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  1. Nadia

    Though I have only heard the album once or twice, I agree with you on how muddy the album sounds. I am unhappy that Kyo’s voice becomes so drowned out at times, and that there wasn’t much elements of the old Diru, nor enjoyable elements of the new Diru. Once again, I may find less songs that I like on this album, but I will still remain an avid fan. I don’t beleive that they should compete with any of the bands in America, I’m sure everyone would love it if they stuck to it and did what they do best…I just hope they don’t become too americanized!

  2. randomfantard

    Hey boo, if PS ever snags an interview with Dir en grey, I think it’d be great if some of these questions were slipped in:

    * Many fans outside of Japan initially discovered Dir en grey’s music through mp3 audio files that were put up on internet fansites and file-sharing services. How aware were you of this connection between The Internet and the increasing popularity of your music outside of your homeland?

    * Even though they’re not available in U.S. stores (and the only way to get them legitimately is through import sites), many of your overseas fans are quite familiar with and greatly enjoy the albums recorded before your first U.S. release, “Withering to Death.” Do you have any interest in re-releasing any of the older albums (like Kisou or Vulgar) through a U.S. distributor like you did for your last three albums, or do you feel like the music from that time period no longer represents the band?

    * You have many full length Live Concert DVD’s (my favorite is Code of Vulgarism, best lighting and best setlist), but just like your older albums, they are only available from import sites. Would you ever consider re-releasing your Concert DVD’s, or perhaps record a Full Length Live Concert DVD in America?

    * Do you think, because of its focus on flashy and androgynous looks, that being part of the “Visual Kei” movement might have negatively affected Dir en grey’s chances of gaining an audience with traditional Rock and Metal fans in America?

    * Would you consider performing older songs like Mushi, Ain’t Afraid to Die, or Embryo on an American tour? (If answer is no) – What if the whole audience was shouting out asking to hear those songs? Would you still avoid playing them?

    * How do you feel about “elitist fans” who constantly try to outdo other fans and treat being a fan of Japanese Rock more like a status symbol they can hold above other people’s heads, rather than an actual appreciation for the music?

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