Dir En Grey
I happen to have a soft spot for Dir En Grey. I’m not a fan of the band, as such. But they are the reason why I’ve seen Japan.

The band flew a bunch of music journalists out to Japan in early 2010, to see the band perform at the Budokan. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on.

Dir En Grey will release their eighth studio album, Dum Spiro Spero, on August 9. According to a press release, the band’s deep, extensive and unique perspective is once again set to break boundaries, with their uncategorizable mix of music which will undoubtedly secure tremendous support from the hardcore fans, as well as gaining recognition from heavy rock fans, guitar enthusiasts and Western-music-obsessed music fans.”

Dir En Grey guitarist Kaoru describes the album as “more savage, and from a deeper world which is completely different from any of our past works.”

Dum Spiro Spero features 14 tracks, including “Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami,” “Lotus,” and “Different Sense.”

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