Friday, October 3, 2008

"Uruwashiki Kamen no Shotaijo" by Malice Mizer

This is "Uruwashiki Kamen no Shotaijo" by Malice Mizer, one of the greatest 1990s visual gothic rock bands in Japan. This was their first single in 1995 under the lead vocalist, Gackt. He introduced a sweeter, romantic French melody to the band's goth direction. You will find many of their songs in the Gackt-era with French classical-inspired titles and melodies. The band members even dressed in classical 18th-century European-styled attire with a modern punk edge. This is personally one of my favorite songs. It reminds me of someone walking into a haunted house. The sound effects are excellent (glass breaking, doors opening, ghosts singing, the violins are my favorite part!) with a sinister yet techno/trance edge. The instrumental version is even better because you can hear the background vocals and special effects carry out the gothic and haunted house theme.

After Kami's death in 1999, Gackt departed Malice Mizer to start his own successful solo artist career in Japanese pop music. I have nothing against Klaha, the band's successor, but Gackt will always be remembered for the inspiration he bought to uplift and propel Malice Mizer to legendary status. His mark on the band is timeless. I have written previous reviews about the band (including the Klaha era) on this site. Please check them out at your convenience. If you happen to enjoy the music, downloading the album torrents online is the better opportunity because Malice Mizer has disbanded for years now (R.I.P.). I believe official sales have also discontinued.

Since Halloween is around the corner (less than 30 days!), I will have more posts about the concepts and origins of Ol' Hallow's Eve! Enjoy the video!

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