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Japanese outfit DIR EN GREY recently spoke to the UK's Planet Loud about the difference between the Japanese music industry and the European one along with their own influences and their plans for the future. A few excerpts follow:
Planet Loud - How do you think you managed to gather such a following without ever playing here before?
Dir En Grey - "It’s a complete mystery to the band; of course, with the internet people can hear bands like Dir En Grey from around the world without any sort of promotion or such like, but what’s more a mystery is why they listen to Dir En Grey specifically. Once the albums became available outside Japan, even though we weren’t touring at least there was some help from the labels, but there have been fans in Europe since we started 10 years ago which is a real surprise to us; we were making music for the Japanese market, not the overseas. We are very happy that we are now able to come over to Europe and tour and play to all our fans at last."
Planet Loud - Talk us through the new album.
Dir En Grey - "The album was written and recorded over a period of about a year whilst we were touring Japan, America and Europe. The only time we got to write songs was on tour in between shows. Instead of spending two months in the studios writing and rehearsing non-stop as before, we’d be writing for a bit then going and playing a show; new places, new environments and new sources of inspiration every day. We were also able to revisit songs later and change bits, listen with a fresh ear and take out bits we didn’t like and rewrite different sections. It was a mixed process, some of it went really well, but some of it went really badly."
Planet Loud - There’s such a marked difference in styles across the albums, what’s the thought process behind such stylistic leaps?
Dir En Grey - "It’s a mixture of a conscious decision not to make the same album twice, and getting a bit bored with a particular style and wanting to try something different. There is a natural process, we always want to release something different to before, not wanting to get fed up with any one style. It’s also a test, a challenge, to see how far we have improved and where we can go with the music. We do not like to release the same thing over and over again, and neither do the fans, we want to keep it fresh and keep the fans excited."
Corby, UK metallers RAGING SPEEDHORN will support Japan's DIR EN GREY on the following UK dates:
Nov. 12 - Oxford, UK - Carling Academy
Nov. 14 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
RAGING SPEEDHORN's latest CD, "Before The Sea Was Built", was released in September via SPV. Four songs from the album can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
"Before the Sea Was Built" was recorded at Foel Studio in North Wales with producer Larry Hibbitt.
RAGING SPEEDHORN will support CARNIVORE on a European tour beginning on November 30 in Essen, Germany.
Japan's DIR EN GREY will release two "greatest hits" sets on December 19. The first one is a two-CD set, entitled "Decade 1998 – 2002", which focuses on the band's early years, starting with their debut release, "Akuro no Oka", the Joi TV series outro theme "Yokan", the "Jealous – Reverse" album of piano-arranged songs from their demo era, and more. All 21 tracks have been digitally remastered. The second collection, "Decade 2003 – 2007", focuses on the period of time when DIR EN GREY first started making its name known in the international music scene. The compilation includes such classics as "The Final", "Dead Tree" and "Saku". All 18 tracks have been digitally remastered.
"Decade 1998 – 2002" track listing:
01. Akuro No Oka
03. Schwein No Isu
05. 304 Goshitsu, Hakushi No Sakura
11. Jealous – Reverse
01. Ain't Afraid To Die
03. Bottom Of The Death Valley
04. Gyakujo Tannou Keloid Milk
06. Embryo (single version)
08. Mr. Newsman
10. Child Prey
"Decade 2003 – 2007" track listing:
03. The Iiid Empire
04. Drain Away
05. Sajo No Uta
06. Audience Killer Loop
08. Dead Tree
09. Merciless Cult
12. The Final
13. Clever Sleazoid
15. Agitated Screams Of Maggots
16. Ryojoku No Ame
17. Repetition Of Hatred
18. Conceived Sorrow
Commented DIR EN GREY's Kaoru: "Mid-tour, during a sound check in Copenhagen, we took some time to play this new song on stage repeatedly, making minor changes as we went. This continued throughout the rest of the tour. The whole process actually benefited us a lot. I feel that the band’s unique mood and temperature is actually captured in between the sounds."
Shinya: "Thanks to all the time we spent working on that song, we were able to completely understand the character of this song. We now perform this song at every show on the current tour, but I still remember that I was able to get into the song smoothly even when we played it the first night."
Die: "I have to say that the song has gone through a drastic change from the original demo, in fact it sounds so different now I can barely remember what it used to sound like! As a result I believe that this song actually breathed a new sense into the band. In fact, this is the next and first step towards our new album."
Toshiya: "I agree with that. I am incredibly thrilled with the end result. The song has both depth and width to it. It took us a long time to come to this point, but this single is the result of working relentlessly without giving up."
