D visual kei

D visual kei

Rock. Symphonic. Creative. Mysterious. Enveloping. Visual kei. Solid. Metal. Dark. Awesome! Just a few words that come to mind while thinking about this band. And I seriously can-not-believe that I haven’t heard of them sooner, since they’ve been around for quite some time now. Meet 

Ganglion band

Ganglion band

This power quartet was a nice surprise! Since all-girl bands are not that easy to find in the visual kei genre I was happy to find Ganglion, an all-female band with (for me) definitely a visual kei flavor. Check their songs and hopefully you’ll agree 

Nightmare

Nightmare

I know I said I would first write about a few pop and rockbands I have been listening to before switching back to the visual kei style. However, I just can’t ignore Nightmare, a band from Japan which has been one of my favorites to listen 

Stereopony

Stereopony

After writing about so many visual kei bands already, I thought it would be a great time to put down a few of the Japanese rock- and popbands I’ve been listening to. Stereopony is one of them and yes, it’s an all-female poprockband.  Credit: Ookami 

LM.C

LM.C

You might have heard from them already if you watch anime: Their songs Boys and Girls and 88 are both used as opening themes for the anime Katekyo Hitman Reborn! I’m talking about LM.C, a visual kei rockband that likes to mix popmusic with electronic 

Royz

Royz

Royz is one of those great finds which (in my case) you’ll only stumble upon as a Westerner if you’re on YouTube a lot. Thank you YouTube for the suggested videos! I came across their song Noah and that song immediately ended up on my shortlist, 

DIV

DIV

I stumbled upon DIV when I was listening to D=OUT on Youtube (can´t live without it), and their song Seasons immediately got to me. One dive in their playlist and I found out that they also have a wide variety of songs I liked, so 

D=out

D=out

In the visual kei scene it’s sometimes hard to find the few bands that suit your tastes. The different styles in visual kei, with bands close to pop-rock (An Cafe) and heavy metal (The GazettE) doesn’t make it any easier. You might have to search 

MoNoLith

MoNoLith

With many bands in the visual kei genre it’s sometimes hard to figure out which bands are worth listening to and which ones are your style. One of the bands that tackled different styles within the visual kei genre is the band MoNoLith. Credit: MoNoLith 

Wagakki band

Wagakki band

The koto, shakuhachi and tsugaru shamisen are old Japanese instruments. While the shakuhachi was used by the ’emptiness monks’ as a spirit tool, the koto was widely used in court for the rich and wealthy. The shamisen on the other hand was mostly used to