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Malice Mizer

Even in the flamboyant world of Japanese visual kei, Malice Mizer managed to stand out. They were the most theatrical, ambitious, and romantic band of the pack, both in their shows and professed philosophy, as well as music, which, despite its commercial aim, incorporated elements from darkwave, metal, techno, classical music, synth pop, and early gothic rock. Their career was short and tumultuous, if successful, but perhaps that's only appropriate, considering that the band's name -- made of French words for "malice" and "misery" -- stands as an answer to the question "What is human?"

The band was founded in 1992 by guitarists Mana and Kozi, whose views on humanity, malice and misery were then shared by Tetsu (vocals), Yu~ki (bass), and Gaz (drums). Malice Mizer premiered their first song, "Speed of Desperate," only in 1993, and after that Gaz was replaced by Kami, who played on the band's first album Memoire (1994), which was released on the Mana-founded label Midi:Nette; it sold out and was re-released as Memoire DX. At the time the group, bent on dark themes and French romanticism, expanded its live shows to include dance and pantomime, and that led to vocalist Tetsu leaving Malice Mizer, although he stayed on good terms with the band, who included his songs in their set lists later on.

The classical era of Malice Mizer arguably began with the inclusion of the new vocalist Gackt in 1995. They swapped gothic image for more elaborate and colorful "historical" attire and crossed Baroque music with French pop and darkwave, which brought them commercial success. Their second album, Voyage Sans Retour (1996), allowed them to have their first nationwide tour and got them a deal with Nippon (in 1997). The third LP Merveilles (1998) hit number two on the Oricon charts, and during the subsequent tour, tickets to the Budokan gig sold out in two minutes. The band shot a short video in France, frequented the TV channels, and got their own radio show, but the happy days didn't last. In 1999 Gackt, for reasons never fully clarified, left to work solo, causing a big scandal and a lot of angry finger-pointing on all sides. Two months later, the drummer Kami died of subarachnoid hemorrhage, aged just 25. The songs he left unfinished were later released on the EP/video box set Shinwa (2000), and the group never hired a permanent drummer again. They did find a third vocalist, though, in Klaha, and released their fourth and last album Bara No Seidou in 2000, again on Midi:Nette. The following live shows excelled in theatrics -- the two-day stint at Budokan included a 1:1 cathedral replica and a choir of nuns. In 2001, the band starred in a vampire movie of their own making and released three singles, trying a more pop-oriented sound, but that didn't work out, and in 2001 Malice Mizer went on a hiatus that was actually a full split. The group members went on to work solo or join other bands, the most notable being Eve of Destiny (Kozi). Mana also kept running his record label and started moonlighting as a gothic/lolita fashion designer, and Yu~ki disappeared below the public radar entirely, reappearing only for a brief time in 2004 to co-write a song with Kozi. ~ Alexey Eremenko, Rovi
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Moi Dix Mois brought me here.
you should listen to sadness, by malice mizer, it was during yu-ki era, he deserves credit, he made some amazing songs, and that was when the band was just starting out
yes, it is the best japanese band, im striving to become as great as them one day, i know, way to have high expectations , they are my role models
amazing band, love all their albums ^W^
Malice Mizer is the best japanese band
rip kami , (Kozi, seth are great to)
mana and gackt, klaha all awesome..tru l y
I love this!!
Klaha was the vocalist for Beast of Blood.
Who's the vocalist for beast of blood?
Mana and Gackt
Mana all the way. f**k yeah.
So f**king original!
Original Visual Kei? Uhh. Nope.
I'm soooooo glad that I found this!!!! Thanks Gackt!!
Gackt is awesomeness. . . . I love this band. I don't have anything against Klaha though. ^ - ^
i love visul kei!!!
malice mizer, gackt, mucc, l- arc-en-ciel are the best!
thats probably because of the music video...LOL
I was looking at the two albums and couldn't stop myself from laughing. On the Merveilles album, Track 11 is the song Gekka no Yasoukyoku. I keep laughing about the way it's the only track for this artist not named on Pandora.
OMG!!! I thought I would never hear Malice Mizer again! Nor hear more of Gackt than I owned! This site is AMAZING!!! It's like a dream come true!
I was sooo happy to see Malice Mizer on here. Gackt and Klaha were both amazing (though I prefer Gackt a little more) and Mana-Sama is just ADORABLE. I liked Kami too, shame he died. Very sad.
Simply amazing in all aspects, throughout all singers. A gift from Mana to your soul.
galarzalisa
They were the original Visual Kei!!!! Very awesome!
I've loved them since the early 90s, it's a pity they had to disband.
locobambino1 3 8 6
My all time favorite Japanese band! When I first saw them I was like WTF?! But once I heard them and saw their theatrics, I fell in love. Their blends of music are impeccable. Thanks for existing Malice Mizer! You got me into VK ^___^
I love Malice Mizer. I thought they didn't have Japanese bands on Pandora Radio.
Mana-Sama is a cross dressing man.Love HIS work.
There is an important point missing in this Biography, Mana-sama is not only working in his/her gosurori brand (Moi Memme Moitie). She also have a vusual band called Moi dix Mois.
very narly stuff! I toataly dig these guy well, when they were still together of course
winterstorm1 5
Ah! Nice to see more Japanese music here on Pandora, particularly Visual Kei! ^^
I can't make a decent J-rock or J-pop station going without Pandora lumping in other countries' bands.The J in J-Rock and J-Pop means "Japanese." Please Pandora stick to that. Seriously, why do I get British fantasy metal and Dutch electronic body music or emo bands with "Tokyo" in the band name when I have artists like Gackt and Malice Mizer?! Emo does not equal J-rock, PERIOD! And for Christ sake PLEASE ADD the GazettE!
These guys are on Pandora? I like Beast of Blood. :D
Too bad they broke up. bara no souretsu is not typical style. try to listen to "sunykiss" or "apres midi"


Bara no Souretsu was the first I'd heard of these guys...all I can say is, WOW. Great stuff.

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