Japanese rock band DIR EN GREY has announced an in-store signing at Sound Check Hollywood on Sunday, November 24th at 1PM. The event will only be open to the first 120 people that purchase the band's new EP, The Unraveling. Members of Dir En Grey will host this special event, where for $22.50 the purchaser will receive a signed copy of The Unraveling, and a M&G with the members present at Sound Check Hollywood. Sound Check Hollywood is located at 8872 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. For more details fans can call 310-358-0280.
Dir En Grey begin a 14-date North American headline run that commences in Dallas, TX on November 3, and concludes on November 24th at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Renowned for a self-realized vision that is unique, cross-cultural and certainly peculiar, the world-class quintet return to the continent for their first tour in almost two years. Although on the periphery of mainstream awareness domestically, the band has achieved legendary status overseas.
DIR EN GREY is vocalist Kyo, guitarists Kaoru and Die, bassist Toshiya and drummer Shinya. They rose to prominence and popularity almost immediately upon forming 16 years ago, when they caught the attention of the CEO of East West Japan. Their debut was marked by the simultaneous release of three singles, all of which reached the Top Ten. Five albums later, DIR EN GREY added to their international success by solidifying their presence in the U.S. While singing mostly in Japanese, Kyo, via his expressive voice, is able to transition effortlessly from a deep growl to theatrical vocals that transcend language barriers. The Los Angeles Times wrote that "Kyo is a staggering vocalist" and "has stockpiled an extreme range of vocal inflections, from a guttural mutter to a tonsil-ripping scream—no electronic effects needed".
In August 2011, DIR EN GREY released their 8th studio album, DUM SPIRO SPERO. Critically acclaimed worldwide as their strongest and maddest record yet, audiences across the globe echoed these sentiments. In a time when heavy rock music has few unique voices, the band's deep and truly unique perspective remains borderless and defies categorization. Kerrang exclaimed in July, 2011, "It's extreme in a way that corpse-painted clowns will never understand--but as an expression of raw, wounded humanity, it stands as DIR EN GREY's most captivating, compelling and soulful release to date."
Following a media day planned in Los Angeles the afternoon of November 1, Dir En Grey will stage the following headline appearances:
11/03 Dallas, TX Trees
11/04 Houston, TX Scout Bar
11/06 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
11/08 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
11/09 Philadelphia, PA T.L.A.
11/11 New York, NY Irving Plaza
11/12 Boston, MA Paradise
11/14 Toronto, ONT Opera House
11/16 Chicago, IL House of Blues
11/17 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
11/19 Denver, CO Bluebird
11/21 Seattle, WA Showbox Market
11/23 San Francisco, CA The Regency
11/24 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues