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Visual Kei musicians's top 5 favorite VK musicians!

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Heya everybody! So a week or so ago, I promised I was in the works of something special for the site, and here it is! Okay, so I associate with a good amount of guys who were active in the visual kei scene. Most of them retired, some of them are still active. So, I decided to reach out to figure out what their top 5 visual kei bands were! I've gotten several responses, so I thought I'd share them with you all, since maybe some of you would be interested, especially those who are super hardcore into old school kei like I am. Enjoy!


Mar (also known as Michael)
::(PROFILE)::
~CHILD HOOD'S END/CHILD (1996~2003)~
~Indigo7 (2003~2005)~
~NICK (2006~2007)~
~High Speed Boyz (2008~2010)~
~FREEDOM BEATS ORCHESTRA (fbo) (2011~Present)~


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Mar's/Michael's top 5

1. X JAPAN

2. AION

3. LADIES ROOM

4. hide with Spread Beaver

5. BUCK-TICK

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Yohey
::(PROFILE)::

~DUKE VAJRA (1994~1995)~
~E-QAL/Hyuge (1995~2001)~
~RED JAPES (2002~2004)~
~BananaBazooka (2008)~
~Burnny Crisis (2008~2009)~
~arms never rust (2011~2012)~
~noodloop (2013~2019)~

~Kizuzura Dandy (キズヅラダンディ) (2015~Present)~
~Zettai Reido (絶対零度) (2019~Present)


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Yohey's top 5:
1. LUNA SEA
2. X JAPAN
3. MIYAVI
4. Plastic Tree

5. SEX MACHINEGUNS

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Kazz
::(PROFILE)::

~STRAIGHT (1999~2002)~

~ROXXANE (2008~Present)~

 

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Kazz's top 5:
1. Sid (シド)

2. MIYAVI

3. Gackt

4. L'arc-en-Ciel

5. Janne Da Arc

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Toshiya

::(PROFILE)::

~Sleep My Dear (1991~1992)~

~L'amour Fou (1993~1999)~

~The Raindrops (2003~2006)~

~Kyo-zon (共存) (2006~Present)~

 

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Toshiya's top 5:

1. BUCK-TICK

2. Up-Beat

3. KATZE

4. LUNA SEA

5. L'arc-en-Ciel

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Tamaki (環)

::(PROFILE)::

~Six O'clock (1989~1996)~

~ORANGE JAM (1998~2001)~

~Rakudazubon (ラクダズボン) (2001~2003)~

~Jack Dinosaur (ジャックダイナソー) (2001~2004)~

~Liberty (2005~2009)~

 

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Tamaki's top 5:

1. DEAD END

2. Oblivion Dust

3. Valentine D.C.

4. LADIES ROOM

5. THREE EYES JACK

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Atsushi

::(PROFILE)::

~Rummy (1994~1995)~

~ZELIACORT (1995~1996)~

~CLeiR (1996~1998)~

~THE CLOCK WORK ORANGE (1999~2010)~

 

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Atsushi's top 5:

1. DEAD END

2. Gargoyle

3. 44MAGNUM

4. KATZE

5. JOLLY PICKLES (ジョリーピックルス)

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Asaki

::(PROFILE)::

~GUNIW TOOLS (1994~2000, 2014~Present)~

~AGE of PUNK (2001~Present)~

~BUG (2002~2012)~

~vez (2012~Present)~

~ROLL-B DINOSAUR (2015~Present)

 

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Asaki's top 5:

1. BUCK-TICK

2. SOFT BALLET

3. THE MAD CAPSULE MARKETS

4. SCHAFT

5. hide

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Kazunori (和教)

::(PROFILE)::

~SEPHIROT (1998~2000)~

~TRIC STER ROJIC (2000~2001)~

~SHÖBIT (2001~2003)~

~Shonen Kamikaze (少年カミカゼ) (2004~2008, 2011~2016)~

~ANIME GIRL (2015~Present)~

 

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Kazunori's top 5:

1. CASCADE

2. LUNA SEA

3. Laputa

4. ROUAGE

5. PIERROT

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Donni
::(PROFILE)::

~REPTERIA (1990~1993)~
~sonic pop goes nowhere (1993~1995)~
~Acid Bell (1995~1997)~
~superbrunch (1997~2001)~
~HELP (2001~2002)~
~DOVERMAN (ドーベルマン) (2002~2004)~
~Matsudo Rocks (松戸ロックス) (2004~2007)~
~Brother42 (2007~2013)~
~loco hermanos (2013~Present)~


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Donni's top 5:
1. X JAPAN
2. YOUTHQUAKE

3. ZI:KILL

4. SEX MACHINEGUNS

5. ROSEN KREUZ

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Yasunori (泰典)
::(PROFILE)::
~Black Berry (1998~2003)~
~Jitterbug (ジルバ) (2004~Present)~

 

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Yasunori's top 5:
1. SHULA

2. Uchuu Sentai NOIZ (宇宙戦隊NOIZ)

3. UILUS

4. PLUSxCANNER

5. MAGGIE MAE

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Hava

::(PROFILE)::

~JACK UP (1990~1999, 2014~Present)~

 

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Hava's top 5:

1. LUNA SEA

2. L'arc-en-Ciel

3. Kuroyume (黒夢)

4. La'cryma Christi

5. Sleep My Dear

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Shizuru (静流)

