japanese rock

嘆キ使徒 ‎- ツ···ラ··ラ

ツ···ラ··ラ is an EP by 嘆キ使徒 ‎that was self-released in 1997. This EP is visual kei. Its also only two songs, and only one is on YouTube.

私ノ静ム, the track that is on YouTube is really awesome. It has really heavy Japanese goth vibes and sound to it, especially with the vocals. Deep and sometimes drawn out. The instrument part of it fast and somewhat aggressive, lots of fast snares. Accompanied by lots of bass and some guitar accents. This is an awesome track.

Listen to it here


Kana – Spade

Spade is an album by Kana (sometimes called Moon Kana) that was released in 2004 on the label Kana Ichigosha (which I suspect was made just for this release).  This album is goth rock, but is much more modern than all the other goth rock posts I’ve made, and it has a much different sound than those albums too.

This album is obviously rock, but not always obvious on the goth. Probably since Kana is a gothic lolita, which is much different than regular goth and is a much different subculture. Though some tracks do obviously have a goth sound to them, its nothing like what I’ve posted before, much more milder and lolita-fied. Kana is known for her sometimes mildly jarring vocals which might be hit or miss for listeners, I like her vocals but if you don’t you probably wont really care for her music. Her singing is unusual, and the melodies accompanying her are great too. Tracks range from upbeat and rocking to pretty slow.

Listen to most of the tracks from this awesome album here

Caro kissa – 秋空トリップ

秋空トリップ is an EP by Caro kissa that was released on Mayoware Record in 2013. The genre for this is J-indie rock/J-pop.

This EP has a nice happy vibe. Two of the songs have vocals and there’s also an instrumental track. The vocal tracks have a female vocalist and summery melodies. The tracks are upbeat with lots of acoustic guitar. They also sound very J-pop like and carry that vibe much than they do the rock vibes. The instrumental track is much slower than the other tracks and sounds like Harvest Moon with a hip-hop beat so its pretty relaxing/cool.

This is a great EP listen and download for free here


Shizuka – 天界のペルソナ

天界のペルソナis an album by Shizuka released in 1994 on P.S.F. Records. The genre for this is psychedelic rock.

The album starts off fast and chaotic but don’t let that mislead you, the album is on the slow side. Very slow guitar accompanied by also slow very gothic female vocals. The whole album has a gothic feel/vibe/aesthetic to it. The percussion is almost always on the minimal side, just adding another layer to the atmosphere of the album. Melodies sound like they’re caught between somewhat happy to sad; bittersweet maybe. Also, since this is psychedelic rock there are some guitar solos, I’m not a huge fan of guitar solos but they do it well and sound enjoyable.

Listen to this album here


祈り is an album by BELLZLLEB released in 1990 on Nude Records. BELLZLLEB usually do a mix of thrash/doom/black metal but this release is much different, calm acoustic rock.

This release has no percussion, its mostly acoustic guitar, vocals, and a synth. The atmosphere on this album is really good. It has a dark and somewhat drawn out sound due to the vocals and deep atmospheric synths that lurk quietly under the other elements. There’s varying levels of reverb and what sounds like very slight and very slow/gradual modulation on the vocals and guitar. This combined with the repetitive guitar and droning synths and odd singing creates  a really hypnotic vibe. The singing ranges from more “traditional” singing to stuff that sounds angelic and very atmospheric.

Listen to this awesome album here (also the album cover looks like it could be a weird PS1 game cover to me)

浅井直樹 – アバ・ハイジ

アバ・ハイジ is an album by 浅井直樹 (Naoki Asai) on the label Chesire Records in 1988. Actually discovered this one a few hours ago.

This album is some rock stuff (I’m not good with rock sub-genres so yeah), it has a pretty chill sound even during the upbeat moments. It sounds nice and summery, good music if you have a long drive during the day in the summer heat. This album is pretty soft as well, not a “let’s rock out!” type of rock album. Also everything sounds like it has some slight reverb on it which I love. Good melodies and good music~!

Listen to the whole thing here