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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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