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-> ''"[[WidgetSeries Japanese]] [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombie]] [[XtremeKoolLetterz Heroez]]"''
-->--The band's slogan

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]], Music/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 and (arguably) Music/XJapan, the band has gained international acclaim for their [[GenreBusting unique]] [[HellIsThatNoise sound]], [[UncommonTime precise]], [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly dynamic]] musicianship, [[NightmareFuel dark]], [[RefugeInVulgarity explicit]] [[{{Gorn}} lyrical]] [[{{Wangst}} themes]], [[IndecipherableLyrics near-incomprehensible songwiting]] 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.

They are currently writing a new album, which is due out November of 2014. Listeners better prepare themselves to see what tricks they have up their sleeve next.

!!Members:
* Music/{{Kyo}}: Vocals
* Music/{{Kaoru}}: Guitar
* Music/{{Die}} (pronounced [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Dye"]] as opposed to "dee-eh"): Guitar
* Music/{{Toshiya}}: Bass Guitar
* Music/{{Shinya}}: Drums

!!Discography
!!!Studio Albums:
* ''Gauze'' (1999)
* ''Macabre'' (2000)
* ''Kisou'' (2002)
* ''VULGAR'' (2003)
* ''Withering to death.'' (2005)
* ''THE MARROW OF A BONE'' (2007)
* ''UROBOROS'' (2008)
* ''DUM SPIRO SPERO'' (2011)

!!![=EP=]s:
* ''Missa'' (1997)
* ''Six Ugly'' (2002)
* ''The Unraveling'' (2013, classified as a mini-album but released as an EP)

TheOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir_En_Grey_discography complete and comprehensive list of all their material]]
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! Dir en grey Provides Examples of:
* AltumVidetur: ''DUM SPIRO SPERO''. Also, "VANITAS", a song from the album.
* AmbiguousGender: More in the early days when they were in the VisualKei movement. 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]].
* AvantGardeMetal: They are one of the more well-known experimental metal acts.
* AxCrazy: Kyo's stage persona.
* 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.
* ClusterFBomb: Some of the songs with English lyrics from ''The Marrow of a Bone'' have this.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USeAuyw97FA "Lie Buried With A Vengeance"]] provides a particularly {{egregious}} example at the end of the song.[[note]]*screech* FUCK! FUCK! FUCK! FUCK! FUCK! FUCK!]][[TheUnintelligible OOOGAAAHHHBOOGAHBOOGAH!]][[/note]]
** Also, prevalent in "The Domestic Fucker Family" from ''Kisou''.
* 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.
* [[DarkerAndEdgier Darker and Angrier]]: Than their contemporaries, and pretty much every other Visual band.
** Maybe a [[{{Narm}} little]] [[{{Wangst}} too angry]]...
* 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]].
* 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, but none have achieved the same level of success. In fact, many of the bands who worked under Kisaki's wing have broken up or changed styles. Those that did achieve success (Music/TheGazette, Music/ExistTrace and Music/{{Girugamesh}}, and a few others) have also established their own image and sound.
** Apparently, this trope was the reason why the band opted for a post-Visual kei image, as Toshiya said in a 2010 interview:
--> "''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.
* FunnyAneurysm: Happened to one of their fans who sent a message to Kyo on how to end his life, which he didn't take too seriously. Kyo later found out that the fan was ''dead serious'' about suicide, and succeeded in an attempt to take his own life. The incident scarred Kyo for life, and since then, [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings he has been mostly silent to fans who would like to send him messages]].
* FunSize: Kyo. He's only around 5'2"/5'3"
* 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. [[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"]]. It seems the only sub-genre of metal they haven't yet covered is PowerMetal, but there's still time yet.
* 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''
* GenreRoulette: Overlaps with GenreBusting, and creates even more of a MindScrew for critics.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Egnirys Cimredopyh" from ''Macabre'' [[spoiler:Read it backwards]].
** Also, "Mitsu to Tsuba" from ''Gauze'' [[spoiler:The title means "Honey and Saliva" but the kanji are actually printed in reverse]]
* {{Gorn}}: A fairly common lyrical theme in their works, [[MindScrew among]] [[SurrealHorror many]] [[NightmareFuel others]].
* GratuitousRape: The lyrics and video of "Obscure", "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.
* IndecipherableLyrics
* [[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]].
* LastNoteNightmare: Plenty of songs.
** "Dozing Green" is probably the worst offender; [[spoiler:what sounds like a song fading out is suddenly interrupted by Kyo [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl screaming like a horrified girl]]]].
** The title track from ''The Unraveling'' ends with the final measures of the song throwing the instrumentations into utter chaos.
* 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.
** Justified by the fact that every single member considers the band as highly important.
* LongTitle: Loads of examples when translated to English, including (but not limited to) "Room 304, Cherry Blossoms of White Death" from ''Gauze'' and "Tragedy is the Sweet Melancholy That Lowers Your Eyelids" from ''Withering to Death.''. But the worst, oh god, is the third-to-last track on their latest album ''Dum Spiro Spero'', which, when translated, reads this: "The Violence and the Darkness of the Burning Heat Entwines in My Heart". The Japanese title? [[spoiler:"Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka De, Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami"]].
** What's odd about it is that it is one of their most notable songs. Some fans would refer to it as "that song from Saw 3D" because of the title's length.
* 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 egregiously clipped and the bass drowning out the guitars. It isn't helped by the fact that ''Tue Madsen'' produces all their recent releases.
** Even their more recent ''lives'' are brickwalled with the guitars ''extremely'' clipped (to a degree that even an amateur guitarist should be capable of preventing) and everything blending together into a droning wall of nigh-unlistenable noise. The 2013 Hollywood live was so atrociously mixed (especially in comparison to the equally heavy opening band that had very clear sound) to be a FacePalm moment if not outright ''painful'' for anyone with any production or sound-mixing knowledge at all, with the only song that wasn't brickwalled being ''The Final'' in the encore. Others have reported similar issues with their Irving Plaza 2013 live.
* LyricalDissonance: Kyo makes a point never to write happy lyrics. This has done nothing to prevent Kaoru and Die from giving him some pretty bouncy material to sing over. "Jessica," "Audrey," "Youkan," and Shinya's "Umbrella" are particularly notable examples.
** 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.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Though Kyo is known for being a mean, [[ChaoticEvil evil]] and AxCrazy guy during concerts, he is a completely different person offstage, being nice, very polite and respectful during interviews. He also likes having fun and had his fair share of comedic moments as well.
** Some fans lucky enough to meet him have reported him being very shy and reserved off-stage.
* 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.
* MetalScream: Kyo does these very often, and takes his vocal work [[UpToEleven to inhuman levels]].
* 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: Subverted with ''The Marrow of a Bone'': normally it looks matte-black, but on a high level of contrast you can see the cover art is [[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".]]
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: They come in at a ''very hard'' 10, and at ''their tamest'', they are a ''solid'' 9. But most of the time, their lyrics can be so harsh, offensive, or incomprehensible that they often climb [[UpToEleven up to Level 11]]. Their lyrics are [[CrossesTheLineTwice so wrong]] [[DudeNotFunny in so many levels]] that they can't be ranked lower in the scale.
