royal Hunt, Stratovarius style, fantastic melodies and creativity especially on the keys.


LIGHTNING
Japanese Melodic Neo Classical Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Five Rings CD 2015
忍道 CD
Raise The Sun CD 2013
Justice Strike CD 2011
BRAVE HEART Re-birth CD 2011

Another fantastic recent startup in the melodic speed metal scene.


LION CODE
Japanese Hard Rock
2014~
Recommended:
初陣 — First Attack CD 2015
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LIPSTICK KILLERS
Japanese Indie Sleaze
2000s
Recommended:
A portrait of flower thief CD 1995
Angel & Snakes CD 2000
Beautiful Darkness CD 2002
Silver CD 2004
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Japan’s answer to Dogs D’Amour and New York Dolls.