Dum Spiro Spero

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Band Name Dir En Grey
Album Name Dum Spiro Spero
Type Album
Released date 03 August 2011
Music StyleProgressive Metal
Members owning this album75

Tracklist

1.
 Kyōkotsu no Nari
 01:58
2.
 The Blossoming Beelzebub
 07:35
3.
 Different Sense
 05:03
4.
 Amon
 04:03
5.
 'Yokusō ni Dreambox' Aruiwa Seijuku no Rinen to Tsumetai Ame
 04:49
6.
 Jūyoku
 03:28
7.
 Shitataru Mōrō
 04:02
8.
 Lotus
 04:03
9.
 Diabolos
 09:51
10.
 Akatsuki
 03:33
11.
 Decayed Crow
 03:48
12.
 Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami
 04:03
13.
 Vanitas
 05:27
14.
 Ruten no Tō
 04:27

Bonus
15.
 Rasetsukoku (Rearranged)
 04:37
16.
 Amon (Symphonic Version)
 04:58

Total playing time: 01:15:45


Comment @ Pathod

28 August 2013

Dum Spiro Spero is a very melodic album, very complex, very heavy and very emotional.

Dir en grey's "Dum Spiro Spero" is just an excellent album, very colorful and overall a big change in their musical direction.

They started as an alternative rock band with a visual kei look and throughout the years their music became much more heavy and it developed a "metal" sound. Their first few albums had some similarities, but after "Kisou" they started going for a more experimental sound, becoming more versatile with every release and always bringing something new, bringing beautiful instrumentals and topping it with extremely rangy vocals. The biggest change in their music was on their album "Uroboros." Why mention all this? Because even Uroboros wasn't as much of a progressive masterpiece as this album is.

Dum Spiro Spero is a very melodic album, very complex, very heavy and very emotional. Dir en grey is known for breaking the language barrier when it comes to music, this album certainly shows that. The vocals are probably the main act on the whole album. No offense to Kaoru, Die, Toshiya and Shinya, 'cause they make very complex instrumentals, which are occasionally very simple too, yet heart touching. Dir en grey isn't known for ultra fast solos, or solos at all, but this album has few, and even without them, the guitarists deliver just greatly! The bass ranges from basic guitar following to slap playing. The drums have complex fills and patterns, and they've been like this since Uroboros. The vocals, like I've said earlier, are the most that the album has to offer. They range from very emotional singing, which can be depressing at certain points, especially if you know the translated lyrics, to low growls, screams, extreme shrieks and much more. Unlike Dir en grey's older stuff, this has much more death metal influences, some doom metal influences etc. It is much heavier than most of the music they've made in the past, and that might reject fans of their earlier alternative style (which is still present in this album, in a small portion though).

Overall this is a great and very colorful album that many will like, with great instrumentals, great vocals and lyricism.

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