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Dir En Grey

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Below is our complete Dir En Grey news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Apocalyptica, Dir En Grey To Tour Together

DIR EN GREY has announced a co-headlining tour with Apocalyptica that begins in Toronto on August 23 and concludes September 12 in Seattle, Washington. A fan pre-order and VIP package goes on sale this Friday, July 16 (http://tixx1.artistarena.com/direngrey/), and tickets will go on sale to the general public the following Friday, July 23.

In January 2010, the band wrapped up two years of touring in support of 2008's "Uroboros" by playing two sold out shows at Tokyo's legendary Nippon Budokan arena and on June 22 Dir En Grey released a CD and DVD set from these shows, titled "UROBOROS -with the proof in the name of living...- AT NIPPON BUDOKAN."

Here are the Dir En Grey and Apocalyptica co-headlining tour dates:

08/23 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
08/24 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
08/26 – Boston, MA @ Royale
08/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
08/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
08/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
08/31 – St. Louis, MO@ Pageant
09/01 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
09/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave.
09/04 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
09/05 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
09/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
09/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live
09/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom at Regency
09/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

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Chthonic Confirmed for Japan's Loud Park Festival

Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic has been confirmed for this year's edition of Loud Park, the biggest metal festival in Japan. The festival is set to take place October 16-17 at Saitama Super Arena.

The line-up includes: Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Motorhead, Angra, Dir En Grey, Edguy, Amon Amarth, 3 Inches of Blood and many more.

For more information, visit www.loudpark.com.

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The End Records Compilation For Free Download

Toward the end of 2009, The End Records released a 99 cent 17 track sampler on iTunes. Now, in celebration of March Metal Month, the label has released a 20 track sampler for free download on Amazon.com! (May be only available to visitors in the U.S.)

1. The 69 Eyes "Dead Girls Are Easy" (3:53)
2. Dir En Grey "Dozing Green (Live)" (3:57)
3. Creature With the Atom Brain "Transylvania" (5:59)
4. Autumn "Liar Emilie" (6:01)
5. Cable "Running Out Of Roads To Ride" (4:55)
6. Goes Cube "Grinding The Knife Blade" (3:15)
7. Early Man "Someone Else's Nightmare" (3:52)
8. Shining "Fisheye" (5:07)
9. Karl Sanders "Rapture Of The Empty Spaces" (4:23)
10. Novembers Doom "A Eulogy For The Living Lost" (6:30)
11. Suicide City "The Best Way" (4:11)
12. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter "Der Weg (Live)" (3:56)
13. Sigh "L'art De Mourir" (4:55)
14. Borknagar "Havoc" (6:41)
15. Laethora "A.S.K.E." (3:39)
16. Hull "Architect" (6:54)
17. These Are They "The Indweller" (6:38)
18. Vreid "Milorg" (6:21)
19. Sarke "Old" (2:06)
20. Red Planet;Nattefrost "Sin Goddammit" Fenriz' (4:10)

You can download the free compilation here.

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The End Records Sampler On iTunes For 99 Cents

The End Records is thrilled to offer AMALGAMATE, a seventeen track sampler on iTunes for only $0.99. Featuring an exclusive track from Dir En Grey, plus unreleased songs from upcoming albums by Creature With the Atom Brain, Sigh and Early Man, AMALGAMATE showcases The End's heavier artists conveniently on one album. See the link and track listing below.

Kicking things off in 2010 will be Sigh with their classically infused orchestral metal on "Scenes From Hell," and the video game inspired electro indie rock from Super 8-bit Brothers on "Brawl," both out January 19th. The highly anticipated album from Creature With the Atom Brain entitled "Transylvania" will be released on February 2nd, which combines 60s inspired rock with dark and hypnotic psychedelic grooves. Norway’s Shining will also release their hard hitting hybrid of jazz and metal entitled "Blackjazz" on February 2nd. Laethora, which features Niklas Sundin of Dark Tranquillity, are set to release "The Light In Which We All Burn" on April 27th and consists of thirteen epic tracks of violent and powerful death/grind metal performed with intense passion and ferocity. More albums will be announced shortly.

