DIR EN GREY   DUM SPIRO SPERO
4.0 Ranking: #60 for 2011
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4.5 superbJordan Cable | July 27th 11

I would never normally rate an album this high but after one listen, i'm pretty sure it's even better than Uroboros - which I figured was their magnum opus. Such beautifully crafted instrumental work overall and Kyo's voice truly shines for the first time since their earlier days. This is going to be big.

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4.5 superbendtell | July 27th 11

And they said UROBOROS was dark and unsettling. This album is simply DEG's best album, and undoubtly one of the best release of the year.

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4.5 superb Carnifex | July 28th 11

"I love this album so much, such a good blend of creepiness & heavy parts along with the
lighter tones of Kyo's voice at times. I love this record, their crowning achievement as
far as I'm concerned."

that means it sucks


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0.0 Eli EMERITUS | July 27th 11

It's Dir en Grey so it's cool in some respects, but overall it's largely a mess. Rough, unapproachable, and completely chaotic, this album isn't for everyone.

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4.0 excellentJared Floryan | November 15th 14

Latin for the phrase 'While I breathe, I hope', Dum Spiro Spero is a filthy collection of mind-numbing, dazzling tracks which do more than hint at the evolution of Dir en Grey's overall style of music, and highlights how far they've gotten in their career. Just because it's nowhere near as fantastic as Uroboros doesn't make said record's follow-up out to be a weak album. I'm anxious to see what Kyo and his unconventional misfits have up their sleeves for Arche.

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0.0 Christian Doboe | August 26th 11

If I could I'd actually give this about a 4.75, because my only thing is that for me, not every part of the album was mind blowing, but about 95% of the album was. There's very little room for improvement, but I believe these insane Japanese musical geniuses have the ability to make a record worth a 5 next time around

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5.0 classicMax Paradise | July 27th 11

Just insane. Dir en grey have always been one of my favourite bands out there, but they've completely outdone themselves with DUM SPIRO SPERO. Even in it's quiet moments, this is one of the darkest, heaviest, most unsettling albums I've ever heard. Really just a masterpiece.

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4.5 superbInFlamesDT | July 27th 11

Superb blend of brutality, beauty and creepiness. Japanese music never sounded so good.

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3.5 greatTravis Montgomery | September 25th 14

A great album, I just can't find my self enjoying this more than I do Uroboros. 3.7/5

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4.5 superbRedHorizon | February 25th 13

is this our Japanese friends' best album? It all comes down to personal opinion. Is it their most artistic and well-crafted piece of work? Most definitely! DEG have shown us their ease of playing both heavy and melodic music. Dum Spiro Spero is no exception.

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0.0 smexican | December 16th 12

Dir En Grey turned deathcore. Damn. Different sense is absolutely loaded with pig squeals.

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5.0 classicthelocalhentai | February 22nd 12

Like every other dir en grey albums, this really had to grow on me. Once it did though, I do consider it their best work. There's so much here, enough of a variety not to sound like every other metal band with tracks sounding the same. Epic parts such as Juuyoku's break/solo that just fits so well together. Amazing album.

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4.0 excellentredriverhautbois | August 17th 11

I would rate this a 5 with all the cool experimentation these guys are doing. However some of the more metal sections bored me with very unimaginative low riffs that could have been much more interesting. Also I really must complain about the low tunings used as they cloud the music somewhat. When you have all three instruments playing in the bass range, it just sounds cloudy and unbalanced, there's no middle, only low tones and high screechy ones. Other than that though, everything else is superb, the choruses are well thought out and powerful. The guitar work is the most technical for them to date, as well as the drumming. While I still dont think it compares to Uroboros, this is a fine next step in an ever evolving band.

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5.0 classiclliandriall | August 5th 11

In my opinion Dir en grey are one of the finest and most talented bands on the planet atm, and Dum Spiro Spero is their finest album to date in a long line of very fine albums and singles. This for me is definitely the album of 2011.

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4.0 excellentComatorium. | August 2nd 11

Am i retarded for thinking The Blossoming Beezelbub sounds like Opeth?

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4.0 excellentJonathan Shannon (Astrel) | August 1st 11

You BAKA GAIJIN can't possibly understand the true complexities in Kyo's pig squeals!

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4.0 excellentRobert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR | August 1st 11

Not deathcore at all actually

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4.0 excellentwretchedreflections | August 1st 11

Your soundoff was too short, it has to be at least 50 charactersYour soundoff was too short, it has to be at least 50 characters

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5.0 classicProtestTheLegacy | July 31st 11

Dark, disturbing, and chaotic as hell. If you thought UROBOROS was good, you'll love this. Diabolos is reminiscent of fan-favorite Vinushka, and Decayed Crow and Juuyoku really bring the frenzy. Some extremely proggy parts on here, and the entire band steps up their game; Shinya in particular has eye-popping drumwork in every song. If you're looking for milder music, search elsewhere, but for everyone else, this is your Album of the Year. Dir en grey responds to the darkness of the world and Japan's tragedy with an incredibly mature work.

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0.0 AXDS | July 29th 11

A great album, however it does not match the band's previous album (which I think is their
magnum opus) Uroboros. What Dum Spiro Spero lacks is the unique experimentation, memorable
melodies, and balance between heavy and mellow that Uroboros had. Dir En Grey begins to
cross deathcore territory (which is a terrible genre to incorporate in their unique style);
death growls begin to lose the originality they once had and become more stale and
repetitive, as well as Kyo's shrieks which begin to get on my nerves. Regardless, these
guys know how to write songs and have yet to become completely generic, proving that there
is such a thing as good deathcore. But still, I sincerely hope they stay away from
deathcore next time (and I know they will, it is Dir en Grey after all). I'm sure their
next album will be avant-garde prog-funk metal with a chamber pop influence.

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0.0 rosa sucks | July 29th 11

what the fuck is that album name though reallyrfoxxxy

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2.0 poorBigSimo | July 29th 11

honestly track 2 was going swell until he started singing. visual kei vocals will forever be
shit
edit: ok on track 6 and luckily there hasn't been much visual kei vocals, just a lot of
inhuman noises
editedit: do not feel the need to listen to this again.....

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3.5 greatJizzInMyPants | July 29th 11

So close to the 4, but the singles that came with the album(minus amon) brings the album down, if you heard the singles, it in no way represents the album, if you like tracks like red soil, vinushka, Dokoku to Sarinu, Bugaboo from Uroboros, you will love this album, if you are looking for their hard rock side like dozing green and glass skin, you will not be getting it this album. rIf you haven't heard DEG before, this this album is a mix of a less chaotic unexpect, a sprinkle of meshuggah and tool, being fronted by a Japanese Mike Patton. this might seem contradictory stating that i did not dig the singles much, but this is their most focused album since vulgar. This is a like it/love it/ hate it album, there will not be any OK's or alrights

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4.0 excellentAlly McBeal | July 28th 11

da bes abum eva if u disgre ur rong

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4.5 superbJDane07 | July 28th 11

Somehow, someway, DIR EN GREY ALWAYS manages to sound fresh, yet familiar. Whatever genre they chase, they do so with complete excellence. DUM SPIRO SPERO is no exception. DSS is an album that comes across as chaotic at first, but there lies it's boldest brilliance. After several listens, everything comes together to form this masterpiece. A must listen for anyone who loves this band as I do.

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0.0 Aaron Moore | July 28th 11

Album slipped from me fast, it just annoys me now. No thank you.

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4.0 excellentChrisWyatt | July 28th 11

This is some truly unsettling psycho Japanese Metal, some of the darkest most fucked up shit I have ever heard. And I love every single moment of it.

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