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DIR EN GREY

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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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  • bmwmax10

    Manlets getting rekt.

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  • bmwmax10

    ...yeah.

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  • PetitSagittaire

    Ahah do you guys realize the huge complex that Kyo has concerning his height? Since the feodal confucianist Japan, the height of a man is considered as a proof of his value as much as his social rank and way of speaking, so short people are generally overlooked. It's funny to notice how much short guys among Japanese "artists" have this complex (another example is the rapper Seeda) and act like they try to compensate this by being edgy to look more "manly". I wouldn't be surprised if that barrier was requested by Kyo because of his inferiority complex about his height...no, I definitely think it is... Just take a look at the way every of Deg photos are photoshopped so that people don't realize Kyo is the band's shortest member. On MLowend's pic, isn't that obvious? "I'll pretend to take a sit so that'll make me look like a guy in average height sitting" ahah this is so fucking ridiculous

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  • MLowend

    That barrier is so ridiculous. Any story behind it? I noticed they've only done it in Europe. Yeah, Kyo is kind of a turd at meet and greets. I saw them in Chicago and they were pretty nice and everyone but Kyo were really nice and acknowledged my existence when I talked to them for a few seconds. But check out Kyo. Here's the pic taken of me with them - http://i.imgur.com/lLNpgan.jpg - the pain is too real I guess. I've met them a few times, and have been able to actually chat (or attempt to chat) with them other times, Die is always the nicest and Kyo is always 3edgy4fans.

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  • Phenix_inFlames

    He seems to be improving on that regard though from what I see in media outlets. He even seems more enthusiastic to do interviews and such.

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  • MsDiplodocusss

    Regardless of how annoying or ridiculous the fan base is, the amount of disrespect Kyo shows towards the fans at meet and greets and such is pretty shitty. It's like ok we get you don't wanna be there and you hate all your weeb fans, but honestly where would they be without their fans ? Nowhere.

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  • Phenix_inFlames

    ...and way is the American fan base only getting shitted on? This picture was taken in Germany and it's a painful reflection of the European fanbase. http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/91090181/DIR+EN+GREY+diru+and+me.jpg

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  • Phenix_inFlames

    Were they even touring North America during their Vulgar era? I thought they only started doing so during their WTD phase when Korn invited DEG to tour with them. So Audience killer Loop would have more to do with their Japanese fan base than anything. Back in their early VK days kyo was even known to tell his own fans he found annoying to "shut the fuck up" during gigs.

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  • PetitSagittaire

    v Japanese fans react the exact same way bruh

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  • Parabellum13x

    I'm not sure how much more obvious it could be, they wrote a fucking song called Audience Killer Loop, but OMG KAWAI KYO BLEEDING ALL OVER THE STAGE WE DIDNT DRIVE HIM TO THAT HES JUST SO EDGY AND COOL ^_____^

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  • Parabellum13x

    As an American I fucking hate Dir en grey's American fan base [2]

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  • PetitSagittaire

    Btw, the slogan at the end of the new CMs "kimi wa Dir en grey to iu band no koto wo shitteiru ka na?" sounds like they're done with being famous overseas and underrated in their own island; and want to expand their japanese fanbase beyond...you know, Visual Kei freaks. That's also probably why the Animution.

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  • PetitSagittaire

    Yeah, as if the Japanese fanbase was any better lol...is it the "Fuck Gaijins, Japanese are perfect people" thread? Deg fanbase is one of the most despised fanbases in Japan if you don't know, known for their misanthropy and lack of social skills. That's probably what you get for trying to sell self-victimization (oh sorry, I mean "pain" lel) as a fashionable concept.

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  • Phenix_inFlames

    Lol but their Japanese fan base seems to mostly consists of housewives and preteens anyway, so they're fucked either way.

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  • MsDiplodocusss

    Ham planet weaboos [468]

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  • Wonrei

    shit awful

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  • industriaFAN

    awful shit

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  • waywardcupcake1

    I agree with MLowend, the behaviour of international Jrock fans in general is embarrassing and absolutely fucking shameful. I have witnessed it first hand, and I wanted to hide under a rock and die because of the second hand embarrassment.

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  • MLowend

    As an American I fucking hate Dir en grey's American fan base. It's so painfully embarrassing to be in an audience of hyperventilating, overweight teenage girls. I was at a meet and greet where these ham planet weaboos were basically rioting in front of the band. The dread on the band's face made me feel shame for my country. And most of them don't buy anything. If I was Dir en grey I would dislike my fans here too.

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  • bakemonocunt

    stop spreading lies ☆*・゜゚・*\\(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆

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