Proving 15 seconds is all they need to give us the chills, DIR EN GREY delivered a 15-second teaser for its 32nd single “Oboro”. The release date looms just around the corner on April 28, but the visceral teaser leaves us with more questions than answers.

Last month the quintet released grotesque promotional photos which contradict the serene nature of the album art. We speculated on Oboro‘s possible themes, including birth, or rebirth. The teaser video seems to confirm our suspicions, as vocalist Kyo emerges from the abdomen of a humanoid creature.

Witnessing the birth of vocalist Kyo. From the “Oboro” teaser video.

Visually, we see bits and pieces of the band’s releases throughout its nearly 25-year career: the bloated humanoid creature of Ningen wo Kaburu, the scenes of bloody birth from Child Prey, and even the Japanese Noh-like masks worn in the cult favorite Obscure.

Musically, we can hear a new direction for the band. While their previous release, Ochita koto no aru sora shook us with heavier riffs and vocals harkening back to The Insulated World. This one gives us a sense of the new album to come—a “Different Sense”, if you will.

According to the DIR EN GREY’s official site, this single will explore the pain and emotions of the heart created by human weakness, and we can hear that vulnerability in this teaser clip.

The title “Oboro” means “hazy”, and we are certainly still hazy on the details of this new single. However, DIR EN GREY’s unique world view and magnificent sound are more than enough to whet our appetite and keep us on the edge of our seats.

Check out the teaser for yourself and see what you think the new single will bring:

CD
  1. Oboro
  2. T.D.F.F.
    T.D.F.F.
  3. Keigaku no Yoku
    谿壑の欲
CD
  1. Oboro
  2. T.D.F.F.
    T.D.F.F.
  3. Keigaku no Yoku
    谿壑の欲
DVD
  1. The World of Mercy
    The World of Mercy
  2. Ochita Koto no Aru Sora
    落ちた事のある空
  3. Karma
  4. BEHIND THE SCENES OF Oboro
    BEHIND THE SCENES OF 朧
CD
  1. Oboro
  2. T.D.F.F.
    T.D.F.F.
  3. Keigaku no Yoku
    谿壑の欲
DVD
  1. dead tree
    dead tree
  2. Keigaku no Yoku
    谿壑の欲
  3. Ningen wo Kaburu
    人間を被る
  4. Devote My Life
    Devote My Life
  5. Rubbish Heap
    Rubbish Heap
  6. CLEVER SLEAZOID
    CLEVER SLEAZOID
  7. RINKAKU)
    輪郭
  8. The World of Mercy
    The World of Mercy
  9. Values of Madness
    Values of Madness
  10. Ochita Koto no Aru Sora
    落ちた事のある空
  11. Karma
  12. UTAFUMI
    詩踏み
  13. CHILD PREY
    CHILD PREY
  14. RASETSUKOKU
    羅刹国
  15. BEHIND THE SCENES OF Oboro
    BEHIND THE SCENES OF 朧
CD
  1. Oboro
  2. T.D.F.F.
    T.D.F.F.
  3. Keigaku no Yoku
    谿壑の欲
Blu-ray
  1. dead tree
    dead tree
  2. Keigaku no Yoku
    谿壑の欲
  3. Ningen wo Kaburu
    人間を被る
  4. Devote My Life
    Devote My Life
  5. Rubbish Heap
    Rubbish Heap
  6. CLEVER SLEAZOID
    CLEVER SLEAZOID
  7. RINKAKU)
    輪郭
  8. The World of Mercy
    The World of Mercy
  9. Values of Madness
    Values of Madness
  10. Ochita Koto no Aru Sora
    落ちた事のある空
  11. Karma
  12. UTAFUMI
    詩踏み
  13. CHILD PREY
    CHILD PREY
  14. RASETSUKOKU
    羅刹国
  15. BEHIND THE SCENES OF Oboro
    BEHIND THE SCENES OF 朧
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