Dum Spiro Spero (album)

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For the Latin phrase, see Dum spiro spero.
Dum Spiro Spero
Dum Spiro Spero.jpg
Studio album by Dir En Grey
Released August 3, 2011 (2011-08-03)
(see release history)
Recorded 2010–2011[1]
Genre Experimental metal,[2] progressive metal, death metal, doom metal
Length 67:31
Language Japanese, English
Label Firewall Div./SMEJ (JP)
The End (US)
Gan-Shin/Okami (EU)
Producer Dir En Grey
Dir En Grey chronology
Dum Spiro Spero
The Unravelling
Singles from Dum Spiro Spero
  1. "Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami"
    Released: December 2, 2009
  2. "Lotus"
    Released: January 26, 2011
  3. "Different Sense"
    Released: June 22, 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club C+[4]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[5]
Revolver 3/5 stars[6]
Rock Sound 8/10 stars[7]

Dum Spiro Spero (stylized as DUM SPIRO SPERO, Latin for "While I Breathe, I Hope") is the eighth studio album by the Japanese metal band Dir En Grey, released on August 3, 2011. It was released in both a single-CD edition, a deluxe edition digipak with two bonus tracks ("Rasetsukoku" and "Amon (Symphonic Ver.)"), and a limited edition featuring the deluxe digipak, a DVD and two LPs.[8]

"Rasetsukoku" is a re-recording of the original song found on their 2000 album Macabre, and the three singles featured on the album ("Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami", "Lotus" and "Different Sense") have all been remastered. The second disc marks the first time Dir En Grey have released remixes of their own songs since the 2001 single "embryo".

The album art was designed by the band's long-time artist Koji Yoda. This art-cover probably represents Tara, the Mother of Liberation in Tibetan Buddhism. The scenery of the bamboos is very meaningful to the band. According to guitarist Die, "the bamboo conveys the idea of sacredness and serenity [...]. Ultimately, it means to keep faith and hope alive even though you are living the worst : While I breath, I hope."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Kyo, all music composed by Dir En Grey.

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Kyōkotsu no Nari" (狂骨の鳴り; "The Cry from Lunatic Bone") 1:58
2. "The Blossoming Beelzebub"   7:35
3. "Different Sense"   5:03
4. "Amon"   4:03
5. "'Yokusō ni Dreambox' Aruiwa Seijuku no Rinen to Tsumetai Ame" (「欲巣にDREAMBOX」あるいは成熟の理念と冷たい雨; "'Nesting Within the Dreambox', or Cold Rain and The Philosophy of the Mature") 4:49
6. "Jūyoku" (獣慾; "Animal Lust") 3:28
7. "Shitataru Mōrō" (滴る朦朧; "Trickling Ambiguity") 4:02
8. "Lotus"   4:03
9. "Diabolos"   9:51
10. "Akatsuki" (暁; "Dawn") 3:33
11. "Decayed Crow"   3:48
12. "Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami" (激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇; "The violence and the darkness of the burning heat entwines in my heart") 4:03
13. "Vanitas" (Emptiness) 5:27
14. "Ruten no Tō" (流転の塔; "Tower of Vicissitudes") 4:27

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States August 2, 2011 The End Records 2-LP TE204-1
Compact disc (Limited) TE210-2
Compact disc
Japan August 3, 2011 Firewall, Sony Music Entertainment Japan 2-CD album with bonus DVD, 2-LP box set
Compact disc SFCD-0097
Europe August 5, 2011 Okami Records, Gan-Shin, Rough Trade Compact disc OKCD-0006
Compact disc (Limited) OKCD-0005
12" LP album OKLP-0002


Country Provider(s) Peak
Japan Weekly Albums[10] Oricon 4 37,586[10]
Billboard Japan Top Albums[11] Billboard Japan 6
United States Billboard 200[12] Billboard 135 3,900[13]
United States Top Heatseekers[12] 2
United States Top Independent[12] 22
United States Top Rock Albums[12] 39
United States Top Hard Rock Albums[12] 9


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  2. ^ http://www.apeshit.org/reviews/dir-en-grey-dum-spiro-spero/
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Dum Spiro Spero - Dir En Grey". Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Dir En Grey: Dum Spiro Spero". The A.V. Club. 
  5. ^ Prokofiev, Dane. "Dir En Grey - Dum Spiro Spero". Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  6. ^ Wood, Mikael. "Review: Dir En Grey – Dum Spiro Spero". Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  7. ^ Moorhouse, Giles. "Dir En Grey - Dum Spiro Spero". Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  8. ^ "Dir en grey Official News Release". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  9. ^ Mandah Frénot. "Dir En Grey (2011)" (Interview). verdammnis.com. France: VerdamMnis. 
  10. ^ a b 2011年08月第3週の邦楽アルバムランキング情報. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Japan Top Albums". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Dum Spiro Spero US charting". billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  13. ^ "Dir En Grey: 'Dum Spiro Spero' First-Week Sales Revealed". blabbermouth.net. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2011-08-13.