Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday Thirteen ~ Japanese Rockers on my Listening Rotation

Cali Gari – named after the silent film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, these guys have really fun hooks to their music

Chachamaru – technical guitarist for Gackt Job, this beautiful man also put out a solo project of his own called “Air”

Dir en Grey – I can’t get enough of them; their sound is varied and intense.

Gackt – I’ve gone on about him before ~blush~ All About Gackt

Kiyoharu – this former lead singer of Kuroyume came out with a good release called “Poetry”

Kuroyume – Live at Shinjuku Loft is a great energetic show

Malice Mizer – this visual kei band is no longer together but I love their look and sound, especially during the Gackt era

Mucc – these hard rockers actually toured the US in 2008; I wish I’d known them then

Nightmare – good music, good looking, these guys spell the band name in katakana as ナイトメア

Penicillin – some of you might have heard of these guys; they have a stunning eleven albums

Versailles – they have a rich, goth appeal

Vienna – this was an early project of Chachamaru and shares some music with his later solo offering

X Japan – I received a free DVD by way of introduction and still haven’t gotten over how cool their amazing hairstyles were


  1. Well, I feel really out of the loop because I've never heard of any of these. LOL They sound great though. :) Happy Thursday!

  2. LOL. Silly me. I was expecting rocking chairs.

  3. *laughs @ Alice*

    I like a lot of things that come out of Japan and I like trying new things, so thanks for this list!

  4. I have heard of a few and only because I love music from all over the world... I'm currently into a lot of J Pop... It will probably switch in a few weeks...

  5. It always me off guard that Gackt is Japanese, also because it sounds like a cat with a hairball. :)

    Quite a list, it's neat seeing new bands.

  6. Very cool! I've never heard of these, but I'm always amazed at my complete ignorance when it comes to music overseas.
    Now I'll have to check these out.

  7. Ah, I love Gackt to bits and Malice Mizer's visual appeal. Fab list, will be checking out some of these bands.

  8. These sound fun. I love reading your japanese thursday 13s!

  9. Can't say I have heard of any of these.


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