DIR EN GREY Announces November 2015 North America Tour

DIR EN GREY have announced their first North American tour in support of their latest album, Arche. The band will hit major U.S. cities as well as one show each in Canada and Mexico.

Arche was released back in December 2014 but has yet to be officially released in the U.S.

Tour15 Never Free from the Awakening dates:

11/02 The Showbox : Seattle, WA
11/04 Slim’s : San Francisco, CA
11/05 The Mayan : Los Angeles, CA
11/07 Plaza Condesa : Mexico City, Mexico
11/09 Bottom Lounge : Chicago, IL
11/11 Gramercy Theatre : New York, NY
11/13 The Opera House : Toronto, Canada

DIR EN GREY’s New Album Arche Details Announced

Tokyo, Japan’s DIR EN GREY have announced that the follow up to Dum Spiro Spero, entitled Arche, will be released in late 2014.  The band breaks down the details:

“This album has been named ‘ARCHE‘ which stands for “the origin” in Greek. From the point where ‘the album has finally taken form’(Shinya) the band embarked on their nationwide tour as they continue work on the album.

“This album is being worked on with me thinking about the past and future of myself as a vocalist, more than I have had ever before. That place where the old me and the new me crosses is what is being put into the 9th album ‘ARCHE’ (Kyo). Showing their inclination in regards to the new album from the musical point of view they commented with the following, ‘We will end up with an absolutely new and different sound from DIR EN GREY as compared to the previous album’ (Die), ‘No matter how I try to explain this ‘sound’ with words I will never be able to do it” (Toshiya).
“We received the following words of assurance, ‘I can’t really be overstating the album, which is yet incomplete, but please wait for that first blow of the force that will be’ARCHE‘. (Kaoru)”

DIR EN GREY Returning to U.S. March 2012; Uroboros Reissue Planned

After recently wrapping up a U.S. headlining tour, DIR EN GREY are set to return to the U.S. supporting ASKING ALEXANDRIA and TRIVIUM on the Still Reckless Tour. Two headlining shows in Seattle, WA and St. Petersburg, FL are planned during the tour dates.

The band has plans for the U.S. release of Uroboros [Remastered & Expanded], a reissue of their 2008 album which brings fans 14 tracks, including the long version of “Sa Bir” that was only heard live before; the exclusive version of “Bugaboo” that was previously only available on the limited first press analog release; “Dozing Green” and “Glass Skin” with Japanese lyrics; and “Hydra -666-” the coupling track on single “Dozing Green.”

Tour dates:
Wed March 7 The Showbox at Market Seattle, WA – headlining show
Fri March 9 Senator Theatre Chico, CA
Sat March 10 SOMA San Diego, CA
Sun March 11 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Tue March 13 Las Palmas Race Track Mission, TX
Thu March 15 Red 7 Austin, TX
Fri March 16 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
Sat March 17 Quiktrip Ballpark Grand Prairie, TX
Tue March 20 State Theatre St Petersburg, FL – headlining show
Fri March 23 Amos South End Charlotte, NC
Sat March 24 The Norva Norfolk, VA
Sun March 25 The National Richmond, VA
Tue March 27 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ

DIR EN GREY @ House of Blues, Hollywood, CA (12/23/11)

[slidepress gallery=’dir-en-grey-111223′]On a chilly eve of Christmas Eve in Los Angeles, the always faithful DIR EN GREY fans came out for their heroes. The band’s first show in LA for their latest album, Dum Spiro Spero, was to be a special one as the band had a full camera crew to film the show for a future release. Like on many of their recent tours, there was no opening band and the crowd eagerly awaited their heroes for about an hour before they took the stage.

DIR EN GREY took the stage with the type of unconditional love and adoration that their fans are known for. Bassist Toshiya did a great job working the crowd and getting the predominantly female crowd to yell out his name. Vocalist Kyo went into his trademark intense trance-like state and projected his furious and passionate delivery. The rest of the band was their usual cool selves.

The setlist revolved more around the band’s recent albums with the beginning of the latter half of the set focusing on the band’s more experimental, atmospheric side. At show’s end, the band threw out guitar picks, drum sticks, and water bottles, of which I was the recipient of the latter. Fortunately, no one tried to mob me for it. And before departing back into the cold evening, the vast majority of the crowd patiently stood in the merch line to buy some souvenirs.

It’ll be quite special to see the final product of the live recording of the evening’s show.

DIR EN GREY Launch Scream for the Truth Campaign

DIR EN GREY has been candid about their feelings on the current state of their native country, wanting to know about the high radiation levels have been detected after this year’s nuclear disaster that followed the massive earthquake and tsunami. Having issued an open letter to the world on August 1 that received international media attention, the unique and influential band are now taking their message a step further: they are asking the world to help them “Scream for the Truth.”

