[List] A Newcomer's Guide to Essential Japanese Heavy Albums
Framtid - Defeat Of Civilization
Disclose - Yesterday's Fairytale, Tomorrow's Nightmare
SDS - Scum system kill (EP)
Effigy - Evil Fragments
Abraham Cross - Peace Can't Combine (EP)
Gloom - Speed Noise Hardcore Rags (EP)
Zyanose - Loveless (EP)
LIFE - The World Lies Across Them
Reality Crisis - Discharge Your Frustration
D-clone - Creation and Destroy

and according to qpr Battle of Disarm - Sons of war compilation (not sure about adding compilations myself) is a good one for them tho we're down to 11 entries already then.
would like to know his input on this list too, what he might change.
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I've updated the list again, particularly to incorporate the split Visual Kei and to add the Crust section. Also, I removed Lovebites for now because I feel they may be too new to go on an essentials sort of list. They can always go back in.

Dudemanguy, you're the custodian of the OP, so I won't touch it unless you ask.

Also, I did a run on TadakatsuH0nda's 50 Greatest J-Metal Bands, and currently 10 of the 50 are not represented in the guide at present. I'm not saying they ought to be, just worth pointing out. The missing bands are:

  1. D'Erlanger (50)
  2. Marino (48)
  3. Kuni (44)
  4. Liv Moon (43)
  5. X-Ray (39)
  6. Crowley (32)
  7. Blizard (31)
  8. Action! (30)
  9. G.I.S.M. (29)
  10. Animetal (16)



The Newcomer's Guide to Japanese Heavy Music Essentials
compiled by members of JapaneseMetalForum.com

Draft 2.1 2019.07.20.1

The Early Years (to circa 1982)
  1. Carmen Maki & Blues Creation -- Carmen Maki Blues Creation (1971)
  2. Flower Travellin’ Band -- Satori (1971) (also see Doom category)
  3. Yonin Bayashi (四人囃子) -- 一触即発 (1974)
  4. Bow Wow -- Signal Fire (1977)
  5. Nokemono -- From the Black World (1979)
  6. Lazy -- Uchusen Chikyugo (1980)
  7. Heavy Metal Army -- Heavy Metal Army 1 (1981)
  8. Silver Stars -- Rape Noise (1981)
  9. Loudness -- The Birthday Eve (1981)
  10. 5X -- Human Target (1982)
  11. Bow Wow -- Warning from Stardust (1982)

Classic HR/HM
  1. Loudness -- Thunder in the East (1985) or Law of Devil's Land (1983), or both?
  2. 44Magnum -- Danger (1983)?
  3. Mari Hamada -- Romantic Night (1983)
  4. Sabbrabells -- Sabbrabells (1983)
  5. Earthshaker -- Fugitive (1984)
  6. Seikima-II (聖飢魔II) -- The End of the Century (1986)
  7. Anthem -- Bound to Break (1987)
  8. Terra Rosa -- The Endless Basis (1987)
  9. Genocide -- Black Sanctuary (1988)
  10. Show-Ya -- Outerlimits (1989)
  11. Saber Tiger -- Timystery (1995)

Classic Power/Symphonic/Neoclassical
  1. Hellen -- Talon of King (1985)
  2. Stingray -- Legend (1986)
  3. Precious -- To Glory We Steer (1990)
  4. Concerto Moon -- From Father to Son (1998)
  5. Wolf -- (something)?
  6. Aphasia -- Mirage on the Ice (1999)
  7. Sex Machineguns -- Made in Japan (1999)

Classic Progressive Rock
  1. Novela -- 魅惑劇 (Sanctuary) (1980)
  2. Bi Kyou Ran (美狂乱) -- Bi Kyou Ran (1982)
  3. Gerard -- 虚実の城 (Empty Lie, Empty Dream) (1985)
  4. Starless -- Silver Wings (1985)
  5. Vienna -- Step Into... (1988)
  6. Teru's Symphonia -- Something (maybe Egg the Universe (1988) ?)
  7. Kenso -- Sparta (1989)
  8. Providence -- 伝説を語りて (And I’ll Recite an Old Myth From…) (1989)
  9. Mr. Sirius -- Dirge (1990)

