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Biography

MALICE MIZER was a Japanese visual kei band originally formed in August of 1992 by guitarists Mana and Közi, who had previously been in a band together called 摩天楼 (Matenrou). After going through three vocalists and three distinctive periods of musical and visual style, the wildly successful group went on "hiatus" December 11th, 2001.

MALICE MIZER's first era, the Tetsu era, lasted from 1992 until 1994. Line-up: Tetsu (vocalist), Gaz (drums), Yu~ki (bass), Közi (guitar), and Mana (guitar). Gaz was replaced by Kami at the beginning of this era, and Gaz was only in the band for about a half a year.

The Gackt era followed after a one-year hiatus, beginning in 1995 and lasting until 1999. Line-up: Gackt (vocalist), Kami (drums), Yu~ki (bass), Közi (guitar), and Mana (guitar). This era was considered MALICE MIZER's "major" era, because after Voyage was released, MALICE MIZER signed to major record label Nippon columbia and released Merveilles, which is largely considered their best album. After the release of merveilles, Gackt announced his departure from the band, and in June of 1999, Kami died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. MALICE MIZER was then reverted back into an indies status, on Mana's label Midi:Nette.

The final era featured Klaha , a classically trained opera vocalist. This lasted from 2000 until the eventual hiatus in 2001, from which it is largely believed they will not return, and many consider MALICE MIZER to be disbanded. Line-up: Klaha (vocalist), Yu~ki (bass), Közi (guitar), and Mana (guitar).

Post Projects

After his departure in early 1999, Gackt started a solo career which has been enormously successful; he is now one of Japan's top entertainers and TV personalities. Klaha started a solo career as well in December 2002; as of 2005 the status of his project is uncertain. Mana has formed his own solo project, Moi dix Mois, and simultaneously pursues a career as fashion designer for his Gothic Lolita fashion label, Moi-même-Moitié. He continues to also run his Indie record label, Midi:Nette, and is looking for bands to sign and produce. Közi has joined Haruhiko Ash's Goth/Industrial band Eve of Destiny and also has a solo project. After his departure in 1994, Tetsu has subsequently taken part in a series of bands such as Zigzo and Mega 8 Ball; his most recent being the independently released band nil. The whereabouts of Yu~ki were unknown until he briefly resurfaced in 2004 as lyricist for Közi's solo release "MEMENTO".

In 2010, the band had a brief revival during a Moi Dix Mois and Közi coupling tour. The line-up for this short revival only consisted of Mana, Közi, and Yu~ki, with Moi Dix Mois' drummer as a support member. Klaha did not show up to the performance, so Közi sang while playing guitar. "Beast of Blood" was one of the songs played. Currently Mana is still in Moi Dix Mois, Yu~ki still keeps to himself outside of the visual-kei scene, and Közi recently joined the new wave band XA-VAT.

Members:
Vocal: Klaha [PRIDE OF MIND(春名真樹) → MALICE MIZER(Klaha) → ソロ → [個人/状況不明]
Guitar/ Synthesizer: mana [Ves:teargeGIRL'e摩天楼MALICE MIZER(mana) → Moi dix Mois(Mana)]
Guitar/ Synthesizer: kozi [Girl摩天楼MALICE MIZEREve of Destiny!ソロDALLEXA-VAT]
Bass: YU~KI [ze:roMALICE MIZER → [個人/状況不明]
Ex-Members:
Drums: GAZ [DATURAMALICE MIZERKneuKlid Romance(サポート) → KneuKlid Romancethe Night Breeze ZinniaDOVERMANBUZZ BONEThe VELETTA(サポート) → DOVERMANPandemic(サポート)]
Vocal: tetsu [MALICE MIZERMEGA 8 BALLnilZIGZO(tetsu) → nil(高野哲)]
Drums: kami [3PマヨネーズKneuklid Romance(右狂) → MALICE MIZER(右京→kami) → 死去]
Vocal: Gackt [cains:feel!(Dr.→Vo.) → MALICE MIZER → ソロ → ソロ(GacktGACKT)]
Drums: 愁(ex.Virus)(サポート)
Keyboard(Support): KAZUNE [ Brain Hacker →]
Vocal/ Guitar: kamijo: [美辞麗句MALICE MIZERLALIENE(SHOKI)→LAREINE(KAMIJO) → NEW SODMYLAREINEVersailles]
Guitar: MAYU [MALICE MIZERLALIENEアイリLALIENELAREINENEW SODMYLAREINE → [個人/状況不明]
Drums: MACHI [MALICE MIZERLAREINEChanton Lamour]

Discography

In several cases, the Japanese titles are given first, followed by the romaji titles in square brackets.

Demo Tapes

1992
* Sans Logique (10/31)
1993
* Speed of Desperate (???)
* SADNESS (4/05)
* The 1th Anniversary (10/12)

Singles

1995
* 麗しき仮面の招待状 (12/10)

1996
* ma chérie ~愛しい君へ~ (10/10)

1997
* ヴェル・エール~空白の瞬間の中で~ (7/19)
* au revoir (12/3)

1998
* 月下の夜想曲 (2/21)
* ILLUMINATI (5/20)
* Le ciel ~空白の彼方へ~ (9/30)

1999
* 再会の血と薔薇 (11/3)

2000

* 神話 (2/1) - KAMI'S MEMORIAL BOX
* 虚無の中での遊戲 (5/31)
* 白い肌に烂う愛と哀しみの輪舞 (7/26)

2001
* Gardenia (5/30)
* Beast of Blood (6/21)
* 真夜中に交わした約束~薔薇の婚礼~ (10/30)
* Garnet~禁断の園へ~ (11/30)

Albums

* memoire (24 July 1994)
* memoire DX (24 December 1994) - reissue with bonus track
* Voyage ~sans retour~ (7 June 1996)
* merveilles (18 March 1998)
* 薔薇の聖堂 (23 August 2000)

VHS

* Sans retour Voyage "derniere" ~encoure une fois~ (30 June 1997)
* ヴェル・エール~空白の瞬間の中で~ de l'image (19 July 1997)
* ヴェル・エール~空白の瞬間の中で~ de l'image (3 September 1997) - a short silent film
* merveilles~終焉と帰趨~l'espace (28 October 1998)
* merveilles -cinq parallèle- (24 February 1999)
* 再会の血と薔薇~de l'image~ (21 December 1999)
* 虚無の中での遊戲~de l'image~ (31 May 2000)
* 薔薇に彩られた悪意と悲劇の幕開け (22 November 2000)
* 薔薇の軌跡 (25 April 2001)
* Beast of Blood ~de l'image~ (11 July 2001)
* 薔薇の婚礼~真夜中に交わした約束~ (22 March 2002)

DVD

* 薔薇に彩られた悪意と悲劇の幕開け (22 November 2000)
* Sans retour Voyage "derniere" ~encoure une fois~ (18 April 2001)
* 薔薇の軌跡 (25 April 2001)
* Beast of Blood ~de l'image~ (11 July 2001)
* 真夜中に交わした約束~薔薇の婚礼~ (30 October 2001)
* Cardinal (6 February 2002)
* 薔薇の婚礼~真夜中に交わした約束~ (22 March 2002)
* merveilles~終焉と帰趨~l'espace (30 March 2002)
* merveilles -cinq parallele- (30 March 2002)

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