"Dozing Green" was released in the UK on October 29, and will be supported by the following performances in the UK:
Nov. 12 - Oxford Academy
Nov. 14 - Sheffield Corporation
Japan's DIR EN GREY released their new non-album single 'Dozing Green' last week. It is now available for purchase via FWA's online store. The company ships directly from their U.S. warehouse, meaning fans don't have to pay any extra import fees.
Go to this location to order.
As previously reported, 'Dozing Green' was released on October 24th. The song is available for digital download via iTunes stores worldwide (except Japan).
The Dozing Green single CD features B-side tracks 'Hydra 666' - a reworking of the track 'Hydra' from the band's second album, Macabre - and a live acoustic performance of the song 'Agitated Screams Of Maggots'. The limited edition includes cardboard sleeve and a bonus sticker. Go to this location to order. More...
On the 26th of October Gan-Shin Records will release the new DIR EN GREY single "Dozing Green".
The single contains two songs. DOZING GREEN a brand new track and the live version of AGITATED SCREAMS OF MAGGOTS from the present album "THE MARROW OF A BONE".
In Japan Dir en grey has had cult status for more than 10 years. In the US and in Europe Dir en grey has become one of the most interesting new rock acts. Dir en grey has toured the US three times in the past two years. They performed at the Family Values tour together with KORN and DEFTONES and they did two headliner tours around the US. In 2006 Dir en grey won the the MTV US Headbangersball award in the category "best rock video of the year"
In Europe Dir en grey has started their live activities three years ago. The first European show was held at the Columbia Hall in Berlin and has been sold out within 72 hours (3800 tickets). One year later Dir en grey performed at the center stage of Germanys biggest festivals ROCK AM RING and ROCK IM PARK.
2007 Dir en grey entered Europe again with sold out shows in UK, Germany and Skandinavia. They performed very successful at festivals like Wacken Festival, Mera Luna, Ankka Rock in Finland and the Metal Hammer Festival in Poland.
In November 2007 Dir en grey will coming back to Europe again. First shows in Finland where already sold out after a couple of hours.
02.11.07 UK-London - Shepherds Bush Empire
04.11.07 FIN-Helsinki - Tavastia
05.11.07 FIN-Helsinki - Tavastia
07.11.07 NL-Amsterdam - Melkweg
08.11.07 CH-Pratteln - Z7
10.11.07 F-Paris - Le Zenith
Japan's DIR EN GREY recently announced a handful of European tour dates. They have added two UK shows to their schedule, on November 12th and 14th in Oxford and Sheffield respectively. Thier schedule is now as follows:
2 - London, UK - The Shepherds Bush Empire
4 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia (SOLD OUT)
5 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia (SOLD OUT)
7 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
8 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
10 - Paris, France - Le Zenith
12 - Oxford, UK - Oxford Carling Academy
14 - Sheffield, UK - Sheffield Corporation
As previously reported, the band's two shows for Helsinki, Finland at Tavastia were sold out 30 seconds after tickets went on sale.
Japanese metallers DIR EN GREY have announced a bunch of new European tour dates in November. In addition, the band have been confirmed to headline Fuse '07 (gaming and music festival) on November 2 at The Shepherds Bush Empire in London, UK and will support LINKIN PARK on two shows in Tokyo, Japan in late November. Here are the band's upcoming live dates:
Nov. 2 - London, UK - The Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 4 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 5 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 7 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
Nov. 8 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Nov. 10 - Paris, France - Le Zenith
Nov. 23 - Tokyo, Japan - Super Arena
Nov. 24 - Tokyo, Japan - Super Arena
Japanese rock phenomenon DIR EN GREY will return to London to headline a concert at The Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday, November 2.
After two hugely successful shows at London's Islington Academy, DIR EN GREY return to the U.K. to headline this year's Fuse 07 (a unique and innovative gaming and music festival) event. Over 2,000 hardcore music and gaming fans will join a host of stars to pack out the legendary Shepherds Bush Empire to witness the best of the country’s unsigned bands in a genuine festival atmosphere. Fuse 07 is the only event in the world that has successfully melded the worlds of hard rock and hardcore gaming into one festival style event.
The Japanese rockers are looking forward to being a part of such a unique event.
"When we played at the Carling Academy last August it was the first time we were ever in London as a band," the group said in a statement. "Even so, we received an amazing welcome from the fans and we had a great show. We are more than thankful to all our fans and all the people involved for giving us the chance to return to the U.K. in just three months."
“We are honoured to be chosen as the headliner for the Fuse 07 event this year. It is first time for us to perform at an event that has a concept of not only music but also video games, so we are really excited to see the outcome!"
