History Music / DirEnGrey

30th Apr '16 3:36:12 PM aye_amber
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* FollowTheLeader: Many other J-rock bands who were part of the second wave of VK have tried copying their formula, including those who worked under [[ThePeteBest former bassist and leader]] Music/Kisaki's Creator/UnderCodeProduction label, to various degrees of success. Those that did achieve success (Music/TheGazette, Music/ExistTrace, Music/{{Girugamesh}}, and a few others) have also established their own image and sound.

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* FollowTheLeader: Many other J-rock bands who were part of the second wave of VK have tried copying their formula, including those who worked under [[ThePeteBest former bassist and leader]] Music/Kisaki's Music/{{Kisaki}}'s Creator/UnderCodeProduction label, to various degrees of success. Those that did achieve success (Music/TheGazette, Music/ExistTrace, Music/{{Girugamesh}}, and a few others) have also established their own image and sound.
17th Apr '16 1:28:13 PM aye_amber
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Wiki/Wikipedia has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir_En_Grey_discography complete and comprehensive list of all their material]]

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Wiki/Wikipedia Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has a [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir_En_Grey_discography complete and comprehensive list of all their material]]



* DontTryThisAtHome: For career singers, Kyo's vocal style -- unless you ''want'' a short career with repeated injuries to your vocal cords and eardrums. It's far better you find an actual vocal coach or teacher, and if you can't or don't want to go that route, to at least practice with singers that have done so and that know proper technique to ''not'' injure themselves repeatedly [[note]]A few VK/J-metal singers with said technique are Ryuichi of Music/LunaSea post TheNineties, Yama-B ex Music/{{Galneryus}} currently with Music/{{Gunbridge}}, and Demon Kogure of Music/SeikimaII, the first two being vocal teachers themselves[[/note]]. Also, trying to sing through pain like Kyo does is a ''very bad idea'' that can leave your voice permanently and irreparably damaged. It's much the singing equivalent of trying to teach oneself drums from pre-1995 [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]] or learning guitar by copying Music/{{Dragonforce}}.

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* DontTryThisAtHome: For career singers, Kyo's vocal style -- unless you ''want'' a short career with repeated injuries to your vocal cords and eardrums. It's far better you find an actual vocal coach or teacher, and if you can't or don't want to go that route, to at least practice with singers that have done so and that know proper technique to ''not'' injure themselves repeatedly [[note]]A [[note]] A few VK/J-metal singers with said technique are Ryuichi of Music/LunaSea post TheNineties, Yama-B ex Music/{{Galneryus}} currently with Music/{{Gunbridge}}, and Demon Kogure of Music/SeikimaII, the first two being vocal teachers themselves[[/note]].themselves [[/note]]. Also, trying to sing through pain like Kyo does is a ''very bad idea'' that can leave your voice permanently and irreparably damaged. It's much the singing equivalent of trying to teach oneself drums from pre-1995 [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]] or learning guitar by copying Music/{{Dragonforce}}.



** ''Withering to Death'' saw the beginning of Kyo's insane screaming, as well as some {{Mathcore}} and DeathMetal influences.

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** ''Withering to Death'' saw the beginning of Kyo's insane screaming, as well as some {{Mathcore}} Mathcore and DeathMetal influences.
3rd Feb '16 7:14:00 PM Shikkaku
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* EpicRocking: Many songs, such as "Mazohyst of Decadence" (9:22), "Akuro no Oka" (9:42), "Macabre -Sanagi no Yume wa Ageha no Hane-" (10:50), "Zakuro" (8:37), "Vinushka" (9:37) and "Diabolos" (9:52).

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* EpicRocking: Many songs, such as "Mazohyst of Decadence" (9:22), "Akuro no Oka" (9:42), "Macabre -Sanagi no Yume wa Ageha no Hane-" (10:50), (10:50) (and its remake simply titled "MACABRE" featured on The Unraveling EP which is 16:18 minutes long), "Zakuro" (8:37), "Vinushka" (9:37) and "Diabolos" (9:52).
12th Dec '15 8:46:07 PM CassandraLeo
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* EpicRocking: Many songs, such as "Mazohyst of Decadence" (9:22), "Akuro no Oka" (9:42), "Macabre -Sanagi no Yume wa Ageha no Hane-" (10:50), "Zakuro" (8:37), "Vinushka" (9:37) and "Diabolos" (9:52).
1st Dec '15 12:05:17 AM miniJag
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Considered by some metal fans as the SpiritualSuccessor to the legendary bands Music/FaithNoMore, Music/MrBungle, and Music/XJapan, and even dubbed as "the Japanese Music/MarilynManson", the band has gained international acclaim for their [[GenreBusting unique sound]], [[UncommonTime precise]], [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly dynamic musician]], [[NightmareFuel dark]], [[VulgarHumor explicit]] [[{{Gorn}} lyrical]] [[{{Wangst}} themes]], [[IndecipherableLyrics near-incomprehensible songwriting]] and convention-[[MindScrew challenging]] image, and enjoys continuous success as one of Japan's biggest Visual Kei groups. They were part of the Second wave of Visual Kei bands and were one of the bands responsible for re-establishing Visual Kei as a musical movement among Heavy Metal artists.

