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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
LOUDNESS 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
Akira Takasaki Rock music, Heavy metal

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Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Malice Mizer 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
the GazettE Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Hide is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Hide 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
Luna Sea 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
Tak Matsumoto 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
Maximum the Hormone Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music

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

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Sabbat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Sabbat 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
Dir En Grey Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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Sugizo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Sugizo 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
Ezo Glam metal, Heavy metal

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

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Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Nightmare 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
Blood Stain Child 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
Versailles 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
Kaoru 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
Sex Machineguns Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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deathgaze is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
deathgaze 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
Raphael Rock music, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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

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Mucc is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Mucc 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
Flower Travellin' Band Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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Anthem is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Anthem Heavy metal

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SADS is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
SADS Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

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Ryo Kawakita is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Ryo Kawakita Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Saber Tiger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Saber Tiger Heavy metal

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Pata is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Pata Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Janne Da Arc is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Janne Da Arc Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Onmyo-Za is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Onmyo-Za Power metal, Heavy metal, Visual kei

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Hysteric Blue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Hysteric Blue Pop punk, Pop music, Ska

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12012 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
12012 Nu metal, Progressive metal, Pop music

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9mm Parabellum Bullet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
9mm Parabellum Bullet Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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High and Mighty Color is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
High and Mighty Color Rock music, J-pop, Metalcore

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Sug is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Sug Pop punk, Rock music, Electronic music

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SIAM SHADE is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
SIAM SHADE Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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THE DEAD P☆P STARS is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
THE DEAD P☆P STARS Heavy metal, Visual kei, Music of Japan

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Sadie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Sadie Rock music, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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Moi dix Mois is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Moi dix Mois Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Rock music

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UnsraW is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
UnsraW Thrash metal, Rock music, Metalcore

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Boris is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Boris Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Hironobu Kageyama is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Hironobu Kageyama Ballad, Pop music, Music in Japanese animation

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Electric Eel Shock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Electric Eel Shock Rock music, Garage rock, Heavy metal

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Yoshiki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Yoshiki Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Mad Capsule Markets is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
The Mad Capsule Markets Synthpunk, Industrial rock, Electronic music

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Jun Onose is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Jun Onose Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

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Ryuichi Kawamura is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
Ryuichi Kawamura Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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B'z is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
B'z Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music