Withering to Death

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Withering to Death.
Studio album by Dir En Grey
Released 9 March 2005 (2005-03-09)
Recorded Studio Inning, Studio Fine, On Air Azabu, Studio Greenbird, Sony Music Studios
Length 51:14
Language Japanese, English
Label Free-Will/Sony Music Entertainment Japan (JP)
Gan-Shin (EU)
Warcon (US)
Producer Dir En Grey, Yoshinori Abe
Dir En Grey chronology
Withering to death.
The Marrow of a Bone
(2007)The Marrow of a Bone2007
Singles from Withering to death.
  1. "The Final"
    Released: March 22, 2004
  2. "Saku"
    Released: July 14, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
IGN (8.1/10)[2]
metal.de (9/10)[3]

Withering to Death. (stylized Withering to death.) is the fifth studio album released by Dir En Grey. Initially published in Japan on March 9, 2005, it was the band's first album to be officially released in Europe, North America and South Korea. In June 2006, Withering to Death. reached number 42 on Billboard's "Top Heatseekers" chart.[4] Amazon.com included Withering to Death. in its listing of "Top 10 Hard Rock & Metal albums of 2006".[5]

In Japan, a first press limited edition with a tannish cover in digi-pack and slipcase form with a red booklet was released, while the standard version has a black cover and a purple booklet. The American and European releases received the black cover and contained an additional DVD with the video of either "Saku" (United States/United Kingdom), "Dead Tree" (Germany), "Kodou" (France) or "The Final" (South Korea); along with live compilations of "Merciless Cult" and "Machiavellism", and selected footage from Tour 04 The Code of Vulgarism. A live version of the song "Merciless Cult" is on the Family Values Tour 2006 CD compilation.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Kyo; all music composed by Dir En Grey.

No. Title Length
1. "Merciless Cult" 2:55
2. "C" 3:30
3. "Saku" (朔; "New moon") 2:57
4. "Kodoku ni Shisu, Yue ni Kodoku." (孤独に死す、故に孤独。; "I will die in loneliness, because I'm lonely.") 3:25
5. "Itoshisa wa Fuhai ni Tsuki" (愛しさは腐敗につき; "With love comes decay") 4:15
6. "Jesus Christ R'n R" 4:00
7. "Garbage" 2:49
8. "Machiavellism" 3:16
9. "Dead Tree" 4:50
10. "The Final" 4:13
11. "Beautiful Dirt" 2:33
12. "Spilled Milk" 3:44
13. "Higeki wa Mabuta wo Oroshita Yasashiki Utsu" (悲劇は目蓋を下ろした優しき鬱; "Tragedy is the sweet melancholy that lowers your eyelids") 5:08
14. "Kodou" (鼓動; "Heartbeat") 3:39



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Nielson-Buckholdt, Christian (May 16, 2006). "Dir en grey - Withering To Death". 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Top Heatseekers". Billboard. June 3, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Dir En Grey at the Mitch Schneider Organization". msopr.com. Retrieved November 17, 2007.