Visual Kei Metal (various metal subgenres) (1980s-1990s)
  1. Dead End -- Ghost of Romance (1987)
  2. X Japan -- Vanishing Vision (1988)
  3. Girl Tique -- Shijuu Kinkaku (1988)
  4. X Japan -- Blue Blood (1989)
  5. Aion -- Aionism (1991)
  6. Tokyo Yankees -- Overdoing (1992)
  7. Amphibian -- Doppelganger (1993)
  8. After image -- Kuroi Kessho (1994)
  9. Kuroageha -- Teiousekkai (1995)
  10. Vasalla -- 爪 ~Nail~ (1996)

Glam/Sleaze Rock & Heavy Metal
  1. Action -- Action! Kit EP (1984)
  2. Make-Up -- Born To Be Hard (1985)
  3. Vow Wow -- Beat of Metal Motion (1984) and/or Cyclone (1985)
  4. Tilt -- The Beast In Your Bed (1987)
  5. Presence -- Presence (1987)
  6. E-Z-O -- EZO (1987) and/or Fire Fire (1989)
  7. Reaction -- Twist and Shout (1988)
  8. Grand Slam -- Rhythmic Noise (1990)

Thrash and Speed Metal
  1. Doom -- Complicated Mind (1988)
  2. Outrage -- Black Clouds (1988)
  3. Gargoyle -- 禊 ~Misogi~ (1989)
  4. Shellshock -- Protest and Resistance (1991)
  5. Jurassic Jade -- 誰かが殺した日々 (Never Forget Those Days) (1991)
  6. Raging Fury -- Raging Fury (1992)
  7. Voidd -- Desperate Truth (1993) (?)
  8. Narcotic Greed -- Fatal (1994)
  9. Terror Squad -- The Wild Stream of Eternal Sin (1999)
  10. Volcano -- Violent (2000)
  11. Mephistopheles / Eraserhead -- Metal on Metal (2001)

Doom
  1. Flower Travellin’ Band -- Satori (1971) (also see Early Years)
  2. Ningen Isu -- 黄金の夜明け “Golden Dawn” (1992)
  3. Anatomia -- Something
  4. Bellzlleb -- Something
  5. Church of Misery -- Something
  6. Corrupted -- Anciano EP (1995)
  7. Coffins -- Something
  8. Boris ?? (maybe?)
  9. Cloud Forest -- Rebirth (2012)
  10. Nepenthes -- Scent (2015)

Melodeath
  1. Sorrow of Tranquility -- Empire from Darkness (2001)
  2. MergingMoon -- Kamikakushi (2013) (too experimental?)
  3. Serenity in Murder -- The Eclipse (2017)
  4. Veiled in Scarlet -- Atonement (2018)
  5. Shadow -- (something)
  6. Serpent -- (something)
  7. Blood Stain Child -- (something)
  8. Galmet -- (something)

Crust
  1. Framtid -- Defeat Of Civilization (2013)
  2. Disclose -- Yesterday's Fairytale, Tomorrow's Nightmare (2004)
  3. SDS -- Scum system kill (EP) (1996)
  4. Effigy -- Evil Fragments (1999)
  5. Abraham Cross -- Peace Can't Combine (EP) (2002)
  6. Gloom -- Speed Noise Hardcore Rags (EP) (1994)
  7. Zyanose -- Loveless (EP) (2008)
  8. LIFE -- The World Lies Across Them (1999)
  9. Reality Crisis -- Discharge Your Frustration (2008)
  10. D-clone -- Creation and Destroy (2012)
  11. Battle of Disarm -- Sons of War! Old Resistance Days (1997) Note: compilation

Death Metal
  1. Gotsu Kotsu Tetsu -- (something)
  2. Intestine Baalism -- (something; does this belong in melodeath?)
  3. Transgressor -- Ether for Scapegoat (1992)
  4. Hellchild -- Where the Conflict Reaches (1993)
  5. Defiled -- (not sure what album)
  6. Desecravity -- (not sure what album)
  7. Youthquake -- (one of their newer albums)
  8. Vomit Remnants -- Supreme Entity (1999)
  9. Vortex -- Colours Out from the Emptiness (2001)
  10. Infected Malignity -- The Malignity Born from Despair (2006)

Black Metal
  1. Sigh -- Scorn Defeat (1993)
  2. Abigail -- Intercourse & Lust (1996)
  3. Sabbat -- Karisma (1999)
  4. Kadenzza -- (something)
  5. Sex Messiah -- (something)?

