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Dir en Grey was formed in early 1997, essentially being the indie collective La:Sadies with a new bassist -- Toshiya -- and a new name that was supposed to carry no other meaning than to designate the band. They started off with the EP Missa (1997) that failed to stir things up a lot, but soon made themselves the talk of the country's music scene by becoming the first indie band to break ... Read more in Amazon's Dir En Grey Store

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  • Audio CD (May 16, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Freewill America
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Merciless Cult
2. C
3. Saku
4. Kodoku Ni Shisu, Yueni Kodoku
5. Itoshisa Ha Fuhai Nitsuki
6. Jesus Christ R'n R
7. Garbage
8. Machiavellism
9. Dead Tree
10. The Final
11. Beautiful Dirt
12. Spilled Milk
13. Higeki Ha Mabuta Wo Oroshita Yasashiki Utsu
14. Kodou

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Formed in l997, Dir en grey has become one of Japan's most popular hard rock groups. With their unique grotesque style, perverse expressions of passion and intense live show, the band has established a rabid following not only in their home country but also around the world among fans of this style of extreme music. Depth, sorrow, pain and undoubtedly anger are the emotional qualities which form the musical core of the Dir en grey experience. Over the past few years the band has focused on growing their audience outside of the huge home base they have in Japan. Starting first in Asia and most recently in Europe, Dir en grey is now poised to introduce America to the same musical tour de force that has conquered Asia and much of the rest of the world.


Dir en Grey are very much like their Japanese horror movie counterparts for English speaking audiences. They may not be the goriest, but there is something creepy and sinister in the underlying disjointed quality of everything involved. Take this statement from their website: "Formed in 1997, with the sole purpose to spread the feeling of hurt and sorrow caused by weakness, shallowness and egoism of humanity." Are they combating these characteristics of humanity, or furthering them because they are in the middle of it? Withering to Death fits this contradiction perfectly. Straddling the line between Marilyn Manson, Coal Chamber, and something similar to Katatonia, everything about this band points toward something coming apart at the seams. The music moves from poppy guitar rock to more furious metal. The vocals go from beautiful drones to high pitched cackle to outright wail. The Japanese singing is much more dramatic than the English translation of the lyrics inside the booklet. Songs like "Saku," "Dead Tree," and "Kodou" don't really need translation, and in fact may work better without. So ignore the booklet lyrics and just enjoy the disorienting quality of the music itself. --Robert Arambel

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In my opinion this album is their best album to date.
It is clear that with Withering to Death Dir en Grey has come full circle with their ever changing sound.
Internal Abbatoir
The new album takes the "nu-metal" sound and makes it fresh.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Holly on June 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I thought about giving a four star review. Then I listened to 'Machiavellism' one more time. No four-star album boasts a song like that.

I've heard complaints from Dir en grey fans who don't like where the band's sound has gone since Vulgar, but if you ask me, this is what they've been heading for all along. Too much 'Zakuro'-like moping makes albums droop. Here, the band has achieved a perfect yin-yang balance between soulful melody and brain-crushing weirdness. Kyo's vocals do the best job of illustrating the dichotomy, particularly on tracks like 'Saku', which begins with throaty screaming, moves into moaning and mumbling, and alternates into a chorus of gorgeous falsetto. It's over before you know what hit you. Wham. Next song.

I mentioned 'Machiavellism' earlier, and I shall do so again. The riff is nothing less than addictive, and the rock-out bridge could get a whole stadium screaming whether they know the language or not. But Diru never dwells for too long on one style. The harpish chords of 'THE FINAL' make me want to cry. 'Spilled Milk' is a hearty headbanger. 'Kodou' is almost industrial.

I always admire a band that can seriously weird me out, and listening to Dir en grey is the ultimate 'WTF?' experience. Mind-screwing lyrics [even disregarding the awkward translations in the American edition] cap off Withering to death as a bizarre, wonderfully explicit masterpiece.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kel Swain on December 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Withering to Death is Dir en grey's 5th full-length release (and if these import prices gall you, WtD will be released by an American label in March 2006 so you'll hopefully be able to purchase it for a more reasonable price -plus it comes with a DVD!)

