Japanese experimental rockers DIR EN GREY will return to the U.K. for this year's Download festival, taking place at Donington Park June 12-14.
"We were truly ecstatic when we got word that we were to play Download this year," comments guitarist Kaoru. "It's a festival we have always dreamt of being on and now we are more than honoured to actually be part of it. We got to meet fans from all over the U.K. on the last Kerrang! tour in January and the overall response was more than we ever hoped for. That is also why we are really excited about playing the U.K. again. If not for the fans. we won't be here, thanks go out to all of them and also to our crew members! Download is going to be the first rock festival for DIR EN GREY in the U.K. and we hope to leave something in your hearts with our show."
On May 4, 2009, a brand new DVD will be available from DIR EN GREY through Okami Records. The DVD, entitled "The Rose Trims Again", captures the band's stunning live performances from their 2008 tour in Japan.
Comments Kaoru: "Through this DVD you will see that DIR EN GREY is having a pretty solid run with things now. In the concert featured here, we only played a few songs from 'Uroboros', but the band already has a firm grasp on the world of 'Uroboros'. It'll be an interesting watch. It's different from our last DVD, 'A Knot Of', so check it out!!"
"The Rose Trims Again" DVD track listing:
04. Agitated Screams Of Maggots
05. Disabled Complexes
06. Merciless Cult
08. Namamekashiki Ansoku, Tamerai Ni Hohoemi
09. Agitated Screams Of Maggots -Unplugged-
10. Conceived Sorrow
11. Ryoujoku No Ame
12. Dozing Green
13. Audience Killer Loop
14. Lie Buried With A Vengeance
15. The Deeper Vileness
16. Clever Sleazoid
17. Repetition Of Hatred
19. Higeki Ha Mabuta Wo Oroshita Yasashiki Utsu
20. Glass Skin
21. Hydra –666-
22. Gaika, Chinmoku Ga Nemuru Koro
24. The Illd Empire