J-Rock at Knotfest 2014

Although the event took place a few weeks ago, it’s still quite exciting to know a few reputable Japanese rock bands played at Knotfest 2014, a music festival started by the notorious metal band, Slipknot. These J-rock bands were: MAXIMUM THE HORMONE, MAN WITH A MISSION, and ONE OK ROCK. Below, you will find some fan cam clips from the festival and it is obvious these bands represented their country well by proving their music transcends language barriers.

MAXIMUM THE HORMONE (Knotfest Clip uploaded by Heavy Metal Greg)

MAXIMUM THE HORMONE are notable for their theme songs to Death Note & Akagi and their song based on a Dragon Ball Z character, Freiza. The popular nu metal/hardcore punk band rarely plays outside of the Japan so it’s a real treat for those who waited for their return and those who’ve waited years to see them live.

MAN WITH A MISSION (Knotfest Clip uploaded by happy face)

MAN WITH A MISSION, known for wearing wolf mask over their heads and hilariously fun lives, recently played at the largest stadium in Japan, National Stadium, on May 2014 before it closes for reconstruction for the upcoming Olympics and have recently finished their North American tour where they played at small, intimate crowd settings.

ONE OK ROCK (Knotfest Clip uploaded by TheGreatBennyMitch)

ONE OK ROCK exploded to popular with their hit song, The Beginning, which was used in the ending theme to the live action Rurouni Kenshin movie. The band made their sold-out US debut earlier this year at Club Nokia in LA and recently wrapped up their Vans Warped Tour this summer. They are currently touring around the globe and has a brand new album scheduled for February 2015.

Fun Fact: Sid Wilson of Slipknow DJ’d for VAMPS and MAN WITH A MISSION last year when both of these J-Rock bands played one night apart in Los Angeles, California.

Quick J-Music News: BABYMETAL will be playing in New York tonight. Perfume will be performing in LA on Nov 9th and NY on Nov 15th. Scandal will begin their world tour early 2015.


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