It has been passed 2 years and 9 months since “Uroboros”, Dir En Grey previous studio album and fans are quite on fire waiting their eight album. They can surpass themselves? Delivering 14 tracks and over one hour of music, “Dum Spiro Spero”, I think worth the waiting. Dir En Grey remains the same gloomy, impossible to label, but intense and contorted, genreless, but colourful music band, one minute they can sound like a psychotic death metal band and in the very next moment they just simply switch into a pop theme. Songs like “Yokusou Ni Dreambox” will bring you through all of this and even more. God blessed hell of a journey.
Attributed to Cicero, in Latin “Dum spiro spero” means “While I breathe, I hope” or “Live – a century of Hope”, and it is a motto used by various families and for various places.
Scheduled to be released on 3 August 2011, the eight studio album by Dir En Grey once again juggling between different genres and various styles, taking off from heavy metal they just reach out pop, industrial or death metal sounds, while lead singer Kyo delivering his impressive arsenal of howl, screams, growl, and from clean singing to sometimes nearly inhuman sounds which lead to comparison with Mike Patton.
Dir En Grey are one of the very few actually, truly and deeply experimental/avant-garde artist nowadays, “Dum Spiro Spero” is not an easy-listening as Dir En Grey never were, but its a soulful and powerful (metal/rock) album with million subtle shades and colours with a quite unique result.
Fans know exactly what to expect, others should give a try.