DIR EN GREY: North American Tour Dates Announced

The unique, artful Japanese rock band DIR EN GREY has toured all over the world and they've just announced their return to North America this December. The headlining tour with support from THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE will come on the heels of their new full-length album, "Dum Spiro Spero", out August 2 on The End Records. Limited VIP ticket packages will be available for purchase via a fan pre-sale beginning Monday, July 18.

DIR EN GREY Internet Fan Community members can go to this location to secure their tickets before the general public. There will be limited VIP packages and select general admission tickets per market. The VIP tickets are $135 and include a ticket to the show, meet-and-greet with members of DIR EN GREY, a DIR EN GREY tour T-shirt, a signed tour poster and a commemorative VIP laminate. Once the pre-sale tickets are sold-out, fans will be able to purchase tickets beginning July 22, 23 and 24.

The dates are as follows:

Dec. 04 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Dec. 05 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Dec. 07 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Dec. 09 - Philadelphia, PA - The Theatre of Living Arts
Dec. 10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Dec. 12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Dec. 13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Dec. 15 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Dec. 16 - Toronto, ONT - The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Dec. 18 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Dec. 20 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
Dec. 22 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center
Dec. 23 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues Sunset Strip

DIR EN GREY's eighth studio album, "Dum Spiro Spero" (translates to the Latin phrase "While I breathe, I hope") will be released on August 2 via The End Records.

DIR EN GREY vocalist Kyo, guitarists Kaoru and Die, bassist Toshiya and drummer Shinya is inspired by sorrow, pain and anger either personally experienced or witnessed in others. The band strives to maintain this theme in their videos which further push the societal envelope.

The themes from the new video and album also happen to directly coincide with the recent turmoil in their native Japan. Toshiya explains, We live in a world where we dont know what is the truth and what we should believe in. We just wanted to put some hope into the music we created." Kaoru adds, "And, the title is what we can say to the world as the people of Japan." The title translates to the Latin phrase, "While I breathe, I hope."

In our time when heavy rock music has become diversified, DIR EN GREY's deep and extensive, unique perspective is once again borderless, uncategorized. This record which encapsulates the band's present will not only secure tremendous support from the hardcore devotees, but will surely gain recognition from heavy rock fans, including guitar enthusiasts and Western-music-obsessed music fans.

There are 14 tracks, including "Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami" (featured on "Saw 3D" soundtrack), "Lotus", "Different Sense" as single-cut tracks in this album.

With the combination of world-noted engineers and the individuality of a Japanese-born and -bred band, this album will no doubt be the determining punch for DIR EN GREY.

DIR EN GREY will release "Dum Spiro Spero" as a standard CD, a double LP (both featuring the same 14 tracks) and a deluxe CD which will feature the two bonus tracks. Also available will be the limited edition bundle, which features:

* The deluxe version of the CD (with the two bonus tracks)
* The double LP
* Digital download of album
* An exclusive t-shirt design
* An autographed poster (while supplies last).

"Dum Spiro Spero" track listing:

01. Kyoukotsu No Nari
02. The Blossoming Beelzebub
03. Different Sense
04. Amon
05. "Yokusou Ni Dreambox" Aruiwa Seijuku No Rinen To Tsumetai Ame
06. Juuyoku
07. Shitataru Mourou
08. Lotus
09. Diabolos
10. Akatsuki
11. Decayed Crow
12. Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami
13. Vanitas
14. Ruten No Tou

Deluxe edition bonus tracks:

15. Rasetsukoku
16. Amon (symphonic version)

"Different Sense" video:

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