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Considered by some metal fans as the SpiritualSuccessor to the legendary bands Music/FaithNoMore, Music/MrBungle, and Music/XJapan, and even dubbed as "the Japanese Music/MarilynManson", the band has gained international acclaim for their [[GenreBusting unique sound]], [[UncommonTime precise]], [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly dynamic musician]], musicianship]], [[NightmareFuel dark]], [[VulgarHumor explicit]] [[{{Gorn}} lyrical]] [[{{Wangst}} themes]], [[IndecipherableLyrics near-incomprehensible songwriting]] and convention-[[MindScrew challenging]] image, and enjoys continuous success as one of Japan's biggest Visual Kei groups. They were part of the Second wave of Visual Kei bands and were one of the bands responsible for re-establishing Visual Kei as a musical movement among Heavy Metal artists.
9th Nov '15 1:28:25 AM DarkSider13
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* Music/{{Kyo}}: Vocals

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* Music/{{Kyo}}: VocalsLead vocals



* Music/{{Toshiya}}: Bass Guitar

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* Music/{{Toshiya}}: Bass GuitarBass
9th Nov '15 1:27:29 AM DarkSider13
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* FiveBadBand:
** TheBigBad: Kaoru
** TheDragon: Kyo
** TheEvilGenius: Die
** TheBrute: Shinya
** TheDarkChick: Toshiya.
4th Nov '15 8:02:55 PM VenomousBlaze
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** ''Arche'' brought back the randomness of the first album, as well as adding influences from Kyo's other band, Music/{{Sukekiyo}}, and influences from [[PowerMetal other]] [[NoiseRock styles]] the band has not touched before. Though it could be best described as DeathMetal with clean vocals.

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** ''Arche'' brought back the randomness of the first album, as well as adding influences from Kyo's other band, Music/{{Sukekiyo}}, and influences from [[PowerMetal other]] [[NoiseRock styles]] the band has not touched before. Though it could be best described as DeathMetal with clean vocals.vocals taken from 1950s pop music
28th Aug '15 9:21:33 AM spirasen
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Dir en grey (DIR EN GREY/Dir en grey) is a Japanese five-piece AvantGardeMetal band. They formed around 1996 as a VisualKei band, but have gone in a more contemporary, post-Visual Kei direction as far as appearance. Musically, Dir en grey encompasses [[MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness Hard Rock]], HeavyMetal, NuMetal, GothicMetal, [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly etc]]. They first gained attention in 1998 with two independently produced singles. Subsequently, they caught the eye of [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]] from Music/XJapan, who helped [[TheMentor arrange and produce]] the singles of Dir en grey's first studio album, and subsequently signed them to Creator/ExtasyRecords. Later on, they would switch labels to Music/DynamiteTommy's Creator/FreeWillRecords, and then sign to both Gan-Shin for their European releases and The End Records for their American releases. Their material is released by Firewall Div, a sub-division of Free-Will Records, Since their inception, the quintet has released eight full-length studio albums, three [=EP=]s, and loads of other material, including singles, live videos and music video compilations.

Considered by some metal fans as the SpiritualSuccessor to the legendary bands Music/FaithNoMore, Music/MrBungle and Music/XJapan, and even dubbed as "the Japanese Music/MarilynManson", the band has gained international acclaim for their [[GenreBusting unique sound]], [[UncommonTime precise]], [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly dynamic]] musicianship, [[NightmareFuel dark]], [[RefugeInVulgarity explicit]] [[{{Gorn}} lyrical]] [[{{Wangst}} themes]], [[IndecipherableLyrics near-incomprehensible songwriting]] and convention-[[MindScrew challenging]] image, and enjoys continuous success as one of Japan's biggest VisualKei groups. They were part of the Second wave of Visual Kei bands and were one of the bands responsible for re-establishing VisualKei as a musical movement among HeavyMetal artists.

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Dir en grey (DIR EN GREY/Dir en grey) is a Japanese [[UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} Japanese]] five-piece AvantGardeMetal band. They formed around 1996 as a VisualKei band, but have gone in a more contemporary, post-Visual Kei direction as far as appearance. Musically, Dir en grey encompasses [[MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness Hard Rock]], HeavyMetal, NuMetal, GothicMetal, [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly etc]]. They first gained attention in 1998 with two independently produced singles. Subsequently, they caught the eye of [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]] from Music/XJapan, X Japan, who helped [[TheMentor [[MentorArchetype arrange and produce]] the singles of Dir en grey's first studio album, and subsequently signed them to Creator/ExtasyRecords. Later on, they would switch labels to Music/DynamiteTommy's Creator/FreeWillRecords, and then sign to both Gan-Shin for their European releases and The End Records for their American [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] releases. Their material is released by Firewall Div, a sub-division of Free-Will Records, Since their inception, the quintet has released eight full-length studio albums, three [=EP=]s, and loads of other material, including singles, live videos videos, and music video compilations.

Considered by some metal fans as the SpiritualSuccessor to the legendary bands Music/FaithNoMore, Music/MrBungle Music/MrBungle, and Music/XJapan, and even dubbed as "the Japanese Music/MarilynManson", the band has gained international acclaim for their [[GenreBusting unique sound]], [[UncommonTime precise]], [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly dynamic]] musicianship, dynamic musician]], [[NightmareFuel dark]], [[RefugeInVulgarity [[VulgarHumor explicit]] [[{{Gorn}} lyrical]] [[{{Wangst}} themes]], [[IndecipherableLyrics near-incomprehensible songwriting]] and convention-[[MindScrew challenging]] image, and enjoys continuous success as one of Japan's biggest VisualKei Visual Kei groups. They were part of the Second wave of Visual Kei bands and were one of the bands responsible for re-establishing VisualKei Visual Kei as a musical movement among HeavyMetal Heavy Metal artists.
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TheOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir_En_Grey_discography complete and comprehensive list of all their material]]

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TheOtherWiki Wiki/Wikipedia has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir_En_Grey_discography complete and comprehensive list of all their material]] material]]






* AltumVidetur: ''DUM SPIRO SPERO'', which translates to "While I breathe, I hope". Also, "VANITAS"[[note]]"Emptiness"[[/note]], a song from the album.
** The title of their latest ''Arche'', translates to "Origin".
* AmbiguousGender: More in the early days when they were more blatant with their VisualKei stylings. This video is one of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtdiZBA-u8Q best examples]].
* AnimatedMusicVideo: The [=PVs=] for "[[DerangedAnimation Agitated Screams of Maggots]]" and "[[{{Hentai}} Different]] [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles Sense]]"[[note]]The PV uses clips from the {{Hentai}} series Mahou Shoujo Ai alongside some traditional cinematography. The results are [[NightmareFuel terrifying]].[[/note]].
* AteHisGun: Implied to be how the protagonist of ''The Final'' committed suicide.

