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  1. 16 points
    Zeus

    Worst To First: Dir en grey

    Love them or hate them, almost everyone's got an opinion about Dir en grey. The scene stops to listen whenever Dir en grey announce a new single or album. As a long time fan of the band, I think it's the perfect time to express how I feel about all of their albums. My feelings will differ from album to album. Some albums have had the benefit of twenty years and others only a few months, so that's always going to be a factor in how I rank things. I will cover this from my least favorite album to my most favorite album, but by no means take this as a definitive list for Dir en grey. Everyone will have their own rankings and their own suggestions for where to start. I happen to think that this also a great order to introduce someone to this band. This is a perfect topic for those that don't listen to Dir en grey or don't know where to start, current fans looking for spicy opinions and a pot to stir, or even old fans looking for a reintroduction into their new era. Not only have I included a PV for each album as a sampler, but I also put together suggested playlists for each album. The playlists are the order that I would have arranged the band if I were them. The songs are the songs that I believe are the best from each period. Some will require more effort than others to construct. To make it simpler, I have included my favorite three tracks and one music video from each album. I will not consider the mini albums MISSA and six Ugly in this analysis, but some of those tracks will appear in the playlists I create. DUM SPIRO SPERO Album No: 8 Released: August 2, 2011 Length: 67:31 鬼葬 (kisou) Album No: 3 Released: January 30, 2002 Length: 69:57 THE MARROW OF A BONE Album No: 6 Released: February 7, 2007 Length: 50:05 ARCHE Album No: 9 Released: December 10, 2014 Length: 68:01 🎖️The Insulated World🎖️ Album No: 10 Released: September 26, 2018 Length: 50:27 🏅Withering to death.🏅 Album No: 5 Released: March 9, 2005 Length: 51:14 🥉MACABRE🥉 Album No: 2 Released: September 20, 2000 Length: 72:57 🥈GAUZE🥈 Album No: 1 Released: July 28, 1999 Length: 64:47 🥇UROBOROS🥇 Album No: 7 Released: November 11, 2008 Length: 58:54 👑VULGAR👑 Album No: 4 Released: September 10, 2003 Length: 57:02 That's everything folks! Thanks for reading all the way to the end! Did you like it? Did you agree? Do you have your own rankings? Leave them below! I'm interested to know what everyone's opinions are, especially since Dir en grey is one of my favorite bands ever. So many people are passionate about this band like no other. If enough people liked this, I may follow up soon with one for the GazettE. Until next time
  2. 8 points
    new band "終焉ノ羅刹 (Shuuen no Rasetsu)" will hold their first live at 2020/1/14 at which their first "creation" (single) "yubikiri" will be released (CD+DVD, 2 tracks+"yubikiri" PV, 1,500 yen) [track list] 1. yubikiri 2. Despair World Vo.砦~sai~ (ex-CROSS-->S-->雀羅 (Jyakura)-->ルフィー嬋命 (RUEPHY-ALIVE)-->Pashya) Gu.Masuo (ex-LA VALLIERE-->Crecien de Rona-->CalorZe) Gu.千尋 (Chihiro) support Ba.シュン (Shun) (ex-Chocolat☆-->CalorZe-->gossip-->VIDOLL) support Dr.優一 (Yuichi) (ex-Shulla-->Viored-->AUBE) http://xn--u9j403hcevu1k1wc.jp/
  3. 6 points
    The song sounds how the cover art looks, that's all I'm gonna say.
  4. 5 points
  5. 5 points
    [members] Vo.千楓(ちはや) / Chihaya https://twitter.com/arishihichihaya Gt.ネモ / Nemo https://twitter.com/arishihi_nemo Ba.和輝(かずき) (Kazuki) https://twitter.com/arishihi_kazuki their first single "はじめてのうた" (Hajimete no Uta) will be released at 2019/12/03 (3 songs, 1200yen) [tracklist] 01.いいな、XXXXいいな (Iina, XXXX iina) 02.炎上のすゝめ (Enjou no Susume) 03.終点とヒステリーとそれから (Shuuten to Histery to sore kara)
  6. 4 points
    Disposable

