DIR EN GREY
MACABRE


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bill Thomas USER (15 Reviews)
December 16th, 2010 | 25 replies | 7,642 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Very good record, although it could use a little bit of tightening around the edges.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Friedrich Nietzsche once said that the falsness of a judgement is not an
objection to it; that the falsest of judgements are indispensible. I'm
paraphrasing, but that's not the point. I'm gonna throw in the face the visual
kei label that people often ascribe to these guys. It's simply progressive
metal. Visual Kei has to do with stage performances and the such. I own
records by Miyavi, the GazettE, Dir en Grey, Gackt, D'espairs Ray, alice nine,
and so on. These bands do not share many musical qualities, other than they are Japanese musicians that have a knack for putting on a theatrical stage show. It's not about the music, as far as I can tell. Therefore, I am doing away with that label for my current purpose, which is, of course, to go empty my bowels all over my keyboard.

The main appeal of metal for me is the talented musicians, using baroque music conventions in new ways, and hearing how the music takes hold. Barring a few exceptions, (Messhugah, Dir en Grey, Dillinger Escape Plan), the actual music is NOT that complicated or original. It is very technical and tight, and
putting everything together in my head is what I enjoy. Dir en Grey is very
experimental in their approach to metal, at least on their first few records,
later in their career they would become boring Slipknot rip-offs, and that
doesn't really appeal to me in the slightest. This album is a perfect example
of the kind of variety AND cohesiveness that Dir en Grey bring to the metal
table.

The album starts off with the almost-instrumental "Deity", which sets the
stage for the entire album. It lets the listener know exactly what they're in
for. In the four minutes that this track lasts, there is the slow atmospheric
noise that permeates their ballads, the hard riffing that is found all over
the rockers, like "Myaku", "Liyuu", the TERRIBLE "Hydra" and "Rasetukoku".
Then, around the 3:00 mark it has a break with the kind of appregios that lead
the ballads on the album. It wraps up with Kyo singing some russian, exceptionally well too.

Myaku depicts this band's sound flawlessly. With the drums in 4/4 and the
guitar in 3/4, they clash, obviously. But that's what they want. Especially on
Gauze, you see that alot of their songs were being written around clashing
melodies, which is what makes them unique.Not one of the 4 melodies in this
song fit with the other, and that's what makes the song so cohesive. I know
this doesn't make much sense on paper, or screen. Ha! *** you internet! But
you will understand when you listen to the song.

The album starts to get stale around the 5th track, which is what frequently
happens to these guys. "Hydra" through "-KR-Cube" make you feel like you
wasted 20 minutes of your life. "Hydra" sounds like a B-side from a Marilyn
Manson cover band, with the pop-industrial intro, and progression to
simple riffing and screaming. Terrible. "Hotarubi" isn't bad per-se, it's just
really slow. The strings are really nicely placed, and the vocal melody is
nice, it just doesn't seem to fit the middle of the record too much. It
would probably be more well suited for the bottom of the record with "Zakuro"
and "Taiyou no Ao", which are the two best ballads I think these guys have
ever done. "-KR-cube" starts to breath life back into the album. It's funk
metal. It sounds like Faith No More, it's ok, I don't think it should have
been picked as a single though.

One of the problems that I had with Gauze is that "Mazohyst of Decadance" and "Akuro no Oka" were a bit long. but they weren't right next to each other,
which made them tolerable, hell, even Mazohyst was really enjoyable. But hey,
I've already reviewed that album. The point is, that they made the same
mistake on this album. Both "Macabre" and "Zakuro" are longer than 8 minutes. They are both good songs, but they are held back from greatness by their length. This is more prevalent on the title track, as it goes into pointless
repetitive riffing for long periods. (about a minute each). I am actually a fan of Zakuro, it has a proggy sound to it. It almost sounds like Pink Floyd with the slow bass, and the tom rolls followed by 1-3 beats on the crash. It sounds really nice. If they want to continue making these "epics" they should really follow this formula. Perhaps spice up the instrumental breaks, like I know they can.



