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DIR EN GREY – Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami August 3, 2011

Filed under: DIR EN GREY — solarblade @ 6:36 am

Track Listing

  1. Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami
  2. ZAN
  3. Shokubeni (Shot In One Take)

1. Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami

Such a long ass title for a song DIRU!  I must say that Hageshisa to sounds like a stronger song from the band since it does feature Kyo doing a little more than just growling.  To be honest, it shows a lot of what he can do with his vocals and while I can be impressed by that, I really wanted more of him singing.  As for the music, it doesn’t seem to impress me too much and found myself more impressed of the bands work in “DIFFERENT SENSE”.  It’s alright, but doesn’t stick to me except whenever Kyo does sing.

2. ZAN

Then there’s the B-sides of the single which for right now aren’t the best thing from the band, but I can make an exception for ZAN since the energy output of the song far exceeds “Hageshisa to…”.  There’s just a lot of power and speed to the song and while Kyo is restricted down to doing his low growls and deep singing, I don’t find it as offending as it was in the A-side.  I will say the creepy whispering with the music was my favorite part about the song before it gets back into their death metal sound.  Good B-side surprisingly and good retreading of the band’s 4th single!

3. Shokubeni (Shot In One Take)

Not sure if it meant they really did this in one shot but I’m going with that for Shokubeni which is a self-cover of an album song from “VULGAR”.  The beginning sounds really cool for sure and sounds evil (like most of their music).  It does sound like they did this straight in the studio with no edits.  Kyo is singing again and I love the parts that he does since it’s smooth and not forced.  Then again he’s also doing his vocal aerials as well and he sounds like he has total control on his vocals but it’s so strange sometimes…especially since some of it he sounds like he’s being strangled.  Odd song, but done well!




Going back to what started the “DUM SPIRO SPERO” era, Hageshisa to, long title name isn’t as jaw-dropping like other songs they’ve had and it does kind of feel a little underwhelming at points but it showcases a lot of Kyo.  ZAN and Shokubeni showed more colors from the entire band and that was a better way to deal with the songs and of course both were touchups on older songs!  It’s a good single, but not for its A-side.


3 Responses to “DIR EN GREY – Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami”

  1. keyinjpop Says:

    It’d be nice if you would mention that the B-sides are remakes of their older songs. That being said, I agree with your review.

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