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* AltumVidetur: ''DUM SPIRO SPERO'', which translates to "While I breathe, Breathe, I hope". Hope." Also, "VANITAS"[[note]]"Emptiness"[[/note]], "VANITAS," [[note]]"Emptiness"[[/note]] a song from the album.
** The title of their latest ''Arche'', translates to "Origin".
"Origin."
* AmbiguousGender: More in the early days when they were more blatant with their VisualKei stylings. This video is one of the [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtdiZBA-u8Q best examples]].
* AnimatedMusicVideo: The [=PVs=] for "[[DerangedAnimation Agitated Screams of Maggots]]" and "[[{{Hentai}} Different]] [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles Sense]]"[[note]]The Sense]]" [[note]]The PV uses clips from the {{Hentai}} series Mahou Shoujo Ai alongside some traditional cinematography. The results are [[NightmareFuel terrifying]].[[/note]].
* AteHisGun: Implied to be how the protagonist of ''The Final'' "The Final" committed suicide.



* BadassLongcoat: Kyo in Yurameki, complete with a fur collar.
* CaptainObvious: They have a song called [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "I Will Die in Loneliness, Because I'm Lonely"]].
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Kyo, with his trademark screeching [[HarshVocals death voice]] suddenly popping up on seemingly light and clean songs.
* CharacterTics:
** Kyo has his spastic twitching, zombie walk, fish-hooking and vomiting. Also, [[LyricalTic his trademark screeching]].
** Toshiya often plays the bass vertically between his thighs, with his body contorted in a slightly awkward, serpentine fashion. Also, on the song "Obscure", he has a habit of swinging his bass while spinning.

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* BadassLongcoat: Kyo in Yurameki, "Yurameki," complete with a fur collar.
* CaptainObvious: They have a song called [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "I "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment I Will Die in Loneliness, Because I'm Lonely"]].
Lonely]]."
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Kyo, with his trademark screeching [[HarshVocals death voice]] suddenly popping up on seemingly light and clean songs.
songs.
* CharacterTics:
CharacterTics:
** Kyo has his spastic twitching, zombie walk, fish-hooking fish-hooking, and vomiting. Also, [[LyricalTic his trademark screeching]].
** Toshiya often plays the bass vertically between his thighs, with his body contorted in a slightly awkward, serpentine fashion. Also, on the song "Obscure", "Obscure," he has a habit of swinging his bass while spinning.



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USeAuyw97FA "Lie Buried With A Vengeance"]] provides a particularly {{egregious}} example at the end of the song.

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** [[http://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USeAuyw97FA "Lie com/watch?v=AgljKTzq-rA Lie Buried With A Vengeance"]] with a Vengeance]]" provides a particularly {{egregious}} example at the end of the song.



* CostumePorn: During their early days as a VK band. Downplayed to the point of aversion in recent years, though Toshiya and Shinya look noticeably more visual than the rest of the band in most photoshoots. The band brought back visuals since the ''UROBOROS'' era, however, they've put more emphasis on {{Badass}} clothing and [[DarkerAndEdgier darker, more stripped-down]] styles than full-on VisualKei.

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* CostumePorn: During their early days as a VK band. Downplayed to the point of aversion in recent years, though Toshiya and Shinya look noticeably more visual than the rest of the band in most photoshoots. The band brought back visuals since the ''UROBOROS'' era, however, they've put more emphasis on {{Badass}} clothing and [[DarkerAndEdgier darker, more stripped-down]] styles than full-on VisualKei.Visual Kei.



* DontTryThisAtHome: For career singers, Kyo's vocal style - unless you ''want'' a short career with repeated injuries to your vocal cords and eardrums. It's far better you find an actual vocal coach or teacher, and if you can't or don't want to go that route, to at least practice with singers that have done so and that know proper technique to ''not'' injure themselves repeatedly [[note]] A few VK/Jmetal singers with said technique are Ryuichi of Music/LunaSea post TheNineties, Yama-B ex Music/{{Galneryus}} currently with Music/{{Gunbridge}}, and Demon Kogure of Music/SeikimaII, the first two being vocal teachers themselves [[/note]]. Also, trying to sing through pain like Kyo does is a ''very bad idea'' that can leave your voice permanently and irreparably damaged. It's much the singing equivalent of trying to teach oneself drums from pre-1995 [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]] or learning guitar by copying Music/{{Dragonforce}}.
* ElegantGothicLolita: The band, especially Toshiya and Shinya pulled off the look really well during the band's early years. Shinya arguably did a better job at it than TropeMaker [[MaliceMizer Mana]] ever did.
* FollowTheLeader: Many other J-rock bands who were part of the second wave of VK have tried copying their formula, including those who worked under [[ThePeteBest former bassist and leader]] Kisaki's UNDER CODE PRODUCTION label, to various degrees of success. Those that did achieve success (Music/TheGazette, Music/ExistTrace and Music/{{Girugamesh}}, and a few others) have also established their own image and sound.

