親愛なるDEATHMASK is one of the few songs that are mistakenly attributed to Dir En Grey, despite being from another band.
In this case, the song was created by 黒夢 (Kuroyume), a Japanese rock band that existed even earlier than Dir En Grey. 黒夢 was, along with X Japan, one of the bands that had great influence on Kyo and at one concert during Dir En Grey's early days, they covered this song along with the band Vasalla. More specifically, this happened on September 15, 1997, on the last date of the Dir en grey presents MAZOHYST OF DECADENCE SHOW tour at Meguro Rockmaykan. At the same concert, they also covered INSANITY by Vasalla and X by X Japan, again with Vasalla. You can listen to the original song here.
After disbanding La:Sadie's on January 15, 1997, and before the formation of Dir En Grey on February 2, the band played a show at 長野Live House J on January 24. At this show, they performed under the name DEATHMASK and played around four cover songs of Kuroyume.
⇵ Japanese ⇅
GOT INTO ”4” 死顔
YOU DON'T KNOW DOUBT, 独裁
CUT RELATION, キチガイ
The first version's title is written as 親愛なる DEATHMASK, whereas the second version's title is written as 親愛なるDEATH MASK.
When this song was released in 1992 on 生きていた中絶児‥‥, the entire second verse was omitted in the lyrics. When it was re-recorded on the first album, the entire lyrics were omitted from the booklet. The latter omission likely happened due to Kiyoharu singing キチガイ (Kichigai) ("madness"), メクラ (Mekura) ("blindness"), カタワ (Katawa) ("crippled"), ハクチ (Hakuchi) ("retard") at the end of the song. Why the omission in the first version's lyrics happened is unclear.