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Dir En Grey

Genre:Metal, Rock

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1Kodou lyrics
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4Merciless Cult lyrics
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5The III D Empire lyrics
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6Lotus lyrics
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9Sustain the untruth lyrics
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10Zan lyrics
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1The Marrow Of A Bone
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2Withering to death.
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3Remix Album
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9six Ugly
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Dir en grey is a Japanese rock band formed in 1997. While the lineup has remained constant since the group's inception, numerous stylistic changes have made its genre difficult to determine (though it is generally a form of Rock music). Originally part of Japan's Visual Kei movement, Dir en grey has opted for less flamboyant attires in recent years.

Dir en grey's roots go back to the independent band La:Sadie's, which ended up including four of Dir en grey's current members. After disbanding and parting ways with La:Sadie's bassist Kisaki, Kyo, Kaoru, Die and Shinya along with the newly recruited bassist, Toshiya, briefly re-grouped as Deathmask [citation needed] but then changed their name to Dir en grey, after a show in Nagano in early 1997.

A few months later, a first EP, MISSA, was released. In 1998, they became the first Japanese indies band to reach the singles top ten on the Oricon music charts after the release of their first singles JEALOUS and -I'll-. This caught the attention of Yoshiki Hayashi of X Japan fame, who produced and arranged the singles of their subsequent album, GAUZE, released in 1999.

In 2000, vocalist Kyo was hospitalized with hearing trouble (he remains partially deaf in his left ear). The tour in support of Dir en grey's upcoming album, MACABRE, had to be postponed. After Kyo recovered, TOUR 00>>01 MACABRE eventually took off later the same year.

In 2002, along with the release of their 3rd full-length album kisou, Dir en grey gave their first performances outside of Japan, touring China, Taiwan, and South Korea. In Shanghai, fans became excited to the point that authorities attempted to cancel a planned second concert. The band and their management eventually resolved the dispute, and the concert was performed as scheduled. Back in Japan, the last dates of the tour were already in support for the band's second EP, six Ugly.

In 2005, Dir en grey played their first shows in Europe. Their concerts in Berlin and Paris (as part of the It Withers and Withers tour) sold out without any sort of promotion save for newsletters by import record stores and internet-based word of mouth. The band also appeared at two major festivals, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park. These events apparently inspired a change in the band's live routine. They had not performed alongside other bands since their being signed to a major label, but after these festivals, Dir en grey had a French band, Eths, open up for them at their show in Paris. Later that year, they invited long-time associate Wednesday 13 and his band to play at a show in Japan. Dir en grey also performed in the Japanese leg of the international Taste of Chaos tour. 2005 saw the first domestic European releases as well, such as that year's album, Withering to death., which eventually reached #31 in the Finnish album charts (Dir en grey's first non-Asian chart position). The subsequent single, CLEVER SLEAZOID, later became #15 of the singles charts in the same country.

In early 2006, the first concerts in the United States took place, performed in Austin, Texas (SXSW06), New York (Avalon Club) and Los Angeles (Wiltern Theater). All dates sold out in a very short amount of time. The audience comprised of people from several countries. Soon afterwards, the American release of Withering to death. and the live DVD TOUR05 It Withers and Withers followed. After more shows in Germany in summer 2006, singer Kyo was again hospitalized in July, due to inflamed vocal cords. While two concert dates in Japan had to be postponed, Dir en grey were still able to join Korn's Family Values Tour, which concluded in September.

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