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* DontTryThisAtHome: For career singers, Kyo's vocal style - -- unless you ''want'' a short career with repeated injuries to your vocal cords and eardrums. It's far better you find an actual vocal coach or teacher, and if you can't or don't want to go that route, to at least practice with singers that have done so and that know proper technique to ''not'' injure themselves repeatedly [[note]] A [[note]]A few VK/Jmetal VK/J-metal singers with said technique are Ryuichi of Music/LunaSea post TheNineties, Yama-B ex Music/{{Galneryus}} currently with Music/{{Gunbridge}}, and Demon Kogure of Music/SeikimaII, the first two being vocal teachers themselves [[/note]].themselves[[/note]]. Also, trying to sing through pain like Kyo does is a ''very bad idea'' that can leave your voice permanently and irreparably damaged. It's much the singing equivalent of trying to teach oneself drums from pre-1995 [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]] or learning guitar by copying Music/{{Dragonforce}}.
* ElegantGothicLolita: The band, especially Toshiya and Shinya pulled off the look really well during the band's early years. Shinya arguably did a better job at it than TropeMaker [[MaliceMizer [[Music/MaliceMizer Mana]] ever did.
* FollowTheLeader: Many other J-rock bands who were part of the second wave of VK have tried copying their formula, including those who worked under [[ThePeteBest former bassist and leader]] Kisaki's UNDER CODE PRODUCTION Music/Kisaki's Creator/UnderCodeProduction label, to various degrees of success. Those that did achieve success (Music/TheGazette, Music/ExistTrace and Music/ExistTrace, Music/{{Girugamesh}}, and a few others) have also established their own image and sound.



--> "''To be honest, when we first started and we were wearing a lot of makeup on stage and stuff, there were a lot of bands doing that at the time in Japan, and people thought it was cool. But not anymore...The music was so unique, too...bands like X Japan. At that time, there weren't any two bands that sounded alike; these days everyone sounds exactly the same.''"
** Early in the band's career, the members themselves were clones of other artists: Kyo was considered an {{expy}} of Kuroyume vocalist Kiyoharu. and Toshiya's Gothic Lolita image was considered by some fans to be inspired by ex-bassist Kisaki.
* FriendlyRivalry: The reunited Music/XJapan and Dir en grey have one. It's a lot less friendly on the fandom side, however.

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--> "''To be honest, when we first started and we were wearing a lot of makeup on stage and stuff, there were a lot of bands doing that at the time in Japan, and people thought it was cool. But not anymore... The music was so unique, too...bands too... Bands like X Japan. At that time, there weren't any two bands that sounded alike; these days everyone sounds exactly the same.''"
** Early in the band's career, the members themselves were clones of other artists: Kyo was considered an {{expy}} of Kuroyume Music/{{Kuroyume}} vocalist Kiyoharu.Music/{{Kiyoharu}}. and Toshiya's Gothic Lolita image was considered by some fans to be inspired by ex-bassist Kisaki.
* FriendlyRivalry: The reunited Music/XJapan X Japan and Dir en grey have one. It's a lot less friendly on the fandom side, however.



* GenreBusting: The band challenges all the conventions of Japanese rock/metal by being [[UpToEleven a cut above]] the established tropes. In a ''Kerrang!'' interview, Kaoru once stated that, while they were still La:Sadie's, they were more of an unlistenable noise band than anything else, justifying the aforementioned statement. Indeed, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__jEoDDAAsE as La:Sadie''s]] they had such a weird sound that they can only be vaguely described as [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly "experimental/alternative melodic noise rock"]]. Some songs from the new album, ''Arche'', even throw in short segments of PowerMetal and NoiseRock.
* GenrePopularizer: Eroguro kei, from the very start. Also one of the first bands to display elements of what is to become {{Deathcore}} with their album ''Withering to Death''. TechnicalDeathMetal since ''Marrow Of A Bone'' and NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly since ''UROBOROS''.

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* GenreBusting: The band challenges all the conventions of Japanese rock/metal by being [[UpToEleven a cut above]] the established tropes. In a ''Kerrang!'' interview, Kaoru once stated that, while they were still La:Sadie's, Music/LaSadies, they were more of an unlistenable noise band than anything else, justifying the aforementioned statement. Indeed, [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__jEoDDAAsE as La:Sadie''s]] they had such a weird sound that they can only be vaguely described as [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly "experimental/alternative melodic noise rock"]]. rock."]] Some songs from the new album, ''Arche'', even throw in short segments of PowerMetal and NoiseRock.
* GenrePopularizer: Eroguro kei, Kei, from the very start. Also one of the first bands to display elements of what is to become {{Deathcore}} with their album ''Withering to Death''. TechnicalDeathMetal since ''Marrow Of A of a Bone'' and NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly since ''UROBOROS''.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "egnirys cimredopyh +) an injection" from ''MACABRE'' Read the first part backwards. Japanese law forbids the mention of syringes and needles.
** "Mitsu to tsuba" from ''GAUZE''. It translates to "honey and saliva", but since the kanji (the japanese characters) are printed backwards, it's assumed to be read as "Tsumi to batsu", which means "crime and punishment".

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "egnirys cimredopyh "Egnirys Cimredopyh +) an injection" from ''MACABRE'' Read the first part backwards. Japanese law forbids the mention of syringes and needles.
** "Mitsu to tsuba" Tsuba" from ''GAUZE''. It translates to "honey "Honey and saliva", Saliva," but since the kanji (the japanese characters) are printed backwards, it's assumed to be read as "Tsumi to batsu", Batsu," which means "crime and punishment". punishment."



