After a series of surreal visuals and mysterious teasers, DIR EN GREY finally unveiled the chilling full-length music video for Oboro. The single drops on April 28, which is just enough time to try and digest the tragic music video.

One of the haunting key visuals for “Oboro”, featuring vocalist Kyo.

There is no easy way to unpack this video, which is full of symbolism, contrast, and possible themes.

One clear contrast is the clash of electronic and organic: pulsing synthesizers drone under somber instruments; red lasers glare over green human viscera. Throughout, we see the juxtaposition of love and sorrow, and life and death; because with DIR EN GREY, there are rarely happy endings.

In this grotesque landscape, vocalist Kyo is born and dies all in one take. Fellow bandmates, guitarists Kaoru and Die, bassist Toshiya, and drummer Shinya lurk in the shadows, as witnesses to an unnatural birth. The story is vague, playing on gruesome metaphors and cryptic lyrics, but somehow feels achingly familiar.

According to DIR EN GREY, Oboro is about the pain caused by human weakness. Official lyrics are still to come, but we can make out phrases such as “Forgive me, I’m sorry”, and “I couldn’t protect you; I was too weak”.

If you felt you’ve seen the “mother” character before, you probably have. Director Hiroyuki Kondo confirmed that the Butoh dancer is Yuko Kawamoto, who previously played the baby-munching geisha in DIR EN GREY’S 2003 music video, OBSCURE.

Yuko Kawamoto as “The Mother” in “Oboro”

One should note that this is not the completed song. While this video clocks in at just over three minutes in length, the “full” version on the single is almost four minutes long. What key piece is missing from the full picture?

We may not know the exact theme, but it certainly evokes emotions varying from person to person. Isn’t that what art is about?

Without further ado, enter DIR EN GREY’s world of Oboro, where there are no happy endings.

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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