DIR EN GREY’s UROBOROS: Remastered and Expanded!

One of the UK’s biggest selling Japanese rock albums will be making a return in 2012. From 20 January, OKAMI Records will re-release DIR EN GREY‘s phenomenal seventh album UROBOROS, remastered and expanded. The aptly titled UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] will boast 15 tracks and sees the return of sound engineer Tue Madsen who worked on the group’s DUM SPIRO SPERO release.

UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] will also include a longer version of ‘SA BIR’, previously only heard at live performances, the version of ‘BUGABOO’ that was only available as part of the album’s original first pressing analogue release, the Japanese language versions of ‘DOZING GREEN’ and ‘GLASS SKIN’, and the former’s coupling track from its single ‘HYDRA -666-‘.

The track list is as follows:

  1. SA BIR (3:52)
  2. VINUSHKA (9:37)
  3. RED SOIL (3:24)
  4. DOUKOKU TO SARINU (3:48)
  5. TOGURO (3:58)
  6. GLASS SKIN (4:28)
  7. STUCK MAN (3:35)
  8. REIKETSU NARISEBA (3:33)
  9. WARE, YAMI TOTE… (7:03)
  10. HYDRA -666- (3:39)
  11. BUGABOO RESPIRA (2:09)
  12. BUGABOO (4:44)
  13. GAIKA, CHINMOKU GA NEMURU KORO (4:22)
  14. DOZING GREEN (4:06)
  15. INCONVENIENT IDEAL (4:22)

Upon UROBOROS‘ original release in America, the album entered at 114 in the Billboard 200 albums chart, the group’s highest position in the chart to date. And when it was released in Europe, it entered Germany’s New Comers chart at number 10, ranking higher than the likes of Jedward, Zebrahead and Suicide Silence. Now that would be a Top of the Pops line-up we’d like to see…

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About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

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