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親愛なるDEATHMASK
Rōmaji Shin'ai naru DEATHMASK
Translation Dear DEATHMASK
Appears on 亡骸を (1993)
Length 3:40
Lyrics 清春
Composer 清春

親愛なるDEATHMASK is one of the few songs that are mistakenly attributed to Dir En Grey, despite being from another band.

In this case, the song was created by 黒夢 Kuroyume, a Japanese rock band that existed even earlier than Dir en grey. 黒夢 was, along with X Japan, one of the bands that had great influence on Kyo and at one concert during Dir en grey's early days, they covered this song along with the band Vasalla. More specifically, this happened on September 15, 1997, on the last date of the Dir en grey presents MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE SHOW tour at Meguro Rockmaykan.[1] At the same concert, they also covered INSANITY by Vasalla and X by X Japan, again with Vasalla.[2] You can listen to the original song here.

After disbanding La:Sadie's on January 15, 1997, and before the formation of Dir En Grey on February 2, the band played a show at 長野Live House J on January 24.[3] At this show, they performed under the name DEATHMASK and played around four cover songs of Kuroyume.[4]

Lyrics
⇵ Japanese ⇅

GOT INTO ”4” 死顔
YOU DON'T KNOW DOUBT, 独裁
BY‥‥ 病的
CUT RELATION, キチガイ

締め上げ過ぎて疲れてしまった
目が合う度笑えてしまう
唾液まみれに息をしていた
首生づかみ殺してしまう

PAST,親愛なる DEATHMASK NOSTALGY‥‥
PAST,正夢とは DEATHMASK NOSTALGY‥‥

⇵ Rōmaji ⇅

GOT INTO "4" Shinigao
YOU DON'T KNOW DOUBT, Dokusei
BY‥‥ Byōteki
CUT RELATION, Kichigai

Shimeage sugite tsukarete shimatta
Me ga au tabi waraete shimau
Daeki mamire ni iki o shiteita
Kubi namazukami koroshite shimau

PAST, shin'ai naru DEATHMASK NOSTALGY‥‥
PAST, masayume towa DEATHMASK NOSTALGY‥‥

⇵ Fan-Translation ⇅
There is no official translation for the lyrics to this song. The translation below was made by fans.

GOT INTO "4" Deathface
YOU DON'T KNOW DOUBT, Dictatorship
BY‥‥ Abnormality
CUT RELATION, Madness

Constricted, exceeded, worn out, shut down
I laugh when our eyes meet
Drenched in saliva I breathe
Killing the severed head

PAST, dear DEATHMASK NOSTALGY‥‥
PAST, the fulfilled dream is DEATHMASK NOSTALGY‥‥

No source available.

Trivia Edit

  • The first version's title is written as 親愛なる DEATHMASK, whereas the second version's title is written as 親愛なるDEATH MASK.
  • When this song was released in 1992 on 生きていた中絶児‥‥, the entire second verse was omitted in the lyrics. When it was re-recorded on the first album, the entire lyrics were omitted from the booklet. The latter omission likely happened due to Kiyoharu singing キチガイ kichigai ("madness"),[5] メクラ mekura ("blindness"), カタワ katawa ("crippled"), ハクチ hakuchi ("retard") at the end of the song. Why the omission in the first version's lyrics happened is unclear.

References Edit

  1. livehis.com
  2. setlist.fm
  3. direngrey.co.jp
  4. so-net.ne.jp
  5. See also .
Dir En Grey
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Albums
GAUZE (1999) PoemsMACABRE (2000) Poems鬼葬 (2002)VULGAR (2003)Withering to death. (2005)THE MARROW OF A BONE (2007) Liner NotesUROBOROS (2008) PoemsDUM SPIRO SPERO (2011) PoemsARCHE (2014)
EPs
MISSA (1997)six Ugly (2002)THE UNRAVELING (2013)
Singles and Others
業 / 蒼い月 (1997)「楓」~if trans~ (1997)JEALOUS (1998)-I'll- (1998)脈 (2000)【KR】cube (2000)太陽の碧 (2000)ain't afraid to die (2001)embryo (2001)かすみ (2003)朔-saku- (2004)GLASS SKIN (2008)激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇 (2009)LOTUS (2011)DIFFERENT SENSE (2011)蜜と唾 (2011)UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)輪郭 (2012)SUSTAIN THE UNTRUTH (2014)詩踏み (2016)VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (2018)人間を被る (2018)
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