    Worst To First: Dir en grey

    I think a huge part in the Uroboros to DSS sales slump was that the popularity of weeb shit was sinking fast and the promotional machine falling apart by the seams. The optimism for the foreign market must've been massive after 2008 and I'm sure tons of money was spent on promoting Deg overseas with next to no return to that investment. That must've been very disappointing both for the band and management once it was finally realised that they peaked in American and European venue size already back in 2006 and it's only going to be downhill from there no matter what they do. I consider this band entering their old man phase right around when Sukekiyo was formed and Arche was released. The ambition that went to DSS is obviously on a different level to Arche and TiW, but whether that's a good thing depends on what you think of their Monster energy drink-pig squeal-core-Mike Patton-time signature wanking era. To me the band that made everything from Missa to Vulgar ain't the same band as this one. Sometimes when I put on a track like 24k Cylinders or Macabre in the right state of mind I go like fuck, what a fucking band that was. It's the same guitarists farting that fucking dial-up modem sounding chug that made egnirys and 304? I cannot believe it. thank u
  7. 4 points
    new Buck-Tick tribute album, "PARADE III ~RESPECTIVE TRACKS OF BUCK-TICK~" will be released on 2020/01/29 for 3000 yen! Featured artists: Der Zibet Dir en grey SID BRAHMEN Shiina Ringo 八十八ヶ所巡礼 (88 kasyo) GARI minus(-) featuring 藤川千愛 (Chiai Fujikawa) Cube Juice 黒色すみれ (Kokusyoku Sumire) GRANRODEO 藤巻亮太 (Ryota Fujimaki) 坂本美雨 (Miu Sakamoto)
  8. 4 points
    Draw the line that says you will not be looking to have any relation with this person and that any further push to coerce you into doing so will result in the breaking off of your relationship with her as well. Your safety and happiness should trump the comfort and justifications that are enabling him to never apologize or improve. Of course, this is assuming you are in a position where this is possible. Telling someone in your support system "no" is extremely hard in general, so I cannot even imagine what it's like in this dark of a situation.
  9. 4 points
    karai · ebi

    ebi art roll

    haven't drawn since february
  10. 4 points
  11. 3 points
    Wow its like good cop bad cop
  12. 3 points
    MarkOfSacrifice

    Hi hi, new here

    Hello everyone! I'm a 19 year old visual kei/J-metal fan from Indiana, USA. I got into visual kei some time last year by accidentally stumbling upon Grieva's Wish PV through a game called Board Game Online. After attending a visual kei panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta a couple of months later, I only became more fascinated by J-metal and visual kei as a whole. I'm a massive fan of Kamijo, Malice Mizer, Moi dix Mois, and Dir en Grey (surprise) and I'm also looking more into indie bands such as Dear L'Novel, Vallquar, and Madieduor. At the moment, I'm just eagerly waiting for AWA 2019 to get to meet Mana-sama in person. Cheers, everyone! Great to be here!
  13. 3 points
    I should take nicer pictures but I'm exhausted and just got home so lol Big fugging order is here and ofc mostly dimlim stuff cause I'm obsessed dork In case u cant see everything I got 5 verxina keychains, they were random so sadly I missed out on Coco 2 scapegoat cheki 1 scapegoat wristband Insult kiss single by sarigia Kidoairaku live limited release by dimlim 2 dimlim shirts 1 dimlim hoodie 1 dimlim tote 1 dimlim pouch
  14. 3 points
    The song is generic af and Sai still can't sing properly, but who cares, my boi is back
  15. 3 points
    I think that's pretty unfair for dimlim considering rijin and kidoairaku are still more solid releases than 90% of the scene. Who cares if Retsu hates vk or whatever lol
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. 3 points
    shit that never ever gets tiring: mediocre VK bandomen launching their transition into lame-ass non-vk music styles with an obligatory declaration of their Search For Their True Selves as if anyone, including their three last bored grouppies, ever gave a damn about that
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    Saishu

    DIMLIM

    A majority of the stuff Issei wrote is noisy trash anyway.
  21. 3 points
    emmny

    蘭図 (Rands) first full album release

    not sure if anyone posted, but amazing cut from their first mini now has an MV birthday of the mom in the vid coincides with the vid date drop, I have a hard time believing that karma would put up his baby videos but this is interesting. Also can't believe they're so unpopular in that live clip LOOLLL
  22. 2 points
    heresytrash

    My mom's lack of understanding.

    I'm going to be blunt and say that my oldest brother, the oldest out of us seven, is not a good human being and an abuser. Because of this, certain members of my family find it hard to get along with them, though it wasn't the lack of trying. The crimes he did were so heinous and had such a negative impact, with no real acknowledgment from him or apology that it was too hard to keep civil anymore even for my mom's sake. My mom states that she's the only one who has faith in him when he's never really done anything to redeem himself and gets mad when I dont acknowledgme anything he does. As of late he wasn't invited to my sisters wedding and he's not invited to my brothers wedding either at his fiance's request to protect her child. If I get married he won't be invited either, I barely consider him family anymore. However the way she talks about our trauma with him is odd, that if any regular Joe schmoe did this to us she'd want his head. She expects the victim to just realize he's "trying his best" despite he keeps playing victim. Like he hasn't caused any psychological damage to his victims at all and his wife says they're being over dramatic about it. How can I relay to my mom that even though he's her son, and our brother, his actions are just way too severe and we dont owe him any sympathy or forgiveness? If this topic is too heavy feel free to delete it, I just had to get it off my chest.
  23. 2 points
    New Band Z clear (ズィークリア) Vo.(Dr.) AKIRA (ex VELDIA) Gt.(Ba.) みやこMiyako (ex VELDIA) 1st Single 「リアル」(Real) 03.12.2019 1st Live 広島 SECOND CRUTCH 03.12.2019 Preview MV
  24. 2 points
    colorful人生

    What are you listening to 2?

