Man with a Mission is a Japanese band that blends a number of varied styles including hard rock and dance pop to create a unique and surprisingly listenable sonic amalgam. The group released its debut album, Welcome to the New World, in 2010 and the LP helped establish the band as one of the more artistic leaning Japanese pop bands of its generation.
J-Rock band, Luna Sea, was one of the pioneering groups of Japan's "visual kei" movement in the early 90s. Characterized by an extreme attention to image (specifically elaborate makeup, costumes and hair styles), Luna Sea and many other visual kei bands created a more punk rock-influenced version of glam rock, which also incorporated elements of progressive and symphonic rock. Luna Sea's roots go back to a high school friendship between founding members, Shinobu "Inoran" Inoue (guitar) and Jun "J" Onose (bass). The two later added a drummer and a violinist, and began to tour Japan. By the early 2000s, the group began to find some followers internationally thanks to a deal with Universal Distribution. By that point, however, Luna Sea was on a hiatus that would last the better part of a decade. In 2010, the band decided to regroup for a couple of reunion shows and eventually made plans to head out on a world tour.
If you lived on the Sunset Strip in Los Angles during the late 1980s you undoubtedly knew the guys from Motley Crue. The hard living life style that characterized Hollywood in the 1980s was perfectly manifested in the group and the band partied extremely hard--flippantly breaking laws and abusing drugs. Despite a period of time apart, playing in various other musical endeavors, the Crue is back and despite being a bit older, the band still plays as hard as ever.