They are DIR EN GREY.
From the day the band formed in 1997, up until the day they debuted in the US, their music and styles have changed tremendously.
But one thing remains the same; their endless pursuit and attitude towards their music.
That is what attracts the fans worldwide.
Because while many trends come and go, and music itself now becoming a mass-consuming-product, Dir en grey's music crosses borders and transcends the language barrier worldwide.
"The earthquake this March took the lives of many people, including many DIR EN GREY supporters. Now, in many places throughout the country, high radiation levels have been detected; everyone, including ourselves, has been exposed to the radiation and there are even some who say the contamination is so bad we are at risk to not be able to travel to the USA and other countries in the future.
"On March 11th, the band was in the studio in Tokyo working on the new album when the earthquake hit. Afterwards the power shortages and transportation chaos caused further complications, and our many thoughts crossed our mind: 'Will this album really be completed?'; 'Will we ourselves be able to continue working towards the completion?'; and 'Is it right to continue making this album?'
"August 3rd 2011 is the release date of our new album, 'Dum Spiro Spero'. This normally would have been a wonderful day where our work was to be released out into the world. However, there are still many people in Japan suffering from the disaster and so with the intention of self-restraint, we will to refrain from words of joy on this occasion. But we cannot stop moving forward due to this.
"We are currently in Japan; however, it is unclear to what extent the government's statements are correct, and to be honest, no one really knows what is going on in Japan right now. The safety regulations for safe level of radiation exposure keep getting increased higher and higher, yet the only official announcement is that 'there is no effect on health.'
"We can no longer tell whether we are a democratic nation. Unless you are careful with your words, you will be taken down with significant force. At this point, we do not have the ability to truly find out what is occurring in our own country. However, we want to know the truth. People are able to overcome huge obstacles and problems if they know the truth.
"In the album title 'While I Breath I Hope', and our music video 'Different Sense' that we released just prior to the album, our sense of wanting to take action that will lead to a breakthrough in the current situation is reflected.
"The beginnings of something as significant as the velvet revolution are said to have been in the 'Prague Spring'which was started by a rallying of people of culture.
"For all of you who have read this, we ask that you do what you can to support us in our search for the truth." »
Fellow Supporters of the Cause,
It has been 8 months since the earthquake. The memory is fading from daily life, but the reality has not changed. We need to keep raising our voices.
On our website www.scream4truth.com we have set up a forum category on our 'Discussion' page under the title, Keep Screaming. Please post on this board any links to your video messages, photo messages, or anything else you have done in relation to the Scream for the Truth movement. It can be anything from a video expressing your support to videos/photos showcasing an event you participated in to help raise exposure for the cause. We want to gather all this to illustrate the great support and feedback that we have received from around the world, and work to get the word out in Japan. Please include “Scream for the Truth” in your video or photo so it is clear.
Our deepest thanks for your support.
DIR EN GREY