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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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  • Parabellum13x

    He pulled off Yokan directly after Zan with no problem at all during the Psychonect tour in '14...

    1 Aug 5:41pm Reply
  • legacystarship

    I'll also point out that Kyo's post-surgery voice kinda sucks live, not immediately but 3 songs into a set he's lost all strength + endurance and reverts to guttural and banshee screams when the song doesn't even have a need for them... thus a result of his age and the wear on his voice. Way back, when he skipped the scream part in dead tree was a sign.

    31 Jul 5:22am Reply
  • legacystarship

    Love this band in it's entirety... not a single bad track imo. Hurry up and remake mazohyst of decadence.

    31 Jul 5:17am Reply
  • xStrikeBassProx

    Then LadyBaby

    30 Jul 10:28pm Reply
  • Phenix_inFlames

    Babymetal is a good band to start with.

    30 Jul 3:03am Reply
  • AcidPoliceUH

    anyone care to recommend me some more japanese nu-metal bands like deg?

    28 Jul 5:43pm Reply
  • Phenix_inFlames

    "Unpredictable" = sounding like the Gazzette I guess.

    23 Jul 5:44pm Reply
  • Pretsy

    I suppose this is enough to prove that at least a few members in DEG know how to have fun instead of constantly resorting to moody stuff...not really stellar material but kudos to Die for being "unpredictable" though

    23 Jul 3:14pm Reply
  • Phenix_inFlames

    How very Euro-trash of you.

    21 Jul 4:04am Reply
  • Killinstinct

    Satisfaction I get when I see USA "only" gets 5 dates for upcoming tour. :)

    19 Jul 11:32am Reply
  • jusO6

    It'll be my first DIR EN GREY concert, I'm so fucking happy!!! D::::::::X

    18 Jul 7:33pm Reply
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    18 Jul 7:27pm Reply
  • bmwmax10

    These dinguses booking small venues.

    14 Jul 5:13pm Reply
  • Joo_Gazerock

    @Phenix_inFlames I didn't know he's deaf in one ear! o_o ... @forfrosne I agree... what I meant was, technically speaking, but after seeing the lives again I take back what I said... in the first time, my ears was expecting something different... bad attitude in musical terms lol

    12 Jul 11:50pm Reply
  • forfrosne

    v I don't agree tbh. Everyone should watch the Japanese MTV recording of the 'TOUR 14-15 BY THE GRACE OF GOD' performance, Kyo's vocals are fantastic. He's seriously on point, watch the performance of Different Sense - the guy's harsh vocals have never been better. Everybody has an off-day now and then, particularly when you tour as widely as these guys do. Also for @Joo_Gazerock the performance of 濤声 is incredibly powerful.

    12 Jul 1:20pm Reply
  • Phenix_inFlames

    Both seem like pretty good performances to me, they've done worse (like that time they did Tsumi to Kisei live in that 2011 Wacken festival). Only real problem in either performance is that Kyo's lost a bit of his edge. Give the guy a break though, he's no longer in his 20's/30's, has undergone throat surgery, and is deaf in one ear.

    12 Jul 5:11am Reply
  • Phenix_inFlames

    "Anyone saw a live of Tousei? I think some fan uploaded on youtube a months ago, and for the first time I saw a mediocre performance of Diru" /

    12 Jul 5:05am Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Also, those bands are not exclusively Japanese apart the former members and their lyrical themes, but in terms of extreme music, they largely put Dir en grey to shame imo : Gridlink (Technical Grind served by a Japanese guitarist, a New Jerseyan drummer and a Korean weeaboo frontman screaming about Evangelion and anime) and Bloody Panda (Avant-garde Sludge band and art project of a Japanese girl who decided to move to NY to create a band dealing with Japanese shamanism, possession and other happy stuff..Lyrics switch between English and Japanese)

    10 Jul 4:38am Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    And....................................fucking this.........or this.

    9 Jul 9:32am Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Not really Metal but kamomekamome & envy are both worth checking modern japanese HxC bands imo.

    9 Jul 8:49am Reply
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