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Individuals or bands who have once been or currently are identified with
Visual Kei labels, or labels that primarily worked with/work with Visual Kei acts
413Tracks ( Tokyo Yankees, and a few other rock and neo-Visual bands)
Broken Rose Records (Independent label for international Visual Kei acts, does free omnibus releases for download and signed Jet Set Gypsies)
Extasy Records (now defunct for the most part, but first Visual label in Japan)
Free Will Records
PS Company (Oshare bands and The Gazette)
FIREWALL DIV ( Dir En Grey's Japanese releases)
sun-krad and Media Factory ( Kyo solo projects)
J-GLAM ( Miyavi's works that aren't licensed to Universal Music)
Key Party (now defunct)
Sherow Music Society (Kamijo solo works and Matenrou Opera)
Under Code ( Kisaki's label, went bankrupt in 2013)
Bands and solo artists
Abingdon Boys School
note Adams - Probably the top modern example of Visual Kei Ho Yay, their entire band concept and even their name as a band centers around the concept of two male lovers.
Aldious - One of the few all-female Visual metal bands alongside Exist Trace, DESTROSE and Danger Gang
An Cafe - Trope Codifier for Oshare Kei, and mostly regarded as VK's answer to britpop.
Anti Feminism - Kenzi's Visual Shock project, known for having no official lineup since its inception: all 50+ members that came and went are active members of indies Visual kei groups.
note Blood Stain Child - The most respected VK Melodic Death Metal band, recognizable by its sound, merging In Flames-esque melodeath with trance and J-pop.
Buck Tick — A possible co- Trope Maker along with X, Seikima-II, and Sex Machineguns. Notable for being one of the longest-lived bands in the scene.
COLOR - A Visual punk band and arguably a note Trope Maker.
note Deathgaze (Also see Lynch)
Dementia Proto- Visual Kei Heavy Metal, notable because Taiji was a guitarist and bassist for it and hide was a guitarist for it before both joined X Japan, and it is arguably where hide and Taiji met.
D'Erlanger Another of the founding bands of the scene, either one of the Trope Makers or Trope Codifiers.
Dir En Grey - Japan's most acclaimed and most successful Visual Kei group, and arguably one of the most unique bands in the modern Visual scene. In the mid-2000s, they have opted for a post-Visual image, but since 2008 they have returned to experimenting with VK. Outside VK, they are known for being the Spiritual Successor to Faith No More. Also see:
Dynamite Tommy (ex- note COLOR, record producer)
Exist Trace - note All-female group, and one of the most well-known, formerly Melodic Death Metal, now post- Metalcore / Hard Rock
note Galneryus — Post- note 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.
The Gazette - One of the biggest names in modern J-metal, and arguably the most well-known Visual Kei Nu Metal band, as well as a well-known name in the international Alternative Metal scene. Shifted to a harsher Industrial Metal sound akin to Rammstein in recent years.
Grand Slam Golden Bat
note Gunbridge (currently metal, but Yama-B tends to cross over with visual and metal alike.)
Hizaki Grace Project
Kana - Lolita kei artist, fashion model and pop musician.
note Kenji Sawada ( proto-Visual Kei, when it was an Unbuilt Trope)
note The Killing Red Addiction
note Kuroyume - Co- Trope Codifier with Luna Sea
note L Arc En Ciel - An interesting case of a band that does not refer to themselves as Visual Kei but nonetheless put a lot of effort into their image and performances. They are the co- note Trope Maker for post-Visual along with Dynamite Tommy, and the Trope Maker for Oshare Kei.
Lareine - Neoclassical pop rock band notable for drawing heavy inspiration from French royalty, never mind that note 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 , As of 2013 the vocalist is experimenting with VK once more. Also see:
note Lucifer Luscious Violenoue
Luna Sea — Trope Codifier along with Kuroyume, and a band notable for their longevity. Also see:
Lynch - Post-Visual Kei, formerly a Nagoya Kei proto- note Deathcore outfit.
note Maria Cross - Oshare Kei Street Musician known for zis unusual musical style.
Misaruka - One of the most well-known Versailles clones in the active scene, with a vocalist that even sounds exactly like Lareine-era Kamijo
Miyavi — Post-Visual artist known for his unique musical style. Arguably the poster boy for modern VK.
Moi Dix Mois
note Psycho Le Cemu
Rentrer En Soi
note Seikima II (co- Trope Maker, disbanded in 1999 and has had a string of reunions since 2005)
Seremedy - One of the few known Visual Kei bands outside Japan. Disbanded in 2013.
note Sex Machineguns — An ex- Hair Metal band and a co- Trope Maker that became one of three notably long-lasting Visual Thrash Metal/ Speed Metal groups (the other ones being Tokyo Yankees and Loudness) still performing thrash metal and speed metal as primary sound.
Show Ya - Possibly the first all-female band to be a success in The Eighties, though whether they were early Visual Shock or were Hair Metal is debatable.
TM Revolution — Japanese pop musician known for being the note Genre Popularizer and a co- Trope Codifier for Visual Kei (more specifically, Visual Shock and Black Kote Kei).
Tokyo Yankees (co- note Trope Codifier)
TRAX - Quite possibly the only Visual band to overlap with Korean Pop Music. Notable for being the former band of actor/singer No Min-woo under the alias "Rose"
Uchuu Sentai Noiz
Versailles - One of Japan's biggest and most recognized heavy metal bands before its dissolution in 2012. The band's French aristocrat-inspired visual style is apparently a note Shout-Out to the manga .
Rose of Versailles Violet UK
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:
Yama-B - more metal than Visual Kei specifically, but tends to hang around the Visual Kei scene and work with (and note sometimes flirt with) visual kei musicians.
note Yokosuka Saber Tiger - proto- note Visual Kei Heavy Metal / Hair Metal, the first band for both hide and Rolly.
Yousei Teikoku - First widely successful female-fronted VK project note , and one of the first few post-Visual Kei acts to achieve success.