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Dir En Grey

Dir en Grey have become the top band of the post-visual kei era, especially for the Western audience -- in the 2000s they were arguably the most successful metal act without English lyrics since Rammstein (though they never rivaled the popularity of the Germans). The band began as a visual kei collective, too, but gradually moved to more reserved and darker attire and a separate sound that leaned on gothic rock, death metal, and the likes of Korn and Slipknot.

Dir en Grey was formed in early 1997, essentially the indie collective La:Sadies with a new bassist -- Toshiya -- and a new name that was supposed to carry no other meaning than to designate the band. They started off with the EP Missa (1997) that failed to stir things up much, but soon made themselves the talk of the country's music scene by becoming the first indie band to break into the Oricon singles Top Ten -- twice -- with Jealous and I'll in 1998. That brought them into the right hands: they attracted Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer of the nation's prime metal act X-Japan and foster father to many a J-rock band, thanks to his Extasy Records label. Yoshiki produced all five singles that Dir en Grey released in 1999, and that propelled the band into the big leagues: after these singles were compiled for their debut album Gauze, Dir en Grey got signed by a major label.

Their second album, Macabre (2000), first signaled a drift away from their visual kei roots, living up to its name in mood and featuring an industrialized sound with screaming vocals. Following their first foreign tour in China, Taiwan, and South Korea, and another LP Kisou, in 2002 (number three on Japanese charts), Dir en Grey opted for more change: their EP Six Ugly (2002) drew heavily on Western metal influences, which upset part of their older fan base. Still, the band persisted, exploring the metalcore sound and the darker side of life on their albums Vulgar (2003, number six on the Oricon charts) and Withering to Death (2005, number eight on the Oricon charts). Those releases proved that the stylistic change had some merit, as Dir en Grey began to gain recognition in the Western hemisphere. In 2005 they charted in Europe for the first time, Withering to Death reaching number 31 in Finland (their single "Clever Sleazoid" would later rise to number 15 there). The band's popularity was initially founded on imports, web rumors, and illegal downloads, but that proved to be enough: in 2005 they debuted in Berlin and Paris and later played the German festivals Rock am Ring and Rock im Park. Withering to Death was released in Europe in November 2005, and in America in March 2006, preceding Dir en Grey's live U.S. debut in 2006. Soon after that, Kyo's vocal folds became strained, leaving him hospitalized, but he recovered in time for Korn's Family Values Tour, in which Dir en Grey participated.

The band's sixth full-length album The Marrow of a Bone was out in 2007, released in both Japan and America (it reached number seven on the Oricon charts), and Dir en Grey promoted it by touring the U.S., opening for Deftones at some of their shows. They also infiltrated Europe further, debuting in Denmark, Finland, Poland, Sweden, the U.K., Holland, and Switzerland. Not forgetting their core audience, Dir en Grey toured Japan as well, delivering a two-night show with Linkin Park, and doing a stint at the Hide memorial concert that also saw the appearance of X Japan and Luna Sea, among others. The fall of 2008 saw the release of their seventh album, Uroboros, in Japan, Europe, and America, followed by a U.S./Canada tour in November and December. In 2009, despite extensive touring in Japan and Europe, the band released two concert DVDs (A Knot Of, and Tour '08: The Rose Trims Again) , and the video compilation DVD Average Blasphemy. In 2010, Dir en Grey co-headlined a North American tour with Apocalyptica, headlined their own Unwavering Fact of Tomorrow tour in Europe, and shared festival stages with the Stooges, the Cult, Korn, and numerous other bands. In January of 2011, the band issued the single "Lotus," followed in June by a second entitled, "Different Sense." Both tracks were included on their August 2011 full-length Dum Spiro Spero, also released in Europe and America as well as Japan.

Nearly three and a half years were to elapse before the band's next album. After the Dum Spiro Spero tour, Diru put out a new single, "Rinkaku," in 2012, and a re-recordings EP, The Unraveling, in 2013. Kyo then took time off from the band to form his visual kei side-project Sukekiyo, which released an album, Immortalis, early in 2014. That year saw the return of Dir en Grey with a new single, "Sustain the Untruth," and finally their ninth studio album, Arche, in December. The album was released in Europe early the following year; it did not receive a North American release. Sukekiyo released a new EP, Vitium, in 2015, while Die launched his own side-project, Decays, early the next year. 2016 also saw the announcement of another new Dir en Grey single, to be released in July. ~ Alexey Eremenko
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Selected Discography


Track List: Different Sense

1. Different Sense

2. Tsumi To Kisei

3. Red Soil (Live)


Track List: Uroboros (US Release, 2008)

