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.