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DIR EN GREY (formerly stylized as Dir en grey) is a Japanese alternative metal / avant-garde metal band formed in Osaka, Japan in 1997 from the disbanded visual kei band La:Sadie's, that have maintained a consistent lineup of 京 (Kyo) on vocals, 薫 (Kaoru) and Die on guitar, Toshiya on bass and Shinya on drums.

Originally a visual kei band, the band has dropped that style since around 2005 when they released their fifth full-length album, Withering to death. Read more on Last.fm

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Download Festival 2013 – Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Reviews – all our coverage is here

June 19th, 2013

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You know the drill by now. This is the Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page and this is where you’ll find some of the most comprehensive coverage of Download Festival 2013 that you don’t have to pay for. It’s here!

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EP: Dir En Grey – The Unraveling

May 1st, 2013

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Dir En Grey
The Unraveling
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03 April 2013

By David Keevill

The Japanese metallic monolith that is Dir En Grey have had a fairly minimal penetration into the tight-knit UK music community considering the number, and calibre, of their records over the course of the last sixteen years. 2013 sees the release of an EP called The Unraveling, a seven track record that, despite increasing momentum into a metal scene dominated by Western publicity machines, is more a retrospective consolidation of their swollen discography than a push towards a greater consciousness.

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Download Festival adds a whopping 49 bands to its 2013 line-up

February 18th, 2013

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Bloody heck, that’s an awful lot of new bands to add all at once. Not that we’re complaining, mind you – the less inane line-up announcement news pieces we have to try to find new and inventive intros to write for is always a welcome development here at Thrash Hits. You can check the full list of additions to the Download Festival 2013 line-up after the jump.

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Sonisphere Festival 2010: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

August 6th, 2010

It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time it’s for Sonisphere! All of our Sonisphere Festival 2010 coverage from the weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need need. That means individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and maybe even some reviews), all the dodgy rumours and salacious gossip we overhear, and every lewd photo of fit girls frolicking about at Knebworth we can rustle up will be here.

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Sonisphere Festival 2010: Dir En Grey @ Saturn Stage – Sunday, 01 August 2010

August 4th, 2010

The first time we heard Dir En Grey, we thought they were singing in Japanese. They were singing in English. That makes us a bit racist, right? Soz. The first time we spoke to Dir En Grey we asked them to mash up a panda with a brick (video below) and some people thought we were being racist even though pandas are Chinese. Dur.

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Sonisphere Festival 2010: 12 more bands; significantly fewer thrills

April 7th, 2010

Sonisphere Festival has just announced another 12 bands for Knebworth – and we’ve got to admit, we’re just a little underwhelmed. First off, Pendulum are the “Special Guests” (i.e., they’re headlining the smaller of the two stages) on Friday 30 July. Which is Iron Maiden day. Hmmmmm.

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Eight more bands announced for Download Festival 2009

March 24th, 2009

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The latest download announcement is something of a mixed bag – on the plus side, we have confirmation of an appearance by the mighty Opeth, who are every bit as prog as Mastodon but without the burden of a million desperate hipsters trailing in their wake. Even better is the news that the tech-metal skills of Meshuggah will be returning to the UK to flip Donington Park on its head. The downside is Lawnmower Deth – a joke band that wasn’t even funny the first time around – have also been booked to play.

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