A short video interview with the unique, artful Japanese rock band DIR EN GREY conducted on August 6, 2011 at the Wacken Open Airfestival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below. Also available is professionally filmed video footage of the group’s performance at the event.
“Dum Spiro Spero” (translates to the Latin phrase “While I breathe, I hope”), the eighth studio album from DIR EN GREY, was released on August 2 via The End Records.
DIR EN GREY — vocalist Kyo, guitarists Kaoru and Die, bassist Toshiya and drummer Shinya — is inspired by sorrow, pain and anger either personally experienced or witnessed in others. The band strives to maintain this theme in their videos which further push the societal envelope.
The themes from the new video and album also happen to directly coincide with the recent turmoil in their native Japan. Toshiya explains, “We live in a world where we don’t know what is the truth and what we should believe in. We just wanted to put some hope into the music we created.” Kaoru adds, “And, the title is what we can say to the world as the people of Japan.” The title translates to the Latin phrase, “While I breathe, I hope.”
In our time when heavy rock music has become diversified, DIR EN GREY‘s deep and extensive, unique perspective is once again borderless, uncategorized. This record, which encapsulates the band’s present, will not only secure tremendous support from the hardcore devotees, but will surely gain recognition from heavy rock fans, including guitar enthusiasts and Western-music-obsessed music fans.
DIR EN GREY released “Dum Spiro Spero” as a standard CD, a double LP (both featuring the same 14 tracks) and a deluxe CD which features the two bonus tracks. Also available is the limited-edition bundle, which features:
* The deluxe version of the CD (with the two bonus tracks)
* The double LP
* Digital download of album
* An exclusive t-shirt design
* An autographed poster (while supplies last)
“Dum Spiro Spero” track listing:
01. Kyoukotsu No Nari
02. The Blossoming Beelzebub
03. Different Sense
05. “Yokusou Ni Dreambox” Aruiwa Seijuku 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
Deluxe edition bonus tracks:
16. Amon (symphonic version)