刹那 is one of Dir En Grey's oldest songs. It was never released in any form and only played live in 1997. Along with 藍紫色, 刹那 is one of the most famous indies songs by Dir En Grey.

The first confirmed performance of the song was on May 31, 1997. Sometime between August and October 1997, the song was drastically changed and renamed into UnknownDespaira Lost at the beginning of 1998. It's the only known Dir En Grey song that was renamed after already having an official title (as opposed to working titles like the ones on UROBOROS (2008)).

You can listen to the May 31, 1997, performance of the song here.


  • In FOOL'S MATE #198 (April 1998), Kaoru is asked about 新曲6 (Shinkyoku 6) ("New Song 6"). He explains that he felt the need to change the song title because the song became too different. Although unconfirmed, it's likely that he refers to 刹那's change to UnknownDespaira Lost, considering the evolution of the song (by late October 1997, its melody already resembled UnknownDespaira Lost, but it was still called 刹那) and the date of the interview.
  • In 2020, Kaoru used the setlist of the 1997.06.14 live, where this song was performed, as a t-shirt design. This marks the first known time the song was officially recognised by the band since their indies days.


Dir En Grey
DiscographyTimelineMembersPromotional Versions
GAUZE (1999) PoemsMACABRE (2000) Poems鬼葬 (2002)VULGAR (2003)Withering to death. (2005)THE MARROW OF A BONE (2007) Liner NotesUROBOROS (2008) PoemsDUM SPIRO SPERO (2011) PoemsUROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)ARCHE (2014)VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (2018)The Insulated World (2018)
MISSA (1997)six Ugly (2002)THE UNRAVELING (2013)
Singles and Others
業 / 蒼い月 (1997)「楓」~if trans~ (1997)JEALOUS (1998)-I'll- (1998)脈 (2000)【KR】cube (2000)太陽の碧 (2000)ain't afraid to die (2001)embryo (2001)かすみ (2003)朔-saku- (2004)GLASS SKIN (2008)激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇 (2009)LOTUS (2011)DIFFERENT SENSE (2011) (2011)輪郭 (2012)SUSTAIN THE UNTRUTH (2014)人間を被る (2018)The World of Mercy (2019)落ちた事のある空 (2020)
Covers and Features
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Features: 葬送絶彩 feat. 京Witch Huntアンプサイ
Other Notable Songs
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