Gauze (album)

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Studio album by Dir En Grey
Released July 28, 1999 (EW Japan)
October 31, 2001 (re-issue)
Recorded Warner Music Recording Studio, Greenbird Studio, One Voice Komazawa Recording Studios, Epicurus Studio, Tokyo Bay Studio, Victor Studio (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 13)
One on One Recording North L.A. (3, 6, 9, 11, 12)
Length 64:47
Producer Dir En Grey (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 13)
Yoshiki (3, 6, 9, 11, 12)
Dir En Grey chronology
Singles from Gauze
  1. "Akuro no Oka"
    Released: January 20, 1999
  2. "Yurameki"
    Released: January 20, 1999
  3. "-Zan-"
    Released: January 20, 1999
  4. "Cage"
    Released: May 26, 1999
  5. "Yokan"
    Released: July 14, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Ultimate Guitar 9/10[1]

Gauze is the first studio album released by Dir En Grey on July 28, 1999. It is the band's first full-length record. Five tracks were produced by X Japan co-founder Yoshiki Hayashi,[2] all of which had been previously released as singles. The album was originally released on July 28, 1999 as a standard version with a thick CD case, 36-page booklet with the CD reading surface painted red, through East West Japan. An initial limited version was released on the same day, including a translucent red sleeve with a cloud pattern, 12-page picture booklet, a 36-page lyrics booklet, and the red painted CD in a maxi-CD single case for a sticker price of ¥3,059. The album was later re-issued as standard version only, with a silver disc on October 31, 2001 through Free-Will. Although live performances of songs from this album have been extremely rare since 2003, the album still contains some of the band's most popular songs like "Cage" and "Yokan".

The lyrics booklet features two pages for each song; one features the lyrics, while the facing page features a picture and a small poem or verse, as a companion piece.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Kyo.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Gauze -Mode of Adam-" Dir En Grey 2:07
2. "Schwein no Isu" (Schweinの椅子; "Chair of the pig") Die 3:31
3. "Yurameki" (ゆらめき; "Lambency") Shinya 5:05
4. "Raison Detre" Shinya, Toshiya 4:48
5. "304 Goushitsu, Hakushi no Sakura" (304号室、白死の桜; "Room 304, cherry blossoms of white death") Die 5:18
6. "Cage" Kaoru 5:35
7. "Tsumi to Batsu" (蜜と唾; "Crime and punishment") Kaoru 5:08
8. "Mazohyst of Decadence" Kaoru 9:22
9. "Yokan" (予感; "Premonition") Die 4:39
10. "Mask" Kaoru 4:25
11. "-Zan-" (残-ZAN-; "Remains-ZAN-") Kaoru 5:03
12. "Akuro no Oka" (アクロの丘; "Hill of Akropolis") Kaoru 9:42
13. "Gauze -Mode of Eve-" Dir En Grey 0:04


  • "Yurameki" was covered by R-Shitei on the compilation Crush! 2 -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-, the album was released on November 23, 2011 and features current visual kei bands covering songs from bands that were important to the '90s visual kei movement.[3]
  • "Raison Detre" is French for "reason for being", the correct spelling being "raison d'être".
  • "Cage" was covered by Mejibray for Crush! 3 - 90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Love Songs-, which was released on June 27, 2012 and features current visual kei bands covering love songs by visual kei artists of the 90's.[4]
  • The kanji of the seventh track are printed in reverse on the packaging, transliterating as "Mitsu to Tsuba" (honey and saliva). "Tsumi to Batsu" (crime and punishment), however, is still considered the official title. This peculiarity is an example for lyricist Kyo's penchant for wordplay.
  • "Mazohyst" in "Mazohyst of Decadence" is a misspelling of masochist.
  • Most of the song "Gauze -Mode of Eve-" is a hidden track at the end of "Akuro no Oka". "Akuro no Oka"'s actual length is 8:30. The four second 13th track is a Red Book standard designed to accommodate the hidden outro.
  • A re-recording of "-Zan-" appears as a b-side on their 2009 single "Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami".
  • "Schwein no Isu" was covered by Merry for the compilation Crush! -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-, the album was released on January 26, 2011 and features current visual kei bands covering songs from bands that were important to the '90s visual kei movement.[3]
  • A remake of "Tsumi to Batsu" appears as a b-side on their 2011 single "Different Sense" under the title "Tsumi to Kisei".



Additional chorus[edit]

on Schwein no isu

  • Matsuyama
  • Mikio
  • Okuyama
  • Ōsaka
  • Shintani
  • You (Death Side)
  • Zigyaku
  • バンチUFO

on Mazohyst Of Decadence

  • Kazue Tatsumi


  • Yoshiki – producer, arrangements ("Yurameki", "Cage", "Yokan", "-Zan-" and "Akuro no Oka")
  • Toru Yamazaki – co-producer ("Yurameki", "Cage", "Yokan", "-Zan-" and "Akuro no Oka")
  • Dynamite Tommy, Toshiyuki Takano, Norio Higuchi & Takeyasu Hashizume – executive producers
  • Joe Chiccarelli – mixing (on Yurameki)
  • Eric Westfall – (on Cage)
  • Bill Kennedy – (on Zan)
  • Stan Katayama – (on Akuro no Oka)
  • Shelly Berg, Tom Halm & Yoshiki – string arrangements ("Cage" and "Akuro no Oka")
  • Michio – artwork[5]


  1. ^ "Gauze Review". August 20, 2009. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ Gauze (CD liner). Dir En Grey. Japan: Free-Will. 1999. FWR-030. 
  3. ^ a b "'90s Visual Kei Cover Album". Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Crush! 3-90's V-Rock best hit cover LOVE songs-". Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  5. ^ album liner note (East/West Japan - AMCM-4440 1999 edition)