Progressive/Experimental Metal
  1. Marge Litch -- Fantasien 1998 (1998)
  2. Vigilante -- Chaos-Pilgrimage (1998)
  3. Musashi (六三四) -- Far East Groove (1998)
  4. Gonin-ish (五人一首) -- Gonin-ish (五人一首) (2000)
  5. Sigh -- Imaginary Sonicscape (2001)
  6. Alhambra -- Fadista (2007)
  7. Dir en grey -- Uroboros (2008) (Not metal enough?)
  8. 夢中夢 -- イリヤ - il y a - (2008) (Not metal enough?)
  9. sukekiyo -- IMMORTALIS (2014) (Not metal enough?)
  10. Mysterious Priestess -- 夢国ノ義士 (2015)

Contemporary Heavy Metal
  1. Doubler Dealer -- Double Dealer (2000)
  2. Rachel Mother Goose (?)
  3. Blindman (?)
  4. Metalucifer -- Heavy Metal Chainsaw (2001)
  5. Onmyo-za (陰陽座) -- 煌神羅刹 Koujin Rasetsu (2002)
  6. Hellhound -- Tokyo Flying V Massacre (2006)
  7. Bellfast -- Insula Sacra (2010) (NOTE: Folk Metal)

Modern Power/Symphonic/Neoclassical
  1. VRAIN -- Rendez Blue (2007)
  2. MinstreliX -- Reflections (2009) or Tales of Historia (2012)?
  3. Aldious -- Deep Exceed (2010)
  4. Liv Moon -- Golden Moon (2011)
  5. Galneryus -- Angel of Salvation (2012)
  6. Light Bringer -- Scenes of Infinity (2013)
  7. Destrose -- Destrose (2013)
  8. Mary’s Blood -- Bloody Palace (2015)
  9. Cross Vein -- Royal Eternity (2015)

Visual Kei Metal (various metal subgenres) (2000-Present)
  1. D -- Neo Culture ~Beyond the World~ (2007)
  2. Jikuu Kaizoku Seven Seas -- Parallel World (2007)
  3. Aikaryu -- Aikaryu Chokki Album ~ Oretachi Best Janaku Chokki-ha ~ (2007) Note: compilation
  4. Art Cube -- Luxurious Cube (2009)
  5. Megaromania -- Prophetic Faction -The Universe- (2009)
  6. Versailles -- Noble (2008) or Jubilee (2010)
  7. 摩天楼オペラ (Matenrou Opera) -- Avalon (2014)
  8. Kamijo -- Symphony Of The Vampire (2014)
  9. Jupiter -- The History of Genesis (2015)
  10. Asagi -- Madara (2018)

(Contemporary) Hard Rock
  1. Azrael -- Run for the Night (1997)
  2. Blaze -- ?
  3. Galactica Phantom -- (actually power metal)?
  4. Diablo Grande -- ?
  5. BAND-MAID -- World Domination (2018)
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(07-20-2019, 10:54 AM)ReplicantDeckard Wrote: I've updated the list again, particularly to incorporate the split Visual Kei and to add the Crust section. Also, I removed Lovebites for now because I feel they may be too new to go on an essentials sort of list. They can always go back in.

Dudemanguy, you're the custodian of the OP, so I won't touch it unless you ask.

