As of late it seems like there’ve been a lot more all-girl bands popping up in Japan. No, I’m not talking about the happy-go-lucky pop groups such as AKB48 and the like, I’m talking about the all-female hardcore metal bands.

Okay, well maybe they’re not that hardcore, but they’re at least a little hardcore (I promise). I’ve heard a handful of pretty decent bands from the genre lately and I’ve collected some of them here for you today. There’s not too much to say about each of them, so just scroll down, give them a listen, and (hopefully) enjoy.

Dazzle Vision

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Dazzle Vision is a four member hard rock band with hints of emo, pop, and heavy metal making for a pretty unique sound. They’ve been around since June of 2003 and have been on a handful of tours since then. They released their first album Origin of Dazzle in November of 2006, and their latest album, Shocking Loud Voice, was released on May 4, 2012.

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Okay, so Dazzle Vision isn’t an all-female group. You got me. But you have to admit that girl is pretty badass all on her own. Sometimes I think Dazzle Vision is pretty cool, but other times the music seems kind of sloppy or not really “in the groove.” I don’t really know how to explain it, but maybe you’ll know what I mean. It could also be due to the band going through so many lineup changes, perhaps the members just haven’t quite gotten used to each other yet. What do you think?


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And now onto the all-female groups as promised. Exist†trace is an all-female visual kei band. They started out in 2003 and received lots of attention for their harsh and dark sound in their earlier releases, but have since moved on towards a more melodic tone which is kind of too bad for hardcore metal fans, but oh well.

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Like I said, their songs range from relatively melodic (top video) to super duper harsh (bottom video), which is even too harsh for me I think. They certainly are capable of a wide range of sounds though. Which do you like best?


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Cyntia is relatively new to the music scene and I couldn’t find too much regarding the band other than this website here (which is in Japanese). Their sound is pretty good though and they’re arguably the cutest group out of the bunch, don’t you think? I’m looking forward to seeing their new stuff as it’s released.


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Aldious is another all female metal band. They started to form in 2008 and have been collecting members and releasing new songs ever since. That’s pretty much all you need to know about Aldious, really.

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I think Aldious is a pretty strong entry into the all female heavy rock band genre in Japan. They’ve got solid music and good vocals to go along with them. Not bad. Not bad at all…


And then of course there’s Baby Metal.

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So tell me, which one of these bands is your favorite? Know any other good Japanese heavy rock bands with all female members or at least a female front(wo)man? Share in the comments!

(Also, if you hate metal, I sincerely apologize. Better luck next week.)

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  • Cameron Bell

    In my opinion マキシマムザホルモン is still the best Japanese metal band.

  • Cameron Bell

    Although I have been looking for new Japanese metal bands to listen to, so thanks!

  • Gentlementleman

    This is exactly the kind of music I needed for a little contrast xD

  • トム ジェンセン

    Severe “WHAT!?”-ing at that last video…

  • nemrod

    I recommend 大鴉 (taia), not all-female but the singer is female and they’re actually pretty good.

  • Michishige Kaito

     More like severe brain bleeding.

  • John

    It happens.

  • Carol

    Immensely happy at seeing some of my favourite artists in the Japanese metal scene in this post!
    exist†trace is a great band, even more if you have the pleasure of seeing them live. CDs (or YouTube) don’t do Jyou’s voice justice.

  • Марс Земля

    Dazzle Vision is incredible. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like they tour outside of Japan, last I checked.

    Don’t forget Rie A.K.A. Suzaku. She’s a solo guitarist but she has cool guest vocalists in a lot of her songs.

  • Zac


  • Melissa

    Danger Gang is pretty great too, I love their song retsu!


    The list was great… until I got to the last video it was a big DAFUQ! 

  • Jon E.

    John! John! Quick! Edit the post to include a bit on “Head Phones President”! You gotta mention HPP with the lead vocalist of Anza Ooyama (famous from the Sailor Moon musicals!) if you’re talking about heavy Japanese bands! :-)

    By the way, I listen to both HPP and Dazzle Vision regularly. Never thought I’d see a post about them (or one of them) on Tofugu before…so glad you joined the site lol. :-) Thanks for these others!

  • Jon E.

