Metal Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List

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List of Japanese heavy metal bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as heavy 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 heavy 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 heavy 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.

List features bands like LOUDNESS and Akira Takasaki.

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

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Akira Takasaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Rock music, Heavy metal

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Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock

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the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Hide is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Luna Sea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Tak Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music

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Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Sabbat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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Sugizo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Rock music, Electronic dance music, World music

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Ezo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Glam metal, Heavy metal

14
girugämesh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Post-metal, Nu metal, Shoegazing

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Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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Blood Stain Child is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Electro-industrial, Symphonic black metal, Euro-trance

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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Power metal

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Kaoru is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Rock music, Heavy metal, Experimental metal

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妃阿甦 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List

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Sex Machineguns is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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deathgaze is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Progressive metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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Raphael is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Rock music, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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Outrage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Mucc is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Rock music, Dance-rock, Experimental rock

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Flower Travellin' Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock