●DIR EN GREY spends the early half of this year working on their new album.
IN April, they were nominated BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND at the Hammer Golden Gods 2008 organized by METAL HAMMER Magazine in Europe. They are yet again the first Japanese band to be nominated.
In May, they tour Japan with 16 shows. After the tour, they go back to recording their new album.
●In September they release their new single “GLASS SKIN”, a long 11months since their last release.
At the same time, their Japan tour starts, a tour with18 shows.
From November to December their headlining US tour begins hitting 22 cities.
During the tour, on November 12th they release “UROBOROS” the most extreme album up to date.
This album was also released at the same time in 16 other countries.
It was ranked 114th in the US Billboard Album Chart, but ranked near the very top on the “hot seekers” chart. A chart where the artist not ranked in the top 100 would be ranked as a new comer.
On December 28th, they perform “UROBOROS-breathing” a complete experience of the new album at Osaka-jo Hall where it has been almost 9 years since they last performed.
●Music Video “Dozing Green” was again voted #1 by the viewers choice Top 25 Metal Videos on MTV’s show The Headbangers Ball.
This is the second time they have been voted #1 since their music video “Saku”.
TOUR08 DEATH OVER BLINDNESS
05.01 NAMBA Hatch
05.02 NAMBA Hatch
05.03 NAMBA Hatch
05.05 CRAZYMAMA KINGDOM
05.06 CRAZYMAMA KINGDOM
05.08 CLUB DIAMOND HALL
05.09 CLUB DIAMOND HALL
05.16 Zepp Sendai
05.17 Zepp Sendai
05.19 Aomori Quarter
05.20 Aomori Quarter
05.23 YOKOHAMA BLITZ
05.24 YOKOHAMA BLITZ
05.28 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST
05.29 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST
05.30 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST
hide memorial summit
05.04 AJINOMOTO STADIUM
MAIN STAGE : X JAPAN / LUNA SEA / DIR EN GREY
TOUR08 THE ROSE TRIMS AGAIN
09.10 SHIBUYA-AX -「a knot」only-
09.11 SHIBUYA-AX -「a knot」only-
09.15 Matsuyama Multi-Purpose Community Center
09.17 Zepp Fukuoka
09.18 MIYAZAKI WEATHERKING
09.20 HIROSHIMA CLUB QUATTRO
09.21 HIROSHIMA CLUB QUATTRO
09.24 Zepp Tokyo
09.25 Zepp Tokyo
09.27 KBS HALL
09.28 KBS HALL
10.01 Zepp Nagoya
10.03 NAMBA Hatch
10.04 NAMBA Hatch
10.07 NIIGATA LOTS
10.08 NIIGATA LOTS
10.10 Zepp Sendai
10.12 Zepp Sapporo
10.18 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST (additional)
||11.12 7th ALBUM
OVER SEAS（US / CANADA）TOUR08 THE ROSE TRIMS AGAIN
Support Act : THE HUMAN ABSTRACT
11.05 Revolution -Ft.Lauderdale, FL / U.S.-
11.07 Firestone -Orlando, FL / U.S.-
11.08 Center Stage -Atlanta, GA / U.S.-
11.10 Rams Head Live -Baltimore, MD / U.S.-
11.11 The Theatre of Living Arts -Philadelphia, PA / U.S.-
11.12 Wilbur Theatre -Boston, MA / U.S.-
11.14 Terminal 5 -New York, NY / U.S.-
11.15 Le Medley -Montreal, QU / Canada
11.16 Kool Haus -Toronto, ON / Canada
11.18 Clutch Cargo -Pontiac, MI / U.S.-
11.19 House of Blues -Chicago, IL / U.S.-
11.20 First Avenue -Minneapolis, MN / U.S.-
11.22 The Eagles Club -Milwaukee, WI / U.S.-
11.23 Pop's -Sauget, IL / U.S.-
11.25 House of Blues -Houston, TX / U.S.-
11.26 Palladium Ballroom -Dallas, TX / U.S.-
11.28 Marquee Theatre -Tempe, AZ / U.S.-
11.29 The Wiltern LG -Los Angeles, CA / U.S.-
11.30 Warfield Theatre -San Francisco, CA / U.S.-
12.02 Hawthorne Theatre -Portland, OR / U.S.-
12.03 The Showbox -Seattle, WA / U.S.-
12.05 Gothic Theatre -Englewood, CO / U.S.-
12.24 YOKOHAMA BLITZ
12.25 YOKOHAMA BLITZ -「a knot」only-
12.26 YOKOHAMA BLITZ -「a knot」only-
12.31 NAMBA Hatch
12.29 OSAKA-JO HALL