Bands and Artists

12012
12012 (Ichi ni zero ichi ni) was founded in 2003. The lineup: vocalist Wataru Miyawaki, guitarists Hiroaki Sakai and Yuusuke Saga, bassist Tomoyuki Enya and drummer Toru Kawauchi. They describe themself as a pure visual kei band whose music alternates between hard metal and the indie music that’s typical for Japan. Their songs are founded on hard, distorted guitar riffs and the voice of Wataru is rough, hard and blends in perfectly.

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AA=
Behind the pseudonym AA = (All Animals Are Equal) hides nobody less than Takeshi Ueda, founder of MAD CAPSULE MARKETS, who already celebrated successes worldwide. With his new project Takeshi Ueda, who completely independently writes and composes his music in the style of a musical multi-talent, not only oriented himself by name at the George Orwell classic Animal Farm, but also uses his songs to decry nuisances and criticize.

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ABINGDON BOYS SCHOOL
ABINGDON BOYS SCHOOL was founded in 2005 by the experienced musicians Takanori Nishikawa (vocals; aka T. M. Revolution), Toshiyuki Kishi (keyboard & programming), Hiroshi Shibasaki (guitar, formerly WANDS) and Sunao (guitar).
In Japan ABINGDON BOYS SCHOOL already achieved megastar status and are known for the theme music to the successful anime series such as Death Note, Darker than Black, Soul Eater and many more.

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AN CAFE
AN CAFE have lost none of their charms and playfulness after numerous breaks: Vocalist Miku and his fellow still connect sugary melodies and energetic rhythms to an irresistible mix of rock and pop, that is fun from the first to the last song. Europe loves AN CAFE and the band also has a special bond with the fans here.

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AND -Eccentric Agent
Ikuma (vocals), Kiri (Guitar), PECO (Guitar), Ken (bass) and KAJI (drums) invoke with their opulent appearance entirely on the principles of Visual-kei. But their look is still far surpassed by their musical quality. Finally the Japanese quintet brings all those qualities to the fans in Europe.

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angela
The opening the for the TV anime Stellvia gave angela their breakthrough in Japan in 2003 - by now they are one of the biggest acts in the so-called Japanimation scene. The charm emanating from angela is mainly generated by the combination of atsuko's breathtaking voice that’s easily comparable to seasoned opera singers and KATSU's virtuoso guitar play.

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ASURA
Metal-dance band ASURA, formed in 2014, are not a Standard metal-band from Japan, as to visualize their musically defined world they are supported by two amazing dancers on and off stage.

And their music is not standard either. While their new album "Eternal" sounds hard and fast, some of their further releases could very well have titled "dance-rock" too.

However, if you are looking for speedy riffs and hard tunes, combined with a powerful voice, you should make sure to check ASURA out!
AWOI
Special melodies are the hallmarks of Awoi, who meet the highest standards and create unforgettable sounds with a unique atmosphere in each song. In combination with the distinctive voice of Frontman Otogi, Awoi will inspire fans of hard yet melodic music.

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Black Gene For the Next Scene
Black Gene For the Next Scene is a band with four well-known members; vocalist Ice is known by his fans from his former band XodiacK, guitarist San was member of visual kei band Nega, guitarist toki was in Babylon and bassist Rame was a member of pioneer VK-band Vidoll. With their experience and talent the members of BFN create an unique sound - so click Go to link to check their releases with us
CroiX
CroiX are a young and uprising Indie Rock band from Japan. In 2015 they competed in EMERGENZA JAPAN and made it to the final. With their first steps on an international stage during EMERGENZA the band couldn't get enough and we're happy to introduce them to Europe.