    That must have been recent b/c I've been able to access the track before 😕. It looks like YouTube is gradually shifting a bunch of music (that are Google/YouTube Music-related) behind their premium paywall ;_;. - 2:07 ~ 2:36 tho
  25. 2 points
    spockitty

    Your last music-related buy!

    Amai Bouryoku - 幸せだよ。殺したい。(Shiawasedayo。 Koroshitai。) Amai Bouryoku - 清楚系不純エゴ (Seisoukei Fujun EGO) Amai Bouryoku - 自分を殺す、ということ (Jibun wo Korosu, to Iu koto) Amai Bouryoku - ハジメマシテ。(HAJIMEMASHITE。) Schwarz Stein - Queen Leech also crying because that delayed ZeroCre single is making me wait for new Hueye, since I ordered them together T___T
  26. 2 points
    Ro plz

    Worst To First: Dir en grey

    I really enjoyed this thread. Thank you @Zeus. As for DSS to ARCHE, I did somewhat of a case study for it. The band (or maybe just Kaoru) did want to make a more badass version of Uroboros because of how well received Uroboros was. They were really confident and very open when it came to promo for DSS. Remember how Shinya did a QnA on FB? And how they had giveaways every other day like a month or so before DSS dropped and the twitter account was hella active? Once the album dropped and they seen how many units it sold, it definitely hurt their ego and overall morale. To paint a picture here's what i was able 2 pull from Wiki: Uroboros JP sales: 43,316 US Sales/Shipments: 6054 VS. DSS JP Sales: 37,586 US Sales/Shipments: 3,900 (if im wrong here or these numbers are inaccurate, please let me know) The bands attitude shifted after that and I remember there was a lot of talk about them hating each other and possibly disbanding, due to the interviews that dropped post the release of the album. It also didn't help that the performances were and arguably still are pretty bad due to how they recorded DSS. Clearly the band didn't learn their lesson because they proceeded to take the same approach when it came to the Unraveling, which imo aged badly minus a few songs. The band did go back to basics when it came to ARCHE and that same energy they went into DSS with was non-existent. Yes, they did learn how to work together again but they played it safe sound wise. It has hints of their oldie stuff mixed with DSS, thus making it one of their most lukewarm albums to date and imo it doesn't hold up well years later. The Insulated World, is a step in the right direction. It has elements from ARCHE and DSS that blend well with each other and has enough freshness thrown in that separates its self from them. Its also has some of the bands worst written songs to date...Zetsuentai and Devote My Life belong in a dumpster fire. As much as I love the album, its no where near as creative as DSS or Uroboros. DSS is where the band peaked and now they're in the same boat as Lynch. and the GazettE. They've found their medium and they're gonna stay there, while occasionally doing something that really stands out. The World of Mercy should be a clear indicator of that. And THAT IS FINE. Promotion wise, I don't think they care much for it at this point. ARCHE had like 2 singles but they were REALLY spaced out. The insulated world had like 2 other really spaced out singles as well. Though, a lot of that could be because of DECAYS and Sukekiyo. They also stopped dropping physical releases for the US as well and I think that's out of spite for the low sales DSS did over here.
  27. 2 points
  28. 2 points
    nostalgia

    Worst To First: Dir en grey

    THE MARROW OF A BONE is their worst album for me as there are not many prominent songs on it, but 艶かしき安息、躊躇いに微笑み is simply one of their most beautiful ballads ever composed. I grew up with GAUZE so it's my all time fav album of theirs whereas WtD is their masterpiece beating UROBOROS which IMO is overrated.
  29. 2 points
    Saishu

    Worst To First: Dir en grey

    Coming to say Insulated World is a solid third place for me because I feel bad that it’s getting absolutely no love
  30. 2 points
    cheesy_VK_Freak

