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Dir en grey - Dum Spiro Spero

3 August at 13.36
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Dir en grey are still way ahead of the game...

Our descent into the world of madness begins surreptitiously enough with an unsettling journey into darkness of ‘Kyoukotsu No Nari’ before the dour ‘The Blossoming Beelzebub’ wrenches the tension tight on its way up from Hell. The Devil finally takes a hold on ‘Different Sense’ and we’re off on a satisfyingly challenging, perpetually writhing musical beast that sees Dir en grey at their best. It’s far from easy listening but it’s an approach that’s won them legions of devoted fans in the process and comes close to reducing many of their peers to nothing more than musical footnotes in the larger scheme of things.

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