    Well, Dazzle Vision has done Sakura Con quite a few times. In fact, there are a few videos of their performances up on youtube if you search.

    As for my favorite though, Head Phones President, they seem to only go to New York when they come to the U.S. :-(

    I don’t really prefer my favorite bands coming to perform at anime conventions – I’d rather those be two separate things, kind of – but, I guess their labels kind of freak out thinking that’s the only way they’d sell any tickets and make any money…

  • Seltox

    Yessss, Tofugu giving me new bands to listen to.  I’ve recently been trying to find good Japanese metal bands, and this post is awesome =D

  • boxie

     Brain hemorrhages?

  • Michishige Kaito

     Most of the other groups are awesome, though. I knew none but exist trace, so totally awesome post!

  • Lance

    Yousei Teikoku another great one with female front woman 

  • Jateku

    WTF? Baby metal?  xD

  • IGGY

    exist†trace!!! I love them!! I saw them live in NYC in March during their east coast tour. They are so awesome!! Oh, and Aldious is cool too. Haha.

  • マイク

    The dichotomies clashing in that last video made my brain lock up and require a reboot.

  • Lullaby

    Wow!  I love metal so thanks for opening up an entirely new group of metal bands for me to obsess over!  Love Exist†trace  – love the music of Baby Metal, just not really feeling the vocals though!

  • Carlos Francisco Ramey

    WTF at that last video. Other than that this is great.

  • Elsa

    There’s that one Momoiro Clover Z song, too:

  • Hanabi Utahi

    I’m huge fans of both exist†trace and BABYMETAL. ♪( ´▽`) exist†trace is a huge inspiration to my own music. Thank you for showing some other great bands!

  • Dino Milačić

    haha last video was WTF :O

    but I got myself 2-3 new bands which I’ll be checking out. nice article! :D

  • Danielle Ford

    Melt Banana is pretty awesome

  • Tod

    Dazzle Vision +1

  • Iptaktcha

    Omg, I love baby metal, it’s just too absurd not too appreciate.

    I really enjoyed Exist Trace & Cyntia, and liked Aldious as well, probably in that order.  I didn’t dig the sound of Dazzle Vision as much but I appreciate the singer’s abilities, I was impressed with her. 

    Yousei Teikoki is the only other female fronted heavy band I’m familiar with, though their sound is more gothic than it is metal or hardcore.  And it has more of a baroque symphonic feel to it.

  • Vitor Eiji Justus Sakaguti

    I’m surprised not to see FLiP in that post. They’re awesome. And I really liked Cyntia, will look for more of their stuff.
    Also, as everybody else, I had a huge “dafuq?” moment with Babymetal, and googling for it I saw that it was featured in “WTF Japan Sreiosly”. Apropriate, I guess.

  • joe



    I love Yousei Teikoku… :)

  • Carly Rose Chonbubzkevnigpuff

    Honestly Baby Metal doesn’t sound bad at all (if you don’t look) it’s just I have a problem with the age… Who knows what has happened to those kids >o<
    They make me think AKB48 (sound) meets metal Quite Japanese indeed~

  • gorudonu

    If this is only for girls… I want to be a girl :3

  • Jonadab

    To me, BABYMETAL is easily the most interesting of the lot.  Admittedly, I’m not a big metal fan, but to me they just seem less blah than the others.  I don’t get a third of the way through and go “Meh, when’s this going to be over?”  It stays interesting.

    Maybe they should go on tour with Haggard.

  • Nicole Jones

    i love dazzle vision. i have about 2(?) song from them but they’re good

  • Guest

     BABYMETAL are good live. When idol music and metal are combined you can get pretty interesting results.

  • brian

    Probably not considered “metal” in the usual sense, but Melt Banana has a female “singer.”  And their album “Bambi’s Dilemma” is flat-out one of my favorite albums period.

  • Camara Sonia

    uau isto é fixe cooooooooool
    I wanna make a band to

  • grotesk_faery

    I thought all Japanese metal was made by little girls… But yeah, the thing I hate about most of Japanese metal (and a LOT of new American/European metal) is that they’ll roar the chorus (or worse, do that terrible screaming crap) and then sing the vocals, most often in really nasally voices (more American than Japanese). It noncommittal and it sucks. Metal is about BEING F*CKING METAL, not changing your mind halfway through the song and turning into a pop singer >.<

  • Edward King

    Not heavy rock, but School Food Punishment is earsex 

  • 麗羅xxぅららら

    exist trace <3
    i also like danger gang!