* GratuitousRape: The lyrics and video of "OOBSCURE", "Agitated Screams of Maggots", and "Different Sense", the latter two of which featured tentacle rape. The lyrics of "Tsumi to Batsu", which is an entire song about rape. "Different Sense" ''could'' be argued to be symbolism (the TEPCO nuclear disaster being equated to a rape of the world) and RapeAsDrama, but it still is a very close call as to whether the rape imagery from tentacle {{hentai}} was necessary for the symbolism.
* IconicLogo: The name of the band, stylized in all caps and in big, bold letters. As of 2013, they have adopted a sleeker, more modern typeface similar to Music/TheGazette and (coincidentially) to Music/{{Khanate}}'s respective logos, as seen in ''The Unraveling''.
* IncrediblyLongNote: Kyo does this often, with one of the crowning examples being the LastNoteNightmare of ''The Final'' at Tabula Rasa 12-13.

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* GratuitousRape: The lyrics and video of "OOBSCURE", "OBSCURE," "Agitated Screams of Maggots", Maggots," and "Different Sense", Sense," the latter two of which featured tentacle rape. The lyrics of "Tsumi to Batsu", Batsu," which is an entire song about rape. "Different Sense" ''could'' be argued to be symbolism (the TEPCO nuclear disaster being equated to a rape of the world) and RapeAsDrama, but it still is a very close call as to whether the rape imagery from tentacle {{hentai}} hentai was necessary for the symbolism.
* IconicLogo: The name of the band, stylized in all caps and in big, bold letters. As of 2013, they have adopted a sleeker, more modern typeface similar to Music/TheGazette and (coincidentially) (coincidentally) to Music/{{Khanate}}'s respective logos, as seen in ''The Unraveling''.
* IncrediblyLongNote: Kyo does this often, with one of the crowning examples being the LastNoteNightmare of ''The Final'' "The Final" at Tabula Rasa 12-13. 12-13.



* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Impossible Hair Color]]: Every single member of the band, at one point or another. Kyo had gone through more hair color changes than anyone else in the band, ranging from black, brown, blonde, orange, red and even [[http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r187/lilaithia/dir%20en%20grey/kyo/kyo4.jpg bright pink]].

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* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Impossible Hair Color]]: Every single member of the band, at one point or another. Kyo had gone through more hair color changes than anyone else in the band, ranging from black, brown, blonde, orange, red red, and even [[http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r187/lilaithia/dir%20en%20grey/kyo/kyo4.[[http://i.imgur.com/AKtOpPe.jpg bright pink]].



* LeadBassist: Toshiya is a Type C, Type D and Type A.
* LongRunnerLineUp: The last major change happened around 1997, after the La:Sadie's era, when Toshiya took Kisaki's place as bass guitarist after parting ways with the latter.

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* LeadBassist: Toshiya is a Type C, Type D D, and Type A.
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* LongRunnerLineUp: The last major change happened around 1997, after the La:Sadie's era, when Toshiya took Kisaki's place as bass guitarist after parting ways with the latter.



* LongTitle: There are several examples of this when their titles are translated into English, including "Room 304, Cherry Blossoms of White Death" and "Tragedy is the Sweet Melancholy That Lowers Your Eyelids", but the longest one falls to "The Violence and the Darkness of the Burning Heat Entwines in My Heart". The Japanese title? "Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka De, Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami", the lead single from ''DUM SPIRO SPERO''
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Everyone in the band has sported this look at one point. Shinya plays this straight all throughout the band's history.
* LoudnessWar: Pretty much all their discography has songs that are brickwalled to an extent, but the original version of ''UROBOROS'' and the 2013 EP ''The Unraveling'' fell prey to atrocious mixing, especially the latter, where the drums sound excessively clipped and the bass drowned out the guitars.

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* LongTitle: There are several examples of this when their titles are translated into English, including "Room 304, Cherry Blossoms of White Death" and "Tragedy is the Sweet Melancholy That Lowers Your Eyelids", Eyelids," but the longest one falls to "The Violence and the Darkness of the Burning Heat Entwines in My Heart". The Japanese title? "Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka De, Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami", Yami," the lead single from ''DUM SPIRO SPERO''
SPERO''.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Everyone in the band has sported this look at one point. Shinya plays this straight all throughout the band's history.
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* LoudnessWar: Pretty much all their discography has songs that are brickwalled to an extent, but the original version of ''UROBOROS'' and the 2013 EP ''The Unraveling'' fell prey to atrocious mixing, especially the latter, where the drums sound excessively clipped and the bass drowned out the guitars.



** LyricalShoehorn: "Agitated Screams of Maggots". The entire song is composed of [[{{Wangst}} wangsty]], [[{{Narm}} narmy]], [[{{Egregious}} egregiously]]-[[WordSaladLyrics written]] [[TheUnintelligible nigh-unintelligible]] [[GratuitousEnglish English]] lyrics that make no sense at all. The first line mentions something about a fly, but that's all there is to it.[[note]]"Agitated Screams of Kyo" would have been a better title.[[/note]]
* ManInAKilt: Toshiya. He seems to have a strange affinity for skirts; he even wore a full [[ElegantGothicLolita Gothic Lolita dress]] [[http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr277/demonxpd/Dir%20en%20grey/-1997-.jpg back when they were VK]]. And while he downplayed, and eventually eschewed, that look as the band matured, [[http://japan-discoveries.com/images/bass%20magazine_2011_09_toshiya%20dir%20en%20grey_00.jpg he has gone back]] to [[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/20700000/DIR-EN-GREY-Lotus-dir-en-grey-20740672-666-667.jpg wearing his signature bell-shaped skirt]] in recent years.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Kyo. Fans draw comparisons to the legendary Music/MikePatton, due to their eerily similar vocal range, despite the two being on opposite sides of the world.

