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DIR EN GREY will release their 8th studio album DUM SPIRO SPERO on August 2 via The End Records. DUM SPIRO SPERO is the follow up to UROBOROS , which garnered the band global critical acclaim and put them on the world s hard rock musical map. Dir En Grey have always been praised for their unique musical perspective, a rock leaning sound that proves itself once again to be borderless and uncategorizeable. A special edition digipak of the album that includes two bonus tracks as well as a double gatefold vinyl will be available in addition to the regular CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B0055IU3SG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I read that they almost -didn't- record this album due to the situation in Japan and their feelings, not to mention the random power outages.

Upon first listen to Dum Spiro Spero, I wasn't really sure whether or not I was enjoying what I was hearing, I went in expecting either another album like Uroboros with lots of oriental instruments and easy to palette chorus-centric JRock, or another album like Marrow with nothing but walls-of-fuzz and comical overuse of the f-word. I listened a couple more times while walking late at night alone to let it really sink in, and it is indeed a good album, maybe not quite as all around catchy / universally appealing as Uroboros was, but it has some great stuff lying in wait for whoever has the patience to pick it up.

The intro track, Kyoukutsu no Nari, is simply creepy and dark as hell... Piano, violin (or is it cello?) and some fuzzy electronic noises make me think of something Nine Inch Nails would've done (this is not a bad thing). The choking / sucking noises remind me somewhat of Mazohyst of Decadence from Gauze or Macabre from the album Macabre (also not a bad thing).

The Blossoming Beelzebub is just as freaky as its name implies, creepy and slow atmosphere building into some nice clean vocal work mixed with Kyo's crazy vocal experimentation. Lots of piano and acoustic guitar playing add to that atmosphere much the way the choice of instruments added to the atmosphere on Uroboros. There's not quite as much variation as before, but atleast it is there.

Amon is just plain crazy, when I heard Kyo do that progressively high falsetto at the 1:11 mark I couldn't help but think of a part in the song "Grace Kelly" by Mika (that isn't an attempt at insult, btw.
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It's still strange knowing that these were the same guys who made I'll and Jealous. I'll be frank, I thought that Missa and Gauze (Back when they were serious VK), while being listenable, were easily their weakest work. It was way too formulated and samey, the influences being all too obvious for a band touting themselves as experimental. The band is one of the prime examples of musical evolution, of willingness to burn the path behind them in order to focus on the path ahead.

When I first heard of this album being released, the fact that it was going to be more "savage" and "brutal", I had a slight feeling of doubt and despair. I thought that the band that had made Uroboros, which was quite frankly my favorite album at that time, was going to drop what made them who there were in order to fit into more mainstream metal. I would still support them,but it would be a sad thing to see a band's potential wasted. I approached this album with trepidation.

Then they released Lotus and Different Sense, which expressed a huge amount of relief and excitement for the upcoming storm. Those two singles gave me a ton of hope. They were still as wildly schizophrenic and unpredictable as ever, giving an air of "We're not slowing down or taming ourselves for anyone." Lotus was extremely well constructed and a very pleasant song to listen to, and Different Sense was just a rabid beast of a song. As good as these singles were, it still did not prepare me for the actual album.

Dum Spiro Spero is a driving force, a cry of rallying against adverse situations, to overwhelm and decimate it, leaving nothing but progress in the wake of the events. It makes you feel so many feelings through its 60 minutes.
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Dum Spiro Spero is Dir En Grey 's 8th album following Uroboros, one of their most unique and successful album. Dum Spiro Spero is most definitely different. Different from everything that is out there, and different from everything Dir En Grey had created previously. Some people felt this album was a complete different direction from Uroboros; but truth is, if you listen to it carefully, it is more like an elaboration on what they had established in Uroboros, with a deeper and darker touch. It is not the most catchy album but Dum Spiro Spero has its own strenght in each song's unique composition. When you listen to it, you really don't know what to expect in the next second of the song. It is a very unique album that offer sounds you can't find anywhere else but in Dum Spiro Spero. I will not get into the details of each song, that would be up to you to listen to and feel for yourself, because there are really no words that can describe the feelings it gives. Its an album not to be miss by any Dir en grey fan, I would really recommend this to any music listener that is looking for an emotional mental journey.
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I've been a proud fan of Dir En Grey's music for six years, every single album they release is more breathtaking than the last. It's obvious each CD the band is growing up and experimenting and this CD is no different. While it's not as vocal as Uroboros I think it's a beautiful testimony of the band's skills, they don't need to sing pretty songs have the same beat and rhythm as every other band to get a point across. I'm proud to be a fan of such a talented and amazing band.

I think it's a shame people are bringing the band down for growing up and trying new things, people don't stay the same why should a band be forced to stick to one phase of their experimenting? If you truly were a Dir en Grey fan then you'd support them and their many changes and hope the next CD is even better than the last.
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