Dir En Grey   The Unraveling
3.9
excellent
Ranking: #182 for 2013

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4.5 superbJared Floryan | October 15th 15

Japanese experimental metal act Dir en Grey really can't do any wrong for me, and that's to make a long story short. The band's 2013 EP, The Unraveling, features rearranged and newly-recorded versions of past songs created prior to The Marrow of a Bone, such as "The Final" from Withering to Death. as well as "Karasu" and "Bottom of the Death Valley" off Kisou. Think of this mini-album as a modern mind operating an old body. From a production viewpoint, it all sounds sharp and glorious, and the recording style definitely suits Diru's convention-breaking music like a mitten; props to Tue Madsen on that one. Bar The Unraveling's title track, calling the rest of what comprises this release rehashed numbers would be nothing but a disservice, as Dir en Grey managed to put their blood, sweat, and tears into them with little a drawback. It's nice to see them give their back catalog some recognition, too.

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3.5 greatMabbitt | May 31st 15

The album is pretty hit and miss. Some of the remakes add absolutely nothing to the song and are inferior (Kasumi), some don't really improve anything and are just different for the sake of being different (The Final), and some are awesome (Macabre). The title track is pretty average, in my opinion.

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4.5 superbProtestTheLegacy | April 6th 13

Well done remakes that gives their older works their modern dark progressive/experimental metal edge without losing too much of the original hard rock edge. MACABRE is an absolute treat, and I find myself greatly enjoying THE FINAL. Production is sharp (same as UROBOROS' remastering & DUM SPIRO SPERO).

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4.0 excellentSimon Killip | April 3rd 13

Fuck it, it's a 5. I really try putting off giving things a score this high, but this was such a big surprise. Every song is completely fresh, while at the same time it keeps it's original in full respect at all times. This album is a rejoice for fans of old and new.

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4.0 excellentJordan Cable | April 2nd 13

Great collection of classic re-worked. The title track 'Unraveling' is without a doubt a leftover song from their 'Dum Spiro Spero' sessions is a good track to start off with in what is to come on this EP. The band really went all out in digging some gems in their discography. Songs like 'Karasu', 'Bottom of the death valley' and even ' Macabre' make appearances here all re-worked in their current 'Uroboros/DSS' style. I'm enjoying this release so far despite feeling their 5-year progressive style is a bit tiring. I'm just glad to see they haven't forgotten they have a huge back catalog and to see them bring their older tracks in tune again is something to treasure.

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