Just went with a friend to see Dir en Grey at the house of blues. I literally went in with no idea who they were but I was surprised to find I actually really liked them. Japanese bands pretty much seem to kick ass. Flawless performance guys.
Not sure if anyone is familiar or interested in the J-rock style of music, but if anyone is let me know what you are into. Dir en grey I was not familiar with but I do know a lot of other Japanese bands, The Gazette being a top one on the list. It is definitely all a different sound, as well as look (visual kai bands were alarming the first time I witnessed them), but it all seems pretty hypnotizing to listen to.