It might be a little self-plagiarizing, but this video at least has some pretty cool imagery. Not bad. Better than the TDFF video for sure
I’ll never understand why the breakdown section drops in volume. Who thought that was a good idea? I guess you could call that a very “dramatic” section in the song, and its impact is totally lost as a result.
It’s a damn shame. Dir en grey have these weird moments once in a while where you’re just like “what the hell were they thinking?” Midwife’s intro bothers me much in the same way. Die is chugging along with a really spectacular – albeit simple – guitar part, and Kaoru comes in with awful lead work that shouldn’t be there in the first place.
I see they’re still recording inside a trashcan. That breakdown section sounds awful, like someone deep fried a transcode.
Also, Kaoru #beetlejuicekei
I looked it up because it felt hard to believe, but it’s true. I was surprised, but they really do only release about 1 single a year between albums and have dating back to 2001ish it looks like.
Kyo came to me in a fever dream and told me to do a Deg-related statistical analysis. I don’t know whether to feel pride or shame in what I’m about to share.
It may just be me, but I always view an arbitrary borderline in their discography between Marrow and Uroboros that separates “new Deg” from “old Deg”. Coincidentally I started getting into them right around the release of Clever Sleazoid, so perhaps that has something to do with it. Of course this makes no sense these days—Uroboros was almost 14 years ago! But there’s something else that I believe contributes to this concept and I believe I can show it with data. It all starts with a question: why haven’t they remade any of the tracks from the Uroboros cycle yet?
So first things first, let’s define what a “remake” is. For the purposes of my data set, I left out any:
- re-recording made during the same album cycle
- unplugged/acoustic version
- live/shot in one take
That leaves us with 29 remakes, starting with Ash (released as a B-side on Myaku) and ending with mazohyst and ain’t afraid (on the upcoming Phalaris). Here are some key findings overall:
- The average amount of time between original release date and remake release date is 4410 days (just over 12 years).
- The average number of album cycles between the original release and the remake release is 7.
- The quickest remake is Children (2002), released 735 days after the original.
- The upcoming mazohyst remake will have the longest time between original and remake release date, coming in at 8358 days.
Now what if we compare some stats before and after the “borderline” between Marrow and Uroboros?
- There were only six remakes prior to Uroboros and 23 after.
- Before Uroboros, the average distance between original and remake was 1524 days (just over 4 years) and the average album cycle was 3.5.
- In the Current Era (AU?), the average distance between original and remake is 5163 days (just over 14 years) and the average album cycle is eight.
Here’s what this all looks like on a graph:
So, when will they remake an Uroboros track? Based on what we can predict from the data, even though we’re overdue (strictly temporally-speaking as it has now been 4926 days since Uroboros), we can expect a remake on the album cycle following Phalaris.
I can’t believe I did this.
I’ll be at uni tomorrow and won’t be able to watch the stream
To be fair the weird skronky shit gets transferred over to Die during the verse, except he puts flange on it. The majority of Midwife is a mess.
Ash was originally released on Behind The Mask Vol.2 compilation on 25th November 1997.
It was first remade for DEG’s first video collection 「楓」～if trans･･･～
This was released as a limited VHS on 15th December 1997.
The version on the Myaku single is the second remake!
Good catch, thank you for this! Given that Behind The Mask Vol.2 1997 -Sol’Finsterre- released Nov 25, 1997, this changes things up a little:
- Average distance between original and remake: 4395 → 4410 days
- Pre-Uroboros this goes from 1487 → 1524 days
- Porst-Uroboros this goes from 5153 → 5163 days
- The quickest remake is now Children (2002)
Call it arbitrary, but I’m still going to consider the Myaku version of Ash the first remake, since I see indies-MISSA as one cycle.
However, if I loosen this self-imposition, we find ourselves with some interesting Ash Facts. As it currently stands, pre-Phalaris, the shortest (20 days) and longest (7456 days) original-re-recording distances are both held by Ash.
Also, I think I messed up a little bit with Karma, but I’m okay with that since I can’t find the specific date the 業 / 蒼い月 demo tape released.
That’s because there is none. In the past, I gave the release month as March 97, but I read somewhere that it was actually recorded and released in February.
Although I can’t find that interview for the life of me ><
Anyway, nice work!
These shots were in TWOM after all. And jesus Kondo fucked up the ending.
Added a bunch of random footages like war stuff and other shit which doesn’t work with TWOM main storyline.
Here, you can check it
“the world of brain worms”
if they were younger, the mega-censored version would have featured a gratuitous shot of a coathanger abortion in a school loo, but they’ve matured so it’s “we all live in society & jesus loves watching rockets go whoosh-whoosh”-kei now.
You are not wrong LOL
Using stock footage after all the amazing cinematography is such a disservice to it, seems like an ongoing theme with their director.