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IRAI
December 16th 2010



1567 Comments


single space?

astrel
December 16th 2010



2614 Comments


Please fix that terrible formatting.

FilthyBorgir
December 16th 2010



1334 Comments


Why the fuck is it double spaced? Except one line.

druglesshippie
December 16th 2010



182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fixed.

Acanthus
December 16th 2010



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In "Mazohyst of Decadance" it needs to be "Decadence"

Comma splices and sentence fragments are literally breeding in this review, perhaps restructure it?

FadedSun
December 16th 2010



1260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Macabre is an awesome album, but I don't agree with this:

"later in their career they would become boring Slipknot rip-offs"

I don't know what you're listening to, but none of their later albums sound like any Slipknot album I've ever heard. That statement has no truth to it.

FadedSun
December 16th 2010



1260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And why are you talking about Gauze in the summary? It came out of no where.

Then there's this in the same paragraph:

"-KR-Cube" make you feel like you
wasted 20 minutes of your life."

"-KR-cube" starts to breath life back into the album."

Which is it?

druglesshippie
December 16th 2010



182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fade, what I meant was a similar vein of nu-metal

druglesshippie
December 16th 2010



182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"-KR-Cube" make you feel like you
wasted 20 minutes of your life."

"-KR-cube" starts to breath life back into the album."

Which is it?"

You are taking things out of context. "Hydra THROUGH -KR-cube" those three songs together feel like a waste, -KR-cube is the ramp back up, look at it like this -/ where hydra is the slope down, Hotarubi is kind of the middle flat area, and -KR-cube is the slope going back up. I'm sorry you misunderstood my wording

FilthyBorgir
December 16th 2010



1334 Comments


Good you fixed the double spaced.

FadedSun
December 16th 2010



1260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can agree with that for Marrow Of A Bone, but not Uroboros. There's too many other musical influences on that album for it to be classified under nu-metal. I would consider it hard rock.

FadedSun
December 16th 2010



1260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok, I understand what you mean now. The way you worded it made it seem like it included those tracks as being bad.

druglesshippie
December 16th 2010



182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Na, I really like Hotarubi, I just don't like the placement, I hate Hydra, and -KR-cube is just OK

LiquidVelvet
December 16th 2010



628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Even Marrow wasn't really nu metal, it had like three or four songs which contained nu metal elements.
This review gives me the feeling that you kinda just don't like metal, considering that you declared the only two metal-ish songs on the album (the excellent Hydra and fan-favourite Rasetsukoku) as 'terrible' without any reason. Good review, but idk it felt fairly biased and didn't really explain your rating too much for me.
In other news, Zakuro=best song of the band's early career. Yep.

thebhoy
Emeritus
December 16th 2010



4459 Comments


Bill Thomas this made far too much sense to be one of your reviews.

druglesshippie
December 16th 2010



182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And why are you talking about Gauze in the summary? It came out of no where.

It's because I feel like this is an evolution from that album, I felt it was necessary.

druglesshippie
December 16th 2010



182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Liquid, of course it was biased, it's my fucking opinion! also, pretend theres a comma between Hydra and Rasetsukoku, I hate Hydra, I like Rasetsukoku. I'm too lazy to edit it again.

FadedSun
December 16th 2010



1260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The point is, you're not supposed to write a review with bias. The best reviews are the ones that don't give the reviewers opinion, but just describe what it is they're reviewing along with the strengths and flaws of it, so the person reading it can decide for themselves.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 16th 2010



10593 Comments


Band is actually the reason I discovered Sputnikmusic; no joke.

LiquidVelvet
December 16th 2010



628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Band was my favourite band for years and years.
I just dooon't understand how you couldn't like Hydra, it's so cool, the way it transitions from the heavy stuff to the choral sections. It was probably the first song that actually stuck with me on this album, on my first listen.
I dunno, review just reads pretty awkward, and made me feel like you were just saying what you liked and didn't like about the album, not a general objective feel.
Also, Withering to death. and Uroboros are the best. Period.



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