●2018 started with the release of the best album 『VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES』, on sale from Jan. 2nd. During the previous year, 2017, the band has celebrated their 20th anniversary without releasing any new song, so the remake versions of 「腐海 (FUKAI)」「THE ⅢD EMPIRE」「Beautiful Dirt」were a delight for the fans. Curtains fell on the revival tour series “TOUR16-17 FROM DEPRESSION TO ________”. The band is ready to move on.
●The band started working on their new album, the first since the release of『ARCHE』 back in 2014. The first step was the release of the new single『人間を被る (Ningen wo Kaburu)』on Apr. 25th, about 1 year and 9 months after the previous one. Along the suggestive title track, the band’s 29th single features also a remake version of 「Ash」from the single 『脈 (MYAKU)』, released back in 2000, and a live version of 「詩踏み (Utafumi)」, from the show held at Zepp Tokyo on Oct. 12th, 2017. The shocking artworks and music video stimulating the imagination of the watchers met a great feedback from the audience.
●The first nationwide tour of the year titled 『TOUR18 真世界 (Shinsekai)』, started just before the single release date. The tour was made of 7 shows to be held in 5 cities all around Japan, starting on Apr. 16th with a 「a knot」 only show at CLUB CITTA’. All the tickets for the shows were sold out in no time. On the first day of the tour, the band announced 2 additional shows at Shinkiba STUDIO COAST: a 「a knot」 only show on June 29th and a 『人間を被る (Ningen wo Kaburu)』 Release Celebration Show on June 30th.
●In August the band already started a new tour: 『TOUR18 WEARING HUMAN SKIN』. The tour was opened with 4 「a knot」 only shows at ROHM Theatre Kyoto Main Hall on Aug. 2nd and 3rd, and CLUB CITTA’ on Aug. 7th and 8th, bringing the band to perform in 8 cities for 15 concerts. A EUROPE TOUR was announced to start in October, bringing back the band to Europe for the first time since the 『TOUR15 THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE』 held back in May 2015. The band performed 8 times in 6 different countries, starting from Saint Petersburg (Russia) on Oct. 6th, followed by dates in Finland, Poland, France, England and Germany. During this tour the band revealed 4 new songs, giving a hint to the world about their new album, that’s now about to be completed.
●Finally, the 10th album『The Insulated World』 is now completed. Released on Sep. 26th, the album featuring 13 songs including the single title tracks 「詩踏み (Utafumi)」「人間を被る (Ningen wo Kaburu)」was released in 3 types: a Limited Deluxe Version coming with a bonus CD and bonus Blu-ray/DVD, a First Press Limited Version coming with a bonus CD and a Regular Version. With 『The Insulated World』 the band moved forward since the simple yet solid style of 『ARCHE』, showing, thanks also to the lead track「Ranunculus」 and its MV, a considerable evolution.
●Coming back from Europe, DIR EN GREY announced a 「a knot」& ONLINE Limited『TOUR18 FOLLOWERS』 in Nagoya and Osaka only, concluding this intense 2018 made of releases (single and album), 2 tours and a comeback to Europe.
●At this point, DIR EN GREY has already announced the next tour『TOUR19 The Insulated World』. Titled after the new album, the tour is announced to be held from March 14th 2019 at CLUB CITTA’ (「a knot」only) to Apr. 25th and 26 (NAMBA Hatch), with 12 shows scheduled in 9 cities, including a new album 『The Insulated World』 Release & Zepp Tokyo 20th Anniversary Celebration Show at Zepp Tokyo on March 20th. How will the songs from『The Insulated World』evolve consequently to the live performances? Everyone is looking forward to see the final form of 『The Insulated World』.
BEST ALBUM VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES
- 1.2 RELEASE
SINGLE 『人間を被る』(Ningen wo Kaburu)
- 4.25 RELEASE
- 4.16 CLUB CITTA’ -｢a knot｣only-
- 4.18 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST
- 4.19 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST
- 4.25 NAMBA Hatch
- 4.26 NAMBA Hatch
- 4.28 Sendai Ginko Hall Izumity21
- 5.1 Zepp Nagoya
- 6.29 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST -「a knot」only- (additional)
- 6.30 SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST (additional)
LUNATIC FEST. 2018
- 6.23 Makuhari Messe
TOUR18 WEARING HUMAN SKIN
- 8.2 ROHM Theatre Kyoto Main Hall -｢a knot｣only-
- 8.3 ROHM Theatre Kyoto Main Hall -｢a knot｣only-
- 8.7 CLUB CITTA’ -｢a knot｣only-
- 8.8 CLUB CITTA’ -｢a knot｣only-
- 8.11 Sendai PIT
- 8.12 Sendai PIT
- 8.23 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM HALL A
- 8.24 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM HALL A
- 8.28 Fukuoka Civic Hall
- 8.30 NAMBA Hatch
- 8.31 NAMBA Hatch
- 9.4 NIIGATA LOTS
- 9.5 NIIGATA LOTS
- 9.14 Zepp Nagoya
- 9.15 Zepp Nagoya
ALBUM 『The Insulated World』
- 9.26 RELEASE
OVERSEAS (EUROPE) TOUR18 WEARING HUMAN SKIN
- 10.6 AURORA HALL -ST.PETERSBURG / RUSSIA-
- 10.7 RED HALL -MOSCOW / RUSSIA-
- 10.10 THE CIRCUS -HELSINKI / FINLAND-
- 10.12 PROGRESJA -WARSAW / POLAND-
- 10.14 LE TRIANON -PARIS / FRANCE-
- 10.16 THE ELECTRIC BALLROOM -LONDON / UK-
- 10.18 TECHNIKUM -MUNICH / GERMANY-
- 10.19 LIVE MUSIC HALL -COLOGNE / GERMANY-
- 12.19 Zepp Nagoya -｢a knot｣ & ONLINE only-
- 12.24 Zepp Osaka Bayside -「a knot」only-
- 12.25 Zepp Osaka Bayside -｢a knot｣ & ONLINE only-