History Music / Kaoru

19th Feb '16 6:13:18 PM aye_amber
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* TheMentor: Music/{{Yoshiki|Hayashi}} helped shape his Music/{{hide|toMatsumoto}} cloning attempt by injecting an Music/XJapan esque vibe to his early works.

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* TheMentor: MentorArchetype: Music/{{Yoshiki|Hayashi}} helped shape his Music/{{hide|toMatsumoto}} cloning attempt by injecting an Music/XJapan esque vibe to his early works.
19th Feb '16 6:06:23 PM aye_amber
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** One of their more recent photo shoots has them looking like [[http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/images/artists/dir-en-grey.jpg mirror images of each other.]]

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** One of their more recent photo shoots has them looking like [[http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/images/artists/dir-en-grey.[[http://i.imgur.com/f23dDhv.jpg mirror images of each other.]]
19th Feb '16 6:01:41 PM aye_amber
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* {{Biseinen}}

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* {{Biseinen}}[[{{Bishonen}} Biseinen]]
19th Feb '16 6:00:11 PM aye_amber
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* HarshVocals: He tries to mimic Kyo's singing, though he ends up sounding like Music/MariaCross.

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* HarshVocals: He tries to mimic Kyo's Music/{{Kyo}}'s singing, though he ends up sounding like Music/MariaCross.
19th Feb '16 5:54:44 PM aye_amber
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Kaoru Niikura, known mononymously by his given name Kaoru, is a Japanese guitarist, songwriter and record producer best-known as the bandleader and lead guitarist of the post-VisualKei experimental metal band Music/DirEnGrey. Since 1996 he has been involved in the Visual scene as a guitarist for CHARM and La:Sadie's.

He has composed most of Dir en grey's songs and is credited as the band's primary composer and producer (up until the ''Vulgar'' album, where individual credits were dropped). Many of his compositions display [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly great variety in terms of sound]], often ranging from soft, slow ballads to upbeat, aggressive metal songs. He is also a proficient soloist; his melodic solos vary greatly in feeling, tempo and technicality.

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Kaoru Niikura, known mononymously by his given name Kaoru, is a Japanese guitarist, songwriter and record producer best-known best known as the bandleader band leader and lead guitarist of the post-VisualKei Post-VisualKei experimental metal band Music/DirEnGrey. Since 1996 he has been involved in the Visual scene as a guitarist for CHARM ''CHARM'' and La:Sadie's.

''La:Sadie's.''

He has composed most of Dir en grey's songs and is credited as the band's primary composer and producer (up (Up until the ''Vulgar'' album, where individual credits were dropped). Many of his compositions display [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly great variety in terms of sound]], sound,]] often ranging from soft, slow ballads to upbeat, aggressive metal songs. He is also a proficient soloist; his melodic solos vary greatly in feeling, tempo and technicality.









* AmbiguousGender: Plays this trope straight as far as appearance is concerned, even more so in his early days in the visual scene.
* AscendedFanboy: Became this. He is a fan of Music/XJapan's [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] and entered the Visual scene in order to become as great as him. He and his band got signed to Music/{{Yoshiki|Hayashi}}'s Creator/ExtasyRecords in the early part of their career and took on his idol's image. He also become a household name in modern Visual Kei and received recognition as a promising talent in the metal scene. He is so praised for his guitar skills that he was eventually chosen as a candidate for hide's replacement as X Japan guitarist. The position went to Music/LunaSea guitarist Sugizo, however.

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* AmbiguousGender: Plays this trope straight as far as appearance is concerned, even more so in his early days in the visual Visual scene.
* AscendedFanboy: Became this. He is a fan of Music/XJapan's [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] Music/{{hide|toMatsumoto}} and entered the Visual scene in order to become as great as him. He and his band got signed to Music/{{Yoshiki|Hayashi}}'s Creator/ExtasyRecords in the early part of their career and took on his idol's image. He also become a household name in modern Visual Kei and received recognition as a promising talent in the metal scene. He is so praised for his guitar skills that he was eventually chosen as a candidate for hide's replacement as X Japan guitarist. The position went to Music/LunaSea guitarist Sugizo, however.



** One of their more recent photoshoots has them looking like [[http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/images/artists/dir-en-grey.jpg mirror images of each other]]

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** One of their more recent photoshoots photo shoots has them looking like [[http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/images/artists/dir-en-grey.jpg mirror images of each other]]other.]]



* FollowTheLeader: A huge fan of [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] and wanted to be like him (see above). [[AscendedFanboy He did]].

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* FollowTheLeader: A huge fan of [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] Music/{{hide|toMatsumoto}} and wanted to be like him (see above). [[AscendedFanboy He did]].did.]]



* LongRunnerLineUp: Part of one of Visual Kei's most long-lived bands. He is somehow proud of it and considers the band and his bandmates as important.
* TheMentor: Music/{{Yoshiki|Hayashi}} helped shape his Music/{{hide|toMatsumoto}} cloning attempt by injecting an XJapan-esque vibe to his early works.
* NiceHat: Loves hats and owns a rather extensive collection.
* OjouRinglets: He has been curling his hair more and more in recent years; in 2011 he went for loose barrel curls, in 2012 he went for EightiesHair and nowadays he seems to be going for a messier version of his 2011 hairstyle.

