Dir en grey are a very popular Japanese metal band. They are known for their visual kei roots, their insane live shows, and their possibly psychopathic lead singer (don”t judge, I was dared to describe him as such.) After a period of stagnation and lackluster shows and rather crap single releases with re-recordings of early songs as B-sides, Dir en grey are finally releasing a new album. The name of their new album is Dum Spiro Spero. Dir en grey are known for obscure names and references they use to make their fans think and hunt for the meanings. So, when the album name was announced, everyone wondered… what does it mean?
If one were to google search the phrase, sans Dir en grey”s name, one would find that “Dum spiro spero” is actually a Latin phrase for “While I breathe, I hope”. Generally it is believed that the ancient Roman philosopher Cisero is the one who said it first, but… who knows? It is also, interestingly enough, the motto of the state of South Carolina. This is a rather curious choice! Dir en grey are the epitome of misery and despair. They have been quoted on countless occasions saying, that they will never write a happy song.
Perhaps, considering how lackluster online casino their latest releases have been, a change of outlook and direction will be what saves this band. Whether the album will be good… remains to be seen. Dum Spiro Spero hits iTunes and other outlets where music may be acquired on August 3rd, 2011. Perhaps I sound skeptical about this new release. Perhaps a fan who is disillusioned by an artist”s new releases should stop following them, but I keep hoping that the band that made me fall in love with making music, will once more make music that inspires me. So many people, when asked, what is their inspiration, their reason for living, their biggest love, their favorite band, will reply, Dir en grey. So many hopes and dreams rest on a band that supposedly will never make a hopeful song…. makes one wonder, doesn”t it??
01. Kyoukotsu no Nari
02. THE BLOSSOMING BEELZEBUB
03. DIFFERENT SENSE
05. “Yokusou ni DREAM BOX” Arui wa Seijaku no Rinen to Tsumetai Ame
07. Shitataru Mourou
11. DECAYED CROW
12. Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami
14. Ruten no Tou