Headbangers Blog premiered today DIR EN GREY’s new video for the song “Dozing Green,” the twelfth cut from the band’s forthcoming seventh studio effort, Uroboros. The video was directed by the bandâ€™s longtime collaborator Hiroyuki Kondo and took two and a half months to create from filming to post-production. Check out the video:
Uroboros will be released on November 11th (11/12 in Japan through Firewall; 11/14 in Europe through Gan-Shin). In an effort to satiate fans’ unique preferences and desires, Uroboros will be available in the US in four formats: digital album; CD jewel case; deluxe limited-edition CD digipak with bonus track and DVD; and double vinyl LP with a digital download card included. Uroboros is available now for pre-order from THE OMEGA ORDER. DIR EN GREY is currently touring North America with The Human Abstract.
Tour Schedule in North America – 2008
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TOUR08 THE ROSE TRIMS AGAIN with THE HUMAN ABSTRACT
11/25/08 Tue @ House of Blues – Houston, TX
11/26/08 Wed @ Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
11/28/08 Fri @ Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
11/29/08 Sat @ The Wiltern LG – Los Angeles, CA
11/30/08 Sun @ Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
12/02/08 Tue @ Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
12/03/08 Wed @ The Showbox – Seattle, WA
12/04/08 Fri @ Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
DIR EN GREY Bio:
Formed in Japan in 1997, DIR EN GREY has conquered the Japanese rock scene with lyrics that convey sorrow, darkness and anger in modern society. The band has received international critical acclaim for their masterful translation of the lyrics to their dramatic stage show, which includes self-mutilation and bloodshed. A loyal and supportive fan base has helped boost the group to widespread international success, as indicated by their recent performance at Germanyâ€™s Rock Am Ring, an annual music festival that is considered one of Europeâ€™s most prestigious, alongside such notable artists as Green Day, MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e, Iron Maiden and Marilyn Manson.
DIR EN GREYâ€”vocalist Kyo, guitarists Kaori and Die, bassist Toshiya, and drummer Shinyaâ€”became extremely popular almost immediately upon forming ten years ago, when they caught the attention of East West Japan. Their debut was marked by the simultaneous release of three singles, all of which reached the Top Ten. Five albums later, DIR EN GREY added to their international success by solidifying their presence in the US with the 2007 release of The Marrow of a Bone. The band has toured extensively in the US, including a run with Deftones and an appearance on Kornâ€™s 2006 Family Values Tour.
While singing mostly in Japanese, Kyo, via his expressive voice, is able to transition effortlessly from a deep growl to theatrical vocals that transcend language barriers. The Los Angeles Times wrote that â€œKyo is a staggering vocalistâ€ and â€œhas stockpiled an extreme range of vocal inflections, from a guttural mutter to a tonsil-ripping screamâ€”no electronic effects neededâ€.
Currently the band is preparing for the release of Uroboros, their seventh studio album, which will hit shelves on November 11th, 2008 in the US through THE END RECORDS and a day later in their native Japan (through Firewall). Guitarist Kaoru comments, â€œMusically, this record is much heavier, harder, and crazier than The Marrow of a Bone, [b]ut you will also find songs with beautiful melodies.â€ Uroboros (literally, â€œtail-devourerâ€) is an ancient and nearly universal concept of cyclicality or infinity typically depicted as a serpent swallowing its own tail.
This marks the first time a DIR EN GREY album will be released worldwide in one massive coordinated strike, and the band will be touring extensively in North American with The Human Abstract in support of the album. Look for DIR EN GREY in a city near you this November!
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