Vulgar (album)

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Studio album by Dir en grey
Released September 10, 2003 (JP)
February 21, 2006 (EU)
Recorded Studio Greenbird, Studio Fine, Cats Studio, Studio Inning, On Air Azabu, Sound City, Studio Z'd
Length 57:02
Language Japanese, English
Label Firewall Div./SMEJ (JP)
Gan-Shin (EU)
Producer Dir en grey & Tatsuya Sakamoto
Dir en grey chronology
Six Ugly
Withering to Death.
Singles from Vulgar
  1. "Child Prey"
    Released: July 31, 2002
  2. "Drain Away"
    Released: January 22, 2003
  3. "Kasumi"
    Released: April 23, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Ultimate Guitar 9/10[1]

Vulgar is the fourth studio album released by Dir en grey on September 10, 2003 in Japan and on February 21, 2006 in Europe. A limited edition containing an additional DVD was also released. It featured the video of the song "Obscure", albeit a censored version (the uncensored clip was later released on the Average Psycho DVD, and has since become notorious and earned the song huge popularity). Vulgar is the first Dir en grey release not to feature individual credits for the music, although the accompanying singles featured individual credits.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Kyo; all music composed by Dir en grey, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Audience Killer Loop" 3:39
2. "The IIID Empire" 3:05
3. "Increase Blue" 3:46
4. "Shokubeni" (蝕紅; "Decaying crimson') 4:20
5. "Sajō no uta" (砂上の唄; "Song of the sand") 3:14
6. "Red...[em]" 5:01
7. "Asunaki Koufuku, Koenaki Asu" (明日無き幸福、呼笑亡き明日; No happiness coming tomorrow, tomorrow the dead call laughing) 3:31
8. "Marmalade Chainsaw" 4:13
9. "Kasumi" (かすみ; "Haze") (Kaoru) 4:20
10. "Я to the Core" 1:47
11. "Drain Away" (Die) 4:06
12. "New Age Culture" 3:19
13. "Obscure" 3:59
14. "Child Prey" (Kaoru) 3:52
15. "Amber" 4:48


  • "蝕紅" offers several ways of romanization, namely "Shokubeni" and "Syokubeni" (a variation utilizing Kunrei-shiki romanization). "Syokubeni" was once used on Dir en grey's official site, although mention in most other media (including release booklets) the Hepburn romanization style is used, giving the title as "Shokubeni".
  • A re-recording of "Shokubeni" appears as a b-side on their 2009 single "Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami", recorded only in one take.
  • A re-recording of "Obscure" appears as a b-side on their 2011 single "Lotus".
  • A re-recording of "Kasumi" appears on their 2013 mini-album The Unraveling.


  1. ^ "Vulgar Review". February 14, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2015.