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* LongRunnerLineUp: Part of one of Visual Kei's VisualKei's most long-lived long lived bands. He is somehow proud of it and considers the band and his bandmates as important.
* TheMentor: Music/{{Yoshiki|Hayashi}} helped shape his Music/{{hide|toMatsumoto}} cloning attempt by injecting an XJapan-esque Music/XJapan esque vibe to his early works.
* NiceHat: Loves hats and owns a rather extensive collection.
collection.
* OjouRinglets: He has been curling his hair more and more in recent years; in 2011 he went for loose barrel curls, in 2012 he went for EightiesHair EightiesHair, and nowadays he seems to be going for a messier version of his 2011 hairstyle.



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Popularized Dir en grey's tagline: "Japanese Zombie Heroez" which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - the band is usually portrayed in music videos as a group of VisualKei zombies playing metal songs (as seen in the [=PVs=] for "Obscure", "The Final", "Hageshisa to..." and "Different Sense"). He claims that it first appeared on his ESP Ganesa VIII in a live show and ever since then the tagline has appeared on every one of his signature guitars, picks and straps. It has also appeared in the band's official merch and as a tattoo worn by some Visual Kei fanboys.
* RenaissanceMan: Aside from music, he once said that, during his school years, he was known as an excellent student who specialized in arts and sports. [[BrilliantButLazy He isn't exactly the most studious, however]]. He is also an illustrator.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Popularized Dir en grey's Music/DirEnGrey's tagline: "Japanese Zombie Heroez" which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - -- the band is usually portrayed in music videos as a group of VisualKei zombies playing metal songs (as seen in the [=PVs=] for "Obscure", "Obscure," "The Final", Final," "Hageshisa to..." to [...]," and "Different Sense"). He claims that it first appeared on his ESP Ganesa VIII in a live show and ever since then the tagline has appeared on every one of his signature guitars, picks picks, and straps. It has also appeared in the band's official merch and as a tattoo worn by some Visual Kei fanboys.
* RenaissanceMan: Aside from music, he once said that, during his school years, he was known as an excellent student who specialized in arts and sports. [[BrilliantButLazy He isn't exactly the most studious, however]]. however.]] He is also an illustrator.



* VisualKei: Went post-Visual, but still associated with the scene. Since the ''UROBOROS'' era, he has experimented with VK once again (same applies to the rest of his bandmates), though his style leans more towards "wealthy metal rockstar" at best.

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* VisualKei: Went post-Visual, Post-Visual, but still associated with the scene. Since the ''UROBOROS'' era, he has experimented with VK once again (same applies to the rest of his bandmates), though his style leans more towards "wealthy metal rockstar" at best.best.
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9th Mar '15 2:54:20 AM tenryufan
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* DyeHard: Has had flaming red, purple and pink hair before, but currently his hair color is around the red-black range and currently you can't really tell if his hair color is black or a really deep red.



* FanNickname: "God of Death".



* OneOfUs / {{Otaku}}: Admits that he is a {{Gundam}} fanboy. Also loves playing video games and has once mentioned that he borrows games from Kyo.



* TheRedStapler: ESP "Japanese Zombie Guitars" and [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] merchandise.



* VisualKei: Went post-Visual, but still associated with the scene. Since the ''UROBOROS'' era, he has experimented with VK once again (same applies to the rest of his bandmates), though his style leans more towards "wealthy metal rockstar" at best.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Had he been chosen as Music/XJapan's new lead guitarist, he would have raised the standards of VisualKei to whole new levels, brought some hope to the now-inactive Extasy Records by collaborating with Yoshiki once again, and inspired many non-VK metal artists to enter VisualKei. He would also have, like fellow candidate Music/{{Miyavi}}, brought a more youthful and dynamic vibe to Music/XJapan and VisualKei in general.

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* VisualKei: Went post-Visual, but still associated with the scene. Since the ''UROBOROS'' era, he has experimented with VK once again (same applies to the rest of his bandmates), though his style leans more towards "wealthy metal rockstar" at best.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Had he been chosen as Music/XJapan's new lead guitarist, he would have raised the standards of VisualKei to whole new levels, brought some hope to the now-inactive Extasy Records by collaborating with Yoshiki once again, and inspired many non-VK metal artists to enter VisualKei. He would also have, like fellow candidate Music/{{Miyavi}}, brought a more youthful and dynamic vibe to Music/XJapan and VisualKei in general.
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14th May '14 3:10:40 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* FiveManBand - TheLeader: Composes most, if not almost all of Dir en grey's music. He also exudes a mature, leaderly presence whenever necessary.
28th Jan '14 11:56:51 AM Catbert
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* AnimeHair: Ever since the beginning. Downplayed in recent years, though.
10th Jul '13 7:32:23 PM VenomousBlaze
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Like fellow bandmate Music/{{Toshiya}}, he is also an illustrator.
10th Jul '13 7:30:45 PM VenomousBlaze
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* OjouRinglets: He has been curling his hair more and more in recent years; in 2011 he went for loose barrel curls, in 2012 he went for EightiesHair and nowadays he seems to be going for a messier version of his 2011 hairstyle.



* OneOfUs / {{Otaku}}: Admits that he is a {{Gundam}} fanboy. Also loves playing video games and has once mentioned that he borrows games from Kyo.



* OneOfUs / {{Otaku}}: Admits that he is a {{Gundam}} fanboy. Also loves playing video games and has once mentioned that he borrows games from Kyo.
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