Marty Friedman recently sat down with Team Rock to jot down 10 of his favorite rock acts from Japan.
You can check out the man's picks below, consult the source for full commentary.
Maximum the Hormone
"It will go from the happiest of happy to the darkest of dark, from zero to sixty, in ten seconds."
"Their music is very reminiscent of Japanese folk music, but done in an extremely heavy and dark context."
"The most beautiful noise I've ever heard."
Bull Zeichen 88
"Super high energy, chops oriented, visual kei band."
"Ultra high energy, very modern hardcore-metal band."
"It's like a modern version of Ministry, but with much more well developed choruses in the songs."
"Similar to the group I mentioned before, Merry - but they might be a little bit more on the heavy side and less on the twin guitar side."
"She's a female bass player and singer, and she plays in my solo band, but she also has her own band, which there is no guitar in it - it's just herself and a drummer."
"A girl group, a singing group - they don't play any instruments or anything - but their arrangements are so over the top and they're super, super cute."
Momoiro Clover Z
"I would have to go for another idol group, Momoiro Clover Z, who I have done a lot of work with - I've played with in concert and recorded with. It's just a super musical, adventurous, deep, exciting, colorful, extravagant unit."