Artist Yonetsuka creates a costume for DIR EN GRAY’s “Perfume of Sins” music video

Special effects artist and makeup artist Naofumi Yonetsuka offers insight into his creative process behind metal band DIR EN GREY’s twisted costumes. In a four-minute YouTube short, Yonetsuka describes the birth of the bull skeleton, the centerpiece of the latest music video The scent of sinsand an appeal to the nihilistic themes prevalent throughout the 11e studio album PHALARIS.

From sketching early concept art to applying the final finish, Yonetsuka leads the charge and remains personally involved in every stage of construction. The montage shows the daring bleached-blonde brain formalizing blueprints, assembling each molded vertebra into a spine, and spray-painting dried blood onto the skull. He even designed the pink and green LED lights for a pair of milk pumps that power a gag and crafts a mechanism to puppet the wearer’s forearms.

For The scent of sinsthe singer of DIR EN GRAY Kyo locks himself in the rib cage. Under an insectoid trance, his spirit bursts as armored soldiers stuff innocent captives into a Brazen Bull and set it on fire.

With his Shibuya-based company HAUNTED LTD, Yonetsuka shares a rich history with DIR EN GRAY dating back to 1999’s first single zan. The collaborations continued in music videos for not afraid to die, OBSCURE, DIFFERENT SENSE, and scenography for numerous national tours. More recently, he did the practical effects for the music video of Oborowhich features Kyo emerging from a mother’s bulbous womb, doused in amniotic fluid and splattered in neon color.

Yonetsuka’s other notable works include Rakuten’s Cardman costume and animatronics for the Shinjuku Robot Restaurant. He and his team HAUNTED LTD have won numerous artistic accolades, including consecutive ACC TOKYO CREATIVITY AWARDS in the film and television category.

DIR EN GRAY concluded the PHALARIS Vol. I tour in Tokyo on August 1 after a brief delay due to bassist Toshiya’s positive COVID-19 test. The group will resume traveling across Japan in October for the “FROM DEPRESSION TO__” tour, which celebrates its 25th anniversary.e anniversary.







  1. Schadenfreude

    Schadenfreude

  2. Oboro

  3. The scent of sins

    The scent of sins

  4. 13

    13

  5. Utsutsu, Bouga wo Kurau

    現、忘我を喰らう

  6. Ochita Koto no Aru Sora

    落ちた事のある空

  7. Mouai ni Shosu

    盲愛に処す

  8. Hibiki

  9. Eddie

    Eddie

  10. Otogi

    御伽

  11. Kamui

    カムイ







  1. Schadenfreude

    Schadenfreude

  2. Oboro

  3. The scent of sins

    The scent of sins

  4. 13

    13

  5. Utsutsu, Bouga wo Kurau

    現、忘我を喰らう

  6. Ochita Koto no Aru Sora

    落ちた事のある空

  7. Mouai ni Shosu

    盲愛に処す

  8. Hibiki

  9. Eddie

    Eddie

  10. Otogi

    御伽

  11. Kamui

    カムイ

  1. mazohyst of decadence

  2. not afraid to die







  1. Schadenfreude

    Schadenfreude

  2. Oboro

  3. The scent of sins

    The scent of sins

  4. 13

    13

  5. Utsutsu, Bouga wo Kurau

    現、忘我を喰らう

  6. Ochita Koto no Aru Sora

    落ちた事のある空

  7. Mouai ni Shosu

    盲愛に処す

  8. Hibiki

  9. Eddie

    Eddie

  10. Otogi

    御伽

  11. Kamui

    カムイ

  1. mazohyst of decadence

  2. not afraid to die

  1. DOZING GREEN (Acoustic Ver.)

    DOZING GREEN (Acoustic Ver.)

  2. Zetsuentai

    絶縁体

  3. Kukoku no Kyoun

    空谷の跫音

  4. Ningen wo kaburu

    人間を被る

  5. Dedicate my life

    Dedicate my life

  6. INTELLIGENT SLEAZOID

    INTELLIGENT SLEAZOID

  7. DIFFERENT SENSE

    DIFFERENT SENSE

  8. A.k.a

  9. Buttercup

    Buttercup

  10. Keigaku no Yoku

    谿壑の欲

  11. The World of Mercy

    The World of Mercy

  12. Oboro

  13. Kasumi

    かすみ

  14. Followers

    Followers

  15. OBSCURE

    OBSCURE

  16. Ochita Koto no Aru Sora

    落ちた事のある空

  17. support the lie

    support the lie

  18. Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka From Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami

    激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇







  1. Schadenfreude

    Schadenfreude

  2. Oboro

  3. The scent of sins

    The scent of sins

  4. 13

    13

  5. Utsutsu, Bouga wo Kurau

    現、忘我を喰らう

  6. Ochita Koto no Aru Sora

    落ちた事のある空

  7. Mouai ni Shosu

    盲愛に処す

  8. Hibiki

  9. Eddie

    Eddie

  10. Otogi

    御伽

  11. Kamui

    カムイ

  1. mazohyst of decadence

  2. not afraid to die

  1. DOZING GREEN (Acoustic Ver.)

    DOZING GREEN (Acoustic Ver.)

  2. Zetsuentai

    絶縁体

  3. Kukoku no Kyoun

    空谷の跫音

  4. Ningen wo kaburu

    人間を被る

  5. Dedicate my life

    Dedicate my life

  6. INTELLIGENT SLEAZOID

    INTELLIGENT SLEAZOID

  7. DIFFERENT SENSE

    DIFFERENT SENSE

  8. A.k.a

  9. Buttercup

    Buttercup

  10. Keigaku no Yoku

    谿壑の欲

  11. The World of Mercy

    The World of Mercy

  12. Oboro

  13. Kasumi

    かすみ

  14. Followers

    Followers

  15. OBSCURE

    OBSCURE

  16. Ochita Koto no Aru Sora

    落ちた事のある空

  17. support the lie

    support the lie

  18. Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka From Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami

    激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇



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