Macabre is the second studio album released by Dir En Grey. It was released on September 20, 2000. It was the band's first record to be released in collaboration of Free-Will's Firewall sub-division and Sony Music Entertainment Japan. The original print of Macabre featured an etched, tinted jewel case with five wooden beads placed within the spine. The album proper, like Gauze, included two booklets: one with the lyrics, and the other featuring a related image and poem.
"Deity" is similar to the Russian word for children, "deti" ("дети"). The accompanying image in the lyric booklet is of a pregnant woman's stomach. A portion of the melody in "Deity" appears to be derived from Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5.
"理由" is normally romanized as "riyū", yet is romanized by the band as "wake"; both "wake" ("訳") and "riyū" ("理由") can be translated as "reason".
When read left to right, "Macabre"'s subtitle "揚羽ノ羽ノ夢ハ蛹" transliterates as "Ageha no hane no yume wa sanagi", or "The Swallowtail's Wings' Dream is the Chrysalis". However, the title contains numbered furigana above it, which suggests that the title is to be read as "Sanagi no yume wa ageha no hane", or "The Chrysalis' Dream is the Swallowtail's Wings".
"Taiyō no Ao" uses a kanji that is commonly read as "midori" and means for "green", whereas the band uses a reading that means "blue".