July 27, 2011

Dir en grey - "Dum Spiro Spero" Sneak Review

It's Wednesday, July 27, and everyone is listening to the new Dir en grey album "Dum Spiro Spero". Well, what's wrong about that? Could it be the fact that the album is not even released until next Wedesneday, August 3? Oh!

Yeah, after the band also suffered from an early leak of their most recent single "Different Sense", the long anticipated new album, "Dum Spiro Spero" has hit the internet a week early. Don't look at me now, instead read: This album is so unexpectedly good that I will gladly transfer my dollars over to Amazon's MP3 service to buy the legal thing in a few days.

After the rather unbalanced and more serious "Uroboros", the band's latest album, Dir en grey attack again with an almost eight-minute long track to introduce their new sound, which is not as riddled with hardcore growling and deathcore moments as you might have expected. "The Blossoming Beelzebub" is only one of many great compositions on this album, which is remarkably well produced and almost three steps up compared to their recent single "Lotus", which pales in comparison to the great, re-done album version.

"Dum Spiro Spero" is full of surprises in terms of great epic tunes. Where one would have expected an all-out attack metal album after the heavier recent singles, the band shove your expectations where the sun doesn't shine. Instead, we get elaborate and well-written songs like "Yokusou ni Dreambox", one of the early favorites of most people who have listened so far.

Playful and more aggressive songs like "Amon" or the first album single "Hageshisa to, kono mune..." can't beat the fierce hardcore riffs of "Juukyou", a fun moshfest for every live, or the wicked-structured riffs and sequences of the beautiful "Shitatarou mourou". "Diabolos", "Akatsuki" and "Decayed Crow" also rock hard, the first running for almost ten minutes and seemingly fighting an epic battle against its predecessor in mind, "Vinushka" from the "Uroboros" album.

The utterly beautiful double rock ballad ending of the album consisting of "Vanitas" and "Ruten no tou" perfectly closes the album...if there wasn't the bonus disc with a pretty snarky and great remake of "Rasetsukoku" (from the far-away album "Macabre") and a symphonic version of "Amon", which is better in my opinion. The fine intro fits the title, whereas some parts are not that fitting, but hey, "Amon" isn't one of the really good tracks on this album, so I'm glad they at least tried to improve it.

My final rating for now: a great album! I wouldn't call it the band's best, but it's utterly devoid of any sort of "fun" or "giveaway" track, contrary to every album before, and I totally enjoyed it. It's not too long or anything like that to me, and you can't have enough good music anyway, so grab "Dum Spiro Spero", and you won't regret it. It's by far the band's most mature record to date, but by far their hardest one to grasp. As Evan truthfully spoke: "'Dum Spiro Spero' is satisfaction."

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