Visual Kei Artists

Created by Frog on 11 May 2019 | Last edited by Frog on 16 Oct 2021
Visual Kei Artists

Visual kei is a movement among Japanese musicians which emerged in the 80s as a part of the underground scene. Its most notable characteristics are the artists’ emphasis on aesthetics, and the aim to express themselves not just musically, but also visually—hence the name.

Musical genres which have notably influenced the music of VK include glam rock, punk rock, gothic rock, heavy metal and symphonic metal.

This list also features non-Japanese visual-kei artists.

Pictured: SCREW

1. A9 Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

Popular songs:  Desert RoseStrengthFreedom

3. Acid Black Cherry Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Alternative

Languages:  Japanese, English

4. ACME Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Anime, Rock

Language:  Japanese

6. Aiolin Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

7. amber gris Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

Popular songs:  The sad thingsthe Oaththis cloudy

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Pop-Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

9. BRIDEAR Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  English, Japanese

Popular songs:  RemedyMarginal Lie

10. BUCK-TICK Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Gothic/Darkwave, Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

11. Cali Gari Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Alternative

Language:  Japanese

12. Cross Vein Artist

Country:  Japan

Language:  Japanese

Popular songs:  forget-me-notHidden StarRed Star

13. D'espairsray Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Alternative, Metal

Languages:  Japanese, English

14. DADAROMA Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

15. DE/CLIO Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

16. DELUHI Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Metalcore/Hardcore

Language:  Japanese

Popular song:  HYBRID TRUTH

17. DEZERT Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

18. Diaura Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Pop-Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

19. DIE/MAY Artist

Country:  Finland

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  English, Japanese

20. DIMLIM Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Metal

Language:  Japanese

21. DIR EN GREY Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Metalcore/Hardcore, Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

22. DOLL$BOXX Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

Popular songs:  Take My ChanceHERODoll's Box

23. Dolly (Japan) Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

24. DOPPEL Artist

Country:  Japan

Language:  Japanese

Popular songs:  MOONLIGHT xxxxeggknockAnemθne

25. Exist † Trace Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

26. Gackt Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Classical, Rock, Metal, Pop-Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

27. Galneryus Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Metal

Languages:  English, Japanese

28. Ganglion Artist

Country:  Japan

Language:  Japanese

29. GARDEN (Visual Kei) Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

30. girugamesh Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Metalcore/Hardcore, Industrial

Language:  Japanese

Popular songs:  Kowarete iku sekaiDrainCrying Rain

31. glamscure Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Rock

Language:  Japanese

32. GLAY Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Alternative, Punk, Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English, French

Popular songs:  ANGELUSWill Be KingRAIN

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

Popular songs:  Everlasting DreamMizerable

35. Jinkaku Radio Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Punk, Rock

Language:  Japanese

Popular song:  赤い靴 (akai kutsu)

36. Jupiter Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

37. Kamijo Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

38. Kaya (Japan) Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Electropop, Pop

Language:  Japanese

Popular songs:  Chocolat夢路 (Yumeji)

39. Kiryu Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Rock

Language:  Japanese

40. Kizu Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Metal

Language:  Japanese

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

42. L'Arc-en-Ciel Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Alternative, Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

43. Lareine Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

44. LEZARD Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  English, Japanese

45. Libravel Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Rock

Language:  Japanese

Popular songs:  LINDedicate to GraveyardCross Pageant

47. Masqued Liar Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

Popular song:  I miss you… Liar

48. Matenrou Opera Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

49. MALICE MIZER Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Alternative, Gothic/Darkwave, Rock

Languages:  Japanese, French

50. Moi Dix Mois Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Hard Rock

Language:  Japanese

51. Mejibray Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Alternative, Rock, Metal

Languages:  Japanese, German

52. MUCC Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Pop-Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

53. Plastic Tree Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Alternative

Language:  Japanese

54. POIDOL Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

55. Nocturnal Bloodlust Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Metalcore/Hardcore

Languages:  English, Japanese

Popular songs:  銃創 (Juso)Bury MeDESPERATE

56. Schwarz Stein Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Gothic/Darkwave

Language:  Japanese

Popular songs:  TestamentTranscient

57. SCREW Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

58. Shuuen NO Rasetsu Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Metal

59. SID Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Hard Rock, Rock

Language:  Japanese

60. SuG Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

Popular songs:  SICK'SBLACK赤春 (Sekishun)

61. The GazettE Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Metalcore/Hardcore, Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

Popular songs:  UGLYBLINDING HOPEDOGMA

62. Versailles Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

63. vistlip Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

64. X Japan Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Metalcore/Hardcore

Languages:  English, Japanese

Popular songs:  Endless rainTearsX

65. Yousei Teikoku Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Anime, Electronica, Gothic/Darkwave, Metal

Languages:  Japanese, English, Latin

67. sukekiyo Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  Japanese, English

68. LIPHLICH Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Rock

Language:  Japanese

Popular song:  Maslow Mansion

69. Lacroix Despheres Artist

Country:  Japan

Genre:  Metal

Language:  Japanese

70. Xaa Xaa Artist

Country:  Japan

Genres:  Metal, Rock

Language:  Japanese

71. Synk;yet Artist

Country:  Japan

Language:  Japanese

Popular songs:  GrimoireBlessing RainHysteric Moon

72. MaleRose Artist

Country:  Thailand

Genre:  Metal

Language:  Thai

73. Lilith (China) Artist

Country:  China

Genre:  Metal

Languages:  Chinese, Japanese

Popular songs:  Spring SnowCrimson PsycheLegacy

74. SadaProject Artist

Country:  Argentina

Genre:  Metal

Language:  Spanish

75. Madmans Esprit Artist

Country:  Korea, South

Genres:  Gothic/Darkwave, Metal

Languages:  Korean, English, German, Japanese

76. ms. isohp romatem Artist

Country:  Korea, South

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  English, Korean

77. VOID Artist

Country:  Korea, South

Genre:  Metal

Languages:  Korean, English

78. Silver Ash (Band) Artist

Country:  China

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock, Rock, Rock 'n' Roll

Language:  Chinese

79. Dirt Angel Artist

Country:  France

Genre:  Metal

Language:  French

Popular songs:  Too StrangeTourmentsImages

80. Closer (France) Artist

Country:  France

Genre:  Metal

Language:  French

Popular song:  Crystal+Nihil

Comments
Zarya MoonwolfZarya Moonwolf    Sat, 11/05/2019 - 17:40

Do you know what the first ever Visual Kei bad was:

FrogFrog    Sun, 12/05/2019 - 09:00

I only know that X Japan is said to have invented the name, and some of the first bands to catch on were Buck Tick, Color, and D'erlanger.

FrogFrog    Sat, 26/09/2020 - 13:05

Added. Thank you! Regular smile

FrogFrog    Sat, 06/02/2021 - 09:11

Added, thanks! Regular smile

FrogFrog    Sat, 16/10/2021 - 06:50

Thank you, I'll add them!