Caught my ear, sounding like 2010 Dir en grey raped 2004 Blood Stain Child and this is the baby.
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BAAL visited California for a couple of tour dates presented by Skinny Puppy’s CEvin Key earlier this year. Those dates were quickly followed by the announcement of their signing to Metropolis Records. Since then, BAAL has thrown their gear in to recording mode, and the fruits of their labor will finally be revealed on February 11, 2014.
For a style lacking a scene in Japan, their dedication to industrial is ready to be recognized.
02. 畜生道 -Brush Aside Your Way-
03. Dead Sector
05. Evil Collector
06. 東京 Schizoid
08. The Iron Age
09. Inhuman Dimension
10. 邪道 Genocide
Preorder the album via Metropolis Mailorder.
The trio will also be joining Skinny Puppy’s early 2014 tour on the West Coast.
March 1, 2014 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
March 2, 2014, - Portland OR - Wonder Theatre
March 4, 2014 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
March 5, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre
BAAL is a formidable force in a live setting. As proof, check out my photos from their 2010 Halloween performance in Shinjuku.
I consider U-tarou, Mikito and Alan my close friends. I’ve yet to encounter a group of people as nice as them, especially in contrast to the outright abrasiveness of their music. They deserve every good thing that goes their way and more. Help out these earnest folks with your time and/or money, and show them some support. Right now, they are accomplishing what few Japanese artists have managed.
dir en grey | tsumi to batsu (live 2013)
Performances like this prove to me that Dir en grey are just as passionate about what they’re doing as they were ten years ago. In fact, I’d say there was a period there — around the Withering and Marrow era — where they didn’t seem as into it. That drive to create and entertain seems to have been renewed. Maybe it’s finally being comfortable with the heavier style, or maybe it stems from Kyo’s constant battles with his health. Regardless, I’ve watched this several times and always get chills.
Kyo is a playing a character here; a sick, twisted deviant on the verge of completely leaving his humanity behind him. His twitchy, otherworldly movements and wide vocal range make it all the more convincing, and having his face super zoomed in from three different angles and displayed on large screens is a brilliant touch.
You can argue that this “isn’t music” because it’s so sludgy and nearly devoid of melody, but you can’t deny that this is a band that is fiercely devoted to their craft. This isn’t phoning it in, this is knocking on your door and looking you in the eye, grinning maniacally while choking the life out of you.
Finally hung me “new” Destroyer (thx E!) up!
ps - dig how the iphone lens makes the Destroyer look like a petite Explorer!
ps2 - also, hide on the left, eddie on the right!