Musical Movement Kei in Japan

Musical Movement Kei in Japan

If you hear the Japanese rock must have come across bands like X Japan, The Gazette, LM.C or L'Arc-en-Ciel, what they all have in common? The visual. And this is not by chance, they belong to the Japanese musical movement called Visual Kei (ビジュアル系), mixing various styles of rock.

From this month, we will visit the various facets of Japanese musical movement. Visual Kei emerged in Japan in the late 1980s and had the peak 90s and the first visual kei bands were X Japan, D'Erlanger, Dead End, Buck-Tick, Kamaitachi and Color. The movement is characterized by elaborate costumes, striking make-up, colored hair with unusual hairstyles, extravagant performances and in some cases, an androgynous aesthetic.

However, what about the music? Although Visual Kei has various aspects, the lyrics of their songs are geared towards dark soul and death, but not so pessimistic about life, many songs make a direct criticism of society, human falsehood, hypocrisy, addiction to materiality and superficiality of the contemporary world.

Visual Kei is mostly young movement, however, there adherents of all ages.

Songs like "Born to be Free", by X Japan; "Punky Heart" by LM.C; "The Invisible Wall" by The Gazette or "Dive" by An Cafe are anthems of a generation kei and represent all who hear and agree with the ideals of Visual Kei.

May the Force be with you, ladies and gentlemen  

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