1. Sar Bir

2. Vinushka

3. Red Soil

4. Doukoku To Sarinu

5. Toguro

6. Glass Skin

7. Stuck Man

8. Reiketsu Nariseba

9. Ware, Yam Tote.

10. Bugaboo

11. Gaika, Chinmoku Ga Nemurukoro

12. Dozing Green

13. Inconvenient Ideal

14. Dozing Green (Japanese Lyrics Version)


Track List: Uroboros: Remastered & Expanded

1. Sa Bir

2. Vinushka

3. Red Soil

4. Doukoku To Sarinu

5. Toguro

6. Glass Skin

7. Stuck Man

8. Reiketsu Nariseba

9. Ware, Yami Tote,,,

10. Hydra -666-

11. Bugaboo Respira

12. Bugaboo

13. Gaika, Chinmoku Ga Nemuru Koro

14. Dozing Green

15. Inconvenient Ideal


Track List: Dum Spiro Spero

1. Kyoukotsu No Nari

2. The Blossoming Beelzebub

3. Different Sense

4. Amon

5. 'Yokusou Ni Dreambox' Aruiwa Seijuku No Rinen To Tsumetai Ame

6. Juuyoku

7. Shitataru Mourou

8. Lotus

10. Akatsuki

11. Decayed Crow

12. Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami

13. Vanitas

14. Ruten No Tou

15. Rasetsukoku


Track List: The Marrow Of A Bone

1. Conceived Sorrow

3. The Fatal Believer

4. Agitated Screams Of Maggots

5. Grief

7. Disabled Complexes

8. Rotting Root

10. The Pledge

11. Repetition Of Hatred

12. The Deeper Vileness

13. Clever Sleazoid


Track List: Withering To Death

1. Merciless Cult

2. C

3. Saku

4. Kodoku Ni Shisu, Yueni Kodoku.

5. Itoshisa Ha Fuhai Nitsuki

6. Jesus Christ R'n R

7. Garbage

8. Machiavellism

9. Dead Tree

10. The Final

11. Beautiful Dirt

12. Spilled Milk

13. Higeki Ha Mabuta Wo Oroshita Yasashiki Utsu

14. Kodou


Track List: Vulgar

1. Audience Killer Loop

3. Increase Blue

8. Marmalade Chainsaw

9. Kasumi

10. R To The Core

11. Drain Away

12. New Age Culture

13. Obscure

14. Child Prey

15. Amber


Track List: ARCHE

1. Un Deux

2. 咀嚼

3. 鱗 (Uroko)

4. Phenomenon

5. Cause Of Fickleness

6. 濤声 (Tousei)

7. 輪郭 (Rinkaku)

8. Chain Repulsion

9. Midwife

10. 禍夜想

11. 懐春

12. Behind A Vacant Image

13. Sustain The Untruth

14. 空谷の跫音 (Kukoku No Kyouon)

