Japanese rockers Dir En Grey composed their name from several languages because, they said, it just “sounded right.” Plus, they didn’t want critics to attach a specific meaning to something as arbitrary as a band name. They wanted their music to speak for itself. Critics have a hard time pegging anything to Dir En Grey. The band, whose lyrics often play with double entendres and multiple meanings of kanji characters, seem to delight in eluding conventional pop structures and rock genre definitions. Since the five guys (Kyo, Vocals, Kaoru, Guitar, Die, Guitar, Toshiya, Bass, Shinya, Drums) formed in 1997, no Dir En Grey album has sounded like the last, though each is, to itself, consistent. What these albums have in common is the awesome talent of vocalist Kyo, whose range is unparalleled in rock today. On a given track, Kyo growls, bellows, croons, and clearly enunciates then jaunts back to a gut-roaring scream that will shake the house. Having sold out arenas all over the world, the group is still going strong showing that language barriers, genre distinctions, and song structures can’t hold back a band that just sounds right.