Also, I did a run on TadakatsuH0nda's 50 Greatest J-Metal Bands, and currently 10 of the 50 are not represented in the guide at present. I'm not saying they ought to be, just worth pointing out. The missing bands are:

  1. D'Erlanger (50)
  2. Marino (48)
  3. Kuni (44)
  4. Liv Moon (43)
  5. X-Ray (39)
  6. Crowley (32)
  7. Blizard (31)
  8. Action! (30)
  9. G.I.S.M. (29)
  10. Animetal (16)

-Well Liv Moon definitely deserve a spot under the modern power / symphonic section, I think Golden Moon might be their consensus best? People can make a case for something else though if they like.
-Animetal I think fall under Anthem's umbrella of related bands, and aren't totally necessary in this list, at least to me.
-D'erlanger weren't metal very long and didn't release many things during their metal era, despite playing a role in starting up first wave visual kei and being an influence on the bands that came along with that.
-I can't recommend X-Ray's strike back or Marino's Target enough, they're really that good to me, but we've got a lot of spots for the 80s/90s HM/HR already (I think all six of Crowley, X-Ray, Marino, Action!, Kuni, and Blizard had releases better than 44 Magnum did, but Danger is certainly pretty famous.)
-G.I.S.M. are hardcore punk legends first, despite their shared importance to Japanese metal, I'm not sure we want to get into a metal-punk section, because this could get a bit over complicated if we start doing stuff like that. Tongue
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Yeah I would not include D'Erlanger either. Their albums are really good for what they are, but they abandoned metal pretty much entirely before their first record was even recorded.
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Youthquake was a band which always walked on the borderline.

In the 90's they were pure thrash metal with a Visual Kei image like Rosenfeld and such bands but without that nazi shit.

Later they changed their style more to thrash/death metal but it was never really death metal they played.
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(07-20-2019, 12:25 PM)TadakatsuH0nda Wrote: -Well Liv Moon definitely deserve a spot under the modern power / symphonic section, I think Golden Moon might be their consensus best? People can make a case for something else though if they like.
-Animetal I think fall under Anthem's umbrella of related bands, and aren't totally necessary in this list, at least to me.
-D'erlanger weren't metal very long and didn't release many things during their metal era, despite playing a role in starting up first wave visual kei and being an influence on the bands that came along with that.
-I can't recommend X-Ray's strike back or Marino's Target enough, they're really that good to me, but we've got a lot of spots for the 80s/90s HM/HR already (I think all six of Crowley, X-Ray, Marino, Action!, Kuni, and Blizard had releases better than 44 Magnum did, but Danger is certainly pretty famous.)
-G.I.S.M. are hardcore punk legends first, despite their shared importance to Japanese metal, I'm not sure we want to get into a metal-punk section, because this could get a bit over complicated if we start doing stuff like that. Tongue

I added Liv Moon to the latest post, and all your other comments make sense to me.

There really are a lot of heavy metal bands that frankly deserve to be in the classic HR/HM section (I feel some pain not seeing Rajas in there to be honest), but there's such an embarrassment of riches for that period that we have to hold back.

I stuck 44Magnum in there in the beginning purely due to their fame, but if you think one of the other candidates you mentioned are actually simply better bands or albums, I think we should consider swapping them.

(07-20-2019, 01:44 PM)qpr Wrote: Youthquake was a band which always walked on the borderline.

In the 90's they were pure thrash metal with a Visual Kei image like Rosenfeld and such bands but without that nazi shit.

Later they changed their style more to thrash/death metal but it was never really death metal they played.

Would you prefer to see them moved out of Death Metal?
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funnily enough i blind bought 3 records yesterday. and 2 of them are in this list.
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(07-20-2019, 06:00 PM)ReplicantDeckard Wrote: Would you prefer to see them moved out of Death Metal?

No it's ok as the most albums are DM or at least a mix of Thrash/DM metal.

Albums I recommend are "Apocalypse" and the ep "Six feet under".

The last 2 albums are good but not as strong as the both above.

I don't know Evolution of new oriental metal (it came out after Apocalypse).

The earlier 3 albums are pure Thrash metal.
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Alright I finally updated the OP (which was basically just a copy and paste of earlier). Is Afterzero worth throwing in death metal? I like their second album, and let's be honest there's not much competition in Japanese death metal. Tongue
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