Japanese Metal & Hard Rock Bands A to Z

Август 30, 2016


PATA
Japanese Hard Glam
1993 ~ 1997
Recommended:
Pata CD 1993
Raised on Rock CD 1995

By far the most ‘westernized’ hard rock delivery from any member of X Japan, the two albums by X Japan guitarist, Pata, included an all start lineup of L.A. Sunset Strip names, most notably James Christian on lead vocals (House Of Lords).  Fantastic production throughout.


PEARL
Japanese Female Hard Rock
1986 ~ 1990s
Recommended:
First CD 1987
Second CD 1987
She’s Fresh CD 1989
Borderline CD 1991
No one sees no CD 1991
Justice CD 1992
Window CD 1993
Good to see you CD 1994
Century Toys CD 1995
Pearl CD 1997
4 Infinity CD 1998

Established Japanese hard rock outfit, featuring Carmine Appice and Tony Franklin.


PHANTOM EXCALIVER
Japanese Traditional Metal
1995
Recommended:
鋼鉄の誓い CD 1995

 


PINK SAPPHIRE
Japanese Female Hard Rock / AOR
1988 ~ 1993
Recommended:
P.S. I love you CD Single 1990
P.S. I love you CD 1990
All weather girl CD 1991
Dakishimetai CD Single
Happy Together CD 1991
ハッピーの条件 CD Single 1991
Hello Goodbye CD Single 1991
From me to you CD 1991
Today and Tomorrow CD 1992
Tomorrow CD Single 1992
For the earth CD Single 1992
Best for you Single Collection CD 1992
Birthday CD 1993
Classmate CD Single 1993
Super Best CD

Hands down, the most melodic Japanese AOR/hard rock group.  Yes… that is merely the opinion of the editor of this article, but… after being involved in the hard rock/AOR/metal collectors scene for over 20 years, and delving deep into the Japanese scene for a good part of those 20 years, I cannot think of one other band that delivered as many truly catchy hooks, layered with harmony vocals, TNT-style guitar riffs, and top class production, than Pink Sapphire.  Their look wasn’t as ‘metal’ as say, Show-Ya, but their music was nothing short of world-class female fronted AOR/hard rock perfection.  If you don’t mind foreign bands delivering the familiar style you love- start with Pink Sapphire.


PLANET EARTH
Japanese Indie Female Hard Rock
1993
Recommended:
Big Bang CD 1993

 


PRECIOUS
Japanese Indie Malmsteen-style Metal/HR
1988 ~ 1990s
Recommended:
To Glory We Steer CD 1990
Secret Live CD 1993
Singles Collection CD 1992
Shining Through The Night EP 1999

Malmsteen inspired melodic hard rock/metal.  Featuring Akira Kajiyama, and Joe Lynn Turner (on their ’99 EP).


PRESENCE
Japanese AOR
1980s
Recommended:
Presence CD 1987
Bleecker Street CD 1988
Awaking Dogs CD 1989
Last of all CD 1989

Well known Japanese AOR/hard rock outfit.


PRESTO VIVACE
Japanese Female Malmsteen Style Metal
Recommended:
L’Amour Eternel CD

 


PRINCESS PRINCESS
Japanese Female Glam
1980s ~ 1990s
Recommended:
Teleportation CD 1987
Let’s get crazy CD 1988
Lovers CD 1989
Princess Princess CD 1990
Dolls in Action CD 1991
Here we are CD 1992
Bee-Beep CD 1993
Majestic CD 1993
Presents CD 1994
The Last Princess CD 1995
Akaska Komachi CD 1996
Kiss De Crime CD 1996
Winter Songs CD 2007
10 Years After~PRINCESS PRINCESS Premium Box 12 CD / DVD Boxset 2006

Very well known Japanese female hard rock group.


PROPHESIA
Japanese Symphonic Metal
2013
Recommended:
Goddess Of Light CD 2013

 


PSYCHO CANDIE
Japanese Indie Glam / Hard Rock
2009
Recommended:
Time Trip Adventure CD 2009
幻想とノスタルジア CD 2010

 


RABBIT
Japanese Glam / Hard Rock
1990s
Recommended:
Eat here or to go? CD 1990
H.B.R.U. Hey Boy Rise Up CD 1991
III CD 1992
Best of Rabbit CD 1993
Mr. Dream CD 1994
Mainstream CD 1995
かなり広くて透明な世界 CD 1996

One of the premiere Japanese hard rock groups- especially on their early albums. Great production, solid song writing, and loads of massive backing vocals, clearly aimed at appeasing fans of western hard rock.