  • jess

    Oh never heard of Exist†trace but from that pv, i like them!  But it’s disturbing how much they look like dir en grey.  i swear that long haired girl and shinya have the same stylist. 

  • Franklin

    How can no one have mentioned Maximum the Hormone yet? Ok, so Nao isn’t the frontman, but:
    1) She’s a drummer – female drummers are just a rarity (in America, at least, you just don’t see them).
    2) She’s a drummer who sings. That never happens.
    3) She has chops. While singing.
    4) She’s kinda hot – some pictures of her, she comes off as really, really hot; others, she’s very plain. Bottom line: attractive
    5) She’s a mom, and fully intends to take her baby on tours.

    Honestly, she’s one of my absolute favorite Japanese celebs for how uncompromising she is at everything she does. She’s metal. She’s feminine. She’s a mom. She’s a drummer. She does all of this without sacrificing one bit of any other part. Her motherhood doesn’t diminish her hardcore-ness, and her hardcore-ness doesn’t diminish how cute she is. Absolute epitome of what’s good about Japan and a perfect example of how absolutely, mind-blowingly amazing Japanese women can be.

  • Luke Stoltenberg

    Each of the Days.
    Mako is the drummer and she is not only very cute but very fucking good!

  • Andrew

    Dazzle Vision definitely my favorite out of these.

  • 80JapaneseMetal

    you forgot the godmother all female japanese metal bands, SHOW YA!

  • Takaki Sara

    Nao is Bass Player right??

  • Takaki Sara

    I Love DEATH DEVIL from K-ON!!

  • Akerk7

    Cool! I really like Exist Trance. I love music and this blog this article is great

  • idssdfasd

    Is this serious? Maybe if she learns to get off of the hi-hat and snare I could appreciate her drumming a little more.

    But at any rate, how do we talk about female Japanese drummers, and not mention Yoshimi P-We? Awful.

  • gzwrnomnhzgnb4

    Gallows, GoDeath, Tsu Shi Ma Mire, Destrose, Ganglion, Scandal………
    If you are interested in seeing more Japanese all female or female fronted bands / artists

  • Shane Davis

    Some SCANDAL stuff could be classified as metal. Although they get pretty poppy (in a bad way) around Baby Action. Yuk. And by metal, I mean pop-metal. Luckily their latest single has turned back to the punk/metal thing they had going on when they formed.

  • Yuria Kenyo

    destrose is another all female metal band

  • matthiasahlswede

    Well best Metal Band from Japan? Hands down Sex Machineguns. They were my ideal band for long and eventhough their latest records were kind mediocre, have seen them in yokohama last year and they were a blast.

    I am really suprised how many all girl Bands there are coming up. For me the most prominent might have just been Galmet:
    Still feels like with every Band i find 3 new all female Rock / Metal Band. You can say about their heavyness all you want (and growing out of your teens you should really have grown out of the wanting to be the heaviest metal head complex) i still appreciate girls actually doing music other than singing pop music about high school or putting their silly suicide poems into song.

    And girls and metal in Japan: when i went to the concert a lot of girls (beautiful girls) went there in their D&G dresses, grabbed a canned beer, the band started and they went dipship insane. I actually was one of the few dudes inbetween 500 girls (and SMG make Slayer feel kinda lazy). For 2 hours all i saw was an ocean of wild black hair flying around. Then it was over, they fixed their hair and make up and left maybe for a techno club. It felt like Metal is for everyone, like people said in global metal, it’s not a lifestyle it’s a music that can be part of a wide array of tastes. That really impressed me…the lack of metalhead douchbeggerie.

  • Casandra

    Marty Friedman on guitar <3 This is really the only Momoiro Clover Z song that I like though.

  • Tanya Nguyen

    You missed doll$box. My favourite of song of their is Take my Chance. I have listened to Dazzle Vision, Aldious, and ExistTrace. Good list.