La:Sadie's was a famous visual-kei band from Osaka, Japan and the direct predecessor of DIR EN GREY.
Vo. - 京 (Kyo)
Gt. - Die
Gt. - KAORU
Ba. - KISAKI
Dr. - Shinya
ex Gt. - 紫緒 (Shio)
La:Sadie's was officially formed in December 1995 by 京, KISAKI, 紫緒 (ex-SHËY≠DË) and Die (ex-Ka･za･ri). On February 15, 1996, 紫緒 left the band after their third show and was replaced by KAORU (ex-CHARM). La:Sadie's officially disbanded on January 15, 1997, and KISAKI then formed the band MIRAGE. It's been rumored the break-up was due to KISAKI's unwillingness to participate in the major label ambitions of the rest of the band.
After La:Sadie's broke up and now without a bassist, the other members still wished to continue. 薫 (Kaoru) became the leader of the band and they eventually asked the former support bassist of GOSICK, Toshiya, whom they had met while playing in Nagano, to join them. He accepted and they played one live in Nagano on January 24, 1997, under the name DEATHMASK, where they covered about four songs by 黒夢 and where Toshiya had his presumably last show as the support guitarist of D†L.
Deciding to form a band, they took on the name Dir en grey and officially formed on February 2, 1997. Ex-bassist KISAKI has since become a fixture of the indies visual rock scene in Japan, participating in various bands and as a solo artist, as well as forming the two labels UNDER CODE PRODUCTION and Matina.
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