Dir en grey

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DIR EN GREY (formerly stylized as "Dir en grey") is a Japanese band consisting of vocalist 京 (Kyo), guitarist and band leader 薫 (Kaoru), guitarist Die, bassist Toshiya and drummer Shinya. The band was formed on February 2, 1997, after performing one show as DEATHMASK on January 24, covering songs by 黒夢.
All of them, except for Toshiya, already played in one ore more bands together, most notably La:Sadie's, the direct predecessor of DIR EN GREY. La:Sadie's disbanded on January 15, 1997.
The band name is a combination of German "dir", French "en" and English "grey" and was thought to mean "Grey Silver Coin" (灰色の銀貨 "Haiiro no Ginka" in Japanese). It was probably inspired by a track title from Lareine's 2nd Demo. Except for Kaoru and Shinya, the band members use stage names, the full names of all band members are unknown.
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Dir en grey Discography Tracks

Albums

Dir en grey - Missa album art Dir en grey Missa (MiniAlbum) EastWest Japan, Sol'Finsterre Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - Gauze album art Dir en grey Gauze (Album) EastWest Japan Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - Macabre album art Dir en grey Macabre (Album) Firewall Div. Japan 2000 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - 改-Kai- album art Dir en grey 改-Kai- (Album) Firewall Div. Japan 2001 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - Six Ugly album art Dir en grey Six Ugly (MiniAlbum) Firewall Div. Japan 2002 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - 鬼葬 album art Dir en grey 鬼葬 (Album) Firewall Div. Japan 2002 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - Vulgar album art Dir en grey Vulgar (Album) Firewall Div. Japan 2003 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - Withering To Death. album art Dir en grey Withering To Death. (Album) Firewall Div. France 2005 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - The Marrow Of A Bone album art DIR EN GREY The Marrow Of A Bone (Album) Firewall Div. US 2007 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - Uroboros album art DIR EN GREY Uroboros (Album) Firewall Div. Japan 2008 Sell This Version
SK-011-D~SK-013-D Dir en grey - Tour09 Feast Of V Senses album art DIR EN GREY Tour09 Feast Of V Senses(2xDVD-V + CD + Club) sun-krad SK-011-D~SK-013-D Japan 2009 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - Dum Spiro Spero album art DIR EN GREY Dum Spiro Spero (Album) Firewall Div. US 2011 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - The Unraveling  album art DIR EN GREY The Unraveling (MiniAlbum) Firewall Div. Japan 2013 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - Arche album art DIR EN GREY Arche (Album) Firewall Div. Japan 2014 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - Tour14 Psychonnect -Mode Of “Gauze”?- album art DIR EN GREY Tour14 Psychonnect -Mode Of “Gauze”?- sun-krad Japan 2015 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - The Insulated World album art DIR EN GREY The Insulated World (Album) Firewall Div. Japan 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Dir en grey - Jealous album art Dir en grey Jealous (Single) Free-Will Japan 1998 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - -I'll- album art Dir en grey -I'll- (Single) Free-Will Japan 1998 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - Cage album art Dir en grey Cage (Single) EastWest Japan Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - ゆらめき album art Dir en grey ゆらめき (Single) EastWest Japan Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - アクロの丘 album art Dir en grey アクロの丘 (Single) EastWest Japan Japan 1999 Sell This Version
AMDM-6300 Dir en grey - 予感 album art Dir en grey 予感(CD, Mini, Single) EastWest Japan AMDM-6300 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
AMDM-6269 Dir en grey - 残-ZAN- album art Dir en grey 残-ZAN-(CD, Mini, Single) East West Japan Inc. AMDM-6269 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
AMDM-6296 Dir en grey - 残-Zan- album art Dir en grey 残-Zan-(CD, Mini, Single) EastWest Japan AMDM-6296 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Dir en grey - 太陽の碧 album art Dir en grey 太陽の碧 (Maxi) EastWest Japan Japan 2000 Sell This Version

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Seelentau

Seelentau

January 23, 2018
21 years ago, on January 24, 1997, the band played their first ever show at Nagano Live House J. Back then, they called themselves DEATHMASK and performed Kuroyume cover songs. It was also the first show with Toshiya. So technically, since it's the 24th already in Japan, DEG is now 21 years old! :3
frontale

frontale

June 25, 2017
1997 - 2017, Already 20 years since DIR EN GREY started.
usnibrutski

usnibrutski

March 14, 2008
Never heard them actually live, but have seen the Family Values Tour 2006 dvd and I have to say... something different! They used to dress up and give away a whole show which is a certain style (Visual Kei), but turned to the normal side of metal. I do not really like the loud screams and singing in Dir En Grey, however they are something very different than I am used and that's a good thing! I was very suprised to see the singer fake a nosebleed on stage, but based on their site and the wikipedia site that's a left-over piece of show from their Visuel Kei days. All and all a show worth watching, but I do not think I will ever buy one of their cd's.

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