刹那

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刹那 is one of the three songs by Dir En Grey that were never properly released and only performed live in their indies era from 1997 to 1998. The other two are 藍紫色 and 新曲2.

The first confirmed performance of 刹那 was on May 31 and its last known performance was on September 15, 1997. However, the song is still listed on later setlists, such as those from October 28 and 30, 1997, as well as February 21, 1998. The live report of the October 28 live, published in SHOXX #59 (January 1998), also gives the song's title as 刹那. Audio recordings of the October lives, however, confirm that Dir En Grey performed a song that sounds more similar to UnknownDespaira Lost than the available recordings of 刹那. This is further corroborated by a setlist of the January 14 live, published in SHOXX #62 (April 1998), where the song is also titled UnknownDespaira Lost.

Interestingly, Kaoru explains in Bandやろうぜ (July 1998), that UnknownDespaira Lost is the remade version of a song that previously existed. From what is known, Dir En Grey also never performed both songs at the same live, so it's very likely that 刹那 was heavily reworked between the September and October lives and then renamed into UnknownDespaira Lost in time for its release on JEALOUS (1998).

You can listen to the May 31, 1997, performance of the song here.

Trivia

  • In 2020, Kaoru used the setlist of the June 14, 1997 live, where this song was performed, as a t-shirt design. This marks the first known time the song was officially recognised by the band since their indies days.

Title

  • In FOOL'S MATE #198 (April 1998), Kaoru is asked about 新曲6 (Shinkyoku 6) ("New Song 6"). He explains that he felt the need to change the song's title because the song became too different. Taking the date of the interview into account, he most likely refers to 刹那. While there's currently no other known mention of 新曲6, it was possibly used as an interim until the band had decided on "UnknownDespaira Lost" as the song's final title.

Variants

Title Variants
Title Release
新曲6
UnknownDespaira Lost JEALOUS (1998)

Navigation

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) PoemsUROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)ARCHE (2014)VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (2018)The Insulated World (2018)
EPs
MISSA (1997)six Ugly (2002)THE UNRAVELING (2013)
Singles and Others
業 / 蒼い月 (1997)1997.6.14 目黒鹿鳴館 (1997)1997.6.27 COWBOY WORLD (1997)「楓」~if trans~ (1997)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) (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)
Covers and Features
Covers: 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