DIR EN GREY : Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami (2009)
DIR EN GREY expresses pains based on human’s darkness, ugliness and scars through their artwork. Their unique eerie beauty captivates many rock fans. In this issue, we will introduce three of DIR’s recommendations, using the song “Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami” as an example.
Vocalist Kyo’s protean voice from a deep growl to a scream.
Kyo’s singing voice varies from soft to heavy, and he changes his voice effectively depending on what he wants to express from humans’ emotions. His charismatic attraction excites the listener’s heart.
Heavy sound that resonates with the bones.
This song echoes deep into our nerves to the bones. The sounds played by members sometimes feel eerie, which makes our emotions unstable, and sometimes feel warm. It can be said that each person takes sound differently depending on listener’s mental condition. DIR EN GREY leaves us room for interpretation of the sound.
DIR’s songs tend to be paid attention to their heavy, grotesque image, but there is somehow sadness in them. Looking back to the past, DIR has been good at making beautiful but sad melodies form their early days. Even after when they changed their music style to a solid heavy rock, their ephemeral melody comes in at key points. It’s like a person’s difficult life, which is dreaming a fleeting dream in the painful reality.
What remains after listening to this song? Void? Sadness? Anger? Or・・・