Here is the "Amalgamate" track listing:

1. Dead Girls Are Easy – The 69 Eyes
2. Dozing Green (Live) – Dir En Grey
3. Transylvania – Creature With the Atom Brain
4. Liar – Emilie Autumn
5. Running Out of Roads to Ride – Cable
6. Grinding the Knife Blade – Goes Cube
7. Someone Else’s Nightmare – Early Man
8. Rapture of the Empty Spaces – Karl Sanders
9. A Eulogy for the Living Lost – November’s Doom
10. The Best Way – Suicide City
11. Der Weg (Live) – Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
12. L’art de Mourir – Sigh
13. Architect – Hull
14. The Indweller – These Are They
15. Milorg – Vreid
16. Old – Sarke
17. Sin Goddammit – Fenriz Red Planet & Nattefrost

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Dir En Grey Frontman Checks In

Dir En Grey are currently on tour in the United States supporting the release of their new DVD, "Average Blasphemy." Frontman, Kaoru has checked in with the following road report:

"Thank you to everyone who showed up in New York for us!

"I hope those of you who were in line for days outside the Gramercy are not sick. A few of us are developing symptoms of a cold but our crew member, George, is definitely sick now. He's usually up and about all the time but today he's curled up tightly in his bunk.

"There were some technical trouble during the NY 3 Days show but I thought the shows were great and very fulfilling. Now, I need to think up the setlists for Chicago and Denver. What should we play...hmmm... ...

"I'm going to take it slow today, just rest and watch Prison Break Season 4 which I have yet to watch!"

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Dir En Grey Announces Brazil and US Tour Dates

Japanese metal band Dir En Grey has announced their first ever South Amiercan tour date as well as an intimate US tour. The tour dates are as follows:

11/08 - Chácara do Jockey São Paulo, Brazil
11/11 - The Blender Theatre at Gramercy [NIGHT 1] New York, NY
11/13 - The Blender Theatre at Gramercy [NIGHT 2] New York, NY
11/14 - The Blender Theatre at Gramercy [NIGHT 3] New York, NY
11/16 - The Metro, Chicago, IL
11/18 - The Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Co
11/20 - House of Blues (Sunset Strip) [NIGHT 1] West Hollywood, CA
11/22 - House of Blues (Sunset Strip) [NIGHT 2] West Hollywood, CA
11/23 - The Fillmore, Los Angeles, CA

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Seventeen More Bands Added To Download 2009

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a urther seventeen bands for this years edition of the event. The festival will now see appearances from Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Trigger The Bloodshed, Lauren Harris, Hexes, Hunting The Minotaur, Japanese Voyeurs, White Man Kamikaze, Loverman, Black Spiders, General Fiasco, Sacred Mother Tongue, The 69 Eyes, Dear Superstar, Pulled Apart By Horses, Violent Soho and Brides.

The full lineup is now as follows:

Friday Main stage:
Faith No More
Korn
Limp Bizkit
Killswitch Engage
Billy Talent
Staind
The Blackout
Hollywood Undead

Friday Second stage:
Motley Crue
Opeth
Lacuna Coil
Bring Me The Horizon
Dir En Grey
Parkway Drive
A Day To Remember
In This Moment
Steadlur

Friday Tuborg stage:
Meshuggah
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Backyard Babies
Voivod
Middle Class Rut
Lauren Harris
Sylosis
Hunting The Minotaur
Japanese Voyeurs
White Man Kamikaze More...

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Several More Bands Added To Download Festival 2009

The organizers of Britains Download Festival has announced a string of new confirmations for this years event. The festival will now also see performances from the likes of Hatebreed, Voivod, God Forbid, Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Therapy?, Tim "Ripper" Owens, In This Moment, We Are The Ocean, Turbo Wolf, A Day To Remember, Backyard Babies, Hostile, Esoterica, Man Raze, Middle Class Rut and No Americana.