DIR EN GREY will also release a new single, "Dozing Green" in late October (worldwide release date to be confirmed). Previously unreleased, "Dozing Green" will give fans a chance to hear a brand new track with a brand new sound for the band.
"It took us a long session of trial and error before we came to the final version of 'Dozing Green'," the group said. "This track is definitely one that has both the new DIR EN GREY combined with elements that never was in our music. It is difficult to describe the new song in just one word, but I can assure you that this marks the first step towards the creation of our next album."
In other news, DIR EN GREY has been announced as special guests to LINKIN PARK at the following shows:
Nov. 23 – Tokyo, JPN @ Saitama Super Arena
Nov. 24 - Tokyo, JPN @ Saitama Super Arena
Tickets for Dir en Grey's first-ever U.K. show at London's Islington Academy sold out within just two days of going on sale back in April, despite no official advertising. Details of how to order the first 80 tickets were disclosed in mid-April via a "J-Rock" community, and sold out within six minutes. The remaining 720 tickets, priced at £28 each, went on sale at midday on Monday, April 16, and had all been purchased by Wednesday, before any advertising had time to hit the streets.
The phenomenal demand for Dir en Grey in the U.K. can be attributed to the same word of web buzz that launched the careers of artists like LILY ALLEN and THE ARCTIC MONKEYS. Having had no publicity, official releases or shows so far in the U.K., the band has captured the imaginations of British music fans through web sites like YouTube and MySpace, where they're racking up an incredible number of plays.
The Japanese band has already experienced incredible success in Asia and continental Europe, as well as in the USA, where, according to reports, shows are filled with hysterical, screaming fans, some of whom have been known to pass out in scenes reminiscent of THE BEATLES' shows.
Dir en Grey's new album, "The Marrow of a Bone", received a U.K. release on May 7 via Gan-Shin Records.
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For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.
Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:
Friday, Aug 3
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
Saturday Aug 4
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE
True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
Dir en Grey has posted footage on their myspace from their current North American tour with the Deftones, available for purchase from Booster Affiliate Contents. Three professionally shot videos cover dates in New York, and feature songs from the latest album The Marrow of a Bone
'Lie Buried With A Vengeance' - June 11th, Niagara Falls, NY
'Agitated Screams Of Maggots' - June 9th, New York, NY
'Dead Tree' - June 9th, New York, NY
Remaining stops for Dir En Grey are:
27 - Viejas San Diego, California
28 - Gibson Amphitheater - Los Angeles, California
29 - Rainbow Ballroom - Fresno, California
30 - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium - Santa Cruz, California
1 - Stockton Civic Auditorium - Stockton, CA
2 - Warfield - San Francisco, California
5 - The Theater - Grand Sierra Resort - Reno, Nevada
6 - Roseland - Portland, Oregon
7 - Roseland - Portland, Oregon
8 - WaMu - Seattle, Washington
A free clip of "The Fatal Believer" is up on YouTube, shot at The Pageant in St. Louis.
Dir en Grey is a veteran metal group hailing from Japan. As they have progressed, their sound is now in league with the likes of Lamb of God and Soilwork, blending extremely heavy riffs, growling vocals, with melodic breaks and solos. The Marrow of a Bone is their sixth album since 1997, and follows on an extremely successful "Withering To Death", released in 2005 and now up for distribution in the United States and Europe.
Just a week after announcing their upcoming US tour, the Deftones have expanded the itinerary, adding two-nighters in Dallas, San Antonio, Cleveland and Washington, DC, as well as shows in Houston, Nashville, Detroit, the Los Angeles area and St. Louis, MO.
The alt-metal rockers, who are currently in the midst of an extensive European jaunt, will begin their US run May 11 in Mesa, AZ. Other double-shots on the schedule include Albuquerque, New Orleans, and Salt Lake City. Dates, which so far take the band through June, are listed below.
Japanese hard-rockers Dir En Grey and Seattle trio The Fall of Troy, which has a new album due May 1, will open the shows.
The Deftones are touring behind their fifth studio album, "Saturday Night Wrist," which was released last October. The second single from the set, "Mein," is streaming at the group's MySpace page.
Here are the latest Deftones tour dates with Dir En Grey and The Fall of Troy in support: More...
Deftones will headline a nationwide US tour this summer after wrapping their international outing.
The Grammy-winning band will kick off domestic dates May 11 in Mesa, AZ, and so far have gigs booked through June, including two-nighters in Albuquerque, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. More shows will be announced soon, according to the group's website. Japanese hard-rockers Dir En Grey and Seattle trio The Fall of Troy, which has a new album due May 1, will open the shows.
