Idade : 28
Localização : Lisboa
|Assunto: Malice Mizer Ter Jun 23, 2009 7:46 pm|| |
Status: hiatus (1992 - 2001)
Line upVocals: KlahaGuitar: KöziGuitar: ManaBass: Yu~kiDrums: Shue [support member]Keyboard: Kazune [support member]Vocals, Piano: Gackt [1995 / 1999 - gone]Drums: Gaz [1992 / 1993 - gone]Drums: Kami [1993 / 1999 - deceased]Vocals: Tetsu Takano [1992 / 1994 - gone]Profile
Malice Mizer are one of the most versatile and
successful exponents of the visual kei genre. The band is as famous for
its one-of-a-kind music as for its elaborate costumes and stage shows,
which incorporate dance routines, pantomime plays, pyrotechnics and
other special effects. The name Malice Mizer is based on the French words for malice and misery which, according to founders Manaand Közi,
are the answer to the question 'what is human?' In keeping with this
rather pessimistic concept, their lyrics tend to centre on profound,
melancholy themes such as loss and death.
Malice Mizer's career can be divided into three separate eras,
which are characterized by three distinctly different vocalists. Their
music, however, defies categorisaton, as it blends a variety of
different styles that change from era to era, and sometimes even within
one and the same album.
Since 2001 the band has been on hiatus while its members explore other projects.
Malice Mizer was founded in 1992 by Mana (guitar, synthesizer) and Közi (guitar, synthesizer), with Tetsu on vocals, Yu~ki on bass and Gaz
on drums. During this time, their sound was a blend of early eighties
gothic rock and classical music, especially baroque music. From the
outset, the band also established its trademark 'twin guitar' sound
whereby two guitars play different melodies that, together, become the
actual guitar part of a song.
In 1993, Malice Mizer published their first song, Speed of Desperate, on the compilation Brain Trash. Shortly after, Gaz left the band and was replaced by Kami (ex Kneuklid Romance).
In the following year, the band released their first album, Memoire, on Mana's
newly founded label Midi:Nette, which quickly sold out and was
re-released a couple of months later with an additional track under the
name Memoire DX. Only a few days later vocalist Tetsu
left the band because he did not agree with the concept of
incorporating dance routines and pantomime plays into their stage
shows. However, the break seems to have been amicable because Tetsu, who has since been active in several other bands, continues to be on friendly terms with the other members of Malice Mizer.
Forced to pause for a year while looking for a new vocalist, they finally found him in Gackt (ex Cains:Feel). Under his influence Malice Mizer's
image changed drastically. Black lace and rosaries were swapped for
colourful historical costumes and their music became more romantic in
its mood, incorporating even stronger classical influences, as well as
techno and French pop music.
In 1996, they released their second album, Voyage ~sans retour~,
followed by a sold out nationwide tour, and in 1997 they signed a
record deal with the major label Nippon Columbia. Here they released a
string of singles, their wildly successful third album Merveilles, which debuted at #2 on the Oricon charts, and the short film Verte Aile / Bel Air ~de l'image~, which was shot in France. This was followed by more sold out tours (the tickets for their Merveilles
concert at the Nippon Budokan sold out within two minutes!) and regular
TV appearances, and they even had their own radio show.
In January 1999, however, Gackt left the band to begin a
solo career, taking a substantial part of their fan base with him. The
circumstances of this departure are the subject of speculation even
today. Gackt made several contradictory statements, in which he
cited differences with management and the other band members, amongst
others. Malice Mizer, on the other hand, claimed that he left
suddenly and without explanation, and their management threatened to
sue him for breach of contract.
While fans and the media were still debating, Malice Mizer suffered an even harder blow: drummer Kami
died suddenly from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, at the young age of 25.
He left behind a handful of songs, which the band eventually released
as part of the box set Shinwa, which was dedicated to his memory. Kami was never replaced. From that point on, Malice Mizer only used support drummers and Kami was credited as 'eternal blood relative' on all their releases that came after.
In late 1999 Malice Mizer, now back on Mana's
indies label Midi:Nette and still without a vocalist, began to work on
new releases. They abandoned the romantic pop sound of the Gackt
era for a dramatic mix of classical music, gothic rock and metal, which
saw them return to their musical roots, and adopted an elaborate
funereal goth look.
In the summer of 2000, Malice Mizer released their fourth album, Bara no Seidou, introducing their third and final vocalist, Klaha (ex Pride of Mind).
This was followed by their most spectacular live show to date, a two
day concert at the Nippon Budokan featuring pyrotechnics, a choir of
veiled nuns and a life size gothic cathedral as stage prop.
In 2001, the band starred in the feature length vampire film Bara no Konrei, released three singles and began to work on a new album, but Malice Mizer had reached a cross roads. Up until then, the band members had always worked within the framework of Malice Mizer's
concept of 'what is human?', but they were beginning to feel
restricted. In December 2001, after almost ten years together, they
therefore decided to go their separate ways.
Klaha began a solo career. Mana started his own solo project, Moi dix Mois, and simultaneously pursues a career as fashion designer for his gothic lolita label, Moi-même-Moitié. Közi joined the goth band Eve of Destiny and also has a solo career. The whereabouts of Yu~ki were unknown until he resurfaced in 2004 as co-writer of one of Közi's solo songs, but he has since disappeared again.
Since 2004, Mana has signed several record deals with European labels, which went on to also publish some of Malice Mizer's releases internationally.
Idade : 29
Localização : Lissabonne
|Assunto: Re: Malice Mizer Qua Jun 24, 2009 1:47 am|| |
ah... Malice... nao ha palavras.
Malice é AQUELA banda!
Nice post Isis ^^
Idade : 28
Localização : Lisboa
|Assunto: Re: Malice Mizer Hoje à(s) 9:48 am|| |