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Osaka, Japan (1997 – present)

DIR EN GREY is a Japanese band formed in Osaka, Japan in 1997 from the disbanded band La:Sadie’s, that have maintained a consistent lineup of (Kyo) on vocals, 薫 (Kaoru) and Die on guitar, Toshiya on bass and Shinya on drums.

Originally a band, the band has dropped that style since around 2005 when they released their fifth full-length album, Withering to death.. Their musical style is difficult to determine; throughout their releases, they have played styles ranging from to . Today, their style can be considered generally a version of or, more specifically, /.

Their fifth full-length album, Withering to death., was the band’s first to see distribution outside of Japan. It was released in Europe by GAN-SHIN and the United States by Warcon Enterprises. The band has been signed to FIREWALL DIV., a subdivision of Free-Will under Sony Music, for its entire career so far. They’re currently signed to Okami Records for European distribution and The End for United States distribution.

DIR EN GREY, in its earliest form, began as the band of vocalist and drummer Shinya - 廃人黒薔薇族 (haijin kuro bara zoku “Invalid Black Rose Family”). Members and associates of this band formed La:Sadie’s, which eventually included four of the band’s five current members. La:Sadie’s disbanded in 1996. All but the bassist, Kisaki, and former lead guitarist, Shio (replaced by Kaoru), came back together to form Dir en grey.


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  • Phenix_inFlames

    Lol at the comments to that video, it really shows how stupid the metal community can be. They were fine with the generic and mediocre direction the video initially had, that so many metal videos had taken so many times before. But throw in some big booty bitches and all hell breaks loose. These people take themselves too seriously, and metal is becoming a redundant parody of itself because of it.

    Yesterday 1:11am Reply
  • xxxratedcunt

    @mizuononde that video was the last thing I expected to find here lol

    Yesterday 10:37pm Reply
  • MsDiplodocusss


    30 Sep 10:53pm Reply
  • kattunlover69

    its genius really.

    30 Sep 4:22pm Reply
  • kattunlover69

    I just love how the video goes from a generic, metal symbolic-religion-esque metal video to a sista twerk off. That inevitably leads to the queen bitch showing up and twerking us to another dimension which creates a time shift where she goes back and time and creates peace which bring them back to the present where they dance in harmony.

    30 Sep 4:22pm Reply
  • herviross_2

    Too many butts on screen...

    30 Sep 10:28am Reply
  • kattunlover69

    I just found one of the best metal music videos ever :

    30 Sep 8:35am Reply
  • PokeBaal

    Shinya finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a woman

    29 Sep 8:24pm Reply
  • bmwmax10

    That's a pretty good song.

    29 Sep 4:16pm Reply
  • MsDiplodocusss

    too many cute dogs on screen

    29 Sep 3:23pm Reply
  • herviross_2

    Too many cute girls on screen...

    29 Sep 7:01am Reply
  • mizuononde

    They actually released a new single!!

    28 Sep 10:40pm Reply
  • xxxratedcunt

    I don't think they'll release a single any sooner but these money sucking men (almost) always end up surprising me: could be one of the new songs + like two, three remixes/live versions or one shot recordings. Or probably Kyo reciting something with /deep/ music on background. Or the resonating sound of silence mixed with his shaky breathing.

    28 Sep 6:47am Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    trois, soleil

    28 Sep 12:14am Reply
  • Wonrei

    un deux

    27 Sep 10:24pm Reply
  • Killinstinct

    Pretsy; I agree with you that "Un deux" and "Chain repulsion" must be the two new songs they performed at the GAUZE tour. Lol, the only title that made me smile was "Midwife", another song about abortion?

    27 Sep 7:05pm Reply
  • Killinstinct

    I cross my fingers for them to update the tracklist next week with CAPITALIZED TITLES. Seriously, my eyes bleed!

    27 Sep 7:00pm Reply
  • MsDiplodocusss


    27 Sep 5:55pm Reply
  • xxxratedcunt

    I find interesting they aren't abusing of caps anymore - part of the 'personal growth'? - The title 'Revelation of Mankind' sounds like something an average metal bad would use...or Jehovah's Witnesses, but I'm looking forward to listen anyway.

    27 Sep 3:39pm Reply
  • Pretsy

    @herviross: I am going to bet on that the next "promo single" off ARCHE will be either "un deux" or "Chain repulsion" (since "shot in one take"-versions are not usually randomly decided imho) - just a speculation, but I THINK those are the two "new songs" DEG premiered back in Gauze tour...

    27 Sep 12:11pm Reply
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