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Vulgar (stylized VULGAR) is the fourth studio album by Japanese metal band Dir en grey released on September 10, 2003 in Japan and on February 21, 2006 in Europe. A limited edition containing an additional DVD was also released.[5] It featured the video of the song "Obscure", albeit a censored version (the uncensored version was later released on the Average Psycho DVD. The video has since been referred to as one of the scariest and vile music videos of all time.[6][7]) Vulgar is the first Dir en grey release not to feature individual credits for the music, though the preceding singles featured individual credits.

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 10, 2003 (JP)
February 21, 2006 (EU)
RecordedStudio Greenbird, Studio Fine, Cats Studio, Studio Inning, On Air Azabu, Sound City, Studio Z'd
GenreAlternative metal, alternative rock, experimental rock, nu metal
LanguageJapanese, English
LabelFirewall Div./SMEJ (JP)
Gan-Shin (EU)
ProducerDir en grey & Tatsuya Sakamoto
Dir en grey chronology
Six Ugly
Withering to Death.
Singles from Vulgar
  1. "Child Prey"
    Released: July 31, 2002
  2. "Drain Away"
    Released: January 22, 2003
  3. "Kasumi"
    Released: April 23, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Ultimate Guitar8.8/10[1]
Nihon Review8/10 stars[2]
CD Data(Positive)[3]
CD Journal(Positive)[4]


Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Kyo; all music composed by Dir en grey, except where noted.

1."Audience Killer Loop"3:39
2."The IIID Empire"3:05
3."Increase Blue"3:46
4."Shokubeni" (蝕紅; "Decaying crimson')4:20
5."Sajō no uta" (砂上の唄; "Song on the sand")3:14
6."Red... [em]"5:01
7."Asunaki Koufuku, Koenaki Asu" (明日無き幸福、呼笑亡き明日; No happiness coming tomorrow, tomorrow the dead call laughing)3:31
8."Marmalade Chainsaw"4:13
9."Kasumi" (かすみ; "Haze") (Kaoru)4:20
10."Я to the Core"1:47
11."Drain Away" (Die)4:06
12."New Age Culture"3:19
14."Child Prey" (Kaoru)3:52



  • Dir En Grey
    • Kyo - Vocals, lyricist
    • Die - Guitar, composer
    • Kaoru - Guitar, composer
    • Toshiya - Bass guitar, composer
    • Shinya - Drums, composer


  • "蝕紅" offers several ways of romanization, namely "Shokubeni" and "Syokubeni" (a variation utilizing Kunrei-shiki romanization). "Syokubeni" was once used on Dir en grey's official site, although mention in most other media (including release booklets) the Hepburn romanization style is used, giving the title as "Shokubeni".
  • A re-recording of "Shokubeni" appears as a b-side on their 2004 single "朔-saku-" as a hidden track behind track three, "G.D.S."
  • A re-recording of "Shokubeni" appears as a b-side on their 2009 single "Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami", recorded only in one take.[9]
  • A re-recording of "Obscure" appears as a b-side on their 2011 single "Lotus".[10]
  • A re-recording of "Kasumi" appears on their 2013 mini-album The Unraveling.[11]
  • A re-recording of "The IIID Empire" appears on their 2018 "best of" compilation Vestige of Scratches.[12]


  1. ^ "Vulgar Review". February 14, 2006. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Nihon Review review
  3. ^ Funami, Keiko. "インタビューを終えて新たに感じたアルバム『VULGAR』とDir en greyというバンド". CDでーた (in Japanese). Vol. 15 no. 16. p. 11.
  4. ^ "DIR EN GREY". CD Journal. ONGAKU SHUPPANSHA Co. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Dir en grey / VULGAR [CD+DVD] [限定]". CD Journal. ONGAKU SHUPPANSHA Co. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  6. ^ Lau, Melody. "The 13 Scariest Music Videos of All Time". Vulture. NEW YORK MEDIA LLC. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  7. ^ Monroe, Jazz. "The 10 Most Vile Music Videos Ever". NME. TI Media Limited. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  8. ^ Vulgar (CD). Dir En Grey. Japan: Firewall Div. 2003. SFCD-0021.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ "DIR EN GREY、シングルジャケ写&最新ビジュアル解禁". ナタリー. Natasha,Inc. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  10. ^ "DIR EN GREY 激ロック インタビュー". 激ロック. 激ロック. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  11. ^ Masuda, Yuuichi. "DIR EN GREY、早くも新作の全貌が明らかに!ミニ・アルバムの概念を超えた"進化と深化、そして真価"の作品『THE UNRAVELING』". BARKS. JAPAN MUSIC NETWORK,Inc. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  12. ^ "DIR EN GREY、来年1月2日リリースのベストアルバム『VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES』収録内容解禁!". Vif. ROCKの総合情報サイトVif. Retrieved 19 October 2018.