Japanese Metal & Hard Rock Bands A to Z

Август 30, 2016


RIE (AKA SUKAZU)
Japanese Female Shred
2009~
Recommended:
Noah’s Ark CD 2015
Seven Seas CD 2016
Sonic City CD Single (4 tracks) 2014
Kingdom Of The Sun CD 2013
Dreaming eyes CD 2012
Mother earth CD 2011
Messiah CD 2010

Excellent melodic hard rock/metal by this female solo artist.


ROAD CRUISE
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
1990
Recommended:
Body & Soul CD 1991


ROLLY
Japanese Indie Classic Rock
1990s
Recommended:
ROLLY’S ROCKROLLLY CD 1996
ROLLY’S ROCK CIRCUS CD 2015
鋼鉄のハードロッカー CD 2003
ROLLY式ぶっとびギタープレイパフォーマンス! ~観客を魅了できるギタリストの作り方 2~ DVD 2015
ROLLY’S ROCK THEATER CD 2016
Excellent melodic classic rock in the style of T.Rex and Slade.


ROMAN SO WORDS
Japanese Female Symphonic Metal
2015
Recommended:
Es CD 2015

 


ROSE
Japanese Indie Female Hard Rock
Late 1980s
Recommended:
Rose EP CD 1988


ROSENFELD
Japanese Thrash Metal
Early 1990s
Recommended:
Pigs of the empire CD 1994

Very rare thrash metal outfit from Japan.  One of the most sought after and acclaimed thrash albums of the early 90s out of Japan.


ROSETTA
Japanese Indie Glam / Hard Rock
2000s
Recommended:
Swanky Vibes CD 2009


ROSY ROXY ROLLER
Japanese Female Hard Rock
1990 — 1997
Recommended:
Rose Buds CD 1990
Rock girls rock CD 1991
Bang! CD 1992

Melodic hard rock, from this all female Japanese group.


ROXCY
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
Early 1990s
Recommended:
Debut EP CD 1993
Whatever will be CD 1995
3rd Time do the trick CD 1996
Elusive indie sleaze/glam band.  Their debut EP (8cm CD) is extremely rare (and good).


THE ROXYDOLLS
Japanese Indie Sleaze
Early 2000s
Recommended:
Rock n’ roll queen CD 2004
Sex sex sex CD 2005


RUBBY
Japanese Indie Female Hard Rock
Late 1980s
Recommended:
Taro Wa Hanako Ga Daisuki CD 1989
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Impossible to find Japanese all female rock.


RURIKO KUBOH
Japanese Female AOR
1990s
Recommended:
All Albums

Fantastic melodic AOR female artist.  Had some truly world class AOR anthems in the early 90s that to this day are recognized by most in Japan.  Highly recommended.


RYOKO TACHIKAWA
Japanese Female AOR / Hard Rock
Late 1980s / 1990s
Recommended:
All Albums

One of the top Japanese female AOR artists.  Excellent, well produced, melodic AOR/hard rock.


SABBRABELLS
Japanese Hard Rock / Heavy Metal
1980s
Recommended:
Sabbrabells CD 1983
Sailing on the revenge CD 1986
One night magic CD 1987

No intro needed.  One of the best known Japanese heavy metal groups of the mid 80s.


SABER TIGER
Japanese Indie Hard Rock
1990s ~
Recommended:
Discography

Well known hard rock / melodic metal group from Japan that featured some big names from the U.S. hard rock scene performing on their early albums.


SABRINA
Japanese Hard Rock / FM AOR
1980s
Recommended:
Sabrina CD 1986
 


SAIKO SUZUKI
Japanese Female AOR /  Hard Rock
1990s
Recommended:
Discography

One of the best female AOR singers.  She had a fantastic, rasphy, rough- but still clean and melodic voice.  Very strong, powerful delivery, in the style of Bonnie Tyler’s vocal style.  A personal favorite, among Japanese female AOR artists.


SALAMANDER
Japanese Indie Glam / Hard Rock
1989-1990
Recommended:
誕生 CD 1989

Rough edged indie glam/hard rock.  The band was only around long enough to deliver this before disbanding.


SAMURAI DEAD CITY
Japanese Indie Glam / Sleaze
2008
Recommended:
Welcome to the Dead City CD 2008

 


SAMURAI JADE
Japanese Female Hard Rock
2009
Recommended:
Revolution CD 2009


SASAJIES
Japanese Hard Rock / AOR / FM
1990~
Recommended:
Anaconda Woman CD 1991


SAORI SAITOH
Japanese Female AOR
Early 1990s
Recommended:
Discography

Top level female AOR/hard rock artist.  One of the better Japanese female rock singers/solo artists.  Early albums especially recommended.


Scheherazade
Japanese Hard Rock / Metal
Early 1990s
Recommended:
s/t CD 1992

 


SEIKIMA II
Japanese Hard Rock
1980s
Recommended:
Akuma ga Kitarite Heavy Metal CD 1985
The End of the Century CD 1986
From Hell With Love CD 1986
Big Time Changes CD 1987
The Outer Mission CD 1988

One of the best known Japanese hard rock / metal groups of the 1980s.  Still a favorite among many in Japan today.


SEVENTH HEAVEN
Japanese Indie Female Melodic Metal
2000s
Recommended:
The Gate Of Seventh Heaven CD 2005
Crazy world CD 2009


SEX MACHINEGUNS
Japanese Hard Rock / Metal
1990s ~
Recommended:
Discography

No introduction needed.  To this day, one of the most popular Japanese metal bands both in and out of Japan.


SEXUAL
Japanese Indie Glam
1980s


SHADOW
Japanese Female Death Metal / Grind
2000s
Recommended:
Forever Chaos CD 2008


SHARA
Japanese Hard Rock
2000s
Recommended:
Shara CD 2013
 


SHELLSHOCK
Japanese Thrash Metal
1988~
Recommended:
Mortal Days CD 1989
PROTEST AND RESISTANCE CD 1991
Shellshock / Dimension LP Vinyl 2004
Laws of rebellion CD 2007
ABSTRACT DISCORD CD + DVD Boxset 2013
肆‐SHI‐ CD 2013

No-nonsense speed/thrash metal from Japan.  Legends, in the land of the falling yen.


SHIVER OF FRONTIER
Japanese Melodic Metal (Heavenly, Helloween, etc)
2015
Recommended:
Memory of Destiny CD 2016

Let the video speak for itself.  Another excellent Japanese melodic metal upstart.