Japanese metal act Dir En Grey rocked New York City last night (Dec. 12) at Irving Plaza with support from the Birthday Massacre.

Fans were beaming with excitement as Dir En Grey hit the stage in an explosive way. They had many American fans in the audience of all walks of life singing the Japanese lyrics to their songs. The band performed an eclectic set including tunes from their latest record ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ such as ‘Different Sense,’ Lotus,’ Jūyoku" as well as older fan favorites ‘Mazohyst of Decadence,’ ‘Hydra -666-' and ‘Obscure’ among numerous others.

Frontman Kyo performed with intensity, whether he was belting out guttural growls or captivating fans with interpretive dance moves it was clear that he had complete control over the stage. Whether Dir En Grey fans spoke Japanese or not, the band managed to create and maintain a level of crowd interaction that kept fans excited throughout the show.

With an opening act like the Birthday Massacre, it’s no wonder why the crowd was so pumped. Their charming stage presence was a treat to see and frontwoman Chibi’s funny facial expressions added a lot of humor and personality to their set.

For a full list of Dir En Grey's tour dates, go here.

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