Japanese Metal & Hard Rock Bands A to Z

Август 30, 2016

 


LIPSTICK SCANDAL
Japanese Glam / Sleaze
2011~
Recommended:
Come on Feel Rock’N’Roll CD EP 2012


LOST EDEN
Japanese Melodic Death Metal
2000s~
Recommended:
Circle repeats CD 2007

Imagine if In Flames and Soilwork were still delivering quality, well written melodic death metal: chances are, it would sound like these guys.


LOVE MISSILE
Japanese Visual Glam / Sleaze
1990s
Recommended:
First Kiss CD 1992


L.O.X.
Japanese Metal
1990
Recommended:
Shake Hand CD 1990

Yoshiki / Toshi of X Japan side project


LUJANEEZA
Japanese Hime Metal / Female Melodic Metal
2014~
Recommended:
Angel Toxicity CD 2013
とある暴姫の江戸戦記 Live At Tokyo DVD 2013
Toxic Fairy Tale CD 2014

 


MADAM REY
Japanese Female Hard Rock / AOR / Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Bloody Roses CD 2009

Really high quality melodic hard rock, with a very solid female singer.


MADEW
Japanese Indie Glam
Late 1980s — Early 1990s
Recommended:
Still burning and dreaming CD 1990
敗北 CD 1992
Big Cat CD 1995
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Very hard to find indie glam/hard rock group.


MAELSTROM
Japanese Metal
2000s~
Recommended:
The wings of time CD 1998


MAGENDA
Japanese Female Hard Rock
Late 1980s
Recommended:
Mama Kin EP 1987
Gambler CD 1990

 


MAHATMA
Japanese Symphonic / Operatic Female Metal
2014~
Recommended:
Orchestra Of The Life CD 2016


MAKE-UP
Japanese AOR / Hard Rock
1980s
Recommended:
Howling Will CD 1984
Straight Liner CD 1984
Rock Legend of Boys & Girls CD 1985
Born to be hard CD 1985
Memories of blue Make up 20 Year CD Box Set 2004

AOR/Hard Rock ala White sister, King Kobra, Pretty Maids, feat. NoB (future Grand Prix vocalist).


MANISH
Japanese Female AOR
1990s
Recommended:
Manish CD 1993
Individual CD 1994
Cheer! CD 1996

Very well written, melodic AOR female duo.


MARCHEN STATION
Japanese Operatic Metal / Symphonic / Traditional Enka Influences
2000s
Recommended:
World Of Maquillage CD 2013
Cocktail of Dream CD 2010
For The Sake Of God CD 2009

Very unique melodic symphonic metal, with plenty of traditional Japanese music influences.  Very cool!


MARCY
Japanese Hard Rock
1980s ~
Recommended:
Let’s spend the night together CD 1988
Marcy CD 2013
悪戯天使 CD 2001

Earthshaker vocalist, features Keiko Terada (Show-ya) on guest vocals.


MARDELAS
Japanese Female Hard Rock
2014~
Recommended:
II CD 2016
I CD 2015
Thousand Cranes CD (6 track) + DVD (3track)
Daybreak / Phantasia CD Single 2014

Excellent hard rock from Japan.


MARI HAMADA
Japanese AOR / Hard Rock / Metal / Pop
1980s ~
Recommended:
Lunatic Doll CD 1983
Romantic Night CD 1983
Misty Lady CD 1984
Blue Revolution CD 1984
FIRST PERIOD~MARI’S BEST Vol.1 CD 1985
Rainbow Dream CD 1985
Promise in the history CD 1986
MARI’S COLLECTION!(1983~1985) CD 1986
MAGICAL MYSTERY MARY/LIVE’85 CD 1986
In the precious age CD 1987
Anthology 1987 CD
Love never turns against CD 1988
Return to myself CD 1989
Sincerely CD 1989
Colors CD 1990
Tomorrow CD 1991
Anti-heroine CD 1993
To You LASERDISC 1992
Heart and soul CD 1994
Inclination CD 1994
Persona CD 1996
Cats & Dogs CD 1998
Philosophia CD 1998
Blanche CD 2000
Sense of self CD 2003
Inclination II CD 2003
Sincerely II CD 2005
Elan CD 2005
Reflection-axiom of the two wings- CD 2008
Aestetica CD 2010
Legenda CD 2012
Inclination III CD + DVD 2013
Mission CD 2016

One of Japan’s most famous female singers.  No introduction needed here.  Started off in the early 80s in the heavy metal domain, by the late 80s/early 90s delivered a more polished, AOR/FM-Rock brand (often with many well known western artists performing or co-writing her songs).


MARIKO TONE
Japanese Female AOR / Pop / Rock
1980s~
Recommended:
Witty LP 1985
Purple Rose LP 1985
Naturally CD 1992
Lady-M Mariko Best CD 1986
For you LP Record 1987
Just my tone CD 1987
Vois de L’ame CD 1990
Mariko Brand CD 1991
トランタン CD 1993

Popular (in the 80s) female solo AOR/Rock/Pop artist.


