Bands/Musicians The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists  

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Visual kei artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good visual kei bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top visual kei bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Visual kei groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all visual kei bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest visual kei bands of all time, since the most famous visual kei artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best visual kei music.

You can click on the visual kei band names to see more information about that particular notable visual kei group. If they're near the top of the best visual kei artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top visual kei bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the visual kei band names themselves.

List features Malice Mizer, Schwarz Stein and more artists. Vote for the best artists by giving them a thumbs up. When checking out this list and making your votes, think competitively, for example: is Kagrra, better than GACKT?

All important, significant and iconic names in visual kei music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new visual kei bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of visual kei, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into visual kei music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good visual kei bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent visual kei bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best visual kei bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest visual kei musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular visual kei bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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621 127
the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
2
185 50
Versailles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
ren-suzugamori added Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Power metal
3
139 32
X Japan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
SW33ToXic added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal
4
189 64
Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
MichaelMiro added Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music
5
174 59
Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock
6
168 57
Diaura is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
IsabelGarcíaPérez added Metalcore, Alternative metal, Hard rock
7
195 73
Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion
8
107 26
DADAROMA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Rumi Saotome added
9
172 62
MEJIBRAY is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
IsabelGarcíaPérez added
10
219 88
Alice Nine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
11
170 66
girugämesh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Post-metal, Nu metal, Shoegazing
12
154 59
Gackt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Pop punk, Synthpop
13
114 44
D is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal
14
107 40
Moi dix Mois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Rock music
15
97 42
D'espairsRay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock
16
101 52
Screw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
iiiich0123456789 added Rock music, Metalcore, Alternative metal
17
114 64
Antic Cafe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
18
73 34
Mana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock
19
64 32
LAREINE is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, Pop rock
20
64 35
DELUHI is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
21
65 36
Kagrra, is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Fusion, Rock music, Pop rock
22
63 35
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal
23
66 39
Vistlip is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
EvansOddy added Rock music
24
33 11
Buck-Tick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Claudetty Suarez added New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music
25
61 38
deathgaze is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal