This is a list of all demos, samplers and other rare releases, as well as other lesser-known music by Dir En Grey or its individual members. Most of these releases are not widely available, because of their age and rarity. They're sometimes sold on Yahoo! Japan or other Japanese websites for high prices. For some of these releases, rips are available online, but most are unobtainable.
Promotional Releases and Test Pressings
These are normal promotional releases and test pressings consisting some or all songs of the respective album. Although they're usually "not for sale", they can be sometimes found in online stores. However, since most songs were taken directly from the respective album, these releases normally don't include anything worth mentioning.
- Special Sample (RADIO EDIT)
- Radio edit CD for the band's three debut singles ゆらめき, アクロの丘 and 残-ZAN-. Not for sale.
- MISSA Promo Tape
- -I'll- Promo Tape
- Cage Promo Tape (Front, Back, Side A, Side B)
- A promotional cassette containing the Cage (1999) single.
- The website of a Japanese music store lists an item titled "ケージ スペシャルサンプラー プロモオンリー別ジャケCDS，MACD-37，１曲入，'99", which means "Cage Special Sampler Promo Only Extra Jacket CDS, MACD-37, Single-Track, '99". There's no further information available regarding this CD.
- 予感 Promo Tape
- A promotional cassette containing the 予感 (1999) single (mentioned on this website).
- GAUZE LP
- GAUZE Promo Tape
- A promotional VHS for the music video collection GAUZE-62045- (1999) with unknown contents.
- 脈 Promo LP (Cover, Side A, Side B)
- A promotional LP containing the 脈 (2000) single.
- A promotional VHS for the MACABRE (2000) album with unknown contents.
- 太陽の碧 Promo VHS
- 改-KAI- LP (Cover)
- A promotional LP containing the 改-KAI- (2001) album.
- A signed version was released during Dir En Grey's radio appearance on "All Night Nippon R" on November 16, 2001. (Cover)
- Child prey Test Pressing CD (CD)
- A test pressing CD containing the Child prey (2002) single.
- VULGAR LP
- GARBAGE & 鼓動 Promo CD (Front, Back, CD)
- German Promo CD (CD)
- A multimedia CD-ROM containing the band's bio- and discography as well as promotional videos, distributed at Rock am Ring (3 June 2005) and Rock im Park (4 June 2005) festivals in Germany.
- THE FATAL BELIEVER Promo CD (Front, Back, CD)
- A promotional CD containing THE FATAL BELIEVER, distributed in Europe in 2007.
- GLASS SKIN Promo CD
- Kerrang! Promo CD (Front, Back)
- A promotional CD containing various famous Dir en grey songs and two videos, distributed during the Kerrang! Magazine Relentless Energy Drink Tour in the UK in 2009.
- 激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇 店頭用DVD
- A promotional DVD for the 激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇 (2009) single with unknown contents.
- DUM SPIRO SPERO Promo CD
Demos and Special Promo Releases
These are the band's demos and promotional releases that are not tied to an album. As with the normal promos, these releases are very hard to find online since they were only distributed in limited quantity and sometimes only on a specific concert date. However, unlike the normal promos, there are often special versions of songs and other interesting things on these releases.
- 業 / 蒼い月
- 1997.6.14 目黒鹿鳴館
- 1997.6.27 COWBOY WORLD
- Special message tape that was published at the Cowboy World concert on June 27, 1997. It contains a message by the band spoken over 蒼い月. Not for sale.
- 「楓」~if trans…~ TOUR1998 Mechanism For Leave -the scene of the tragedy-
- 「楓」~if trans…~ Mechanism For Leave -Unknown…Despair…a Lost- ~裁きの血舞台~
- 「a knot」PRESENTS Dir en grey in 香港
- CD-ROM that was distributed along with the VHS 甘口 (Amakuchi) to the participants of a fan club trip to Hong Kong on August 29, 2001. Not for sale.
- 甘口 (Amakuchi) is a VHS that was distributed along with the CD-ROM 「a knot」PRESENTS Dir en grey in 香港 to the participants of a fan club trip to Hong Kong on August 29, 2001. Not for sale.
- 2003Dir en grey-灰色銀幣- 視覺系饗宴 in Taipei
- Exclusive DVD for the Taiwanese fans, released in 2003. Comes with music videos, live clips and messages by the band. Total runtime about 71 minutes.
- 『DUM SPIRO SPERO』メンバー解説コメントCD
- Commentary CD that was given out to 1,000 participants in a lottery. Each member comments some of the songs, total play time is about 25 minutes. Not for sale.
- 灰色の銀貨 vol. 59 DVD
- DVD that came with volume 59 of the band's fan club magazine 灰色の銀貨. It shows a short interview with each band member regarding the 15th anniversary of the fan club and concert footage.
Side Projects and Cover Songs
- TWO MONSTROUS NUCLEAR STOCKPILES - 清水寺
Although Dir En Grey has never been much of a cover band, they have performed some songs by other bands and even professionally recorded two of them. You can find a complete list of cover songs they performed live on setlist.fm.