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Customi Z
Customi Z is a rock band consisting of four: HAMA (Vo & Key), GORO (Vo & Gt), DAICHI (Drums) and HIROKI (Bass). They are signed to King Records and kicked of their career with an event tour around 108 places in Japan. Their major debut was the theme song for "Knights of Sidonia ninth planet campaign“ in which GORO and DAICHI gave their voice acting debut. With „COOLEST“ they provided the theme song of the Anime „Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto“

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D'espairs Ray
D'espairs Ray (1999 - 2011) were part of the Japanese Rock elite who established a new genre in Europe: Visual-Kei!
D'espairs Ray blended rock and metal with industrial sounds, but with their three albums and the best of they showed their repertoire included far more than that! Visually, they were transformed over time from a Visual-kei band with dark looks and lots of make-up to a band that relied on discreet optics

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D
D are a Visual-kei band that steadily expanded their fan base in Japan and the rest of the world since it was founded in of 2003.
The appearance of D is determined by a gloomy but elegant clothing style that perfectly underscores the music. Again, dark sounds and ASAGI's emotional voice dominate in an opulent mix of rock and metal. The extensive instrumentation of each song is D's trademark

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DIV
The former session band DIV (2012-2016) consisting of Chisa (vocals), Shogo (guitar), Chobi (bass) and Satoshi (drums) fascinated many Visual Kei fans with a varied mix of sweet pop-ish melodies and rocky rhythms. Regardless of its short bandhistory DIV was a optical and musical pleasure

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Duel Jewel
Duel Jewel (1997-2016) with their 18 years of band history are best described as skilled and routiners of the J-Rock and Visual-kei scene. The incredible versatility of the musicians around Frontmann Hayato was the trademark of the band. Whether melodic midtempo songs or brachial rock stompers - DuelJewel were at home in many styles and let their great musical insights flow into their songs

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Founded in 1991 in New York the quintet unites western and eastern influences in its music, charming with unique compositions and the distinctive voice of singer Jon Underdown, who is also part of the Superband YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz. After moving the bands residence to Tokyo they worked with well-known producers and their song „One Reason“ got chosen as opening of the Anime „Dead Man Wonderland“ thats also famous in Europe

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Fear From The Hate
FEAR FROM THE HATE are Yoshiyuki Kojima, Kouichi Kawahara and Sohei Murakami who are ready to conquer the world with their unique, Tokyo based version of Metalcore.
After a very successful collaboration with Maxilla for the music video of „Paint a Trip Party“ in 2011 the band performed on many festivals and sold out concerts in Tokyo

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FOUR GET ME A NOTS
FOUR GET ME A NOTS, formed in Chiba in 2004 is a 3-piece band consisting of Yasunori Ishitsubo (Vocal+Bass), Chie Takahashi (Vocal+Guitar) and Takayuki Abe (Drums+Vocal). With a female vocalist and all members singing, FOUR GET ME A NOTS stood apart from other bands with beautiful harmonies created by the three voices. Everyone in Japan is keeping a close eye on their development and hold high hopes for their future.

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Gackt
The Japanese exceptionalist Gackt, does not really need any introduction. As a solo artist and later as head of the band YELLOW FRIED CHICKENZ, he captured the hearts of J-Rock and J-Pop fans all over the world alike. His concerts in Europe are always sold out and surely an extraordinary experience.

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girugamesh
girugamesh (2004-2016) were surely one of the finest and most successful Japanese Rock- and Metal bands of all times. 2015 was the year of the bands 10th anniversary. In 2016, however, they ended their activity. Nevertheless, they still remain as a band that could build up a huge fan base in a very short time and dared to tour Europe and the US as a young band in 2007. They became an integral part of the J-Rock elite.

