「楓」~if trans~ (1997)

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「楓」~if trans ("Kaede"~if trans~) is Dir En Grey's first VHS. It was released in a so-called Crystal Video Box with additional content, as well as a regular version with just the VHS. The Crystal Video Box version was sold in two ways: Via mail-order on December 15, 1997, limited to 8,000 copies and via in-store sale on January 15, 1998, limited to 2,000 copies. The regular version was released on July 8, 1998.

Along with the four-track VHS, both Crystal Video Box versions came with a 30 pages-long crystal photobook, a message CD that you can listen to here, an A2 poster and two clear stickers. The photobook has different photos depending on the version, the mail-order version additionally came with a clear postcard as a bonus. The "VHS specifications" are also said to be a little different, although it's not entirely clear what this means. However, it appears that the music videos are slightly different depending on the version.

GARDEN and Ash are re-recordings, while 惨劇の夜 is an alternate version. The reason for re-recording GARDEN and Ash were contractual restrictions that prevented the band from using the original versions off of MISSA and Behind the Mask vol.2 1997 -SOL'FINSTERRE-, respectively. As such, none of the four songs on this release can be found on any other Dir En Grey release, they're also unique in that they only exist in video form. 業 was released as an official ringtone for mobile phones in 2008, but can't be accessed any longer.

Tracklist
1. Ash
2. 惨劇の夜
3.
4. GARDEN

Trivia

  • In an interview, Dir En Grey said that they personally folded and packed the boxes. If this includes the regular version as well is unclear. Shinya also said that he cut his finger in the process and blood got on some of the boxes.

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Dir En Grey – DiscographyPromotional Versions
Albums GAUZE (1999) PoemsMACABRE (2000) Poems鬼葬 (2002)VULGAR (2003)Withering to death. (2005)THE MARROW OF A BONE (2007) Liner NotesUROBOROS (2008) PoemsDUM SPIRO SPERO (2011) PoemsARCHE (2014)The Insulated World (2018)PHALARIS (2022)

UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (2018)

Mini-Albums MISSA (1997)six Ugly (2002)THE UNRAVELING (2013)
Singles JEALOUS (1998)-I'll- (1998)脈 (2000)【KR】cube (2000)太陽の碧 (2000)ain't afraid to die (2001)embryo (2001)かすみ (2003)朔-saku- (2004)GLASS SKIN (2008)激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇 (2009)LOTUS (2011)DIFFERENT SENSE (2011)輪郭 (2012)SUSTAIN THE UNTRUTH (2014)人間を被る (2018)The World of Mercy (2019)落ちた事のある空 (2020)朧 (2021)
Cassette Tapes 業 / 蒼い月 (1997)1997.6.14 目黒鹿鳴館 (1997)1997.6.27 COWBOY WORLD (1997)
VHS 「楓」~if trans~ (1997)「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998 Mechanism For Leave-the scene of the tragedy- (1998)「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-UnknownDespaira Lost- ~裁きの血舞台~ (1998)妄想統覚劇 (1998)妄想格外劇 (1998)
Other Releases (2011)
Cover Songs 親愛なるDEATHMASKINSANITYワルシャワの幻想EASY MAKE,EASY MARKNATIONAL MEDIA BOYS
List of all covered songs on setlist.fm
Features 葬送絶彩 feat. 京Witch Huntアンプサイ
Other Songs INWARD SCREAMSE新曲2藍紫色刹那