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DIR EN GREY
WITHERING TO DEATH
WARCON

Already an international sensation, the Japanese quintet Dir En Grey have set their sights on America on the band’s fifth album. WITHERING TO DEATH, their stateside debut, is laden with darker-edged melodies a la Blindside (“Saku”) and a harsh vocal performance that sounds like a cross between Marilyn Manson, Minus, and Korn on tracks like “Koduku Ni Shisu, Yueni Kodoku”. Oh yeah, they sing for the most part in Japanese, which may throw many people way off, but they do manage to make up for that by creating some interesting soundscapes via keyboards and technological manipulations inside of their dissonant hard rock attack. Unafraid to bare their teeth and take chances, Dir En Grey’s fearless ferocity breaks through language barriers and musical boundaries alike, giving the listener a beguiling experience.
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- Mike SOS