Dir en grey changes with every album, something that some fans love while others hate. There seems to be a constant war waging between the "old-school" fans who long for everything Kisou (3rd album) and prior and "newer" fans who have continued to embrace Dir en grey even as they have made some drastic changes in musical and visual style.

WtD is by far the most brutal, gritty, and dark sounding of Diru's albums. The tone of the album is oppressive, with songs full of thick, thunderous riffs instead of the minute-long, wailing solos of previous albums. (which i also love, by the way) It is probably the least varied of Diru's albums, but still delivers a great performance.

Vocalist Kyo does a lot of screaming like the tortured maniac he is(the poor boy cuts himself onstage for god's sake!) but still treats us to his low, throaty croon and his spine-tingling falsetto. Kyo's voice is probably one of the most distinct aspects of Diru's music. He can do amazing things with his voice; words can't even begin to describe the heart-wrenching emotion he can make you feel. The guy's emotionally disturbed, no doubts there, and the force of his demented feeling can knock the wind out of you and have you writhing on the floor.

While many complain that WtD falls short of what has come to be expected from a legendary rock band like Dir en grey, I feel that it is still a very solid release that is listenable all the way through.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aya on May 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion this album is their best album to date. I find that many bands grow jaded and lackluster with age but this band has gotten better. They've left their earlier visual kei days of which many bands still cling to and have really concentrated on making an even more awesome rock sound. The bass lines and guitar riffs on this album truly show growth in talent and artistic expression. Their singles saku, the final, and kodou truly reflect the quality of the cd and the growth of the band. The other songs are just as good if not better. The cd jacket contains the lyrics in japanese and also translates them into english, which is a very nice feature. The cd art is very pretty unliek the image on the site it is a black cover with a white dead tree and the cd is like the cover except the tree is purple. The jacket contains a lot of purple and looks very nice. I think this cd was worth the fifty dollars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alex on July 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have not been able to put down Withering To Death. I've had it for almost a month now, and it still domanates my cd player. alot of people i know have gone against Dir en grey because the sound has changed. and i know that a few people hated Withering To Death. But what has to be understood is that Dir en grey has to change to become better. In a non bais fan way. i think Withering To Death is brutal and very interesting to the ear. What Vulgar lacked...Withering To Death made up for. The harshness in Kyo's voice, the dirtiness of the guitar and bass, the intesne drumming. all linking and messhing together to create something very stunning. You can tell that they were shooting for this on Vulgar, but they nailed the new sound perfect with Withering To Death. At first i wasnt so sure if i wanted the new Dir en grey cd. The Final and Saku were good, but i was still stuck on Kisou being the only album that mattered. But after hearing a few more songs, like Dead Tree, C, and GARBAGE ...i was sold. The new album takes the "nu-metal" sound and makes it fresh. Its not just all screaming, Kyo sings...and that is something that is hard to find. a band that can play that heavy and still have good vocals. If you are still stuck in the past and cant get off the visual train, then dont buy Withering To Death. But if you are one of the few who has opened their ears, then buy it. It is well worth the money.
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;__; oh no!
In all honesty, your post sounds like what a lot the scene and emo kids say on an almost daily basis. Just because a band gets popular in a certain country or area does not make its music any less enjoyable. Unless you are a complete elitist and believe that all of the music you like is cool... Read More
May 3, 2006 by Sarah Dungan |  See all 9 posts
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I have no idea. I've been waiting for the new album. . . . . Dir en grey kicks ass. I hope they make the same impact that Rammstein did when they first came out.
Mar 26, 2006 by C. Martini |  See all 9 posts
I already have this cd
Did you get it at their concert?
May 9, 2006 by A. Smith |  See all 3 posts
Not -ENOUGH- Diru merch at HOT TOPIC!
um, hot topic sucks. Its designed for greedy capitalist pigs that suck the soul from the very Earth that we live on. Do you really want to support a company like that?
They cater to angst ridden kids who cannot see beyond their own selfish ambitions and "supposed" troubles.
Jul 25, 2007 by eternal now |  See all 2 posts
So about the included DVD...
The Merciless Cult PV is just footage from the It withers and withers tour. The code of Vulgar(ism) video contains clips of Child Prey, The IIID Empire, audience KILLER LOOP, 明日無き;幸福、ࡲ8;笑亡きą26;日(a... Read More
May 19, 2006 by N. Starbuck |  See all 2 posts
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