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

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

4
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

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

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

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

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

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

11
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

15
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

21
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

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

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SADS is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
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
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
Heavy metal

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Pata is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
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
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
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
Pop punk, Pop music, Ska

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12012 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
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
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
Rock music, J-pop, Metalcore

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Sug is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
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
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
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
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
Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Rock music

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

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

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Yoshiki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
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
Synthpunk, Industrial rock, Electronic music

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Jun Onose is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Japanese Heavy Metal Bands List
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
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
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music