Dahlia" is the thirteenth single by Japanese heavy metal band X Japan, released on February 26, 1996.
Summary [ edit ]
"Dahlia" went on to become the title track of the band's
1996 album and one of Yoshiki's last compositions in his signature blend of speed and symphonic metal. The song's title, "Dahlia", appears in the lyrics as an acronym during a voice over, which says "destiny, alive, heaven, love, innocence, always, destroy, aftermath, hell, life, infinite".
The single was released with two different covers. The B-side is a live version of "
Tears", recorded on December 30, 1993 at the Tokyo Dome. The same recording also appears on their live compilation album  . Live Live Live Tokyo Dome 1993-1996
Commercial performance [ edit ]
The single reached number 1 on the
Oricon charts, and charted for 8 weeks.  In 1996, with 412,810 copies sold was the 72nd best-selling single of the year, being certified Platinum by  RIAJ. 
Track listing [ edit ]
All tracks written by
Yoshiki, except track 2 lyrics by Hitomi Shiratori and Yoshiki.
Tears ('93 Tokyo Dome Live Version)" 8:00
Personnel [ edit ]
Co-Producer – X Japan
Orchestra arranged by – Yoshiki, Dick Marx, Shelly Berg
Scored by – Tom Halm
American Symphony Orchestra Mixed by – Yuji Sugiyama
Assistant engineers – Tal Miller, Brad Haehnel, Takaoki Saitoh, Cappy Japngie
Recorded by – Rich Breen, Mike Ging
Mastered by –
Stephen Marcussen (Precision Studio)
References [ edit ]