RACHEL MOTHER GOOSE
Japanese Melodic Metal (Malmsteen Style)
2000s
Recommended:
Fortune Missionary CD 2004
Signs CD 2006
Magic Wand CD EP
Pray for revenge CD Single 2012

Early 1990s Yngwie Malmsteen (Seventh Sign / Magnum Opus) style.


RAGING FURY
Japanese Indie Thrash Metal
1982~
Recommended:
Raging Fury CD 1992 (2016 Remaster w. bonus tracks)
Deal you a fatal blow CD 1999
Black Belt CD 2013

One of the more sought after thrash metal bands to rock Japan in the early 90s.


RAJAS
Japanese Female Fronted Hard Rock / Metal
1980s
Recommended:
1st (Debut) CD 1984
Play the Game CD 1985
Turn it up CD 1985
In Past Time – Best of CD 1992
Precious time CD 2003
Mother of the earth CD 2013
Believe CD 2014
LIVE TOUR 2013 MOTHER OF THE EARTH DVD

 


RAMI (Aldious vocalist)
Japanese Female Metal
2016
Recommended:
Aspiration CD + DVD 2016

Solo release from Aldious vocalist.


RAN
Japanese Hard Rock / Shred
1988
Recommended:
Burning CD 1988

One of the most coveted Japanese metal CDs in Japan today, often moving for prices upwards of $1,000 US on Japanese auctions for a complete disc (with obi).  Legendary Japanese metal album.


RATTLESNAKE
Japanese Indie Glam
1991
Recommended:
Samurai Crash CD 1991

 


REACTION
Japanese Hard Rock / Glam
1980s
Recommended:
Insane CD 1985
Agitator CD 1986
True Imitation CD 1987
Reaction CD 1988
Twist and Shout CD 1988
REACTION TRIBUTE ALBUM Always On My Mind CD (Various) 2001

Elusive indie glam release from these guys.  Only one CD released (self financed by the band) before they vanished in the early 90s.


REBELLION
Japanese Heavy Metal
1999
Recommended:
The Sign of the Rebel CD 1999
rebellion
 
 
 
 
 
 


RED ROSE / 紅薔薇
Japanese Female Sleaze / Glam
1990
Recommended:
妖艶美… 狂乱舞..CD 1991
redrose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


REG-WINK
Japanese Female Glam
1989
Recommended:
Reg-Wink CD 1989
Band of the run CD 1990
Lost Angels CD 1991

 


REIKA
Japanese Indie Female AOR
1992
Recommended:
GYPSY QUEEN CD 1992

 


REIKA MORISHITA
Japanese Female AOR / Power Pop
1990s
Recommended:
Zero CD 1995
A girl as a boy CD 1995
Wonder egg CD 1996
Another sun CD Single 4 tracks 2013

 


REJECTOR
Japanese Indie Glam / AOR (ala Vow Wow)
1991
Recommended:
Sound of metal CD 1991 (FEI-9135)
rejector
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mega rare Japanese indie- a fantastic album, akin to Vow Wow.  Very much worth seeking.


REPLICA
Japanese Female fronted rock/FM Rock
1987 ~ 1990s
Recommended:
Tough & Free CD 1987
ビデヨラ CD 1990
Magnolia CD 1993

 


RESISTANCE
Japanese Indie Sleaze
Early 1990s
Recommended:
Chip A Dip CD (early 1990s indie)
Sleaze akin to Hanoi Rocks, Wildhearts, Ziggy, etc.


REVERB
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
Early 2000s
Recommended:
Ride in the wind CD

Excellent indie CD- only a few hundred ever pressed, in the style of Blindman, Loudness, Vow Wow, etc.  I believe this was the only thing they released before fading into oblivion.


RIDER CHIPS
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
2013
Recommended:
Rock Vibration CD 2013