DIR EN GREY
The Unraveling


4.0
excellent

Review

by JizzInMyPants USER (5 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2013 | 40 replies


Release Date: 04/03/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While Dir En Grey ultimately didn’t change up their sound, they refined it, making it seem familiar, yet fresh.

Ever since the release of Dir En Grey’s Wither to Death(WTD) in 2005, there has been a great divide between the fanbase of Dir En Grey. One spectrum of the fanbase begs for the classic Visual Kei Experimentation of their pre-WTD material while the other praise them for their current offering of atmospheric avant-garde metal. Dir En grey attempts to bridge the two fanbases together for years by offering new remakes of their classic songs, which turns out to be nothing like their original counterparts most of the time, angering the classic fanbase even more. Ever since their last album, Dum Spiro Spero(DSS), Dir En Grey promised an even greater change of style for their upcoming releases. When fans got news of a new EP containing seven remakes, this news piqued the interests of both fanbases. Some of these tracks were fan favorites of their pre-WTD material mixed in with some of their more obscure tracks so expectations were high.

A plague with past Dir En Grey albums for me was that it was all over the place. One song could be aggressive; almost Death metal like while the next track makes an abrupt transition into an acoustic ballad. DSS mostly fixed that but sacrificed a lot of their experimentation and variety for tracks that the average modern metalhead heard 100 times before. This has been mostly fixed on this release. What we get is a more stripped down and focused Dir En Grey. Gone for the most part are the sudden abrupt changes in tempo. Due to the fact that most of the original of this EP are from their J-rock past, you can clearly hear a more straightforward hard rock influence that has been mostly absent since Marrow of the Bone. I would even go as far to say that this release is Dir En Grey settling down and getting comfortable, because it sounds more mature than any of their other releases. They aren’t trying to push boundaries on this release.

Don’t let the label “EP” fool you, if you get every track this EP offers, it has more than an hour worth of material. With the bonus track being the remake of Macabre, modernized and extended to 16 minute track which will keep any Between the Buried and Me or Agalloch fan extremely happy . Besides Macabre, the only tracks that stick closely to the originals are The Final and Kasumi. The unplugged version of The Final is essentially a Disney song which makes it the black(white?) sheep of the album. This release can be said to be targeted towards the newer fans because the remakes does have some modern Dir En Grey touches here and there. While Dir En Grey ultimately didn’t change up their sound, they refined it, making it seem familiar, yet fresh. It would not surprise me at all if one were to claim this as their favorite Dir En Grey release.


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Adam Amanse (4)
Unraveling in order to move forward....

KMHouldey (4.5)
A pleasing compromise between the old and the new...


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DirEnRefused
April 3rd 2013


2186 Comments


Band sucks because it led me to a terrible username four years ago.

Downloading this now.



DirEnRefused
April 3rd 2013


2186 Comments


Band sucks because it led me to a terrible username four years ago.

Downloading this now.



demigod!
April 3rd 2013


44715 Comments


hate this band

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sixdegrees
April 3rd 2013


17190 Comments


sweet, need to check this

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


50510 Comments


will check

DrGonzo1937
April 3rd 2013


5897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Don't really agree with a lot said here, but meh, that's what opinions are for, eh? lol

I was really blown away by this: I really think this is the middle ground for both sides. Kyo's vocals a fairly clean in most of the tracks, but musically it has a lot more depth. The guitars are bloody fantastic in all the tracks. Macabre was a defininte stand-out track.

Have a pos.

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CaptainDooRight
April 3rd 2013


29881 Comments


sweet review bro, pos'd

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Evreaia
April 3rd 2013


4045 Comments


i liked this bands latest 2 offerings, gonna check now.

EvoHavok
April 3rd 2013


1444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I enjoyed their last two a lot. Must check this out.

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CaptainHadouken
April 3rd 2013


1960 Comments


Need to check this out after writing stuff gets done, nice review, pos'd

heyadam
April 3rd 2013


1714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really stoked to check this out

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


7095 Comments


Such a boring album.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 3rd 2013


10611 Comments


This as bad as the last one?

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heyadam
April 3rd 2013


1714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That acoustic version of The Final is so good! That in and of itself is worth the listen for sure. I really dig these guys still.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


7095 Comments


@Xeno, slight improvement - nothing worth mentioning though.

JizzInMyPants
April 3rd 2013


2371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah this isn't going to change your opinion of the band

Dummit
April 3rd 2013


354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still love this band.

heyadam
April 3rd 2013


1714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought the title track was a lot better than a lot of the stuff on DSS. Still dunno what I'm gonna rate this, though.

foxblood
April 3rd 2013


6797 Comments


oh man this is already out, will get

FearThyEvil
April 3rd 2013


12622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck! I forgot all about this. Definitely checking it out this weekend.



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