Malice Mizer are a rather succesful japanese Visual Rock
groups, which is modernized Glam Rock
. They made a big evolution in their years as the group.
Founded in 1992, the band consisted only of Mana
(Guitar, Synthesizer) and Közi
(Guitar). It was built around the idea of "What is human?", and the band's name should be the answer to it (malice and misery). They also consist of three other members, Tetsu
(drums) and Yu~ki
(Bass). At this time, they made excellent Gothic Rock
After the release of their first very succesful CD "Memoire" Tetsu left the band because of musical differences.
The opera-like singer Camui Gackt
joined the band, and the musical style began to drift in a more pop-like direction. They released two albums, "Voyage" as indie
but "Merveilles" as major
. After Voyage, in 1999, Gackt left the band. The reason is unknown, but Gackt started a solo-career and is a very succesful pop-rock singer at the moment.
5 months later their drummer Kami died. Since this moment Malice Mizer began to get darker again.
In August 2000, Klaha
joined the band as a singer. His voice is also more opera-singer-like, but he has an even deeper voice than Gackt. They released a new album, "Bara no Seidô" (Church of the Rose), a very dark and baroque
album. Not one happy song can be found on this CD.
At the moment they are in the process of developing the new Malice Mizer. They released two singles, "Gardenia" and "Beast of Blood", which show us what Malice Mizer will be : An excentrical goth
band. Many of the older fans think that the current Malice Mizer is better than the one with Gackt.
They disbanded in december 2001
. Now, all except Yu~ki
pursue their own careers. Mana founded a new band, Moi dix mois
, which seems to be rather an extended Malice Mizer than a new band, Klaha
is a solo singer and Közi
is now a member of Eve of destiny
, also touring Europe
with them. It seems that they would like to reunite one day, but right now they walk quite different ways.