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12 Best Japanese Bands

Hey motherfuckers on Sputnik! I'm back, and I'm rhere with 12 of the rbest Japanese bands. Peel your eyes open and be ramazed with rsome fucked up, weird, but ultimately awesome rJapanese music!

Of course the list has to start out with one of the most loudest, spontaneous, and influential bands from Japan of the 90s: BOREDOMS. Having collaborated with various experimental artists through the years, such as John Zorn and Sonic Youth, they have formed a concoction of experimentation, loudness and all around, a memorable experience. Not for the weak of heart.
2Malice Mizer

Another influential band, however, for much more different reasons: MALICE MIZER. These guys helped skyrocket the visual kei movement to the top of the market, and had a unique music formula, combined with remarkable artistic talent and stage shows. Although the split up a decade ago, their music lives on, and their legacy keeps getting bigger and bigger.
3New Rote'ka

Although not very well known in the United States (or anywhere else for that matter), these guys helped pioneer punk in Japan and created a new wave of punk in their area: NEW ROTE'KA. These guys are known for their energetic shows, uplifting music and small, yet significant fan base. Recommended for those who are fans of punk, with a sprinkle of ska and a fan of a clown who bounces on his own testicles in efforts to outrun his bandmates (see the "...TO BE HARLEM" music video.)
4Inugami Circus-dan

One of the most controversial, and picture perfect examples of modern visual kei music: INUGAMI CIRCUS-DAN. These guys are known for their wild costumes, fucked up song topics (such as rape, molestation, and incest), and overall undeniable presence in the Japanese indie scene today. Inugami Circus-dan are arguably one of the most daring and bold acts Japan has to offer today.

One of many Boredoms side-projects, OOIOO are Boredoms' member Yoshimi P-we's own project. Combining jungle like rhythmics, with spontaneous and random outbursts that Boredoms are known for, OOIOO are once again STRICTLY ONLY for people that enjoy experimenting with various music styles, and people with a open mind.

SIGH is one of Japan's only black metal bands that I'm aware of, and arguably, one of the best in that genre today. Originally signing onto Mayhem member's Euronymous's label back in the early 90s, then moving on once he was killed--- but we all know that story. Sigh have now proven themselves as one of the most successful independent black metal bands in the scene today.
7The Gerogerigegege

You know how I said that Boredoms and OOIOO are strictly for people with an open mind? Well, needless to say, Japan's own noise group THE GEROGERIGEGEGE are in their own world, and it's probably better off if they stay in it. The Gerogerigegege will probably go on as one of the world's best kept secrets, and fans of noise will know who they are. If you do not know who they are, be warned. Their music features tons of elements of harsh noise, perverted/homoerotic album covers, and a very stimulated style of music, designed for a very limited audience. NOT FOR ANYONE PAST THE AGE OF 65.
8Cali Gari

Ahh yes. Offensive, sexual shows, bizarre and captivating music. All the elements to make a great band. CALI GARI are often called the fathers of ero-guro music, which is music that targets erotic behaviors. Indie? Yes. But their music is too damn influential and weird to simply be ignored.
9Morning Musume

Now, before you flame me, know this: MORNING MUSUME are the most successful Japanese pop bands in music history, all of their singles have charted the Oricon top 20 and helped pioneer the current state of Japanese music today. Okay, now flame away.
10The Pillows

Dude, FLCL. Enough said.
11Melt Banana

God, I feel like such a dick for forgetting them! Damnit! Anyways, they're here now, and I feel better! Anyways, what to say about Melt Banana that hasn't already been said? Well, they are the kings/queen of noise punk, and make music to make you kick teeth in, even when you're getting surgery done on you. Wonderful, balls-to-the-wall punk, mixed in with noise rock, just like how mama used to make it!
12Schwarz Stein

SCHWARZ STEIN consists of flamboyant singer KAYA and producer HORA. Founded by visual kei legend MANA after Malice Mizer broke up, he quickly signed them onto his label in the early 2000s. After only releasing two albums, and only a handful of singles, they broke up due to musical differences. Their music combined darkwave with a more electronic kick. Definitely recommended to electronica fans.
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