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** LyricalShoehorn: "Agitated Screams of Maggots". Maggots." The entire song is composed of [[{{Wangst}} wangsty]], [[{{Narm}} narmy]], [[{{Egregious}} egregiously]]-[[WordSaladLyrics written]] [[TheUnintelligible nigh-unintelligible]] [[GratuitousEnglish English]] lyrics that make no sense at all. The first line mentions something about a fly, but that's all there is to it. [[note]]"Agitated Screams of Kyo" would have been a better title.[[/note]]
[[/note]]
* ManInAKilt: Toshiya. He seems to have a strange affinity for skirts; he even wore a full [[ElegantGothicLolita Gothic Lolita dress]] [[http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr277/demonxpd/Dir%20en%20grey/-1997-.[[http://i.imgur.com/BlzYzv7.jpg back when they were VK]]. And while he downplayed, and eventually eschewed, that look as the band matured, [[http://japan-discoveries.com/images/bass%20magazine_2011_09_toshiya%20dir%20en%20grey_00.[[http://i.imgur.com/cXR5yNa.jpg he has gone back]] to [[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/20700000/DIR-EN-GREY-Lotus-dir-en-grey-20740672-666-667.[[http://i.imgur.com/JOfkKIh.jpg wearing his signature bell-shaped skirt]] in recent years.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Kyo. Fans draw comparisons to the legendary Music/MikePatton, due to their eerily similar vocal range, despite the two being on opposite sides of the world.



* TheMentor: Not only [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]], mentioned above, but Kyo was also [[AscendedFanboy a roadie]] for Music/{{Kuroyume}}, whose influence is very obvious on Dir en Grey's first few releases.

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* TheMentor: Not only [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]], mentioned above, but Kyo was also [[AscendedFanboy a roadie]] for Music/{{Kuroyume}}, Kuroyume, whose influence is very obvious on Dir en Grey's first few releases.



* MindScrew: The band is MindScrew incarnate, their overall concept, their material, their sound, and their lyrical themes border on TrueArtIsIncomprehensible and appear to be created solely for the purpose of invoking RuleOfCool, RuleOfScary and countless [[UnfortunateImplications other things]]. ''Even their name'' as a band is a MindScrew in itself - it means absolutely nothing and was apparently chosen for no reason aside from sounding [[RuleOfCool "cool"]].
* MinimalisticCoverArt:

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* MindScrew: The band is MindScrew incarnate, their overall concept, their material, their sound, and their lyrical themes border on TrueArtIsIncomprehensible and appear to be created solely for the purpose of invoking RuleOfCool, RuleOfScary and countless [[UnfortunateImplications other things]]. ''Even their name'' as a band is a MindScrew in itself - -- it means absolutely nothing and was apparently chosen for no reason aside from sounding [[RuleOfCool "cool"]].
"cool."]]
* MinimalisticCoverArt: MinimalisticCoverArt:



** Subverted with ''The Marrow of a Bone'': while mostly appearing matte black, it actually hides [[http://www.artfinding.com/images/svv/2/328/dmitri_baltermants__grief_kerch_1942-15-1.jpg a photo by Russian photographer Dmitri Baltermants called "Grief".]]

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** Subverted with ''The Marrow of a Bone'': while mostly appearing matte black, it actually hides [[http://www.artfinding.com/images/svv/2/328/dmitri_baltermants__grief_kerch_1942-15-1.[[http://i.imgur.com/Ib277a1.jpg a photo by Russian photographer Dmitri Baltermants Creator/DmitriBaltermants called "Grief".]]"Grief."]]



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They've covered everything from a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_llwjp60XE 1]] to an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hysCqjnHHZ4 11]]. However, most of their songs range from a soft 6 ("Dozing Green") to a very hard 9 ("Different Sense"), with their lighter songs typically in the 4-5 range.
** It should probably be pointed out that Dir en Grey are one of the few artists who have managed to hit 11 with purely acoustic instrumentation (in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsjIcKO1HuM the unplugged version of "Agitated Screams of Maggots"]]).

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They've covered everything from a [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_llwjp60XE 1]] to an [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hysCqjnHHZ4 11]]. However, most of their songs range from a soft 6 ("Dozing Green") to a very hard 9 ("Different Sense"), Sense,") with their lighter songs typically in the 4-5 range.
** It should probably be pointed out that Dir en Grey are one of the few artists who have managed to hit 11 with purely acoustic instrumentation (in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsjIcKO1HuM the unplugged version of "Agitated Screams of Maggots"]]).Maggots."]])



** Kyo would suddenly throw [[CarefulWiththatAxe screaming fits]] on seemingly "normal" songs. Take for example, "Obscure", which starts off as an ambient tune but shifts rapidly into {{Deathcore}} once the screams kick in. Also, [[spoiler: the LastNoteNightmare in "Dozing Green".]]
** A very unsettling example is the 4th disc of the DVD box set "Blitz 5 Days". The VERY depressing, mostly acoustic ballad "Mushi" (which ends with Kyo performing self-harm acts) is followed by the uncharacteristically upbeat-for-DeG-standards "Umbrella".
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Aside form just "metal", it is [[GenreBusting very hard to classify them]].
** Lampshaded: the band chooses not to be categorized at all.

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** Kyo would suddenly throw [[CarefulWiththatAxe screaming fits]] on seemingly "normal" songs. Take for example, "Obscure", "Obscure," which starts off as an ambient tune but shifts rapidly into {{Deathcore}} once the screams kick in. Also, [[spoiler: the LastNoteNightmare in "Dozing Green".]]
Green."]]
** A very unsettling example is the 4th disc of the DVD box set "Blitz 5 Days". Days." The VERY depressing, mostly acoustic ballad "Mushi" (which ends with Kyo performing self-harm acts) is followed by the uncharacteristically upbeat-for-DeG-standards "Umbrella".
"Umbrella."
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Aside form just "metal", "metal," it is [[GenreBusting very hard to classify them]].
them]].
** Lampshaded: the The band chooses not to be categorized at all.



