These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Dir En Grey
Awesomeness by Analysis / Crazy Awesome: Their style of music and performances invoke so much Mind Screw that even fans of technical music have trouble appreciating their works. Despite that, they still get positive recognition from music critics and metal purists alike.
Brown Note: "Sa Bir" from UROBOROS and "Kyoukotsu no Nari" from Dum Spiro Spero. Especially the latter, thanks to massive Sensory Abuse and its sheer loudness (at least when played live).
Fandom Rivalry: The band's fanbase is notorious for engaging in raging rivalries with the fandoms of other Japanese bands, and even with an American one, as of late.
A well-known one involves Dir fans vs. The Gazette fans. It's only more likely to get worse, as their respective fandoms try (in vain) to accumulate evidence that the bands copy each other.
The Friendly Rivalry between Dir en grey and the newly-reformed X Japan is a lot less friendly on the fandom side, usually when the Dir en grey Fan Dumb and Hate Dumb engage in trolling, the X Fan Dumb and Hate Dumb spread rumors about impending disbandment or complain that Dir en grey was better when Yoshiki produced them (and for extra points drag in the Yoshiki vs. Tommy rivalry), or either complain intensely about the other band in its "home turf" (e.g. Dir en grey fans complaining that X or Yoshiki sucks on an X forum or one of Yoshiki's online events, or X fans complaining about Dir en grey or bringing up the rumor of Kyo's miming asphyxiation onstage at the hide memorial on a Dir en grey video)
As of the Extreme Metal Olympics's aftermath (see above), the Diru fanbase has now a fierce rivalry with Death's one.
Hell Is That Noise: Their music is as crazy and unsettling as Visual Kei music can get. Some of their most terrifying material include the following:
"Mazohyst of Decadence", with its Creepy Cute vocal work, atonal guitars and pounding snare drums is a fairly disturbing tune. The fact that it is a Protest Song targeted at a society that uses the most painful and traumatizing last-ditch procedure for preventing pregnancy as a method of birth control makes it even more unsettling.
The folk instumentation that comes right the hell out of nowhere in "Sa Bir", which is then followed by Kyo simulating the chanting of Tibetan monks, and then followed by a deep, gurgling demonic voice and a series of shrieks. One interpretation of the song is that it is about demonic possession.
The folk instrumentation returns as a recurring musical motif in Dum Spiro Spero, beginning with "Kyoukotsu no Nari", which is the band's attempt at fusing Merzbow - styled Harsh Noise with drone metal. It manages to reach Brown Note levels, even with a Chinese erhu in it.
The unplugged version of "Agitated Screams of Maggots", which is even more nightmarish to those familiar with the original.
The same can be said for the band in general, with every other album sounding like it's been done by a completely different band.
It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Happened pre-emptively among some long time J-Rock fans who were actually hoping the band would flop in the United States because they couldn't stand the thought of "Hot Topic kiddies" liking their band.
It's the Same, so It Sucks: The band is beginning to develop this as of The Unraveling and the 2013 tour. Many of the newer songs sound much like other more recent songs (to the degree that when played live and badly mixed, telling what song the band is playing is difficult).
Love It or Hate It: The fandom's reactions to anything related to the band. Some critics are equally polarized.
Magnum Opus: Arguably, UROBOROS.Dum Spiro Spero would be a close second, due to the experimental nature of the album.
Nightmare Fuel: By default, their sound is highly disturbing: atonal melodies, hollow-sounding ambient sections, deliberately off-key solos, savage riffing and Kyo singing in many voices about Adult Fear and pretty much every form of Surreal Horror there is.
Narm: Many songs from Withering to Death and The Marrow of A Bone.
Tear Jerker: "Ain't Afraid to Die" is a Surprisingly Gentle Song about a man remembering his former lover on the anniversary of her death. One interpretation of the title is that he welcomes death as a chance to be reunited with her. Kyo leaves all but the first line of the last verse unsung, implying that he died before he could finish
Also one reason why The Unraveling was met with mixed reactions from fans.
Fans (or former fans) who complain about Dir en grey's new sound are mostly people who miss the band's Visual Kei period. Though some of the complaining is beginning to originate from people feeling the band is stagnating as of The New Tens, and/or that their production value live and recorded seeming to take a massive nosedive from even the UROBOROS era. Even Yoshiki Hayashi, their former producer, walked out midpoint of the 2013 Hollywood live claiming a business engagement elsewhere.
Tough Act to Follow: Averted every time by the band in terms of music. However, it seems that they have been getting this after some fans have claimed that their new Unraveling EP is not a worthy match for the band's previous efforts.
Also played straight in terms of the band's visual image. Though they have re-applied visuals since the UROBOROS era, fans still expect to see something that would match the awesomeness of the bands Visual Kei era.
Beginning to be averted, however, in Visual Kei itself. While the scene is still heavily populated with Dir en grey (and The Gazette) clones on the rock/metal side, many new rock and metal bands are drawing inspiration from other sources (everything from retro British Invasion to early Visual Shock), showmanship and fan interaction is becoming popular once again as are more elaborate hair and makeup, and unintelligibly screaming vocalists are on their way out with increasing interest in clean or at least intelligible vocals at some points.
Unfortunate Implications: Rape and misogyny are frequent themes in Dir En Grey's work from depictions in their videos to their lyrics, and whether the band is trying to condemn them or play them as erotic, they have a very large Misaimed Fandom that thinks rape is funny/sexy/cool/not as serious as it is/all of the above and will often use the word "rape" as a term of endearment. Dir en grey's fandom is not a very survivor friendly place in Visual Kei as a result. Also, they're probably the primary reason that rape is still seen as "add instant awesome shock value" not just in Eroguro but in a depressingly large part of Visual Kei and metal (especially Deathcore) in general.
All of the band members seem to have issues with women and have let this enter their lyrics and their consideration of all women as being the Groupie Brigade.