Having already made their way through Mexico, South America, Japan and Australia this year, the Deftones are currently playing several countries in Europe. They had to postpone three UK performances this week because frontman Chino Moreno was suffering from an ear-and-throat infection, according to the group's website. Those dates have already been rescheduled for late April.
Last October, the Deftones issued their fifth studio album, "Saturday Night Wrist," which was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction) and former Far guitarist Shaun Lopez. The second single from the record, "Mein," is streaming at the band's MySpace page.
Here are the Deftones US tour dates with Dir En Grey and The Fall of Troy: More...
Japanese band DIR EN GREY has posted its video for the song "Agitated Screams of Maggots" at this location (Windows Media). The track is the title cut of the group's upcoming EP, which is due in the U.S. on January 9, 2007 as a limited-edition release sold exclusively via F.Y.E. stores. The EP will include the studio recording of the song "Agitated Screams of Maggots" as well as three cuts recorded live at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo during the summer of 2006, where the band headlined two nights at the 8,000-capacity venue. The track listing is as follows:
01. Agitated Screams of Maggots
02. Kodoku Ni Shisu, Yueni Kodoku (live)
03. Spilled Milk (live)
04. Obscure (live)
An e-card for 'The Family Values Tour 2006' CD/DVD is now available online. The album and DVD will be sold separately and will hit stores on December 26th.
The Family Values 2006 CD and DVDs feature main stage bands Korn, Deftones, Flyleaf, Stone Sour, Dir En Grey, Deadsy, and 10 Years.
Fair to Midland and Dir En Grey will hit the road next year for a US Tour. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
February 1st in Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
February 2nd in Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
February 3rd in Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre
February 5th in Baltimore, MD @ Ram?s Head Live
February 6th in Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
February 7th in Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
February 9th in Toronto, ON @ Guvernment
February 10th in New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
February 12th in Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
February 13th in Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
February 14th in Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Club
February 16th in Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
February 18th in Houston, TX @ Meridian
February 19th in Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
February 21st in Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
February 23rd in Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
According to a posting on the KORN fan site KornUnleashed.net, PEEPING TOM — the new project of Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE, TOMAHAWK, FANTOMAS) — has been added to The Family Values Tour 2006. The band will reportedly join the tour's second-stage lineup along with already confirmed acts 10 YEARS, BURY YOUR DEAD, BULLETS AND OCTANE and DEADSY.
The Family Values Tour 2006 billing is now shaping up as follows:
DIR EN GREY
BURY YOUR DEAD
BULLETS AND OCTANE
With the addition of a second stage and many top rock acts, fans will get even greater value from the Live Nation-produced Family Values Tour, as the festival features $9.99 lawn tickets and value-priced seating available at every outdoor amphitheatre along the tour route, making it one of the hottest tickets of the summer.
As previously reported, Korn and The Deftones are heading up the ressurected Family Values Tour, started and headlined by Korn eight years ago. This year's tour is said to have a second stage for the first time, with acts yet to be announced. The main stage will be rounded out by Stone Sour, Flyleaf and Dir En Grey, who Davis described as "this crazy Japanese band that are just out of their minds." Lawn tickets will be $9.99 at each stop.
MTV.com has some more detail and commentary by Jonathan Davis and Deftones frontman Chino Moreno:
"The first [Family Values] with us on it was the best, and we just decided, let's do this again," Korn singer Jonathan Davis said of 1998's outing with Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, Rammstein and Orgy. "We're gonna break out the old Family Values stuff we got in storage and really put on a cool show."
"No band can go down to $9.99 and do the production and that kind of stuff that we're doing, but the deal we did [becoming equal partners with EMI and promoters Live Nation] allows us to be able to do that, which is really cool," Davis said. "I don't want to slap bands for making their ticket prices so high, 'cause I understand production and that stuff costs a lot. ... But Madonna's are like 300 bucks a ticket. I can't even believe that. Ten bucks for a show is ridiculous, and I think kids that aren't Korn fans will wanna go just to check out other bands or just go to have a good time."
Having a good time will also be a priority for Korn, who will balance their intense sets with a lot of backstage hanging out.
"We haven't toured with [the Deftones] since '97 or '96, and we're really excited," Davis said. "We love those guys. We started out together. Literally it was us and them, and back in the day we used to drive to Sacramento [California] and play at their home clubs. And they would drive to Huntington Beach and play the clubs we'd play, so we've been friends for a long, long time, and it's cool to be back together again and sharing the same stage."
Tour dates for the 30-city Family Values Tour have not been announced yet, but organizers have released a list of cities: More...
Read the full article at MTV.com.