Phantasmagoria (band)


Phantasmagoria (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Phantasmagoria


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Origin = Osaka, Japan
Genre = Visual Kei
Years_active = 2004–2007
Label = Under Code Production
Associated_acts = Chariots, attic.
URL = [http://www.under-code.jp/phantasmagoria/phantas.html Official Site]
Current_members = Riku
Jun
Iori
Kisaki
Matoi
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Phantasmagoria was a Japanese visual kei band formed in November 2004 in Osaka by Kisaki, the Executive of Under Code Production, a Visual Kei indies label located in Osaka, Japan. Previously, he was the Executive of the indies label Matina.

History

They formed in November 2004 and their first single "Material Pain" was released in Shoxx Magazine on December 21 of the same year. [Shoxx Magazine - Issue February 2005] The following day they also released their first Maxi-single, "Moonlight Revival".

Phantasmagoria claimed the cover of a well-known visual kei magazine, Cure, only one month after officially forming, becoming one of the fastest indies bands to appear on the cover of a magazine. [Cure Magazine, February 2005 Issue - released December 18, 2004]

Rame (bassist of Vidoll) teasingly began referring to the band as "Mago". (Mago means "grandchildren" and was taken from Phantas-mago-ria.) The name "Mago" is now used by fans as well.

Phantasmagoria played their first concerts in the United States on October 21 and 22nd, 2005 at Oni-con in Houston, Texas. On March 26th, the band played their first Japanese one-man.

On February 23rd, 2007, guitarist Iori and drummer Matoi left the band. The reason for Iori's departure was because he did not feel comfortable with being in a major band, but Matoi stated in Japanese interviews that he left due to a foot injury, while in English interviews, KISAKI said that he also did not feel comfortable with being in a major band. On April 5th, KISAKI announced that he will be retiring, and that Iori and Matoi have returned to the band, but the band will be "sealing." He followed up on the announcement on a live radio show on April 8th, where the band's first and last fan trip was revealed, as well as the final event tour and final oneman tour. KISAKI officially retired from the active visual kei scene on August 31, 2007 but will continue to run his label and produce.

Riku is now in a band called chariots. His new band features members of Pashya, the Pumpkin Head, and Jaguar, and has released 3 singles and one song on an omnibus album.

Jun has his solo project called attic in which he sings and writes music.

Matoi is now in a band called Jill Christ and their first single, "Chrism...Code46358," was released on April 18, 2008.

Phantasmagoria is releasing an album of rerecorded songs over the summer of 2008 and a photobook about their costumes. Also, A new single to be sold at lives with a new song called "Vanish...." If one orders all three of these items before a certain point, they will get a pamphlet about Mago's live shows.

Members

*Riku (戮) is the vocalist of Phantasmagoria, born in Hyōgo Prefecture on January 3, 1977. He was previously in the bands Kawon and HISKAREA and went under the name Kenji (研二). He is blood type B.

*Jun (JUN) was born on November 17, 1983 in Kobe. He is a guitarist and was previously in the bands Se'lavy and Mar'derayla (マーディレイラ). He is blood type O.

*Iori (伊織), guitarist, was born on January 10, 1984 in Kobe. He was previously in the bands Se'lavy and Mar'derayla (マーディレイラ). He is blood type AB.

*Kisaki (KISAKI) is the "leader" of Phantasmagoria and also plays the Bass guitar. His previous bands include Levia, LAYBIAL, SHEY≠DE, De=prive, STELLA MARIA, Ruby(support), haijinkurobarazoku (廃人黒薔薇族), La:Sadie's, MIRAGE, and Syndrome. He was born March 10, 1976 in Kainan-shi, Wakayama. He is blood type O.

*Matoi (纏), the drummer, was born September 25, 1981 in Osaka. He was previously in the bands Kawon, Sugar Forkfull(support), and HISKAREA. He is blood type B.

