Dir En Grey: Japanese Metal from Hell (Saturday Video Roundup)
Godzilla ain’t the only hardcore badass from Japan.
I’m not the Japan expert around here – that distinction falls to blogger, poet, photographer and Japanophile extraordinare Dan Ryan – so I won’t pretend that I know anything about J-Pop. It just felt like a nice day to do something a little different for SVR, and I’ve been thinking about Dir En Grey for the past couple of days.
They’ve been around for a number of years and seem to have evolved through some changes (both musical and visual), so you can surf YouTube and find a range of styles – everything from a sort of melodic Metal that we might associate with, say, Queensryche, to moments that, more than anything, remind me of Tool, to hell on Earth horror Metal that would scare the piss out of Lordi, to straight-up Nu Metal. I’m not so much into the weasels-ripped-my-throat-out brand of singing, but hey, you might like it.
So let’s get our J-Metal on, shall we? We’ll start with “The Final.”
This is “Different Sense.”
And let’s close with something to keep you awake tonight, “Obscure.”
Happy Saturday, folks. And maybe we can talk Dan into doing a more informed J-Pop SVR for us one of these weeks.