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    Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:01:46

    Dir En Grey Encourages People to "Scream For the Truth" - The band is educating people about radiation in their native Japan

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    Some bands pay lip service to social causes. Others spring to action. Japan's Dir en Grey fall into the latter category and they want to educate fans and beyond about the high levels of radiation in their native Japan and they are doing so with their "Scream For the Truth" campaign.

    DEG have been candid about their feelings on the current state of their native country, wanting to know about the high radiation levels have been detected after this year's nuclear disaster that followed the massive earthquake and tsunami. Having issued an open letter to the world on Aug. 1 that received international media attention, the unique and influential band are now taking their message a step further: they are asking the world to help them "Scream For the truth." Amen to that, Dir En Grey!

    Hey, if Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson can ask cities to scream for him, Dir En Grey can ask people to scream for a larger cause, right? Damn right!

    On Oct. 3, a new billboard was revealed in New York City's Times Square displaying provocative nuclear images. Dir En Grey have also launched a new site, Scream4Truth.com to aid in their mission of demanding accurate information from Japanese officials surrounding the disaster which took place March 11, 2011. They're not just making Facebook posts or ranting on stage. The band is really and truly trying to enact change. We applaud them for it… and for their amazingly dark, mysterious hard rock music that you can't purge from your brain when you listen to it for the first time. Any band can post on Facebook. When you are a game changer, you go beyond ranting and raving and you turn anger into action. That's the case with Dir En Grey.

    In a video message on the site, DEG share their honest sentiments. Guitarist Die says, "I feel we can't just get caught up in the moment of what happened, but we have to find a way to come to terms with the situation and keep on living within that." Vocalist Kyo posed the question, "In a situation when you have no idea what is true or not, what is the best course of action to take? It seems like you can't do anything" and drummer Shinya adds, "When you're being guided down the wrong path, you can't just stay silent." Guitarist Kaoru continues, "It has always been this way, but I feel that everyone senses now more than ever Japan is a country filled with lies. It is entirely up to each person to determine what is true." Bassist Toshiya proclaims, "In order to stop this situation from getting any worse than it is, I think now is the time for us to learn and spread the truth."

    Since DIR EN GREY was recording Dum Spiro Spero when the earthquake hit Japan, it has changed their outlook on the future. The band explains, "In our personal experience of the earthquake and its aftermath, one thing that really hit home is the reality that you can die at any time without knowing it. We don't know what is waiting for us as we move forward, but as long as we are alive we want to take on this tour with a sense of determination."

    Are you encouraged to Scream for the Truth?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    10.20.11



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