Dir En Grey

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Dir En Grey
Dir En Grey in Saarbrücken in 2009
Background information
OreiginOsaka, Japan
GenresExperimental metal, alternative metal,
metalcore, daith metal,
progressive metal, nu metal,
hard rock
Years active1997–present
LabelsFirewall Div., SMEJ,
Okami, The End,
Gan-Shin, Warcon Enterprises
Associate actsLa:Sadie's

Dir En Grey (stylized as DIR EN GREY an previously as Dir en grey) is a Japanese metal baund formit in 1997 an currently signed tae Firewall Div., a sub-diveesion o Free-Will. As o 2014, they hae recordit nine full-lenth records. While the group's lineup haes remained consistent syne its inception, numerous stylistic chynges hae made the genre o their muisic difficult tae determine (though it is generally considered tae be a form o metal). Oreeginally a visual kei baund, the baund haes optit for less dramatic attire in recent years.[1][2]

Dir En Grey haes toured through Asie, Europe, Sooth Americae, an North Americae;[3][4] Billboard commentin on the group's internaitional fanbase, that the baund "haes transcendit the leid barrier in the Unitit States through its muisic" an "gained its audience athoot singin in Inglis".[5]

Muisical style[eedit | eedit soorce]

Dir En Grey haes been categorisit in mony genres such as alternative metal, daith metal, experimental, avant-garde an various ithers.[6] Dir En Grey's format has been subject to change throughout their career, initially being a rather experimental form of alternative rock. Some tracks of their debut album Gauze an aw demonstrated a destinct pop appeal, which wis lairgely dropped in favor o a mair progressive soond on the follaein albums, Macabre an Kisou. While up tae that point some sangs haed awready been mair fast-pacit, raw an aggressive than ithers, the baund's muisic teuk a decisive turn wi the release o the EP Six Ugly, frae then on sportin mair metal influences in general. Dir En Grey's style haes syne gravitated towards riffs an sang structurs mair alang the lines o contemporary North American fusion genres, such as nu metal an metalcore, though their album, Uroboros, sees them return tae the mair experimental an oriental soond o their earlier albums. Syne its release mony sources hae begun classifyin Dir En Grey as progressive metal.

Kyo's singin is considered a pivotal aspect o the baund, an he haes gained recognition for his distinctive vocal wirk an for his lairge range an versatility, being able tae "houl, croon, emote cleanly, scream, shriek, groul, bellae, an mak nearly inhuman soonds",[3] and he has been compared favorably to singer and avant garde metal musician Mike Patton.[7] In their review o Uroboros, Sputnik Music says anerlie o Kyo's singin, "A challenge you tae fynd ane sangster in ony genre wi mair range than this guy."[8] Aw leerics are written bi Kyo an deal wi subjects such as society, mass media as well as sexual obsessions an love, uisually wi negative implications. The vocabulary varies frae subtle tae explicit an several sangs rely hivily on double entendres an ither wirdplay, aften involvin the multiple meanins o a kanji character.[9]

Members[eedit | eedit soorce]

The members o Dir En Grey are creditit wi their given or stage names, wi the names o Kyo () an Kaoru () uisually being written in kanji.

Discography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Studio albums

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Mascia, Mike. "Dir En Grey feature interview". Blistering. Retrieved 7 August 2007. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. Brannigan, Paul (19 November 2008), "The Perfect Stranger", Kerrang!, pp. 42–43, archived frae the original on 16 Januar 2009, retrieved 11 Februar 2012
  3. a b Jurek, Thom. "The Marrow of a Bone review". allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 August 2007. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "amg_tmoab" defined multiple times wi different content
  4. Reesman, Brian (30 November 2006). "Kabuki Rock". grammy.com. Archived frae the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  5. Titus, Christa (17 Apryle 2006). "Underground Support Brings Dir En Grey to Forefront". Billboard. Archived frae the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2007. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. "Dir en grey - Uroboros (album review)". Sputnikmusic.com. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  7. "Uroboros > Review".
  8. "Dir En Grey - Uroboros Review". sputnikmusic.
  9. Stewart, Brian. "Lyrics translations with notes". centigrade-j.com. Archived frae the original on 24 Mairch 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007. Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)

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