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heidi.
heidi. are not unknown in the Japanese rock scene, they have already been active in bands like Kalimero, Kannivalism and Sics. With secret concerts, which took place all over Tokyo, the band gained a respectable reputation at the beginning of its career. A comparison to genre heavy weights needend be feared by heidi. - memorable melodies, perfectly arranged songs and the unique voice of Yoshihiko led to heidi. making a lasting impression

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I Promised Once
I Promised Once are George (Vocals), Flo (Vocals / Keyboard), Kunio (Guitar), Nils (Guitar), Joe (Bass / Manipulator) and Hiro (Drums) - half German, half Japanese and ready to blow your minds! Their music is a breathtaking fusion of Heavy Metal and Electronic Dance Music, balancing between energetic metal and electronic elements. Founded in 2014 they have impressed fans and critics alike

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Jupiter
Visual Kei Band Jupiter, formed by four members of Versailles and joined by vocalist Zin, has enchanted fans all over the world alike with their striking style and sound.
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Kagerou
Kagerou (1999-2007), in English mayfly, were Daisuke (vocals), Yuana (guitar), Kazu (bass) and Shizumi (drums). They were one of the first Japanese bands to tour Europe. The fact that Kagerou was more than a short termedproject was proven by seven years of band history. Their success secret: wild determination, ruthless lyrics, cutting guitars, wild chants and crazy rhythms that kept breaking the boundaries of the conventional.

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Kameleo
A mixture of Rock- and Pop-tunes as well as easy and creative lyrics are the attributes of Kameleo‘s music. As the name implies every member of this Oshare-Kei Band aims for a wide range in their way of presentation. Their music is as various as the characters of the members.

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Kanon x Kanon
Cello vocalist and „Lolita sensation“ Kanon Wakeshima unites the sounds of classic music with influences of popmusic and presents along with Kanon, the bassist of An Cafe, impressions of the anime and lolita culture visuell by their distinctive fashion style as well as musical. The two artists characterize as „2.5th-dimension phenomenal musical unit“ a new form of musical experience.

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KEEL
KEEL was formed in 2013 and gains more and more attention ever since they released their first two mini-albums „Cthulhu“ and „R'lyeh“ in 2015. Their success is no suprise since KEEL consists of four J-Rock veterans: ryo - vocals (ex. 9GOATS BLACK OUT, HOLLOWGRAM, TAG), aie - guitar ( ex. deadman, ex. the studs, the god and death stars, THE MADCAP LAUGHS, others…) ShuU - bass (ex. girugamesh) and Tomoi - drums (C4)

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Kinoco Hotel
Regardless of age or gender, the female foursome Kinoco Hotel attracts a number of music fans. In 2016 they released their 5th full album "Marianne No Kakumei“. And again it was Marianne Shinonome, who did the composing and songwriting. The songs reach from New Wave color to full of feeling to speed and long psychedelic numbers. Every song is different, but they are all full of sex appeal, pale light and shadow and decadence

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Kiryu
Kiryu capture fans imagination since 2007, with their mix of traditional costumes and tunes and rock riffs. This mix is what makes their music so unique - even in a genre like VK.

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L'Arc~en~Ciel
L'Arc ~ en ~ Ciel have more than 20-years of band history and do not really need any more introduction. Hyde, Ken, Tetsu and Yukihiro are considered to be the spearhead of J-Rock and J-Pop, as a Japanese Supergroup. Their songs captivate the audience with rock or pop instrumentation and of course Hyde’s epochal voice. Unforgettable songs plus sold out concerts in Europe and around the world testify the charm of L'Arc ~ en ~ Ciel.

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LM.C
LM.C - Lovely Mocochang consists of Maya and Aiji, who were already in successful bands before their rapid career with LM.C. Planned as a session band, LM.C became a musical duo in 2006 after Aiji left Pierrot. The impressive sound, that brought LM.C international attention ever since the band was founded and their equally unique visuality have not lost their fascination over the years.

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Lyrical Quartet "Kanon"
Lyrical Quartet “Kanon” brilliantly won the “DEAD EAST” rookie recruiting battle event J-ROCK EXPLOSION 2014 “BATTLE OF THE BRAVE” by MAVERICK DC GROUP by suppressing many rivals just half a year since the band was formed. They are the most notable band of the Visual-kei scene in 2015, their old-Japanese-pop-music-inspired rock number is finally released! Breathe new wind in the Visual-kei scene!

