In an interview with NME.com Kaoru (guitarist for Dir En Grey) has claimed the upcoming album by Dir En Grey titled ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ (meaning ‘While I breath, I hope’ in Latin) will be “more savage” than any album previously released by them. He went on to say that the”record comes from a deeper world and is completely different from any of our past works,”.
Bassists Toshiya also commented “We live in a world where we don’t know what is the truth and what we should believe in. I just wanted to put some hope into the music that we create” when questioned about the lyrical inspirations and content of the forthcoming 14 track album.
Other details that have been confirmed regarding the album is that the 14 tracks will include the bands previous 2 singles ‘Lotus’ and ‘Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami’ (that was featured in the a recent ‘Saw’ movie soundtrack) and forthcoming single ‘Different Sense’ which is set for release on June 3rd in Japan.
Of course perhaps the most important information for all, the release date. Mark this in your calendars as August 8th is the release date for ‘Dum Spiro Spero’. And for those of you who are collectors out there, there will be a special edition that will include a bonus DVD. For thosw who may want something super special though, there will also be a ‘Initial Limited Version’ (aka a super limited edition version) of the album that will include the album itself along with a bonus audio CD, a DVD and a 2 LP vinyl version of the album!
If you’re interested in getting any of the special editions, be warned that they are generally Japanese exclusives. So you might want to visit a site like CD Japan where you can import them.
In a statement of the official website of Dir En Grey, the record company described the release as follows:
“DIR EN GREY will release their 8th studio album “DUM SPIRO SPERO” 2 years and 9 months after “UROBOROS” which garnered overwhelming support as the strongest and the maddest record resonating across the globe.
There are 14 tracks including “Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami”, “LOTUS”, “DIFFERENT SENSE” as single-cut tracks in this album.
With the combination of world-noted engineers and the individuality of a Japanese born and bred band. After all, DIR EN GREY is the only artist that can surpass themselves.”
Don’t forget that Dir En Grey are coming back to the UK in August for a one off show at the Camden Koko! Head over to the official website of Dir En Grey for details!