** ''Macabre'' saw their transition from seemingly random AlternativeRock to full-on AlternativeMetal, a trend they continued up until ''Kisou''
** ''Six Ugly'' has the band ditching their Music/{{Kuroyume}} influences in favor of a harsh, noisy, Americanized NuMetal sound.

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** ''Macabre'' saw their transition from seemingly random AlternativeRock to full-on AlternativeMetal, a trend they continued up until ''Kisou''
''Kisou''.
** ''Six Ugly'' has the band ditching their Music/{{Kuroyume}} Kuroyume influences in favor of a harsh, noisy, Americanized NuMetal sound.



** ''Withering to Death'' saw the beginning of Kyo's insane screaming, as well as some mathcore and DeathMetal influences.
** ''Marrow Of A Bone'' was mostly noisy {{Deathcore}} with IndecipherableLyrics and trashy musicianship, and is seen by some fans as a landmark of the band's StylisticSuck phase.
** ''UROBOROS'' ditched the insane tempos and garbage-level musicianship for slower, dirge-like songs and massive, technical compositions akin to Music/{{Opeth}} and Music/{{Meshuggah}}.
** ''Dum Spiro Spero'' was basically ''UROBOROS'' musicianship dialed UpToEleven with the inclusion of [[UncommonTime arrythmic beats]] and brutal breakdowns. The HarshNoise influences from ''Withering To Death'', as well as the louder bass of the older albums, returned with a vengeance. This continued with ''The Unraveling'' mini-album.
** ''Arche'' brought back the randomness of the first album, as well as adding influences from Kyo's other band, Sukekiyo, and influences from [[PowerMetal other]] [[NoiseRock styles]] the band has not touched before. Though it could be best described as DeathMetal with clean vocals.

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** ''Withering to Death'' saw the beginning of Kyo's insane screaming, as well as some mathcore {{Mathcore}} and DeathMetal influences.
** ''Marrow Of A of a Bone'' was mostly noisy {{Deathcore}} with IndecipherableLyrics and trashy musicianship, and is seen by some fans as a landmark of the band's StylisticSuck phase.
** ''UROBOROS'' ditched the insane tempos and garbage-level musicianship for slower, dirge-like songs and massive, technical compositions akin to Music/{{Opeth}} and Music/{{Meshuggah}}.
Music/{{Meshuggah}}.
** ''Dum Spiro Spero'' was basically ''UROBOROS'' musicianship dialed UpToEleven with the inclusion of [[UncommonTime arrythmic arrhythmic beats]] and brutal breakdowns. The HarshNoise influences from ''Withering To Death'', as well as the louder bass of the older albums, returned with a vengeance. This continued with ''The Unraveling'' mini-album.
** ''Arche'' brought back the randomness of the first album, as well as adding influences from Kyo's other band, Sukekiyo, Music/{{Sukekiyo}}, and influences from [[PowerMetal other]] [[NoiseRock styles]] the band has not touched before. Though it could be best described as DeathMetal with clean vocals.



* OneWomanSong: Jessica, Audrey, possibly Amber though this may refer to the jewel, and even a one woman ''album'' in ''Missa.''

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* OneWomanSong: Jessica, Audrey, "Jessica," "Audrey," possibly Amber "Amber" though this may refer to the jewel, and even a one woman ''album'' in ''Missa.''''Missa''.



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Their band slogan appears to be "Japanese Zombie [[XtremeKoolLetterz Heroez]]", which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7IXmV6A6Bk as shown in this video]]. It also appears on some of Kaoru's guitars, picks, and straps, as well as some of the band's official merch.
* RearrangeTheSong: While the band has been adept at remixing their own songs and re-arranging them for live performances, the single for ''Hageshisa to, ..." was the moment they began releasing re-recordings of their older songs. ''THE UNRAVELING'' is almost entirely re-recorded songs.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Their band slogan appears to be "Japanese Zombie [[XtremeKoolLetterz Heroez]]", Heroez]]," which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7IXmV6A6Bk as shown in this video]]. It also appears on some of Kaoru's guitars, picks, and straps, as well as some of the band's official merch.
* RearrangeTheSong: While the band has been adept at remixing their own songs and re-arranging them for live performances, the single for ''Hageshisa to, ..." to [...]" was the moment they began releasing re-recordings of their older songs. ''THE UNRAVELING'' is almost entirely re-recorded songs.



* SpiritualSuccessor: They are literally this to Music/{{Kuroyume}}, having had taken their predecessors' DarkerAndEdgier approach to VisualKei and ''running off with it'' so that they can popularize AvantGardeMetal in the scene. And that's not mentioning the fact that they have a vocalist that is both a near-perfect double for ''and'' has very good relations with Kuroyume frontman Kiyoharu.
** Non-VisualKei fans are more than willing to compare them favorably to other AvantGardeMetal bands such as Music/FaithNoMore, Music/{{Korn}} and Music/{{Atheist}}.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: They are literally this to Music/{{Kuroyume}}, Kuroyume, having had taken their predecessors' DarkerAndEdgier approach to VisualKei Visual Kei and ''running off with it'' so that they can popularize AvantGardeMetal in the scene. And that's not mentioning the fact that they have a vocalist that is both a near-perfect double for ''and'' has very good relations with Kuroyume frontman Kiyoharu.
** Non-VisualKei fans are more than willing to compare them favorably to other AvantGardeMetal bands such as Music/FaithNoMore, Music/{{Korn}} Music/{{Korn}}, and Music/{{Atheist}}. Music/{{Atheist}}.