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Madmans Esprit
Matenrou Opera
Founded by vocalist Sono in 2007, MATENROU OPERA literally rose like Phoenix from the ashes, their first live show as well as their first single were sold out. In spite of their unquestionably foundation in metal and rock, MATENROU OPERA often also incorporate bittersweet melodies, which blend with the impressive voice of Sono, for whom’s monumental voice no note seems to be to high!

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Megamasso
Megamasso, formed by ex.Ayabie member Ryohei, excite fans with a mix of pop, rock and punk, complemented by softer piano sounds. Megamasso songs can be fun, rocky and deep and therefor fit every life situation!

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Merry
Merry are Gara (vocals), Yuu (guitar), Kenichi (guitar), Tetsu (bass) and Nero (drums) - in Japan they belong to the genre Eroguro, which stands for eroticism and grotesque. On one hand creepy, grotesque, on the other attractive and simply fascinating. Their music is an explosive cocktail of Metal, Punk, Ska, Hardcore with great influences from Jazz.

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Mix Speaker's,Inc.
Since 2006 Mix Speaker's, Inc. enchant their fans with flashy costumes, fast-paced tunes and a unique mixture of cute and spooky. Their music is as individual as their outfits are and that's the reason why they are loved by fans all over the world.

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Momorio Clover Z
Momoiro Clover Z is one of the most established and popular female idol groups in Japan. Known for their energetic performances, they collaborated with KISS, opened for Lady Gaga and also sang the title songs for popular Anime like Pokemon, Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. Finally fans overseas can enjoy all their albums!

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MUCC
In 2017, MUCC look back on 20 years of band history, in which they have constantly evolved and gained fans all over the world. The band enchants and thrills us with its very own mix of Rock, Alternative and Metal, which is always spiced up with new styles and influences from electronic music to Jazz.

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NIGHTMARE
Nightmare are Yomi (vocals), Hitsugi (guitar), Sakito (guitar), Ni ~ Ya (bass) and Ruka (drums). They started their careers in 2000 in Sendai. Their initially crazy mixture of Rock and Hardcore with a lot of screaming grew from release to release into a milder, more mature and accessible music style, which fascinates more and more people.

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nowisee
nowisee is a mysterious and yet enchanting sextet not revealing the identity of it’s members ever. They truly are everywhere in Japan with songs, music videos , a Novell , comics and their own app. Their debut album „TENOHIRA NO SENSOU“ was released track by track in Japan and is the world's first smartphone "app album" with the app including exclusive music videos. In May 2016, the downloads of the nowisee app topped 50,000.

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Redman
Redman has been a side-band of Satoshi, vocalist of Girugamesh. Joined by four other members who have in the music industries before, the band created
particularly gentle melodies mixed with rock tunes, showing the both sides of the members.
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Rentrer en Soi
Rentrer en Soi (2001-2008) started their career with gigs in small rockclubs in and around Tokyo. At this time the band which consisted of Satsuki (vocals), Mika (drums), Takumi (guitar), Shun (guitar) and Ryu (bass) were a insider tip. Three years later their album „THE BOTTOM OF CHAOS“ got published in Europe by Gan-Shin which caused the rockband even more fame.

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Sadie
Sadie were founded in 2005 by vocalist Mao and bassist Aki. The bands’ music deals with feelings like grief, despair and also hope. The sound of this Visual-Kei band is emotional and rough at the same time. Sadie are currently on hiatus.

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the studs
The Visual-Kei band the studs was founded in 2007 by vocalist Daisuke (ex Kagerou). He teamed up with three other musical masterminds: Aie (ex Deadman guitar), Yukino (bass) and Hibiki (drums). After two successful years, the members decided on hiatus to concentrate on their solo careers. Sadly Daisuke passed away the year after.

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T.M. Revolution
T.M. Revolution has established his reputation with his catchy tracks, fascinating perfected concerts, and overwhelming live performances. He consecutively released monstrous hits in Japan and performed songs for various popular Anime.