On October 3, 2011, a new billboard was revealed in New York City’s Times Square displaying provocative nuclear images. DIR EN GREY have also launched a new site, Scream4Truth.com to aid in their mission of demanding accurate information from Japanese officials surrounding the disaster which took place March 11, 2011.
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DIR EN GREY Gear Up for Upcoming South & North American Tour

DIR EN GREY recently wrapped up a successful 12-date run in Europe. Now the band is gearing up for South America before finishing off the year here in North America. The headlining tour will come on the heels of their new full-length album Dum Spiro Spero, out now on The End Records and currently #1 on two Metal Specialty radio charts.

If you missed it, check out our recent interview with the band here.

Tour dates:
Wed 11/23 Santiago, Chile Tetro Caupolican
Fri 11/25 Lima, Peru Centro de Convenciones Scencia
Sun 11/27 São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil Espaço Lux
Tue 11/29 Buenos Aires, Argentina Teatro Flores
Fri 12/2 Mexico City, Mexico Circo Volador
w/ The Birthday Massacre
Sun 12/4 Houston, TX House of Blues
Mon 12/5 Dallas, TX Trees
Wed 12/7 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
Fri 12/9 Philadelphia, PA The Theatre of Living Arts
Sat 12/10 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Mon 12/12 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Tue 12/13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Thu 12/15 Montreal, CAN Club Soda
Fri 12/16 Toronto, CAN The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Sun 12/18 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Tue 12/20 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
Thu 12/22 San Francisco, CA Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center
Fri 12/23 Los Angeles House of Blues Sunset Strip

DIR EN GREY: One Step Closer

With their fourth official release in North America, DIR EN GREY continue to break new ground and reach out to an ever growing fan base. While much of their appeal to some may be their country of origin, they are determined to get respect based purely on the quality of their music. The new album, Dum Spiro Spero, takes the band to progressive and challenging new places. APESHIT met up with guitarists Die and Kaoru in Los Angeles a few weeks prior to Dum Spiro Spero’s release in order to gain insight into the growth of the band.
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DIR EN GREY to Exclusively Preview New Album Dum Spiro Spero on Myspace

DIR EN GREY have announced that they will give fans an exclusive preview of their new album, Dum Spiro Spero. The album, out on The End Records on August 2, 2011, will stream in its entirety on the band’s Myspace page (www.myspace.com/direngrey) accessible from the homepage Saturday, July 30 to Monday, August 1.

Also, check out our review of the new album here.

DIR EN GREY – Dum Spiro Spero

After a big step in growth for DIR EN GREY in Uroboros, what Dum Spiro Spero holds is a great curiosity. If anything, Dum Spiro Spero is a big left turn from the path of its predecessor as well as the band’s back catalogue.

If you were hoping for a straight forward DIR EN GREY record, then you’ve come to the wrong place. This is as jagged, unsettled, and off kilter as the band can possibly get. Fans should look elsewhere for singalong, easy listening (Japanese) music. “Progressive,” “free form,” and “experimental” may be the best way to describe DIR EN GREY‘s latest venture.

Straight forward tempos and riffs are largely not present. The band predominantly play off-time riffs at trudging tempos in a free form manner, which fit the bleak and lost hell that they are trying to convey. However, there are a few songs or song sections where they will break into a straight forward thrash beat or blast beats. The “true” metal riffs from Uroboros, and TOOL influences are largely absent. There is also a substantial drop in (the j-rock interpretation of) nu metal grooves on the record. Dum Spiro Spero also has basically one ballad in “Vanitas,” which is a big contrast to albums past.

In terms of the guitars and bass, the heavy riffs are often sludgy and chunky in a more subdued way. Harmonics squeal out on tail ends of riffs and a large dosage of clean electric guitars is utilized. The bass cuts through the production with crystal clarity but merely do the usual adequate job.

Drummer Shinya provides his trademark drumming style to Dum Spiro Spero. He does an adequate job, even adding blast beats into his repertoire. Where he comes up short is where the songs float in place. Instead of helping to lift these song parts, he simply just occupies space with uninspiring drum parts.

Vocalist Kyo leads the emotional descent with his array of chants, wails, whispers, barks, growls, yells, squeals, screams, and clean vocals. If there was ever a DIR EN GREY record that showcased all of his vocal stylings, Dum Spiro Spero is that platform. When his passionate clean vocals break through the heavy atmospheres, they sound great.

Dum Spiro Spero is the most challenging, and perhaps, first experimental record of DIR EN GREY‘s career. It’s one that needs a good amount time and repeat listens to even begin to get into. Artistically, it should be considered a ballsy move considering their very zealous fanbase. However, the execution leaves much to be desired. Too often does the music meander about without going anywhere. Nevertheless, Dum Spiro Spero is sure to spark quite an interesting dialogue amongst the band’s fanbase. (The End Records)