15. The Inferno

16. Revelation Of Mankind


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Whenever Pandora feels like taking time to update the similar artists that would be great. They haven't been visual kei since 2004ish. The bands that Pandora is relating to them are rubbish and I have a hard time listing to my favorite band of all time because I'm not a huge fan of Jrock, I like metal, and this has most certainly become metal. A metal that stretch across petty labels, but still not Jrock.
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That feeling when you find Arche on Pandora... My favorite album haha
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Forever my favorite! Love them!
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Uh no fam, they're not punk. My favorite /punk/ band is Circle Jerks. My favorite /death/indus t r i a l / f e r a l demonic screeching metal/ band is DIR EN GREY. There's a massive difference.
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Yes, great VK death metal/indust r i a l / j a z z / a l t e r n a t i v e / t h r a s h / t r a d i t i o n a l JP folk/punk band, indeed.
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They touch on do many different genres that I find it difficult to even classify them. They are easily one of my all time favorite bands, topping one's I've worshiped since childhood
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My favorite Japanese metal band. Orgasm to the ears.
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So much love for Dir In Grey <3
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Saw them in concert in was amazing :3
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dont often listen to them but from time to time the mood hits me :) still love the vocals even if cant understand whats being said generally
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Go see them in concert. They. Are. Magical.!!!! ! ! ! ! ! < 3 < 3 < 3
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@Russell Smith shut your face . Dir en Grey is not a rocknroll band, so piss off and listen to your led zeppy
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Dir En Grey will always be my favorite band :)
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Amazing..... I went to see DIR EN GREY live November 24, 2013 at The House of Blues they were creative best preferments I have ever seen......XD
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animeishdwar f 3
Yes! My all time favorite band. Amazing talent and creativity. Always evolving. Go see them live.
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Now Pandora needs to get the UNRAVELLING album up here :D
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I loved this song as a little girl and still love it to this day <3 whoo!
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Not enough Dir En Grey! More. Now! DX
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Where are the gauze and kisou and macabre and withering to death,or Uroboros albums?(@_@) so many unfulfilled Dir En Grey
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The pledge ////
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The first jrock i found was dir en grey... I approve
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yeah dir en grey you rock the USAAAAAAAAAA A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
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Dir en grey i love u i love this station thank u pandora
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danweisenbac h e r
Dear Pandora, just because they are both Japanese, doesn't mean Dir en Grey is anything like Utada.
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So many people complaining about Pandora not having certain albums/ etc....I love how people want to listen to Jrock...just listen to music. You're seriously not over your I Love Japan phase yet? And to the people saying everything after the more pop music is just do not play any instruments huh? Each successive album gets better to me. I like Gazette/ Utada hahaha JAPAN4
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Kyo is a f**king Prophet. :>
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Gauze. Now plz! (And, uh, grab Luna Sea while you're at it?)
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I see why yal are kinda irritated, this station plays utada and etc and they are nothing alike. They just played system of a down (even tho I like this band) I came to this channel to listen to j-rock not english. I was actually going on this channel to see if they would play Gazette but Pandora doesnt have them. Thats something to be angry about, NO GAZETTE ARE YOU SERIOUS!!
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Seems like some fans haven't evolved with the band and found beauty in the *experimenta t i o n * that they do. This band *experiments * guys, and as far as I'm concerned, everything they've thrown out has been wonderful. Seeing them in Houston has to be the single greatest musical experience of my life. I love Macabre just as much as I love Uroboros. Learn to love the emotions, not the song style.
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Though I don't know Japanese so I have to read the lyrics in English to know what they're saying, I love them. xD
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What the f**k is up with all this Yoko Kanno s**t? Or Utada? No way are these dudes like that. I like both Yoko Kanno and Utada, but when I make a Dir En Grey station, I expect some metal, not Japanese stuff that has only passing relevance to Dir En Grey.
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Everything after Vulgar is trash. Sounds like just a bunch of noise. Pandora should upload Gauze, Macabre, Kisou, and Vulgar...
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michellenala n g a n m e r c a d o
Oh god, I died long long time ago after listening to Dir En Grey. Extremely sexy.
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That being said, hell yes they need to add the older albums! I'm an oldschool thrasher and death metalhead, but I still like Diru's first 5 or 6 albums better than anything they've put out since.
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I know a lot of people are complaining about J-pop being thrown in with the J-rock, but at least Pandora DOES recognize the Japanese origin now. Years ago my J-rock station here on Pandora used to throw me nothing but shite American nu-metal, cawk-rock, and heavy alternative. And I'll take J-pop over all that any day (which, to me, honestly is much closer to J-rock than all the aforemention e d ) .
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I love this band so much. They are vary unique much like Nightmare.
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They are nothing like Hyde, Utada or Malice Mizer, the only thing similar is that they are from Japan, Come on pandora get it together, they are most like the GazettE, Maybe Alice Nine and Girugamesh, lets get our styles straight. Other than that! I LOVE THIS BAND TO DEATH! I can't wait to see them in in Chicago.
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strider_ooka m i
Why is this listed as rock or playing on the same station as Ellegarden? These is visual kei metal. Yuck! Pandora needs to work on their music qualificatio n algorithms!
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They are missing some of the best albums (the early ones). Also, how in the world is Utada a similar artist? You only need to listen to 30 seconds of songs from each to know that the only thing they have in common is Japanese ancestry.
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I really wish they at least had Gauze as one of the albums. god, i love this band, but they are still missing my favorite song, Cage! it makes me sad sometimes. I hope they'll be able to get it on here soon.
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Full discography would be a blessing. Dir en grey has been my favorite since I discovered them ~2005, all their albums are amazing.
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Where are all the good albums? =/ Missing so many good songs. Most of these I don't like...
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I first heard them in 1999. I was nine, and I feel in love. I've heard them grow and become the awesome band they are now. PANDORA NEEDS MORE DIR EN GREY.
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Great band, but yeah, we really need more albums of theirs for listeners to get a full taste of what their sound is like.
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diva_s_jupit e r
Dear Pandora: Just because I like Dir En Grey, this does not mean I like every other Japanese artist. This includes UTADA HIKARU.
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Words can't express my love for this band. Ever since my discovery in 2003, they have always been high on my list, and the release of Withering to Death onward, they have made themselves a permanent number one in my list of favorite artists.
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