Galneryusnote Also see DELUHI, Gunbridge and Yama-B — Post-Visual Kei neoclassical metal band. Started out as a neoclassical prog-power metal band, then shifted to pop, and again neoclassical metal with progressive and thrash elements.
Lareinenote Also see Versailles and Rose of Versailles - Neoclassical pop rock band notable for drawing heavy inspiration from French royalty, never mind that Ryoko Ikeda designed everything from the band's costumes to their album covers.
Loudness - Not really a VK band, but they did use kei-inspired visuals for some time (1991-92 especially) and were influential in establishing the early scene note Yoshiki and Toshi considered them one huge inspiration for their future band, which was the Trope Namer and Trope Maker of Visual Kei, and covered "In The Mirror" as one of their very first performances as "Noise" in the early 80's, As of 2013 the vocalist is experimenting with VK once more. Also see:
X Japan - The Trope Namer and a co-Trope Maker, if not, THE Trope Maker for Visual Kei. They were also one of the popularizers of the movement, being responsible for making the movement an important and near-ubiquitous presence in Japanese rock/metal, as well as an influential scene on an international scale. Went post-Visual in 1997, but since their official reunion in 2010 they have returned to being VK. Also see:
hide - One of the most important contributors to Visual Kei aside from Yoshiki and Dynamite Tommy. being one of the most prolific and influential personalities in the scene. note He was arguably The Man Behind the Man for much of Yoshiki's / X Japan's career from 1987-1996, being one of the most important creative members of X Japan and, from 1987-92, the main person other than Yoshiki doing A&R for Extasy Records. hide also was the co-Trope Maker with Kiyoharu / Kuroyume for the Eroguro Kei subgenre with Sadistic Desire and the hide no heya / hide's room for X Japan and his solo songs Eyes Love You,Genkai Haretsu, and his Zilch works. Along with Dynamite Tommy and COLOR, was the Trope Codifier for what would become later Visual Shock and early Kote Kei. It could even be argued he had a small hand in Oshare Kei's creation, though he himself could not be considered an Oshare artist despite his brother's best efforts to make him Lighter and Softer post death.
Yousei Teikoku - First widely successful female-frontednote If Show-Ya doesn't count as Visual VK projectnote their beginnings as a gothic J-pop act probably helped them break through, and one of the first few post-Visual Kei acts to achieve success.