DIE:STERIA was Kaoru's first band. They likely formed during his second year in high-school, as early as April 1990, and likely disbanded when the members graduated around March 1992. However, both the time of formation as well as the time of disbandment are not entirely clear. They might have already formed towards the end of Kaoru's first year in high-school and disbanded around a year after he graduated.
In his book Dokugen, Kaoru explains that he decided on the name "DIE:STERIA" because he thought that it was cool when a band name began with a D and included a colon. He also says that they had only one original song, but did not record it. They covered songs by X, BOØWY, かまいたち, ZI:KILL and D'ERLANGER and performed at their high school's culture festival in third year (as early as April 1991).
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|Members||Dir En Grey History|
|Before Dir En Grey • 1997 • 1998 • 1999|
|ALBATROSS (roadie) → 黒夢 (roadie) → 月蝕 → Viṣṇu → Masquerade → La:Sadie's → Dir En Grey • sukekiyo • Petit Brabancon|
Other bands: 婦夜婦夜 • 狂殺会 • 廃人黒薔薇族 • TWO MONSTROUS NUCLEAR STOCKPILES • 第三帝國楽団 • 腐乱シネマ帝國楽団
|DIE:STERIA → CHARM → La:Sadie's → Dir En Grey|
Other bands: TWO MONSTROUS NUCLEAR STOCKPILES
|Die||Ka・za・ri → La:Sadie's → Dir En Grey • DECAYS|
|Toshiya||きさらぎ → cruel → GOSICK (roadie) → PIERROT (roadie) → GOSICK → D†L → Dir En Grey|
|Shinya||人工天使 → Siva → Ruby → La:Sadie's → Dir En Grey • SERAPH|
Other bands: Unknown session band • 廃人黒薔薇族