Obviously, I couldn't possibly put down all my favorite visual kei bands, so here's some starters: Plastic Tree, Miyavi (kinda visual kei, but still awesome), Versailles, Dir en Grey, Deluhi, and D'espairs Ray.
So what makes visual kei bands, well, visual kei? Look at them for instance. Usually blonde or light orange hair, elaborate clothing that resembles dresses from Victorian England, hot make-up...the whole shebang! The guys look more feminine and still appeal to the massive female fan audience with low, rumbling voices or high melodies - in a guy way of course. Add some charisma, so heart-stopping smiles and some magnetic glares and you got the visual kei rock band look.
Looks aren't the only thing getting them the girls and guys that love these rockers. It's their music. Electric guitars, crazy beats, and lyrics that make you want to cry or love. From singing about being an outcast to getting pumped up to be with your friends, these bands are an important part of the Japanese culture. Along with anime, manga, lolita, robots, and whatever else you associate to "eccentric Japan", underneath it all there lies a hidden desire to stand out from the crowd and still be in one. Isn't that the case with all sorts of cultures, though? Yes, but it takes guts for these guys to be a star when their classmates are extremely pressured to be good students and have stable jobs. Visual kei rockers - all rock band stars struggled to be where they are now. That appeals to me the greatest. They are living their dreams out in ways most people will never get the chance to. They are inspirations and their music is not only hot stuff, but spread a message of hope. That goes for all other musicians as well.
Well, that was my word (okay, so it was an average speech) on visual kei bands and what I find attractive about them :) I look forward to hearing what you have to say!