MARINO
Japanese Hard Rock / AOR
1980s~
Recommended:
WORKS’83‐’86‐BE CD 1992
II CD 1984
Target CD 1984
From all of us to all of you CD 1985
Hard and rough CD 1985
Complete Best CD 2001
Hybrid CD 2003

Top class outfit, known to many collectors even outside Japan.


MARY’S BLOOD
Japanese Female Metal
2010~
Recommended:
Last Game CD 2011
Azure CD 2013
Scarlet CD 2014
LIVE at BLAZE ~ Invasion of Queen Tour 2015 — 2016 Final DVD 2016
Countdown to Evolution CD + DVD 2014
Fate CD + DVD 2016

One of the most popular all female metal bands in Japan over the last few years.  Heavier on their earlier work, a little… more accessible on recent work.


MARS BRIGADE
Japanese Melodic Hard Rock / Metal
2014~
Recommended:
Progress CD (debut 5 track EP) 2015

 


MASAHIKO KUROKI
Japanese Shred / Solo
2001
Recommended:
K-works CD 2001

WOLF Guitarist. One Of The Best Instrumental Rock/Metal Albums out there.  Truly fantastic melodies.


MASATOSHI ONO
Japanese AOR
1990s~
Recommended:
Voice of heart CD 1992
M. Ono CD 1992
With All My Heart CD 1993
For Pure Lovers CD 1994
Tenderness CD 1994
X・CROSS CD 1996
Fragments CD 1997
Rebirth CD 2003
冬色物語-Winter Stories- CD 2004
仮面ライダー響鬼 写真集付きCD 響鬼見参 CD 2005
The Voice – Stand Proud CD 2011
Departure CD Single + DVD (4 + 4 Tracks)
Knock on your gate CD Single 2014

Probably Japan’s best known metal/AOR singer.  Started out his career fronting the fantastic indie hard rock group Fort Bragg (who released just one CD back in 1990).  Following his very successful solo career, he joined Japan’s premiere melodic metal outfit, Galneryus.  Of note, his «The Voice — Stand Proud» CD is an all-covers album, featuring absolutely fantastic covers- including tracks by TNT (Tonight I’m falling), DIO, and many other unusual (but essential) AOR/hard rock classics.


MASTERPIECE
Japanese Symphonic Metal
2000s~
Recommended:
Colors Of Conflict CD 2013


MATENROU OPERA
Japanese Symphonic Metal
2000s~
Recommended:
Discography


MAXIMUM THE HORMONE
Japanese Death Metal
2000s~
Recommended:
Discography


MAZERAN
Japanese Indie Glam / Hard Rock
1980s
Recommended:
Mazeran s/t CD 1989

One of the better Japanese indie hard rock CDs.  Very clearly followed a western style of hard rock.  No sleaze, no cheese, just good street glam/hard rock.  Excellent indie and often a gem that sells for $100+ even here in Japan.


MAZIORA The BAND
Japanese Metal
2000s
Recommended:
Best Ass-Kickin’ Heavy Rock!!!!! Vol. 1 CD 2011
Best Ass-Kickin’ Heavy Rock!!!!! Vol. 2 CD 2013


MEDIA YOUTH
Japanese Melodic Rock
1990s~
Recommended:
Awake of youth CD 1993
Spiral Colors CD 1996
Live at Blitz + CD 1999

Featuring Heath of X Japan.


MEGUMI HAYAGAWA / 早川めぐみ
Japanese Female AOR / Hard Rock
2014~
Recommended:
Face to Face CD 1986
横須賀17 (7 Inch EP)
恋はノー・ノー・ノー! (7 Inch EP)

Excellent early/mid 80s AOR/hard rock singer.  Her CDs and records are very rare and sought after in Japan (often selling in the $200-300+ range).


MEPHISTO PHELES
Japanese Heavy Metal
1980s~
Recommended:
Mephistopheles EP 1986
Metal on Metal CD (Includes ’86 debut EP) 2001
Devils on Metal Revitalized CD 2015

Classic mid 80s heavy metal, influenced by Accept and Anvil (as the title of their 2001 release clearly indicates).


METALGANG
Japanese Hard Rock
1990s
Recommended:
Metalgand CD 1995
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Released just one CD in 1995 on Sony records Japan (played mostly hard rock versions of well known Japanese songs).


MEYOU
Japanese Female Pop / AOR
1990s
Recommended:
Museum CD 1992
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MIE (MITSUYO NEMOTO)
Japanese Female AOR
1980s
Recommended:
I my Mie CD (early 1980s, 2007 reissue)
Never (Special Edition CD + DVD) 1985 / 2007
Call Girl: From Mie to You CD 1987 (2007 reissue)
Diamond and Gold CD
Me Ing CD
NOBODY KNOWS ME(BUT ONLY HEAVEN) CD Single (with X.Y.Z.→A)

Difficult to find AOR from former Pink Lady member.