Dir En Grey
Like a lot of bands from Japan, Dir En Grey is impossible to pigeonhole. This foursome is a weird alloy of disparate yet compatible styles, including industrial rock, nü metal and emo. And its members look the part of the über-commercial Japanese rock stars you'd see on Music Station. But Dir En Grey has been around since 1997 and has put out eight albums. Unlike some of its would-be brethren, who strive to have some kind of socially acceptable, clean-cut artistic image, the band produces sometimes horrific videos that look like Takashi Miike productions. Currently touring in support of its latest full-length, Dum Spiro Spero, Dir En Grey puts on a bombastic live show wherever it's performing.
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