* 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.
* MoodWhiplash: ''The Marrow of a Bone'' starts off with a soft power ballad, is followed by several ultra-aggressive metal songs, and while the album does soften from there, it never has another ballad again. The transition can be very unsettling and startling to the unsuspecting listener.
** Kyo would suddenly throw [[CarefulWiththatAxe screaming fits]] on seemingly "normal" songs. Take for example, "Obscure", which starts off with a fairly soothing ambient section but shifts rapidly into {{Deathcore}} once the screams kick in. Also, [[spoiler: the LastNoteNightmare in "Dozing Green".]]
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Aside form just "metal", it is [[GenreBusting very hard to classify them]].
** Lampshaded: the band chooses not to be categorized at all.
** Also, arguing about what genre they belong to would generate [[FlameWar a lot of controversy]].
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Macabre'', ''Six Ugly'', ''Vulgar'', and every album after ''Withering to Death''
* NiceHat: The band loves hats. Every member has worn at least one awesome hat at some point. Kyo is particularly notable for having [[UnlimitedWardrobe lots of these]].
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Averted due to Toshiya's {{Bishonen}} status.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Everyone in the band is in their mid to late-thirties, but appear to be in their late teens or early twenties. Check out pictures of them. Even the more recent ones would show a band whose members have aged very little physically.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: The intro to "Cage."
* OneWomanSong: Jessica, Audrey, possibly Amber though this may refer to the jewel, and even a one woman ''album'' in ''Missa.''
* {{Otaku}}: Everyone in the band, with all of them apparently sharing the same fandoms (anime and video games)
* 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: '''Plenty''', especially in recent years. Special mention goes to ''The Unravelling'' which is an entire [=EP=] of rearranged songs, save for the title track.
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Zigzagged. No surprise since their visual style is just as varied as their music. Currently inverted, in regard to their public image of being "cute, handsome, wealthy metal rockstars" anyway.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Kyo. He is particularly infamous among cover vocalists because of how perfect his screeching-high screams are, as well as how often he uses the technique.
* SensoryAbuse: In any form ''possible,'' and the one band concept that underpins ''all'' of their work, if it can be considered one.
* SerialEscalation: They started out as an experimental/alternative pop-rock band with slight metal and noise influences akin to early NuMetal bands. Since then, they've added considerably more metal sounds into their songs, [[NewSoundAlbum with each release being progressively heavier that the last one]].
** They've done so much to their sound that comparing ''Gauze'' to ''UROBOROS'' or ''DUM SPIRO SPERO'' would be like comparing two entirely different bands.
** Kyo's singing has gotten [[VocalEvolution increasingly more extreme]] after each throat surgery he undergoes.
* SignatureStyle: Most of their songs, especially their newer material, are in UncommonTime and written in unusual key signatures. The band members themselves add their own elements that make their sound even more unique: the contrast between Kaoru's twangy melodies and Die's chromatic, palm-muted riffing, Toshiya's heavily downtuned basslines, Shinya's bizarre drum patterns and Kyo's [[ManOfAThousandVoices extreme vocal ability]] have become staple traits of their overall sound.
* 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}}.
*** For specific comparisons, their sound from ''Gauze'' up until ''Kisou'' draws comparisons to Music/MrBungle, ''Six Ugly'' to Music/{{Korn}}, ''Vulgar'' to Music/SikTh, ''Withering to Death'' and ''Marrow'' to Music/{{Converge}} and Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan, and the releases starting from ''UROBOROS'' to Music/{{Meshuggah}}, Music/XJapan and Music/{{Atheist}}.
* StartMyOwn: Kyo recently formed a side project called "Sukekiyo". It's apparently a {{Retraux}} of ''Macabre''-era Diru.
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''The Marrow of a Bone'' was this by a printing accident in its initial U.S release. [[MinimalisticCoverArt The cover was completely black with nothing on it.]] It has since been fixed but you can occasionally find it with the solid black cover.
* 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.
* {{Troll}}: The fandom is ''infested'' with them, in a cycle of trolling the band, who trolls them back, and they troll more, becoming trolls trolling trolls trolling trolls. This poses somewhat of a problem when some of these enter other fandoms that have far less tolerance of trolling and hating as a means of interaction with the band and with other fans, as most people in those fandoms take the trolling or hating at face value and get into FlameWar or issue bans/blocks/reports. It gets even stickier when some of the people doing it ''do'' actually mean the venomous hatred, think it's cool to be a troll, and aren't just joking or being VitriolicBestBuds.
* TropeCodifier: for AvantGardeMetal, [[TechnicalDeathMetal Technical]] {{Deathcore}}, modern J-metal and post-Visual kei.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: The band completely changes their appearance with ''every new release''. Let's see... Shinya cycling between a [[{{Bishonen}} masculine]] and [[DudeLooksLikeALady feminine look]], Toshiya wearing skirts, then jeans, then wearing skirts again, Kaoru cycling between wearing denim and leather, Kyo's crazy hairstyle and clothing choices, the list goes on.
* VisualKei: Played straight up until the mid-2000s, inverted at one point, and heavily {{zigzagged}} since then; though they might not look too Visual in recent years, they still have strong ties to the scene, still appeal to the same subculture (and at the same time reaching out to non-VK fans) and, more importantly, still put effort into achieving an awesome image and sound.
** 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''.
* WidgetSeries: Arguably the weirdest band in the J-metal/VisualKei scene (which is a Widget Series on its own), because anything they do usually involves a MindScrew of some sort.
* WomanInWhite: The band in the "Yokan" PV, [[WholesomeCrossdresser minus the woman part]].
* WordSaladLyrics: Kyo's English.
** The translated lyrics to some songs end up as sounding awkward and incoherent at times.
* 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...]]
** Music/{{Deftones}} meets Music/{{Napalm Death}}? Music/XJapan meets Music/FearFactory? Debates are continuing.
** Hell, Diru's pretty much ''[[UpToEleven every single metal band combined into one.]]''