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18if
The anime 18if is dragging fans worldwide into a dream-world recently and a lot of adventure awaits them. Each episode is considerably different from the last - and so are the endings! Therefore artists such as TeddyLoid and Inori Minase have lend their voices to the anime already - and more artists are to come!
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AJIN
The anime series AJIN has captured the minds of a lot of fans - immortal 'humans' and authorities trying to use them for wars.
The anime's action also shows in the soundtrack with deep songs leading the listener back into a world of action and danger.

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Dragon Ball Z
There is no need to say much about DRAGONBALL Z! Who doesn't know it? With the release soundtrack you can return to your role models once more, at times when it's not possible for you to actually watch it again!

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Inori Minase
Rising starlet Inori enchants with a powerful, crystal clear singing voice and her fresh visual image. She’s a singer and also a voice actress. Her work with the anime "The Anthem of the Heart“ in 2015, became such a big success that she'll star in many more anime! Her voice is a voice to remember!

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Japan Anima(tor)s Exhibition
apan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition was a weekly series of original net-animations, with various anime shorts produced by a great variety of producers.
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Megumi Hayashibara
Megumi Hayashibara is one of Japans most popular voice actresses (f.e. the female voice of Ranma Saotome in Ranma 1/2 and Lina Inverse in Slayers) and at the same time a talented singer.
She performed the theme songs for several Anime like Shaman King and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Moreover she is very closely connected to the whole Slayers universe, since 1995 she provided opening and ending themes for the Slayers Anime.

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Kamigami No Asobi Infinite
Kamigami No Asobi Infinite leads its fans into a world of humans and greek gods. And with greek gods there has to be music! And there is. Several character-songs have been released and you can find all releases through Gan-Shin by clicking the Go to link.
Miss Monochrome
Miss Monochrome has gathered a great fanbase throughout the years, not only due to her cute looks and character but also because of her amazing voice. Some of you may realize that her voice is given her through Yui Horie!

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Nana Mizuki
Nana Mizuki has already lend her voice to numerous successful anime series. She is also an exceptional singer and stage performer - 80,000 people have already been able to convince themselves in the Tokyo Dome.

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Senki Zessho Symphogear GX
Senki Zessho Symphogear fans love their ladies - and justifiably so! With a storyline surrounding the fight against aliens with cool amours and beautiful songs, of course the character songs are a must-have for every fan! For that reason you can find all releases through Gan-Shin by clicking the Go to link
Senki Zessho Symphogear AXZ
The ladies in amour are back to fight against the aliens! With beautiful, fiery up-beat songs, the Senki Zessho Symphogear AXZ character songs are a must-have for every fans of the fierce ladies.

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Shouta Aoi
Voice actor, singer and active in various fields that's Aoi Shota. Many fans know him from his first years as a voice actor and singer as SHOWTA. Aoi Shota's one of a kind high tone voice can not be expressed you just must listen to it!

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Soukyuu no Fafner Dead Aggressor - Exodus
The anime Soukyuu no Fafner has gathered a great fan-base over time and delights fan with several follow-up stories.
To lead you back into the world of action, fights and mistrust, we brought you several songs from the anime.

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Uta No Prince -sama
The storyline of the anime Uta No Prince-sama evolves through music and with tunes and melodies being a key element of the story, it is not at all surprising, that several character-songs have been released. Follow the characters through the story with their individual sound!

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Yui Ogura
Yui Ogura is well-known to anime fans as she has lent her voice to several characters throughout the years. But besides a great voice-actor, she is also a very talented singer.

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Yui Horie
Yui Horie is a star in the Japanimation scene, the multitalent is a voice actress for Anime and video games as well as a singer. She also lends her voice to computer-animated idol Miss Monochrome. She is one of a handful of idol voice actors that rose to prominence in the 2000s, whose popularity today is based to their solid experience and long term interaction with their fan base.

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