This Japanese metal band released their eighth studio album last week and it feels like a mixture of their last album “Uroboros” and some of their older stuff. There are definitely some good tracks on the album, like “Animal Lust,” but the album’s biggest weakness is how repetitive it is. Dir En Grey’s lead singer Kyo is known for his unique voice, which can go from falsetto to a growl instantly. He is also not afraid to scream all of the lyrics for his songs, but it seems the album is full of one too many screams. It makes some of the songs hard to understand and it also makes them sound similar. There are a few tracks where Kyo gets to show off his great vocal ability, but they are few and far between.
The album has fourteen tracks (on the standard edition), but it feels like it would have been more successful if it only had ten. Since some of the songs sound the same, it is easy to tune out the rest of the tracks. Some of the songs are even quite long, which makes the album drag out even more. Because of this, it is also easy to tune out a lot of the songs that do not stand out.
But the album isn’t all bad. There are some great songs here that have high energy, unique singing, and great guitar and bass riffs. Some songs even show off the singer’s talent, such as “Trickling Ambiguity.” This song isn’t as fast as the others and while there is some screaming involved, it doesn’t take over the entire track allowing the listener to actually hear what’s going on in the song. If there were more tracks like this maybe the album would be better.
“Dum Spiro Spero” is available now.