    Worst To First: Dir en grey

    Guess I wrote it somewhere in this forum already, but...Arche is my favorite, and I love it to the extent that I would dare to say it is my favorite album ever. I agree with the flop tracks you mentioned (although Inferno is the only track that I really think is not fitting into the album). But all the other tracks I love soo much, they speak to me on a personal level and I think Shinyas drumming is particularly well-fitting. Everything on this album sounds so perfectly well-matched, I guess to some people it is too ‚perfect‘? Dum spiro spero is my 2nd favorite, I just like the long tracks, like a symphony that takes you through different places. Not too much into the mix though. I don‘t really get the hate for marrow of a bone...it has some really nice tracks with raw emotion, which is what dir en grey fans like I guess? And Uroboros is great, too...it‘s gloomy track Bugaboo made me their fan! I don‘t listen too much to withering, though musically I think Insulated is their worst album. However, I do enjoy live performances of its songs, so I guess in the end you cant do else but have slight for anything they do.
  31. 2 points
  32. 2 points
    The generic ugly synth that vk seem to love could have been avoided but the song sound good ! Will keep an eye on them
  33. 2 points
    桜樹 和哉(Sakuragi Kazuya) (ex.2nd Awake, ロドウェル(Rodwell), WERKMARE) new digital single "Life" will be released at 2019/12/18. TrackList: 01. Life 02. Cherish
  34. 2 points
    It’s a song where nothing happens for nearly 6 minutes. Those are my favorite!!
  35. 2 points
    In tr00 hippity-hop fashion, Crim is now a Soundcloud rapper.
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    DIMLIM - 喜怒哀楽 Rumbless. – φ -phi- CALVARIA - 受胎-JUTAI- MIMIC - 神様と嘘と機関銃 MIMIC - 月曜になったら殺す Hueye – Anesthesia Hueye - 蝋燭とブラックアウト MAMIRETA - 調教C (Type A+B) アンドゥー - 『安藤の殺人バッド~怨切りと赫い凶行~』
  38. 2 points
    ghost

    Show Yourself (again)

    Met Charli XCX. She's nice.
  39. 2 points
    Anne Claire

    What are you listening to 2?

    felt emo again might delete
  40. 2 points
    1st free live-limited single "in tears..." will be released at 2019/11/10. (100 copies) TrackList: 01.augury 02.in tears...
  41. 2 points
    crucifiction

    Your last music-related buy!

    La'veil MizeriA x Crucifixion - 死穢 La'veil MizeriA x Crucifixion - 慟哭 La'veil MizeriA x Crucifixion - 古ノ狂オシキ楽園ノ記憶 La'veil MizeriA x Crucifixion - 輪廻罪業 (輪廻 ver.) Nollcrea - 天蘇 C'e SEA - LONER
  42. 2 points
    filth_y

    蘭図 (Rands) first full album release

    Only saw them live once at an event in June but I was really suprised. First time i felt like 1/3 of the audience left the hall before they started playing and coming back when they were finished... although I feel their songs/atmosphere doesnt translate well live - and their singer is still Karma - I've seen way worse bands live and didnt see that happening... (often see people leaving after their favorite band played but those do not come back) (and even tho I should know better I was kinda saddened seeing how underwhelming Takuya looked/played in real life ;_; - but at least Karmas live voice improved a little compared to AvelCain i felt.. while his seemingly arrogant stage behavior stayed)
  43. 2 points
    when i was younger in my teens i remember watching a show where they re-decorate rooms/houses and the teen girls bedroom of one of the houses had Kyo/Dir en grey posters everywhere. they never mentioned anything about them though, but it was the only instance i've ever seen of vk on canadian tv.
  44. 2 points
    psychonnect_rozen

    Honest opinions on K POP?

    Some of your opinions remind me of this meme
  45. 2 points
    IGM_Oficial

    best jrock cd cover

    So, a topic about the best jay-rawk cover art and there's no Isana Kagami? This is criminal. She is best known for her works for Nocturnal bloodlust, but it's not just that: she did some services to Scarlet horizon, Babymetal and Soko ni naru, for example. It also includes design for goods, like posters and towels. It's not easy to find people abusrdly talented as her, so she deserves all recognition she can get. She has a website and Tumblr. Nocturnal bloodlust - The omnigod Nocturnal bloodlust - Providence Nocturnal bloodlust - The best '09-'17 Nocturnal bloodlust - Unleash Scarlet horizon - 7 Jester may fail & Saintz - Between 2 fires Soko ni naru - Yaminabe (cute kitten <3)
  46. 2 points
    WhirlingBlack

    Show Yourself (again)

    From when I hosted my VK club in Warsaw, Poland in July.
  47. 2 points
    They will wear this costume during their 5th anniversary at Ebisu LIQUID ROOM on 2019.12.03.
  48. 2 points
    -Tetsu-

    Show Yourself (again)

    🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ I was actually having a laughing fit during the shooting but somehow one of the pictures turned out kinda okay??
  49. 2 points
    Jigsaw9

    0.1g no Gosan x Mathilda drama

    0.1g no Ojiisan
  50. 2 points
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