This is part of an interview with Die and Kaoru from the January 2012 edition of the Japanese magazine YOUNG GUITAR. I didn’t translate the whole thing because frankly, what kind of amps they use doesn’t interest me. What does interest me is why the band decided to remaster and re-release a fairly new album, so I translated the last past of the interview, which posed this question.
YG: So, your last album Uroboros has been remastered, and I heard a rumor that there will be more songs on it. Let’s start with the background information of this story. Kaoru: First of all, we decided
A couple of weeks ago, I was looking at the “most requested artists of all time” on the Rock Band dashboard, an app on Facebook. Dir en grey was listed as #420 at the time. After asking around to some other Dir fans, they jumped to #313 most requested in a week. In another two days, #166. The…
Dir en grey frontman Kyo is not like other rock stars. In a rare interview, he reveals why…
Words: Paul Brannigan, Photo: Ashley Maile Published in the November 18, 2007, issue of Kerrang.
The first time I met Dir en grey vocalist Kyo he was bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. It was August 2007 and the Japanese band had just played the second of two sold-out London gigs at the Islington Academy on their debut visit to the UK. During the show, Kyo had dug his fingernails deep into his face and chest, gouging out flesh, drawing blood and simultaneously drawing gasps and horrified looks from fans. Reminded of this today, as we sit down with a translator in the band’s management office in Roppongi, Tokyo, Kyo simply smiles and says, “I like seeing blood.”
Kyo is not your typical rock singer. Unlike the motormouth frontmen who habitually reside within these pages,