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Dir En Grey

Dir en Grey have become the top band of the post-visual kei era, especially for the Western audience -- in the 2000s they were arguably the most successful metal act without English lyrics since Rammstein (though they never rivaled the popularity of the Germans). The band began as a visual kei collective, too, but gradually moved to more reserved and darker attire and a separate sound that leaned on gothic rock, death metal, and the likes of Korn and Slipknot.Dir en Grey was formed in early 1997,… Show more

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Aug 19, 2007 - AntiCowJuice
Japanese Hard Rock with a Steady Tone!

Dir en Grey, one of the most well known Japanese bands worldwide, broke through the language barrier in early 2005 for many Americans during the Family Values Tour. Their straight-edge hard sounds can rattle your brains out, but they're not mindlessly fast or easily beaten down. The sound that Kyo and Kaoru generally try to put in their albums ar ebasically Kyo's best recreation of an angry wild hog in the Arctic Sea. Hard core but still somewhat laid back, Dir en Grey has got to be my all time favorite band and a must hear for any hard rock fans out there.

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