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.
Recommended For YouPowered by SailThru
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!