*Shion (熾苑) was formerly a Drummer for Phantasmagoria who left on February 01, 2005. He was born on August 11 (year unknown) in Kobe. He was previously in the band Mist of Rouge. He is blood type O.

Discography

ingles

*"Material pain" (December 21st, 2004)
*"Moonlight Revival" (December 22nd, 2004)
*"Never Rebellion" (June 1, 2005)
*"Never Rebellion - Fool's Mate Edition" (July 1, 2005)
*"Mikansei to Guilt" (未完成とギルト) (October 19th, 2005)
*"Kousoukyoku~Variant Jihad~"(神創曲~Variant Jihad~) (January 25th, 2006)
*"Kyousoukyoku~Cruel Crucible~"(狂想曲~Cruel Crucible~) (February 22nd, 2006)
*"Gensoukyoku~Eternal Silence~"(幻想曲~Eternal Silence~) (March 26th, 2006)
*"Under the Veil" (December 13th, 2006)
*"Vain" (February 14, 2007)
*"Kami Uta" (神歌) (July 18, 2007)
*"KISAKI CHRONICLE" (2007/06/21)
*"Vanish..." (2008/08/31)

Albums

*"Splendor of Sanctuary" (US Release: Oct 21, 2005)
*"Synthesis Songs" (Sep 20, 2006)
*"Sign of Fragment" (Dec 20, 2006)
*"Subjective or Ideal" (Dec 20, 2006)
*"Requiem -Floral Edition-" (Sep 5, 2007)
*"Requiem -Funeral Edition-" (Sep 5, 2007)
*"No Imagination" (Oct 10, 2007)

DVDs

*"Kindling Vol.1" (Mar 1, 2005)
*"Kansai Seiatsu 2004~2005"(関西制圧2004~2005) (Apr 6, 2005)
*"Geneizou I ~after the Moonlight Revival~"(幻影像Ⅰ~after the moonlight Revival~) (Apr 6, 2005)
*"Yojigen Yuukoujouyaku"(四次元友好条約) (Jul 1, 2005)
*"Geneizou II ~Sin Screen Film~"(幻影像2~SIN SCREEN FILM~) (Aug 10, 2005)
*"Geneizou III ~for degradation crowd~"(幻影像3~for degradation crowd~) (Dec 14, 2005)
*"SURVIVOR'S GUILT~2005,10.21&22 USA Houston,Texas Park Plaza Hotel Reliant~" (Jun 21, 2006)
*"Territory of Divine~2006.3.27 SHIBUYA-AX~" (Jul 25, 2006)
*"Japanesque Rock Collectionz Cure DVD Vol.01" (Sep 27, 2006)
*"Geneizou IV ~chronology revelation~"(幻影像4~chronology revelation~) (Oct 18, 2007)
*"creatures in imagination" (Nov 15, 2006)
*"Black-Veil Before Christmas (Black-Veil Before Christmas~2006.12.17 LAFORET MUSEUM ROPPONGI~) (Feb 21, 2007)
*"Geneizou V ~under the veil~" (幻影像5~under the veil~) (Feb 28, 2007)
*"At the End of the Rest Period" (at the end of the rest period…~2007.2.23 SHIBUYA-AX~) (Apr 25, 2007)
*"Eclipse of Myth" (-ECLIPSE OF MYTH-~2007.8.31 大阪国際交流センター~) (Aug 31, 2007)
*"Crystal Finale" (-CRYSTAL FINALE-~2007.8.27 東京SHIBUYA-AX~) (Oct 31, 2007)
*"Reincarnation" (REINCARNATION~幻影像完全盤~)

References


* [http://www22.big.or.jp/~yunisan/vi/phantasmagoria.html Phantasmagoria's page at Grass Thread]
* [http://www.vkdb.jp/wiki.cgi?page=Phantasmagoria Phantasmagoria's page at VkDB]

External links

* [http://www.under-code.jp/phantasmagoria/phantas.htm Official website] ja icon


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