::(PROFILE)::
~VEIRL (1995~1997)~

~PLEIADES (1997~1999)~
~INTELLIGENT SEE THROUGH (2000~2001)~
~GRAND ZERO (2002~2004)~
~閃-hirameki- (2008~2012)~
~御剣 -Mitsurugi- (2015~Present)~

 

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Shizuru's top 5:
1. LUNA SEA

2. X JAPAN

3. Silver~Rose

4. Gargoyle

5. MERRY (メリー)

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Takashi (岳)

::(PROFILE)::
~Puzzle (1995~1999, 2017~Present)~

~Gringo (グリンゴ) (2000~2011)

 

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Takashi's top 5:

1. DEAD END

2. GASTUNK

3. D'ERLANGER

4. ZIGGY

5. REACTION
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Hikaru (光)

::(PROFILE)::
~BIIR (1994~2002)~

 

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Hikaru's top 5:
1. LUNA SEA

2. THE YELLOW MONKEY

3. L'arc-en-Ciel

4. MALICE MIZER

5. SIAM SHADE

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Ken (健)

::(PROFILE)::
~Ba-Ira (1992~1997)~
~couch>>case (1998~2003, 2009~2012)~

~add9s (2014~Present)~

 

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Ken's top 5:
1. BUCK-TICK

2. LUNA SEA

3. MALICE MIZER

4. Kuroyume (黒夢)

5. ZIGZO

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Sammy
::(PROFILE)::

~DANGER (1986~1988)~

~BILLY & THE SLUTS (1988~1997, 2009~Present)~

 

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Sammy's top 5:

1. X JAPAN

2. COLOR

3. Dir en Grey

4. ZI:KILL

5. LADIES ROOM

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Yosuke (陽輔)

::(PROFILE)::
~ATOMIC TORNADO (1992~1996, 2001~2008)~

~LEMON-GLASS (1996~2000)~

 

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Yosuke's top 5:

1. X JAPAN

2. LUNA SEA

3. Dir en Grey

4. Golden Bomber (ゴールデンボンバー)

5. DELUHI

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RSK

(::PROFILE::)

~Bang-Doll (1998~2016)~

 

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RSK's top 5:

1. LUNA SEA

2. Sleep My Dear

3. PIERROT

4. L'arc-en-Ciel

5. Dir en Grey

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Kenji

(::PROFILE::)
~STYLE (1995~1998)~

~Nuts Gang. (ナッツGang.) (2001~2010)~

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Kenji's top 5:

1. L'arc-en-Ciel

2. La'cryma Christi

3. LUNA SEA

4. Merry Go Round

5. FANATIC◇CRISIS

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Edited by robkun

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Well, for KATZE, they often get lumped in the visual kei genre the same way that 44MAGNUM, Dead End, and Gastunk gets placed as a vk band.  They're not really a vk group, but they inspired a bunch of groups that would later  shape what would be come the visual genre.  The magazines that KATZE were featured in back in the day were the same magazines that bands like Color, BY-SEXUAL, and Ladies Room would often frequent the pages of, so in the end, it's not surprising..

 

I'm really shocked how many times Ladies Room got mentioned.  As much as I love the group, I wouldn't expect a band with such cheese ball music to be listed as other musicians' favorite vk groups.  I'm hoping these guys that selected Ladies Room as a favorite prefer tunes like "Get Down" and "Dance in the Back", because I would be sad if they meant pop fluff songs like "'Clock Strikes Ten" when they picked Ladies Room for their lists.

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I hear ya Ikki. I was actually surprised how little X were in the lists. Like, I would've thought they'd be in, like, every list except two or so XD. Yeah, I was very fascinated by the lists I got.

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On 6/20/2017 at 9:54 AM, robkun said:

Kazunori (和教)

::(PROFILE)::

~SHÖBIT (2001~2003)~

~Shonen Kamikaze (少年カミカゼ) (2004~2008, 2011~2016)~

~ANIME GIRL (2015~Present)~

 

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Kazunori's top 5:

1. CASCADE

2. LUNA SEA

3. LAPUTA

4. ROUAGE

5. PIERROT

I've never heard of any of his bands but I like this guy.

Edited by fieldsgrow

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On 1/19/2018 at 2:25 AM, fieldsgrow said:

I've never heard of any of his bands but I like this guy.

Me neither

 

Edited by Axius

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On 6/19/2017 at 6:54 PM, robkun said:

Shizuru (静流)

::(PROFILE)::
~VEIRL (1995~1997)~

~PLEIADES (1997~1999)~
~INTELLIGENT SEE THROUGH (2000~2001)~
~GRAND ZERO (2002~2004)~
~閃-hirameki- (2008~2012)~
~御剣 -Mitsurugi- (2015~Present)~

 

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Shizuru's top 5:
1. LUNA SEA

2. X JAPAN

3. Silver~Rose

4. Gargoyle

5. MERRY (メリー)

 

yaaaaaasssss~

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Added two more! Interesting story about Sammy. My translator was acting absolutely idiotic that day I reached out to him, and he actually went out of his way to communicate with me through the shitty translations I was sending. A totally cool guy. Thankfully, when I got to reach out to Yosuke, my translator was back to normal lol.

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12 hours ago, robkun said:

Added some more.

Could you add timestamps to added musicians when you add them? This way it makes it far easier to see the new ones and not read through half of the post :)

Thank you for your effort.

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Like add the dates on each artist update in the description? If that’s what you mean, then yeah, I could do that from now on. And thanks!

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