Kyo is the vocalist and self-proclaimed 'Prophet' of the popular Japanese rock band, Dir en grey. He has written lyrics to over eighty songs for Dir en grey, and composed music for six of the group's songs as well as a couple of their remixes. Known for his outspoken and opinionated manner, his lyrics are typically vivid and controversial.
He has published two books of poetry, both containing CDs of Kyo's original songs inspired by the poetry.
Kyo has also designed items for Japanese clothing brands BA-TSU and ID-JAPAN. He has modeled both onstage and in fashion magazines, sometimes in his own designs.
Kyo's lyrics are sometimes considered sadistic or disgusting. Kyo himself has admitted to writing things that will make it hard for people to accept him. His subjects are often unpleasant for most readers. They are often filled with perverse images of violence, rape, and paraphilia. The song mazohyst of decadence is written from the mind of an unborn child being ripped from its mother's womb during an abortion.
Kyo often uses words with double meanings and puns which can make fully understanding his lyrics or poems difficult, even for native speakers of Japanese. His work has carried continuing themes which connect his earliest and latest poems together. Some of these include flowers (sakura blossoms), religion (God and Christianity), parents, colors, suicide, sex (innuendo and blatant references), etc. Kyo enjoys making his songs hard to understand, and apparently 'likes to take a story and remove all the bare-bones and main points of it to leave a complex piece'.
Kaoru Niikura (born February 17, 1974 in Hyougo, Japan) is the oldest member and leader of Dir en grey, formed in 1997. He also composes most of the music and also produces. He is known for writing diverse music, from his eleven-minute songs like MACABRE, to upbeat songs like JESSICA.
Kaoru's guitar is the ESP Ganesa (now on its ninth version), though he now uses ESP Viper guitars especially his signature D-KV-420 guitar. His guitar sound relies heavily on manipulation, using the feedback to produce a screeching sound, or make bizarre noises. His guitar solos are typically slow and very emotional, though they were faster towards the beginning of his career. He has played the guitar since high school, and has switched from back-up guitarist to lead position in more recent years. He was previously in the bands La:Sadie's and CHARM.
Kaoru has been nick-named "Kao" throughout his fanbase. He doesn't like seafood and smokes about a pack of cigarettes a day.
Kaoru writes the vast majority of Dir en grey's songs. He usually plays guitar solos as opposed to rhythm guitar, and is thus considered the "lead" guitarist.
Recently, both Kaoru and Die have been seen around American Rock Band Wednesday 13, and if observed carefully, both of them appear shortly in the music video for Wednesday 13's song, 'Bad Things'.
Die is one of two guitarists of the popular visual kei band Dir en grey. Ostensibly, Die's real name is Daisuke Ando (?? ??, some variations on spelling may apply). The 'Dai' part of his given name having been changed to the more unique 'Die'. Die is characterized as the 'joker' of Dir en grey, and as the most easy-going member.
Die's role in Dir en grey is sometimes seen as inferior to that of the other guitarist, Kaoru, and it is true that Kaoru - as the band leader - writes the majority of the music (though singer Kyo is the only lyricist) and has the most solos on stage (he, however, did write the majority of the songs while in La:Sadies). Die balances this with his ability to play the acoustic guitar, which often shows in his songwriting. Die - along with Kyo, Shinya and Kaoru - had a previous home in the indie J-Rock band La:Sadie's
Die is responsible for some of Dir en grey's more diverse music, and his style is always different - from the more upbeat songs such as Wake, Yokan, and Audrey, the punk styles of Schwein no Isu and Children, to the mournful 304 Goushitsu, Hakushi no Sakura. He is also the writer for the more gentle acoustic songs, such as Undecided.
Toshiya (nicknamed by fans "Totchi" or "Tochi") is often described as the silliest member of the band. Revered for his skills as a bassist, he's also written songs for the band such as Erode, Bottom of the death valley, RED...[Em] (with Die and Kyo), THE IIID EMPIRE (also with Die and Kyo), and egnirys cimredopyh +) an injection.
It's obvious in many backstage clips of the band that circle the internet that Toshiya can be silly and playful, but also very devoted to his craft. Many fans that have been to his concerts say that he, like Kaoru, "transforms" when the music starts. After a long show he's been known to throw water, picks, and even his own shirt into the audience.
Shinya Terachi (born on February 24, 1978, in Osaka), better known as Shinya, is the drummer of the J-Rock band Dir en grey, one of the most influential rock bands in Japan. He is one of the original members of La:Sadie's. Shinya is the youngest member of Dir en grey.
Shinya is known to have a shy, quiet stage personality. Despite this outward appearance, Shinya is more outgoing off-stage. His band-mates, Die and Toshiya often play good-natured practical jokes on Shinya. He plays along, and pranks them once in a while too.
On many of Dir en grey's tours, Shinya has cross-dressed. His costumes always match the rest of the band's style for that tour.
Shinya also serves as a counter balance to the eccentric singer Kyo. Many people who want to prove J-rock as a malevolent genre of music use Dir en grey as an example, mainly citing Kyo's use of gory imagery, and his props such as false blood, despite what Kyo is truly like. However, due to Shinya's kind, quiet stage personality, it makes it difficult to argue that Dir en grey's members are malicious.
GAUZE July 28, 1999
MACABRE September 20, 2000
kisou January 30, 2002
six Ugly (EP) July 31, 2002
VULGAR September 10, 2003
Withering to death. March 9, 2005