The lineup for the event is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Hatebreed
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Therapy?
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Tim "Ripper" Owens
Sevendust
Voivod
Papa Roach
Static-X
In This Moment
The Answer
Clutch
Buckcherry
Suicide Silence
Shinedown
Anvil
Sylosis
Staind
Bring Me The Horizon
Fightstar
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Backyard Babies
A Day To Remember
Volbeat
We Are The Ocean
Auger Bane
Hostile
Man Raze
Karma To Burn
Steadlur
Go:Audio
Middle Class Rut
Turbo Wolf
No Americana

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Sevendust And More Added To Download

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced several more bands to perform at the event this year. Northern Irish rockers The Answer will be performing at the festival, as will Sevendust, Staind, Stone Gods, Shinedown, Static-X, Bring Me The Horizon, Fightstar, Volbeat, Go:Audio, Facecage and Auger Bane. The festival will be held at Donington Park between June 12th-14th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Sevendust
Papa Roach
Static-X
The Answer
Clutch
Buckcherry
Shinedown
Anvil
Staind
Bring Me The Horizon
Fightstar
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Volbeat
Auger Bane
Karma To Burn
Steadlur
Go:Audio

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Download 2009

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further eight bands for this years lineup. Two of Sweden's most acclaimed metal bands, Opeth and Meshuggah, have been added to the bill as well as Japanese rockers Dir En Grey. The underground British thrash metal jokers Lawnmower Deth have also been confirmed. American rock group Five Finger Death Punch will be appearing at the event as will Velvet Revolver/Ex-Guns N Roses bass player Duff McKagen with his new band Loaded. You Me At Six and Roadrunner Records latest signing, Steadlur.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Papa Roach
Clutch
Buckcherry
Anvil
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Karma To Burn
Steadlur

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Faith No More, NIN And More Added To Nova Rock

Austria's Nova Rock Festival has announced some more big names for this years edition of the festival. In addition to the already confirmed big names such as Metallica and Slipknot, the organizers have confirmed that Faith No More, Nine Inch Nails, Dimmu Borgir and Dir En Grey will now also be performing at the event. The festivities take place between June 19th - 21st in Pannonia Fields in Burgenland, which near the Hungarian and Slovak borders.

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Dir En Grey Announces DVD Release Date

Dir En Grey has announced that they will be releasing their new DVD, "Shinkiba" on April 28th. The DVD will only be available as a Japanese import and comes as a standard edition aswell as a limited special edition which features two bonus discs and an alternative cover.

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Dir En Grey Comments On Show Cancellation

Dir En Grey has issued the following statement about the recent cancellation of a London show:

"To all of our fans in London:

"We are incredibly sad and disappointed that last night's show at Brixton Academy was canceled. In case you were unclear, it was due to a failure of the London electrical grid.

"In any case, the show will be rescheduled at a later date, and both Dir en grey and Mindless Self Indulgence apologize to all of our fans for this unavoidable inconvenience. We know that many of you traveled very, very far to see us perform in London and stood in the cold for hours to get a good spot at the front of the stage. All of the members of Dir en grey and Mindless Self Indulgence were very much looking forward to this show for months and are were extremely gutted not to be able to perform for our fans. Despite our best efforts, at the end of the day it was beyond our control. Our management is already working out details to bring us back to London as soon as possible to make up for this unfortunate occurrence. Please check back for more information and how to obtain ticket refunds on www.kerrang.com from Monday Feb 2. We advise all ticket holders to retain their ticket stub.

"We appreciate all of your support and very much look forward to seeing you all as soon as we can."

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MSI Taps Johnny Araya To Fill In On Tour

MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE's friend Johnny Araya, from the Canadian metal band and labelmates Thine Eyes Bleed, will be stepping in for bassist LynZ during the Kerrang! Tour as well as during MSI's immedtiately-following European run. MSI will be directly supported on the tour by labelmates DIR EN GREY.

Kerrang! Magazine has a dedicated mini-site to the tour, which the lovely Katie Parsons will be updating two or three times each day with news, videos and photos from fans.

Here are the tour dates for Kerrang! Magazine's 2009 Relentless Energy Drink Tour, featuring MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE, DIR EN GREY, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Tide, In Case Of Fire: More...

