Japanese Music Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List

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List of Japanese alternative metal bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as alternative metal solo artists from Japan are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great Japanese music that you've never heard before. The alternative metal bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in Japan. If you think the best Japanese alternative metal band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

The list you're viewing is made up of different bands like the GazettE and Maximum the Hormone.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular alternative metal bands from Japan?" and "Which alternative metal bands started in Japan?" then this list will answer your questions.
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the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music

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Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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girugämesh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Post-metal, Nu metal, Shoegazing

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Blood Stain Child is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Electro-industrial, Symphonic black metal, Euro-trance

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Kaoru is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Rock music, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

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deathgaze is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Progressive metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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Gackt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Neo-progressive rock, Pop punk, Synthpop

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Pay Money To My Pain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Nu metal, Metalcore, Melodic hardcore

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Mucc is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Rock music, Dance-rock, Experimental rock

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Mana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock

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Jinn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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12012 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Pop music

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9mm Parabellum Bullet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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High and Mighty Color is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Rock music, J-pop, Metalcore

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Sadie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Rock music, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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UnsraW is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Thrash metal, Rock music, Metalcore

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The Mad Capsule Markets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Synthpunk, Industrial rock, Electronic music

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ANZA is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Nu metal, Pop music, Rock music

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Oblivion Dust is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Nu metal, Experimental rock, Post-grunge

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FAKE? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Pop punk, Synthpunk, Electronic music

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ヴィドール is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Rock music, Visual kei, Alternative rock

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Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

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蜉蝣 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Rock music, Heavy metal, Visual kei

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HEAD PHONES PRESIDENT is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Aliene Maφriage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

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Dué le quartz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Dué le quartz Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative metal

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Kazuno is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Gothic metal, Visual kei, Symphonic metal

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Diaura is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Japanese Alternative Metal Bands List
Metalcore, Alternative metal, Hard rock