Originally Posted by Arlyn
my tastes tend toward stuff like, L'Arc~en~Ciel, Janne Da Arc, X Japan/Hide, Luna Sea, though Girugamesh and Nightmare are probably the newest of the kei bands I listen to.
Very early X had some nice thrash. Hide's stuff was ok - catchy. I find Hyde's voice to be incredibly annoying.
Luna Sea has some nice stuff - haven't listened to anything of theirs in years, though. I remember Nightmare's first two releases, they were horrible, never could understand how they went major.
I actually listened to a lot of J-metal, random rock stuff like Red Warriors, The Willard, The Yellow Monkey, etc for the most part. I used to use winmx and Japanese servers to trade/collect a lot of live videos. If it was rare I either had it or was trying to get it. Before I stopped collecting I was like #3 in amount of Seikima-II vids for Seikima-II vid collectors.
Have you heard of Jude? You would probably like them. Some other nice older VK is D'erlanger - Dies In Cries (Bug and Kyo's solo stuff is really good too), I liked some Laputa though they later went more electronic sounding. Kuroyume, Aion (though they were also metal), and unfortunately my brain is failing at the moment - I can't remember anything.
If you like Buck-Tick, Soft Ballet are a nice band to check out.
This used to sort of be a hobby for me.
ETA: Now I remember what I was going to ask - have you heard of Guniw Tools