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US tour announced for Japan's Dir en grey

posted by ジョイ // Joy | Friday, August 27, 2010 | 6:02 AM
Dir en grey is one of the hottest and most successful Japanese bands to break into the Western music scene over the last decade. Generally tagged anywhere between alternative, nu-metal and even grindcore, guitarists Kaoru and Die, bassist Toshiya, drummer Shinya, and vocalist Kyo deliver their particular brand of metal without apology. They transcend language barriers through the sheer force of their music, which is visceral, evoking a spectrum of emotions that is far better experienced than described. Unafraid to experiment, their style has evolved since their debut in 1998, combining their Japanese roots with Western influences, some gleaned from working with other bands during overseas tours. Their latest single, "Hageshisa to, kono mune no naka de karamitsuita shakunetsu no yami" is a blistering feast of drums and guitars.

Since 2005, they have made the rounds at various European music festivals including Rock-am-ring, Sonisphere, Download, and Octopus Rock, as well as headlined their own tours in both the US and the UK. They've been invited on tour with the Deftones, Korn (as part of Family Values), Mindless Self Indulgence, and are currently co-headlining a US stint with Finnish cello rockers, Apocalyptica. The tour kicked off earlier this week in Toronto and Dir en grey will be working their way around North America over the next 3 weeks.

Remaining tour dates:

08/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
08/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
08/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
08/31 – St. Louis, MO@ The Pageant
09/01 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
09/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
09/04 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
09/05 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
09/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
09/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live
09/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom at Regency Center
09/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
09/12 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre

Tickets & VIP Packages are available via Brat Marketing and Ticketmaster.

Dir en grey: MySpace | Official Site