* StartMyOwn: Kyo recently formed a side project called "Sukekiyo". It's apparently a {{Retraux}} of ''Macabre''-era Diru.

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* StartMyOwn: Kyo recently formed a side project called "Sukekiyo". "Sukekiyo." It's apparently a {{Retraux}} of ''Macabre''-era Diru.



* TheUnintelligible: Some of Kyo's more inhuman sounds and his [[JapaneseRanguage English]] tend to be this. Honestly, listen to "Dozing Green" from ''UROBOROS''. Would you believe every word of that song is in [[GratuitousEnglish English]]? There is also a Japanese version of "Dozing Green", but it's hard to tell the difference. [[FromBadToWorse Even worse]] than "Dozing Green" is "Glass Skin" from the same album. It's sung in completely unintelligible English.
** This overlaps with LoudnessWar when badly mixed live - good luck trying to even tell ''what song'' the band is playing without a setlist or where one ends and another begins at some points. Or to hear individual instruments or Kyo's vocals.

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* TheUnintelligible: Some of Kyo's more inhuman sounds and his [[JapaneseRanguage English]] tend to be this. Honestly, listen to "Dozing Green" from ''UROBOROS''. Would you believe every word of that song is in [[GratuitousEnglish English]]? There is also a Japanese version of "Dozing Green", Green," but it's hard to tell the difference. [[FromBadToWorse Even worse]] than "Dozing Green" is "Glass Skin" from the same album. It's sung in completely unintelligible English.
** This overlaps with LoudnessWar when badly mixed live - -- good luck trying to even tell ''what song'' the band is playing without a setlist or where one ends and another begins at some points. Or to hear individual instruments or Kyo's vocals.



** They went for full Eroguro kei during the Tabula Rasa and Ghoul tours, especially during the latter, with Kyo's new zombified image (complete with corpse paint and fangs), Die's return to a Visual Shock-inspired mullet and heavy makeup, Shinya going for a full {{Bifauxnen}} look and all of them (especially Toshiya, Kyo and Kaoru) wearing ominous robes during some songs.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: The band sported this look prior to ''Kisou''.

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** They went for full Eroguro kei Kei during the Tabula Rasa and Ghoul tours, especially during the latter, with Kyo's new zombified image (complete with corpse paint and fangs), Die's return to a Visual Shock-inspired mullet and heavy makeup, Shinya going for a full {{Bifauxnen}} look and all of them (especially Toshiya, Kyo and Kaoru) wearing ominous robes during some songs.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: The band sported this look prior to ''Kisou''.



* XMeetsY: Music/FaithNoMore meets Music/{{Converge}} meets Music/CannibalCorpse meets Music/{{Atheist}} meets Music/{{Metallica}} meets Music/MrBungle meets Music/JudasPriest meets Music/SunnO meets Music/AliceInChains meets Music/{{Meshuggah}} meets Music/{{Queensryche}} meets Music/{{Korn}} meets Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan meets Music/{{Pantera}} meets Music/AtTheGates meets Music/MarilynManson meets Music/BlackSabbath, [[SerialEscalation etc...]][[note]]Hell, Diru's pretty much ''[[UpToEleven every single metal band combined into one.]]''[[/note]]

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* XMeetsY: Music/FaithNoMore meets Music/{{Converge}} meets Music/CannibalCorpse meets Music/{{Atheist}} meets Music/{{Metallica}} meets Music/MrBungle meets Music/JudasPriest meets Music/SunnO meets Music/AliceInChains meets Music/{{Meshuggah}} meets Music/{{Queensryche}} meets Music/{{Korn}} meets Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan meets Music/{{Pantera}} meets Music/AtTheGates meets Music/MarilynManson meets Music/BlackSabbath, [[SerialEscalation etc...]][[note]]Hell, ]] [[note]]Hell, Diru's pretty much ''[[UpToEleven every single metal band combined into one.]]''[[/note]]
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Considered by some metal fans as the SpiritualSuccessor to the legendary bands Music/FaithNoMore, Music/MrBungle and Music/XJapan, the band has gained international acclaim for their [[GenreBusting unique sound]], [[UncommonTime precise]], [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly dynamic]] musicianship, [[NightmareFuel dark]], [[RefugeInVulgarity explicit]] [[{{Gorn}} lyrical]] [[{{Wangst}} themes]], [[IndecipherableLyrics near-incomprehensible songwriting]] and convention-[[MindScrew challenging]] image, and enjoys continuous success as one of Japan's biggest VisualKei groups. They were part of the Second wave of Visual Kei bands and were one of the bands responsible for re-establishing VisualKei as a musical movement among HeavyMetal artists.

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Considered by some metal fans as the SpiritualSuccessor to the legendary bands Music/FaithNoMore, Music/MrBungle and Music/XJapan, and even dubbed as "the Japanese Music/MarilynManson", the band has gained international acclaim for their [[GenreBusting unique sound]], [[UncommonTime precise]], [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly dynamic]] musicianship, [[NightmareFuel dark]], [[RefugeInVulgarity explicit]] [[{{Gorn}} lyrical]] [[{{Wangst}} themes]], [[IndecipherableLyrics near-incomprehensible songwriting]] and convention-[[MindScrew challenging]] image, and enjoys continuous success as one of Japan's biggest VisualKei groups. They were part of the Second wave of Visual Kei bands and were one of the bands responsible for re-establishing VisualKei as a musical movement among HeavyMetal artists.
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