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Initial Bands Announced For Metaltown 2009 Fest

The initial bands for the the lineup of Metaltown 2009 have been revealed. The festival takes place on June 26-27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The bands announced so far are as follows:

Disturbed
Volbeat
Dir En Grey
Dragonforce
Children of Bodom
Trivium
Pain
Municipal Waste

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Dir En Grey To Release First DVD In North America

Asian metallers Dir En Grey will be releasing their first DVD in North America on February 3rd of next year. The DVD features many highlights from the bands touring process and their breakthrough in North America.

The DVD content is as follows:

Tour 05 It Withers And Withers
Rock Am Ring 2005 / Rock Im Park 2005
Showcase Tour / Tour 06 It Withers And Withers
Rock Am Ring 2006 / Rock Im Park 2006
Tour05-06 It Withers And Withers Final
Tour 06 Inward Scream
The Family Values Tour
Tour07 Inward Scream
Deftones U.s. Tour 2007 Summer
Wacken Open Air / Ankkarock Festival
Tour 07 The Marrow Of A Bone

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Dir En Grey Added To Mindless Self Indulgence Tour

Dir En Grey has been added to the Kerrang! tour in the United Kingdom which will be headlined by Mindless Self Indulgence and also features Bring Me The Horizon, Black Tide and In Case Of Fire.

The tour dates are as follows:

January 13 - Belfast, Ireland@ Belfast Mandela Hall
January 14 - Dublin, Ireland @ Dublin Academy
January 16 - Bristol, England @ Bristol Academy
January 17 - Cardiff, England @ Cardiff Great Hall
January 18 - Southampton, England @ Southampton Guildhall
January 20 - Oxford, England @ Oxford Academy
January 21 - Norwich, England @ University of East Anglia
January 22 - Nottingham, England @ Rock City
January 23 - Manchester, England @ Manchester Academy
January 24 - Leeds, England @ Leeds Academy
January 26 - Liverpool, England @ Liverpool Academy
January 27 - Glasgow, England @ Glasgow Barrowlands
January 28 - Newcastle, England @ Newcastle Academy
January 29 - Birmingham, England @ Birmingham Academy
January 30 - London, England @ Brixton Academy

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Dir En Grey Enters The Billboard Charts

Japanese metallers Dir En Grey has entered the Billboard 200 charts at number 116 after selling around 6,000 copies of their latest album, "Uroboros." Dir En Grey recently premiered their newest video, "Dozing Green" which you can check out below. More...

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Dir En Grey's New Video Premieres On HBB

Headbangers Blog premiered today DIR EN GREY's new video for the song "Dozing Green," the twelfth cut from the band's forthcoming seventh studio effort "Uroboros." The video was directed by the band's longtime collaborator Hiroyuki Kondo and took two and a half months to create from filming to post-production. You can check out the video below, which aired on MTV2's Headbangers Ball Saturday at 2am.

"Uroboros" will be released on November 11th (11/12 in Japan through Firewall and 11/14 in Europe through Gan-Shin). In an effort to satiate fans' unique preferences and desires, "Uroboros" will be available in the US in four formats: digital album; CD jewel case; deluxe limited-edition CD digipak with bonus track and DVD; and double vinyl LP with a digital download card included "Uroboros" is available now for pre-order from THE OMEGA ORDER. DIR EN GREY is currently touring North America with The Human Abstract. The tour dates follow: More...

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Dir En Grey's "Uroboros" Cover Art Revealed

Japanese heavy metal outfit DIR EN GREY has revealed the cover art for "Uroboros," their forthcoming seventh studio album. Uroboros will be released on November 11th (11/12 in Japan through Firewall; 11/14 in Europe through Gan-Shin). You can view the cover artwork here.

"Uroboros" will be available in the US in four formats: digital album; CD jewel case; deluxe limited-edition CD digipak with bonus track and DVD; and double vinyl LP with a digital download card included.

Dir En Grey's "Uroboros" tracklistings are as follows: More...

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